The Loop: Dublin

Dublin

Eats:

Chapter 1 – fancy on “the green”

I believe they also do a lunch option – so if you don’t want the expense or the whole dinner thing – this could be a way to check out the new Irish cooking w/o the full commitment!

Fallon & Byrne – food market & resto – you can get wine & picnic stuff or eat in. 

3FE – coffee – has great breakfast, delicious coffee & treats

Meet me in the morning – coffee – another good cafe. 

Kaph – more coffee – on a cute street!

Bewleys – it’s the old institution for a good cup of tea – 

Theater:

Gaiety

Abbey

These are the grand dames of Irish theater – if something’s playing that interests you – I highly recommend a visit. 

Music:

Whelans

Vicar St. 

The Olympia

Temple bar – is a total scene – there will be hen & stag parties & general drunken debauchery – but you might also find an interesting pub or two mixed in there!

Pubs:

There’s one on every corner – spend an afternoon in a cozy one there’s nothing better. Bring the paper, order a pint & you’ll find a best friend by the end of the day. 

The Long Hall is a pleasant one to start with – Great George’s St. if I remember correctly. Every one has a “local” so find yours while visiting – it’s really the best use of your time!

To see/do:

There’s history on every corner  – here’s a few not to miss –

The book of Kells @ Trinity 

And the library there also – glorious  

The GPO (General Post Office) is a spot to soak up Irish independence 

Kilmainhaam Gaol – where they took those boys that boarded themselves at the GPO & executed them – there’s a million patriotic songs about this infamous lockup – there may be some sort of exhibit from the centennial last year. (1916-2016)

Dublin Castle – seat of the English occupation – stately & storied worth a stroll through. 

National Gallery – worthy art break – all the old Irish masters – beautiful landscape wing. 

St. Stephens Green – our Central Park – ”tis lovely if the sun shines – bring some bread & feed the ducks!

Grafton Street – for shopping – but also – buskers – great musicians – I remember the Hot House Flowers giving it socks back in the early ’90’s!

Guinness Factory – I’ve never been – but I’ve always heard good things – Michael Black – our soccer coach spent a lot of his early days working there & has great stories – so if you fancy a pint (I do now…!)

Bookshops – the winding stair – you have to spend time in a bookshop in Dublin & this is a lovely one! They also have a great cafe – so spend the day!

Chapters is another. 

The Irish Design Center at the Powerscourt center – this used to be a fun place to check out up & coming Irish designers of all sorts – clothes/jewelry/crafts – I’m not sure what it’s become – but it might be worth a stroll through. 

I’m sure I’m missing loads of must see/do – but this is a small start. 

Dublin is easy to navigate, night life is ample, the food has gotten really good in recent years – you’ll have a brilliant time no matter what you do – Sláinte! L

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