A trip to the Republic of Ireland isn’t complete without visiting its capital, Dublin. The largest city in the country, it would be easy to spend an entire trip here. However, if travel plans are tight, it is still possible to glean an understanding of this fascinating city in just a day or two. This series will present a variety of options to make the most out of a short trip to Dublin.
Tip #3: Drink up
When in Dublin, an exploration of the pubs, restaurants and breweries that make it famous is a must. There are quite a few choices here, but all of them promise a fantastic experience.
Guiness Storehouse: the Disney World of beer breweries, the St. James’ Gate Brewery is the largest stout brewery in the world. A trip through the 64-acre grounds will take you through the entire brewing process, and ends with a free Guiness at the top of the building – which features a gorgeous, panoramic view of Dublin.
Jameson Distillery: if whisky is more palatable than beer, a trip to the Jameson distillery leads visitors through the whisky-making process. A free whisky sample is included in the tour.
Temple Bar Quarter: The Temple Bar quarter the general area just south of the River Liffy (which splits Dublin roughly in half). This entire area retains its medieval structure, with cobblestone streets and small, tightly-packed shops.
Within the quarter there are a number of excellent pubs and restaurants, one of which is the Temple Bar itself, for which the quarter earned its name. This restaurant/bar has amazing sandwiches and great drinks. Also in the Temple Bar area is Oliver St. John Gogarty’s, a pub and hostel that features live musical performances every night.
Brazen Head: Established in approximately 1198, Brazen Head is Ireland’s oldest pub. Featuring traditional Irish cuisine and a number of drinks, the most exciting part about this pub is the building itself. Over the centuries it has been expanded upon, and the resulting pub is a web of rooms and corridors waiting to be explored.