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Astra driver
8th Dec 2004, 15:46
I will be visiting Dublin for a couple of nights, can anyone recomend some pubs / restaurants to visit there, plus anything worthwhile doing during the day?

Thanks,

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steve_moate
8th Dec 2004, 15:55
One place that is well worth a visit is Johnny Foxes

http://www.jfp.ie/

About 20 mins out of town, but well worth the trip. Excellent food and drink, with a great floorshow in one area, and good local musicians in the bar area.

A real taste of Irish hospitality.

bear11
8th Dec 2004, 16:07
For the day: do the bus tour first day- stay on it for one go around to get a general idea of geography and what's to be seen, then get off selectively where it suits. There's CIE or private bus companies, take your pick. Well worth doing - it's not a pretty city architecturally and it's not easy or logical to get around, but it has great character and history.

For night: what's your poison? What area are you staying in and which nights? If you like your Guinness and want to see an old-style class pub with one of the best pints in Dublin, I can highly recommend Ryan's on Parkgate Street - across the Liffey from the Heuston Train Station. They also do top-notch food in the restaurant upstairs from memory, and there's a very reasonably priced early evening menu. Just down the Street is Nancy Hand's pub, which has all kinds of original Guinness memorabilia, plus one of the most extensive whiskey/vodka and wine lists you're likely to see, also a cracking restaurant.

mullers
8th Dec 2004, 16:10
I spent New Year's Eve in the Ormond Quay Hotel last year and had great fun in there. It is along the river liffey and not far from Temple Bar too if that's your sort of thing. The porterhouse pub is certainly one bar I would recommend to any visitor - three floors of music and allegedly one of the most extensive collections of beers in the land! http://www.porterhousebrewco.com/

Also went on the Literary Pub Crawl (http://www.dublinpubcrawl.com/) which was great fun, informative and showed us some of the sites too. Well worth a few hours of your time.

Hedski
8th Dec 2004, 20:57
PorterHouse, Fitzsimons, Oliver StJohn Gogarty all in Temple Bar.
Hogans in Georges St, Market Bar just up the lane from it.
Many others nearby, make a tour of it. Look in, have a pint, don't like it keep going.
Plenty of good food, no need to stray too far off the beaten track.
Have fun!
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Idunno
9th Dec 2004, 01:32
You can't miss the Guinness factory tour...its great fun and topped off by a free pint of the black stuff in the 'Gravity Bar'...a private hostelry at the top of one of their 200' water towers. It has a 360 degree view of the city...fantastic!

Guinness Tour (http://www.guinness-storehouse.com/index.asp?source=g)

mutt
9th Dec 2004, 04:22
Depending on when you are going to be there, you might be able to set up a mini dublin bash.... I'm sure that the Irish Ppruners would love an excuse to have a pint or two....... I will be there from the 21st-26th.

Cheers.


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Jhieminga
9th Dec 2004, 10:01
Spent a few days there in October. If you're historically inclined then Christ Church Cathedral might be worth a look. Also well worth a visit is Kilmainham Gaol (http://www.visit.ie/dublin/top_at/18_kilmainhamgaol.htm).

For drinks and entertainment see posts above. (surprised nobody's mentioned the Jameson Distillery yet by the way! And for the ones who like ghoulish things, have a tour of nearby St. Michan's church including the vaults).

teeteringhead
9th Dec 2004, 11:02
And if you're into middle eastern type food (no not kebabs!), there's a cracking good Lebanese restaurant - the Cedar Tree in St Andrew's Street.

Watchoutbelow
9th Dec 2004, 19:28
Why all this talk of Pubs?
Dublin has a lot more to offer.
Its a capital city along the coast there is a lot more to do then spen the day drinking!

Visit Trinity college and look at the book of kells, visit the national museum and the natural history museum and the national art gallery just around the corner.
Then take a stroll around stephens green just across the road and have lunch!
Take a speed boat ride around Dublin bay and then watch a play in the theatre in the evening.
Then go Drinking until your liver hurts!

Jerricho
9th Dec 2004, 19:33
Second vote for the Guiness tour. The Gravity Bar is excellent..............pity the Dublin sky-line isn't quite the same as others. :}

Whirlygig
9th Dec 2004, 19:59
I can thoroughly recommend a guided tour of St. Michan's Church.

Cheers

Whirlygig

PS - Yes, I have shaken the hand of the Crusader!

TimS
10th Dec 2004, 10:45
La Stampa (and associated Hotel / Bar / Thai restaurant) is one of the finest dinning rooms and best menues I have ever had - its a must for me on any visit to Dublin.

Bit pricey, but worth it ....

http://www.lastampa.ie

TimS

redsnail
10th Dec 2004, 16:04
Dublin is fantastic.
As said above, do the bus tour for orientation purposes. See the Book of Kells, wander around some of the more older areas. Fascinating history.
Go to the Temple bar for entertainment at night.
Highly recommend "Tante Zoe's" for a fantastic cajun feed. Go before 8pm for the early menu, (slightly cheaper but just as nice).
Great food, great service and a great price.

Tante Zoe's (http://www.tantezoes.com/)

autosync
10th Dec 2004, 16:11
Try the octagan bar in the Clarence hotel along the quays for a few cocktails, then stumble down the cobble stoned streets and catch a few traditional live bands in temple bar.

Astra driver
10th Dec 2004, 16:21
Thanks for all the great recomendations, I knew I could count on my fellow PPruners! I will deffinitely post and let you know how they worked out.

Thanks again!

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