Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, famous for its cobbled streets, history and of course, its beer. Visiting the city’s landmark castles, cathedral’s and spectacular bridges can be thirsty work… Luckily though, the Dublin has the expansive selection of ale and whiskey we’ve all been searching for.
Of course, the Guinness factory is one of its most popular tourist attractions in Dublin and Temple bar is infamous for its great nights and even greater music. We have combed the city for inspiration that gives you an alternate look at the famous capital of the Republic of Ireland.
On a late night in Dublin it’s easy to stumble into one of Parliament Streets’ busy and happening bars. The bars tend to be busy and buzzing and the music is thronging. You head over to the bar where you are greeted with some of the best craft ales and whiskey’s the country has to offer.
You order and drink and look around at the faces having a great time and find yourself a seat where you can sit and enjoy the vibe or engage in conversation with the friendly locals. Dublin is a city thriving with atmosphere and a warm location that always welcomes friendly visitors with open arms.
When the morning arrives you have the choice of many varying places to catch brunch. After food, you have the option to take in the culture of the city, go shopping in its many vintage shops or down to its flea market on the weekend.
Here at Far Out we are here to make this choices easier by putting together inspiration to make your trip to Dublin as entertaining and insightful as possible.
Dublin is too small to have hipster heavy neighbourhoods, but it does have a variety of places dotted across the city which will have your trendy juices flowing and will feed your cultural side and leave you heavily satisfied.
George’s Street Arcade
This gem can be found in the south-east of the inner city, It is a great mix of small shops and stores the sell anything from sweet vintage clothing, old gaming consoles and records. The experience is enhanced by the Victorian era decor. When you’ve finished shopping you can have lunch at The Market Bar or purchase a drink from one of its many juice bars.
There are also other cool vintage shops such as Nine Crows, Lucy’s Lounge, Tola Vintage, Siopella, The Eager Beaver, Flip, and The Harlequin.
The Temple Bar
This cobbled neighbourhood is the heart of Dublin. Its crowded pubs host a range of live folk and DJ sets. There are local quirky boutique clothes and craft shops and an array of Asian, American and Irish style cuisine places to eat out.
Based in Temple Bar, the area is a hub for visual and performance art. It is definitely the most avant-garde feature venue. Past appearances from critically acclaimed companies and actors, this venue also hosted a world premiere of The Emergency Room. Undoubtedly a place of interest not to be missed.
Head over to Henry Street area, one of Dublin’s oldest shopping districts and here is a mix of the old and the new Ireland. You will find old traditions of women selling goods often from old prams, for example. On Moore Street, you will find one of its oldest open-air food markets where you will see plenty of interesting ethnic shops for rarer items.
The city centre hosts such iconic hangouts that must not be missed from The Bernard Shaw, The Button Factory of the Twisted Pepper.
Full of modern art by some of the seminal artists of the era artwork from the likes of Andy Warhol, Marina Abramović, Frida Kahlo and Tino Sehgal.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art presents a dynamic and changing programme of exhibitions throughout the year. It is situated in Kilmainham in a 17th century Royal Hospital building and has some spectacular grounds that include a garden to chill in and a medieval burial ground.
The Workman’s Club
An infamous club in the heart of Temple Bar, it’s everything you’re dreaming of if you’re looking for authenticity. It regularly has alternative artists playing throughout the year and its mission is to allow independent musicians and thinkers to have a platform to express themselves.
From stand up comedy, indie rockers, poetry and more it prides itself on a place where experiences are created. Originally a working man’s club hence the name.
Getting there and when…
Dublin has the luxury of having a port and also an airport so it is very accessible with the ferry being a few minutes out from the city centre. If you’d rather fly then a range of aircrafts fly into Dublin anad there are an array of budget flights which is great for travellers. The airport is a quick taxi ride from the city centre also.
Visiting Dublin will most likely be busy all year round. The summer periods tend to be busiest from June to the End of August so if you are looking to beat the crowds January to March are the quieter times of year.