When visiting Dublin, the home of Guinness, my weekend was full of laughing, eating and beer drinking. I spent nights dancing away in traditional Irish pubs and engaging in conversations with witty, and beautiful sounding Dubliners.
What a wonderful place to spend a long weekend away; in the Irish capital city that’s just an hour away from Southampton airport. An amazing city right on my own doorstep and I never thought, until the end of last year, to go to before. There is something atmospheric about sitting in an Irish pub filled with lifelong locals betting on horses and drinking Guinness. Dubliners are the most outspoken yet friendliest people in Europe. Never have I felt more comfortable and more welcome walking into an unknown pub.
I have to say before going to Dublin I had never tried the black stuff. I am not the biggest fan of beer as it is, so drinking Guinness didn't appeal to me. However when in Dublin it would have been disrespectful not to! So I thought about trying my first pint of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse and do you know what? It really wasn't that bad!
The Guinness Storehouse is a must; well I suppose it isn't Ireland’s number one visitor attraction for any old reason. The Gravity Bar which offers a 360 degree view of the city and a complimentary pint is reason enough to go in itself. There is a tasting session that can be done; and the Storehouse offers an interactive tour which goes through the history of Guinness and tells you what exactly what goes into the pint itself. The historical building provides seven floors of storytelling about the life of Guinness.
The best thing I did was get the tour bus, it was a hop on and off and it stopped at all the main attractions such as The Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Whiskey Factory, the zoo and it showed off Dublin’s stunning architecture.
I can be sure to say that I will be visiting Dublin again, and next time it will be around St Patrick’s Day. I can only imagine how atmospheric Dublin would be around St Paddy's day. The Temple Bar Trad Fest provides traditional Irish music, bar hops and food! The Irish Capital is picturesque and weirdly, but wonderfully, full of statues; you will even find them in the most peculiar places.
The nightlife in Dublin most definitely lived up to every expectation and if not more! I went to the Market Bar which opens up at the side of the towers-and-turrets fairy-tale-Victorian George’s Street shopping arcade. In the day it is a family friendly environment. But as the sun goes down the Market Bar fills up. I was sat during late afternoon enjoying tapas (which, by the way, was delightful) and didn't leave a dent in my purse. A beautiful building and friendly environment, it was the Market Bar where I ended up staying for the entire night.
I have been told when visiting Dublin is to go during the weekend if you are looking for a trip filled with pub crawls, and memorable night outs. If you ever need some expert friendly advice, tips, discounts and offers… look no further than your cabbie!
The list of things to do in Dublin is never ending and unfortunately I didn't get to do them all, so I believe another trip is on the cards. I would love to see Dublin Castle, The National Gallery of Ireland which is home to 2,500 beautiful art, works by Vermeer, Caravaggio, Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet, and of course the famous The Book of Kells. Oh there’s just so much to do. I’m looking forward to my next visit; see you soon Dublin!