29 Jun Good Places to Eat and Drink in Dublin
Ireland has a huge place in my heart and have been back to Dublin time after time. I first visited the city on a Paddywagon tour, then I went back for the TBEX travel blogger conference and even flew over for New Years Eve. This time I hopped on a Ryanair flight to visit my American friend Caitlin, who’s been living there for the last few months. With it being June the weather was gorgeous and for the first time I got to see Ireland in the summer. She showed me some really good places to eat and drink in Dublin, so I thought I’d share them with you here.
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The Rooftop at Marker Hotel, Dublin
Who knew there was a rooftop bar in Dublin? I certainly didn’t. If you fancy a bit of a swankier affair, the Rooftop Bar at The Marker Hotel is a great place to enjoy views across Dublin and all the way out to the Wicklow mountains.
Since it was a sunny, summer’s day, this was the perfect spot to sip on a cocktail. It gets quite busy, so I would advise you show up early or make a reservation. Should it not be so warm, they have blankets if you get a bit cold.
It’s a rather smart affair, with impeccable service and a large cocktail selection- definitely a good place for a special occasion.
Farmer Browns is a cute burger and brunch spot in Dublin 4 (outside the city centre), with a twee little vegetable garden and a bicycle out the front. They also have exrordinary arraignments of flowers they get from Flower Delivery Ireland. They use Ireland’s artisan, free range, organic and homegrown produce quirky American/Irish dishes. It’s in a quieter residential area but there are pubs and shops nearby.
The burgers are enormous and have not one but two patties- I seriously struggled to finish.I can recommend the local craft beer on tap to wash it all down.
The Port House
For tapas, the Port House in the city centre is a great little find, with a few tables outside as well as plenty of seating inside in a dark and romantic setting. They serve the classics like patatas bravas, albondigas, pork belly and tortilla espanola, as well as a selection of cheeses, salads, croquettes, pintxos, fish dishes and vegetable dishes. No tapas meal would be complete without some sangria and theirs is pretty refreshing.
Situated next to the Powerscourt Centre, Pygmalion is a really great spot to sit outside and watch the world go by in the summer months. There’s a large outdoor terrace on Coppinger Row, although it can be quite crowded, so you might have to stand and wait to get a seat. The cocktails are quite pricey at 13 euro, but on weekdays they do 2 4 1 happy hour cocktails, which is much more reasonable. It attracts quite a young, trendy crowd and plays host to local up and coming bands as well as DJs.
The Green Hen
Looking for a place to eat on my last evening in Dublin, I turned to Yelp and discovered The Green Hen. They have an early bird menu between 5pm and 7pm Sunday-Thursday, with 2 courses for €19.50 or three courses for €22. It has a really nice atmosphere, with lots of posters on the walls from the golden age of cinema and a bit of Sinatra playing over the speakers. The food was tasty and hit the spot- I had the beetroot salad followed by chicken and pearl barley and the best panna cotta I’ve ever eaten for dessert.
Most people who visit Dublin head straight to the Gravity bar at the Guinness Storehouse but I actually had more fun at the Jameson Distillery- mainly because the tour is guided and you get to drink rather a lot of whiskey. Things were a bit hazy upon leaving but I definitely had a great time!
37 Dawson was an experience I’ll never forget at TBEX Dublin and this time was no different. Set over several floors, 37 Dawson is a fantastic club with a nice crows and a brilliant place to dance. Best of all they don’t have a cocktail menu but you could pretty much ask them to make any cocktail you like.
Elephant and Castle
There was a bit of a wait for our table at the Elephant and Castle but it was a handy place to order some food and soak up the Guinness after a few drinks in Temple Bar. The chicken wings are really, really good and this restaurant is listed as one of the top places to eat chicken wings in Dublin. My burger was top notch and they even asked how I’d like it cooked, which isn’t that common in Dublin.
Are there any places you’d really recommend to eat and drink in Dublin that I should try next time? Let me know by leaving a comment!