Pubs in town:
The Long Hall, Georges Street http://www.visitdublin.com/Asset/See_and_Do/Local_Activities/Pubs/The_Long_Hall
The Palace, Fleet Street http://www.thepalacebardublin.com/
Kehoe’s, South Anne Street http://www.louisfitzgerald.com/kehoes
Nealon’s, Capel St. http://www.yelp.ie/biz/jack-nealons-dublin
The Stag’s Head, Dame Lane http://www.stagshead.ie/
The Brazen Head http://www.brazenhead.com/
The Black Sheep, Capel St. http://galwaybaybrewery.com/blacksheep/
The Hop House/Kim Chi, Parnell St. http://kimchihophouse.ie/
MV Cill Airne (boat bar and restaurant – http://www.mvcillairne.com/)
The Clarence Hotel, http://theclarence.ie/
Brogan’s, Dame Street https://www.facebook.com/BrogansBarDublin/
The International http://www.international-bar.com/
The CrowBar, in Temple Bar https://www.facebook.com/CrowbarDublin
The Workman’s https://theworkmansclub.com/
Gay and Lesbian
Crush (girl club), https://www.facebook.com/crushdublin
Panti Bar, http://www.pantibar.com/
The George, http://www.thegeorge.ie/
Dublin is home to scores of excellent restaurants. Be prepared to pay a bit more than you would in the US and less than in the UK. Irish cuisine incorporates a lot of beef, lamb, and fish, and most good restaurants offer at least one vegetarian option. There are also a number of good Indian and Middle Eastern restaurants.
Kim Chi/Hop House (also a great bar with outside seating at the back)
Yamamori Izakaya (bar and food)
Chapter One (high end, must be booked far in advance)
Fallon and Byrne (also a speciality shop)
The Market Bar (tapas)
The Farm Restaurant
Govindas (Indian vegetarian—two locations)
Try Afternoon Tea at the Shelbourne Hotel on St. Stephen’s Green for a culinary tradition/adventure. http://www.shelbournedining.ie/afternoon-tea-dublin
Grafton Street, anchored at one end by Trinity College and the other by the St, Stephen’s Green shopping centre, features Irish, British and European stores, including: Clark’s, Monsoon, Reiss, Karen Millen, Brown Thomas, Office, and Cos.
Check out Kilkenny for Irish designed clothing and nicer souvenirs (Carroll’s, in the St Stephen’s Green shopping centre, and other locations) is the shop for truly kitschy Irish knick knacks.
Avoca on Suffolk St. offers Irish weaving, bath and kitchen products, and a lovely café on the top floor.
The Powerscourt centre (one block off Grafton St., not far from Brown Thomas) offers a variety of unique shops.
For the best in Irish design: visit: http://www.visitdublin.com/our-stories/november-2014/connect-four-design-shops/
Temple Bar offers a host of smaller speciality shops and bars—it can get crowded and a bit rowdy and touristy at weekends.
Bookstores: Dublin is rare major city still packed with bookstores.
Hodges and Figgis on Dawson St has four floors (or more) of every kind of book.
Chapters on Parnell St is Dublin’s largest independent bookstore and has an entire floor of used books upstairs.
Things to do in Dublin:
Some events in Dublin, week of May 21st
These are some specific events happening the week of the conference that might be of interest.
Dublin International Literature Festival, 19 May – 27th May
Tara Flynn, ‘Not A Funny Word’, 23rd May, 8.30-9.30 https://www.facebook.com/events/779462115577835/
‘The Anti-Amendment Campaign: Reflections on Life Under the 8th Amendment’, Tuesday 22nd, 7.30-9pm, Smock Alley Theatre https://www.facebook.com/events/797025023825703/
Words on the Street –Thursday 24th May, 6.30-9pm, multiple locations https://www.dublincityofliterature.ie/events/words-street-2018/
Enjoy coffee or tea and excellent people watching if you can nab a seat by the first floor balcony in the historic Bewley’s Café on Grafton Street – http://bewleys.com/bewleys-grafton-street-cafe
- For the coffee snobs—er, experts—among you, check out the best cups of coffee in Dublin http://lovindublin.com/best-of/top-10-cups-coffee-dublin/
- 3FE is home to Dublin’s first roaster, and World Champion Barista (real thing) http://www.3fe.com/
Guided walking tour of Dublin
- For an entertaining tour of the standard city centre highlights http://www.walkingtours.ie/
- For a historical tour from an actual historian try one of these. Standard tours run daily, book ahead for a more off-the-beaten-path or special interest tour (like the one on the Irish and Sexuality) http://historicaltours.ie/
- For foodies, taste your way through Dublin’s history and growing food scene, with an emphasis on hip and local (contact guide for starting point and time) http://www.fabfoodtrails.ie/
- Don’t want any of that pesky history or touristy stuff on your tour? Want to see what the cool kids in town are up to? Check out Le Cool magazine’s walking tours. Space is limited, so book in advance. http://lecool.com/dublin/en/page/le%20cool%20experience
Learn to pull the perfect pint of Guinness – http://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en/Index.aspx
Dublin literary pub crawl – http://www.dublinpubcrawl.com/
Dublin Ghost Bus Tour – http://www.thegravedigger.ie/
Book of Kells (ancient illuminated manuscript) and the Old Library: located in Trinity College. http://www.tcd.ie/Library/bookofkells/
The National Museum is actually a collection of museums that includes the Natural Museum –Archaeology on Kildare St (with bog bodies, gold hoards, and a Viking skeleton) and The National Museum-Decorative Arts and History at the Collins Barracks (with furniture, clothing, jewelry, and ceramics).
For fine art, visit the National Gallery on Merrion Square (Irish and European Art) and IMMA, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, located not far from Kilmainham Gaol in an 18th century former military hospital). http://www.imma.ie/en/index.htm
Visit James Joyce’s Martello tower in Sandycove (near a walkable beach). Accessible using the DART train.
The Chester Beatty Library (http://www.cbl.ie/) was named the best museum in Ireland by the Lonely Planet. Free admission to a treasure trove of ancient and modern manuscripts, miniatures, prints and drawings, including some on papyrus.
Cinema in Ireland comes with cafes, ice cream, and a bar. Check out the best cinemas in Dublin:
- Irish Film Institute and Archive –http://www.ifi.ie/
- The Lighthouse Cinema – http://www.lighthousecinema.ie/
- Cineworld – http://www.cineworld.ie/whatson?75
Dublin Castle – http://www.dublincastle.ie/
Kilmainham Gaol – http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/dublin/kilmainhamgaol/
Try an event in the Workmans club – www.theworkmansclub.com
The Abbey Theatre – www.abbeytheatre.ie
The Gate Theatre – http://www.gatetheatre.ie/
Hire a bicycle in the Phoenix Park – www.phoenixparkbikehire.com
Walk the skyline of Croke Park – www.skylinecrokepark.ie
Go to a gig in Whelans – www.whelanslive.com
National Photographic Archive – www.nli.ie
For the swords and sorcery inclined, visit Winterfell on a Game of Thrones coach tour from Dublin to locations used to film the Starks’ ancestral lands http://www.gameofthronestours.com/
If you’re more interested in Michael Fassbender’s ancestral lands, you can hop a train to Killarney…or Galway, Cork, and most places, which run from Heuston Station. Trains to Belfast run from Connolly Station. For timetables and tickets, go to http://www.irishrail.ie/
Explore the beauty of nearby Wicklow. Walking trails (routes, maps and times) available at http://www.wicklowwalks.com/
Walk or mountain bike in Ballyhoura – visitballyhoura.com
Surf in Bundoran – seasessions.com