Last week, I teamed up with Outsavvy, an LGBT ticketing guide, to experience the Irish capital Dublin. This is our second international trip (first one being Magical Pride at Disneyland® Paris) and it’s part of their “travel package deal” launch. I cannot wait to share more information on this very soon!
Prior to our trip to Dublin, my thoughts on the Irish capital were: Guinness, Sinéad O’Connor and evil Leprechauns. Of course, all of those things do exist but I had no idea that this city has so much more to it. Pretty much every single pub has it’s own irish folk band playing live music and their cuisine is way better than in Britain (sorry about it).
For three (3) full days, we ran around Dublin like it’s rush hour to discover the best places to eat, drink and have a jolly good time. Scroll down to continue…
Here’s my complete Dublin City guide, featuring a copious amounts of Guinness and donuts with bacon… No, I’m serious, donuts with BACON! Read on…
- The Old Mill at The Temple Bar – when you wake up with a sober hangover and only have €10 left from last night. This fabulous little pub in Temple Bar serves the best Irish Breakfast in town with unlimited teas and coffees. Perfect start of the day!
- The Rolling Donut – probably the biggest cultural shock of 2017 – donuts with bacon (pictured above)! It may sound odd but it tastes sooo yummy, almost as good as them pancakes with bacon and maple syrup (thanks New York City). Other than that, there are plenty of other flavours to choose from. Who would’ve thought that Dublin is so hip?!
- KLAW – crabshack dining experience in the heart of Dublin. We tried Sampler Menu 2, which has 5 different types of oysters. Super fresh and delicious, we are definitely coming back for more.
- The Blazen Head – established in 1198, “The Blazen Head” is Ireland’s oldest running pub. It’s almost as old as Lithuania, can you imagine?! Order the Irish Stew, it amazing.
- Peadar Kearney’s Pub – among the dark woods, antique mirrors and faded walls, this authentic pub brings together locals (and tourists) who just love to kick back and listen to some live irish music. This was the first place I tried the Genuine-Irish-Guinness. *inserts guilty emoji here* I know, I have sinned but imagine going to a place and not trying/doing something that the place is known for. In this case, I had to try an alcoholic beverage (full of nutrients, btw) whilst being absent from alcohol.
- The Foggy Dew – situated next to the Central Bank Square, “The Foggy Dew” is a great place to start your night out. Favourite feature: the Irish music recording certificates hanging on walls.
- The Temple Bar Pub – this pub is like a department store – once you’re in you can’t find your way out. The craic is mighty and the music is thar barr, so there’s no reason to leave.
- Pantibar – as Ireland’s national f**king treasure, “Pantibar” was EVERYTHING! Friendly customers, cheap booze and DJs playing the best tunes out there. Just imagine, a 10-minute Britney Spears medley playing in the background whilst you (not me) are drinking a pint of double vodka for €5 and dancing on tables like nobody’s watching. My Snapchat story was on fire that night.
- The George – Dublin’s most popular gay club. Similar to “The Temple Bar”, I struggled to find my way out, but that was after 2 hours of intense “choreography”, which I “performed” on the main stage. Entry is €5.
- Mother Club – a sub-terrain queer club featuring intense flashing lights and quality electro sounds. Peak hours are 1am-3am on Saturdays. Check out their Facebook page for cheaper entry. Entry is €5-10.
- National Gallery of Ireland – the greatest collection of European and Irish fine art. I went to see the Turner 2017 exhibition and it was quite a treat. Admission is free.
- Guinness Storehouse – for every Guinness drinker out there. Entry from €14.
- Dublin Docklands – looks beautiful and has it’s own Snapchat filter. That’s all that you should know.