Dublin has history, charm, sights, museums, galleries, theatres, shops, pubs, restaurants and an abundance of character. Below you'll find recommendations picked by Pat and his staff.
The Bull & Castle (€€)
Steaks supplied by own butcher served in a lowlit pub setting with sheepskin covered benches.
Far from just another burger restaurant they are serving high quality produce in a contemporary Irish establishment.
Red Torch Ginger (€€)
They serve tasty Thai food at an affordable price while also serving a great range of cocktails, craft beers and wines.
The Winding Stair (€€€)
Restaurant and bookshop overlooking the iconic Ha'penny bridge. The food is good, old-fashioned home cooking, with produce sourced from artisans within the island.
The Pig's Ear (€€€)
Sophisticated Irish dishes balance traditional and modern in 2 rooms hidden behind a hot pink door.
And if they don't float your boat, get on one - La Peniche (€€) - a wine barge & bistro, minutes from St. Stephen's Green. Cruise included.
Keogh's Café, Trinity Street
Family run business, serving fresh food and the best scones in town according to our staff.
Bewley's Café, Grafton Street
Re-opened after a complete refurbishment. Finest coffees, teas and pastries.
Brother Hubbard, Capel Street
Breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The best cinnamon twirls in town.
Two Pups, Francis Street
A little coffee bar serving specialty beans surrounded by vintage clothes, with a few chairs and tables.
First Draft Coffee, Temple Bar
Coffee from Irish roasters, locally baked cakes, homemade soup and toasties.
Traditional pub decorated with filigree-edged mirrors, polished dark wood and traditional snugs.
One of Dublin's oldest family-run pubs surrounded by renowned landmarks.
Brendan Behan's old favourite, this is a classic, traditional Dublin pub.
Quirky pub where "The Commitments" was filmed with years worth of memorabilia on the walls.
Microbrewery which prides itself on top quality craft beer and food in Dublin City centre.
They call themselves "a drinking pub with a music problem". Head there for a traditional music session.
Authentic atmosphere. Classic bar menu, friendly faces, rustic interior, live music.
Large, lively bar for comfort food and sports on TV, plus live traditional Irish music at weekends.
A lush emporium, think velvet chairs, copper bars, and award winning cocktail concoctions and fantastical creations.
This refined, speakeasy-vibe bar offers candle-lit cocktails and fine-dining amid vintage ephemera.
Quirky, calm cocktail bar offering cocktail making classes.
Modern glasshouse restaurant with extensive cocktail menu and 360 degree views over Dublin.
Hip, bare-bones hangout with art and sofas in a townhouse hotel, popular for brunch and mojitos.
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Why not pick up a framed, affordable picture of Dublin City?
If you have any desire to understand Irish history then visit this former prison.
Discover the historic heart of Dublin.
Winner of the 'European Museum of the Year', the library's rich collections open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Tip: Visit the rooftop garden.
The Old Library, Trinity College
It is the largest library in Ireland, and one of the most impressive in the world.
Grand collection of European art spanning the 14th to the 20th-century covering all major schools.
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History brought to life in an exciting way for all to engage, learn and share.
The museum is full of characters and exhibits, from historical figures to cartoon characters, and everything else in between.
Dedicated to Irish folklore and mythology, through the oral tradition of storytelling.
Fun and completely unique tour of Dublin by land and water in reconditioned World War II vintage amphibious military vehicles.
Meet mammals, insects, birds & sealife of Ireland & the world. Also called the "Dead Zoo".
Held every Saturday from 10am-4.30pm at Meeting House Square in the heart of Dublin city centre.
This outdoor market showcases the very best of handmade craft an design produced by Irish and Ireland-based artist every Saturday.
The Market has a mish mash of stalls ranging from vintage clothes, designer threads, vinyl records, contemporary crafts, bric a brac, jewellry, books and more. Every Saturday from 12noon.
A great afternoon of local design, entertainment and live music at The George Bar. First Saturday of every month.
Situated in the coastal town of Dun Laoghaire, the market is held every Sunday in the People's Park near the seafront. Accessible by DART.
Airy, Georgian building featuring shops for designer apparel, jewelry & antiques, plus restaurants.
A large indoor shopping centre located at the top of Grafton Street near St. Stephen's Green Park.
Ireland's favourite department store and home to the world's best brands all under one roof. Iconic buildin located in Henry Street.
Ireland's most beautiful lifestyle store, home to an unparalleled range of designer brands.
Or simply enjoy a stroll down our two principal shopping streets, Grafton Street and Henry Street.
Shops are usually open daily between 10.00-18.00.
Sunday between 12.00 - 18.00
Late Night Shopping every Thursday until 21.00.
There is not a strong tipping culture in Ireland but many locals and visitors tend to tip for certain services. This infographic is aimed to help you when in doubt.
Why not check out our friends at My Ireland Tours if you are planning on exploring the Emerald Isle. They are an independent family-run business keen on showing you what makes Ireland such a magical place.