Overview: Friendly, Green, Whiskey
Ireland is nothing short of amazing. I personally guarantee you’ll enjoy every second of your time spent on the Emerald Isle, even the rain.
Most airlines offer nonstop flights into Dublin from major international airports. It is more expensive to travel to Ireland in the summer months but that is when the country is best to explore in my opinion. Round trip flights from JFK average around $700 depending on the day of the week. Once you’ve landed at Dublin International Airport you can easily access city center by bus for €6 or a cab for a little bit more.
Dublin is spread out so picking a hotel with a central location can be difficult. Here are the three best hotels based on location and guest ratings.
- Radisson Blu Royal Hotel: 4 stars, very modern and clean, centrally located, great guest ratings.
- Temple Bar Inn: 3 stars, located right in the heart of Temple bar, modern and eclectic, highly rated among guest, reasonable price for location. Con: may be loud due to location.
- The Westbury Hotel: 5 stars, located on Grafton Street, luxury hotel, expensive, choice of celebrities when visiting Dublin.
Even though the country itself is small every where you look there is something to do or see. Attractions are diverse as well ranging from cathedrals to pubs and from mountains to parks. My top things to see and do in Dublin are:
- Learn all about how Ireland’s famous beer, Guinness, is produced at the Guinness Storehouse. Make sure to book online to save 10%, receive a complimentary pint and express entry.
- Stroll down Grafton Street for the best shopping in Dublin.
Go to a trad session (traditional Irish music session) in the Cobblestone.
Check out a gig at Whelan’s. You can check their website for a lineup.
- If you have time, hop on the DART and head south to Bray and hike Bray Head with beautiful views of the Irish Sea or keep going and go explore Wicklow National Park.
If I wasn’t drinking in Ireland, I was eating. The food is comforting and delicious. Try these on your visit:
Head to Market Bar and enjoy a delicious meal of tapas.
- Plan on catching a game at the Woolshed Baa & Grill and get an order of wings with extra bleu cheese.
- My personal favorite spot to get chocolate is at Butler’s Chocolates. Make sure you get a macaroon and a cookie hot chocolate.
Dublin has a great night life. The Guinness and Jameson flow freely and the people sing along with the live music. You’ll be sure to have made a few new friends by nights end.
- If you find yourself by the Liffey stop at the Boat Bar and have a pint while enjoying the view.
- Neary’s is a great pub to grab a pint. According to one of my Irish friends, this pub is Daniel Day Lewis’s favorite pub (allegedly)!
- For a more tourist based area head to the Temple Bar area of Dublin and go to THE Temple Bar. Great music and drinks will be had all night.