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Discover Dublin

By Rachel Nash

Posted: 12th November 2012 10:11

More than just Guinness and leprechauns, this capital city of Ireland waves goodbye to many a happy folk every day.  From tempting restaurants to buzzing nightlife to numerous department stores and a popular gay district Dublin has everything for the city break lover. 

Dublin is a cracking night out, after all the Irish do love to drink and 50% of citizens are under the age of 25.  Temple Bar, south of the River Liffey (pictured) comes alive at night, with famous pubs ‘The Porterhouse’ ‘The Turk’s Head’ and the traditional ‘The Quay’s bar’.  Take a walk around Temple Bar and you’ll instantly see what all the fuss is about with street performers dazzling your sights and nightclubs twinkling in the distance.  For a classier venue, Alchemy is Dublin’s hottest new club on the market and feature stylish decor and chic rooms.  Sign up to be a member for free and you’ll receive complimentary entry on your birthday and a bottle of bubbly for you and five friends. 

The gay district in Dublin is always popular and well loved by the Irish.  There are numerous festivals that feature at different times of year including the International Gay Theatre festival and the Dublin Pride festival that are hold at the gay district, located on Capel Street.  For a fun, lively atmosphere like no other, head on down.  Numerous gay bars in Dublin are as popular amongst the locals as they are the tourists; ‘The George’ and ‘Pantibar’ are famous for a gay night out. 

For a traditional Irish meal book a table at family run restaurant ‘Ely Bar & Brassiere’ and eat your body weight in hearty food.  The restaurant is famous for supporting local Irish suppliers by sourcing their meat from the family’s own farm.  The food is uncomplicated, great value for money and also offers a long cocktail, beer and wine menu so a merry evening won’t go amiss.  If you’re a trendy tourist looking for a trendy eatery then KOH is the place for you.  The menu features Thai, Chinese, Malaysian and European cuisine; an Asian Fusion, if you will.  We highly recommend a visit, try the Aromatic Chilli Pork, order your favourite poison and enjoy your evening, full and happy. 

If you fancy a more relaxing and historic day then Dublin is the city for culture and controversy.  The city runs a medieval Celtic Christianity tour about the horrors of the bubonic plague and the unique Hellfire Club tour.  The Hellfire tour ends on top of the Dublin Mountains and features many interesting (and controversial) settings and scenes.  Not to be missed! 

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