Dublin is like a smaller, cleaner London. The people we experienced in the city were friendly even if we could barely understand a word they were saying. The city was very nice and somewhat walkable. Not as large as some cities. I think the best, and most surprising part, was that we never went wrong with the food.
Things to Do
Guinness Brewery has a fascinating tour, a beautiful brewery, plus you get a “free” beer in the rooftop bar with a great view over Dublin.
Go to a pub – There’s plenty to choose from.
Visit the Leprechaun Museum! This is one stop that I have to admit we did not take part in while we were in town because we were a bit uncertain whether it was a real place or just a mean trick on tourists. Lucikly, it turns out it is a real place and it sounds pretty interesting!
If you’re just looking for something entertaining that doesn’t cost too much, check out Dr. Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium – Video games, pinball, and gambling
Drink More Guinness – You haven’t had enough yet. You’re in Ireland. Drink more.
As I mentioned before, we were pleasantly surprised by the variety of good food! Here were some of our favorites:
Bar Italia is great for a nice Italian dinner along the canal.
Cedar Tree is a great Lebanese food restaurant in a nice part of town with excellent food and service.
Eddie Rockets is a lot of fun with many locations. It’s like a 50s diner with hot dogs, surprisingly good hamburgers and shakes. Plus, it’s cheap. There is a similar chain in the U.S. called Johnny Rockets. Which one was first? And why is one called Eddie and the other Johnny? Hmmm…
And if you’re looking for a nice cafe to have a hot chocolate, don’t miss Butler’s.
Where to Stay
We stayed at the Westin, which was an excellent location. We could walk everywhere. The bathroom was wonderful with both a shower and bathtub, plus a speaker so you could hear the TV. It’s an expensive hotel, but we got a good package deal with the flight.