Little gems in Dublin?
Our Ireland author has just been on a trip round the Emerald Isle, and picked out the following eating spots in Dublin as her particular favourites…
The Market Bar: www.marketbar.ie/ – Dublin’s first gastro-bar serving tapas with an Irish twist.
And The Winding Stair: winding-stair.com/ – a light, bright and airy dining room where you can tuck into high-end organic Irish food.
When you’re there, have a hunt around for tucked-away Irish pubs (which also serve food, complete with live music, most probably). Temple Bar, as you probably know, is the busiest and most touristy part of the drinking scene, but that’s not to say you won’t find a little gem or two round here. Our author recommended The Stag’s Head (1 Dame Court, Dame St, almost opposite the Central Bank) for a local drink – the pub is full of mahogany, stained glass and mirrors and it also does good pub lunches. The Long Hall (51 South Great George’s St) is another Victorian pub, that might do the trick.
For live music, The Brazen Head (brazenhead.com) is a good choice. It’s the oldest pub in Dublin, and puts on nightly music from 9.30pm. And if you like jazz, head to JJ Smyths (jjsmyths.com), where you can enjoy a spot of local jazz and blues.
Check out dublineventguide.com for listings of events, as well as In Dublin (indublin.ie) and Totally Dublin (totallydublin.ie).
Hope that helps for now.
In terms of sights, the Science Gallery (round the back of Trinity College) hosts some seriously impressive exhibitions and is free in; the Little Museum on St Stephen’s Green is an absolute gem of a place (littlemuseum.ie). Time your visit for one of the guided tours, on the hour; I would also highly recommend Kilmainham Gaol, the botanic gardens, Croke Park tour and Glasnevin Cemetery.
Market Bar is fine but pretty average, IMO. Try Dux & Co on Wellington Quay (duxandco.eu), Las Tapas De Lola on Wexford Street (lastapasdelola.com) for proper tapas, Musashi on Capel Street for sushi and Crackbird on Dame Street for addictive chicken. I also like Bite on South Frederick Street.
I second the recommendation for the Stag’s Head. Other decent, old school pubs include Neary’s (Chatham Street), Mulligan’s (Poolbeg Street), O’Donoghue’s and Toner’s (Baggot Street) and the Long Hall (South Great George’s Street). In winter, the bar on the first floor of the Central Hotel (Exchequer Street) is super cosy.
For trad music, the Cobblestone in Smithfield is hard to beat. For live music and a chance to see up-and-coming local bands, head to Whelan’s (Wexford Street) and The Workman’s Club (Wellington Quay). South William Street and its environs is hipster central – here you’ll find Fade Street Social, Damson Diner and bars of that ilk.
Temple Bar is where you will find the most expensive drinks in the whole of Ireland.