After spending three New Year’s Eves in New York City, we were ready for a change and looked tirelessly for an affordable getaway. Fortunately, a great deal showed up for Dublin where we had never been. Without much consideration, we took this opportunity to spend a week in the land of ire. We stayed with an Airbnb host who so graciously invited us to spend an amazing New Year’s Eve with him and his friends. We took so many long walks, connected with old friends and new friends, frequented many pubs, drank a gazillion beers, and had delicious food. Here’s our guide to Dublin!
Leo Burdock’s Classic fish & chip. Fresh and delicious.
Neon The food is great but what’s the best about this place? It’s that they give you an ice cream cone with your meal so that you can get a free soft serve afterwards. Amazing and genius!
Yamamori Izakaya Great food!
Bull and Castle Classic Irish pub with tons of beers that could only be found in Ireland as well as some global selections. The extensive selection could be intimidating but stick with the Irish brews as they are delicious! Galway Hooker, Metalman, Trouble, O’Hara’s, Dingle… — try them all!
The Royal Oak This pub is so quaint and amazing! It’s a family-run pub frequented by mostly locals. After a delicious homemade New Year’s Eve dinner, we stumbled with some new Irish friends to their favorite neighborhood spot and it turned out to be a true hidden gem. The place is tiny but the beer selection is grand. It also features a traditional pub snug with private access to the bar.
The Palace Bar If you wander to Temple Bar and was not feeling the touristy vibe at all, please check out this pub before leaving the tourist trap! You will feel the difference as soon as you walk in the place — despite its location in the middle of Temple Bar, the crowd consists to all locals and the ambience is nice and perfect for conversations.
Bison Bar & BBQ We did not try the BBQ but the brews were great! Another nice & chill pub!
The Porterhouse We are huge fans of the historic Porterhouse Fraunces Tavern in New York City and couldn’t miss checking out the original Porterhouse in Dublin. It did not disappoint!
The Library Bar Hidden and charming bar in The Central Hotel. Fireplace and brews — what else would one need?
Guinness Storehouse Free pint with your tour ticket! We went straight to the Gravity Bar on the top floor to sip our beer while enjoying the 360° view of the city. Ask the bartender to draw your name on the beer — it’s not exclusive to latte art!
The Long Hall Another great pub! Definitely stop by if you’re around.
COFFEE & SNACKS
Insomnia They are everywhere! And they have delicious coffee! Do check it out if you see one!
Brother Hubbard Coffee and sweets!
Old Jameson Distillery This spot wasn’t on our list but we stumbled upon it and decided to check it out. All the tours were full so we just had some drinks in the pretty lobby bar.
Irish Museum of Modern Art (the IMMA) and Phoenix Park The IMMA was closed for a while a renovation and had just reopened right before we got there – lucky us! The galleries aren’t huge but the building, which used to be a 17th-century hospital, is truly beautiful. The museum is connected to the amazing Phoenix Park, a 1700-acre green space in the heart of Dublin.
Howth Our host kindly drove us to Howth for a quick day trip. Howth is right outside of Dublin and is a cute little fishing village. We walked out to the lighthouse, climbed up to Howth Head, then had delicious oysters and guinness at The Bloody Stream.
Irish Design Shop All kinds of beautiful!
There are still many places on our to-do list that we didn’t get to visit during our short stay. Check out Phuong’s Foursquare list here!