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Caroline’s Guidebook for Dublin 8

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Caroline’s Guidebook for Dublin 8

Sightseeing
One of the major Dublin visitor attractions. Steeped in our country's history. New visitor centre to be opened soon. Wonderful guided tours. Booking essential.
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Kilmainham Gaol
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One of the major Dublin visitor attractions. Steeped in our country's history. New visitor centre to be opened soon. Wonderful guided tours. Booking essential.
Over 800 years of history within these walls. It is now the Church of Ireland Cathedral. Services are held 3 times daily to which entry is free. Otherwise entry is paid. Tours are provided and extremely interesting. A very popular visit.
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St Patrick's Cathedral
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Over 800 years of history within these walls. It is now the Church of Ireland Cathedral. Services are held 3 times daily to which entry is free. Otherwise entry is paid. Tours are provided and extremely interesting. A very popular visit.
Tour the world famous Guiness Storehouse based in St Jame's Gate Brewery. See how it's made and pull a pint of your own! Last stop the Gravity Bar. With a pint of the black stuff, you'll be able to see from Howth in the north to the Wicklow mountains in the south and the whole of Dublin city in between! the best view in Dublin!
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Guinness Storehouse
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Tour the world famous Guiness Storehouse based in St Jame's Gate Brewery. See how it's made and pull a pint of your own! Last stop the Gravity Bar. With a pint of the black stuff, you'll be able to see from Howth in the north to the Wicklow mountains in the south and the whole of Dublin city in between! the best view in Dublin!
A wonderful and historic cathedral......don’t forget to visit the crypt!
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Christ Church Cathedral
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A wonderful and historic cathedral......don’t forget to visit the crypt!
One of our oldest cathedrals. Free entry and free guided tours giving you a wonderful history of Dublin through the ages!
St Audoens
32 Cook Street
One of our oldest cathedrals. Free entry and free guided tours giving you a wonderful history of Dublin through the ages!
Great just to walk around and also visit the garden area at the back. Tours of the State Rooms are available as well tours of underground areas with foundation going back to Viking times.
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Dublin Castle
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Great just to walk around and also visit the garden area at the back. Tours of the State Rooms are available as well tours of underground areas with foundation going back to Viking times.
Yes it’s worth the queues! Don’t expect to see the whole book as a new page is turned every day. The history of this is mind blowing!
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The Book of Kells
7 College Street
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Yes it’s worth the queues! Don’t expect to see the whole book as a new page is turned every day. The history of this is mind blowing!
Founded by King Charles the second, sister hospital to the Royal Chelsea in London. Stunning building with cobbled courtyard and small Italianate gardens. Home to IMMA. Has a coffee shop and book shop in crypt area.
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Royal Hospital Kilmainham
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Founded by King Charles the second, sister hospital to the Royal Chelsea in London. Stunning building with cobbled courtyard and small Italianate gardens. Home to IMMA. Has a coffee shop and book shop in crypt area.
One of our local distilleries.
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Teeling Whiskey Distillery
13-17 Newmarket
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One of our local distilleries.
We love our whiskey! And this distillery utilises a former church.
Pearse Lyons Distillery
121-122 James's St
We love our whiskey! And this distillery utilises a former church.
DescriptionTemple Bar is a busy riverside neighbourhood, spread over cobbled pedestrian lanes. Crowded pubs host live folk music and DJ sets, and diners pack restaurants serving Asian, American and Irish cuisine. Quirky boutiques stock clothes and crafts by local designers. The National Photographic Archive highlights Ireland’s past, while the Project Arts Centre and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios shows contemporary art. Just be careful of the prices of some of the pubs! Restaurants: The Temple Bar, Bad Bobs Temple Bar, Oliver St. John Gogarty's Hostel, Fitzsimons Hotel Temple Bar, Porterhouse Temple Bar, Elephant & Castle Temple Bar, Hard Rock Cafe, Thunder Road Cafe,
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Temple Bar
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DescriptionTemple Bar is a busy riverside neighbourhood, spread over cobbled pedestrian lanes. Crowded pubs host live folk music and DJ sets, and diners pack restaurants serving Asian, American and Irish cuisine. Quirky boutiques stock clothes and crafts by local designers. The National Photographic Archive highlights Ireland’s past, while the Project Arts Centre and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios shows contemporary art. Just be careful of the prices of some of the pubs! Restaurants: The Temple Bar, Bad Bobs Temple Bar, Oliver St. John Gogarty's Hostel, Fitzsimons Hotel Temple Bar, Porterhouse Temple Bar, Elephant & Castle Temple Bar, Hard Rock Cafe, Thunder Road Cafe,
In the centre of south Dublin City you’ll find Molly.....the Tart with the Cart or the Trollop with the Scallops.....Dublin humour! You’ll know the song ‘cockles and mussels alive alive oh’
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Molly Malone Statue
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In the centre of south Dublin City you’ll find Molly.....the Tart with the Cart or the Trollop with the Scallops.....Dublin humour! You’ll know the song ‘cockles and mussels alive alive oh’
Arts & Culture
The Irish Museum of Modern Art is based in a wonderful old building, the Royal Hospital Kilmaiham. A large selection of innovative and exciting art. Entry is free. Regular exhibitions and local artists work in the Stable Block.
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Irish Museum of Modern Art
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The Irish Museum of Modern Art is based in a wonderful old building, the Royal Hospital Kilmaiham. A large selection of innovative and exciting art. Entry is free. Regular exhibitions and local artists work in the Stable Block.
A truly iconic university. Visit the Book of Kells and get a tour around the college by Trinity’s own students.
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Trinity College Dublin
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A truly iconic university. Visit the Book of Kells and get a tour around the college by Trinity’s own students.
Free entry to this wonderful gallery and it’s not just for tourists. Lots of locals here regularly!
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National Gallery of Ireland
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Free entry to this wonderful gallery and it’s not just for tourists. Lots of locals here regularly!
Small and perfectly formed! This museum is rather different and the tour is certainly not boring!
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The Little Museum of Dublin
15 Saint Stephen's Green
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Small and perfectly formed! This museum is rather different and the tour is certainly not boring!
Dublin’s best known theatre with the Riverdance Show running every summer.
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The Gaiety Theatre
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Dublin’s best known theatre with the Riverdance Show running every summer.
123456789101112 Discover weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics, glassware, Asian art and the Asgard, as well as folklife and costume artefacts. Great place to visit, you’ll never see it all!
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National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History
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123456789101112 Discover weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics, glassware, Asian art and the Asgard, as well as folklife and costume artefacts. Great place to visit, you’ll never see it all!
Established in 1707 with more than 25,000 books. Full of wonderful collections with a full range of exhibitions with visitors made very welcome.
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Marsh’s Library
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Established in 1707 with more than 25,000 books. Full of wonderful collections with a full range of exhibitions with visitors made very welcome.
Parks & Nature
You can hire a bike or simply walk around and catch site of the deer. There are flower gardens as well as grassland. Contains the Wellington Monument, Dublin Zoo, Farmleigh House and Aras an Uachtarain (the Presidents residence) all of which can be visited. Check the park Visitor Centre. Several coffee shops available.
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Phoenix Park
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You can hire a bike or simply walk around and catch site of the deer. There are flower gardens as well as grassland. Contains the Wellington Monument, Dublin Zoo, Farmleigh House and Aras an Uachtarain (the Presidents residence) all of which can be visited. Check the park Visitor Centre. Several coffee shops available.
Whether you’re a Dubliner or a visitor, this is the park to wander round or relax in.
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Saint Stephen's Green
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Whether you’re a Dubliner or a visitor, this is the park to wander round or relax in.
A great zoo with dedicated staff taking great care of its animals.
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Dublin Zoo
Phoenix Park
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A great zoo with dedicated staff taking great care of its animals.
This park is home to Ireland's War Memorial Gardens designed by Sir Edward Lutyens for all those who died in both world wars. The book rooms house the Books of the Dead, designed by artist Harry Clark. All surrounded by lovely gardens.
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Irish National War Memorial Gardens
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This park is home to Ireland's War Memorial Gardens designed by Sir Edward Lutyens for all those who died in both world wars. The book rooms house the Books of the Dead, designed by artist Harry Clark. All surrounded by lovely gardens.
Get out of town! Take the Dart train and go north to this wonderful fishing village. Great cliff walks too! Great market every weekend. This village has some lovely fishy places to eat and plenty of ice cream !
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Howth
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Get out of town! Take the Dart train and go north to this wonderful fishing village. Great cliff walks too! Great market every weekend. This village has some lovely fishy places to eat and plenty of ice cream !
Wonderful walk with great views. Appropriate footwear needed as some loose covered paths. Great favourite with locals of all ages.
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Bray To Greystones Walk
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Wonderful walk with great views. Appropriate footwear needed as some loose covered paths. Great favourite with locals of all ages.
Tucked away by the National Concert Hall this garden is quieter than Stephens Green so a nice little rest stop. Holds concerts during the summer.
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Iveagh Gardens
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Tucked away by the National Concert Hall this garden is quieter than Stephens Green so a nice little rest stop. Holds concerts during the summer.
Essentials
Open daily till late. Foods, drinks and household supplies. Top up or buy Leap Cards here. ATM machine to get cash out and a Post Office.
Centra Rialto
455/457 S Circular Rd
Open daily till late. Foods, drinks and household supplies. Top up or buy Leap Cards here. ATM machine to get cash out and a Post Office.
Not just a great butchers! Ready made meals, deli, salads, veg,fish, antipasti, fruit, deserts, chocolate, bread and wines!
Ennis Butchers
463 S Circular Rd
Not just a great butchers! Ready made meals, deli, salads, veg,fish, antipasti, fruit, deserts, chocolate, bread and wines!
Well it is an essential! A traditional Dublin local! Friendly people. Music and song at the weekends. A good pint of Guinness here.
The Bird Flanagan
471 S Circular Rd
Well it is an essential! A traditional Dublin local! Friendly people. Music and song at the weekends. A good pint of Guinness here.
A yummy local stop for bread and cakes!
The Bakery by The Cupcake Bloke
461 South Circular Road
A yummy local stop for bread and cakes!
Very knowledgeable and friendly staff who will help with all your health needs.
Haven Pharmacy Cassidys
449 S Circular Rd
Very knowledgeable and friendly staff who will help with all your health needs.
Large variety of wonderful breads and cakes. Buy in shop and take into coffee shop next door.
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The Natural Bakery
631 S Circular Rd
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Large variety of wonderful breads and cakes. Buy in shop and take into coffee shop next door.
Food Scene
Smart brasserie with great staff. Open mid morning till late. Wonderful lunches and evening meals, also Sunday brunch. Or just pop in for coffee or a drink. Outside seating area.
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Union8
740 S Circular Rd
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Smart brasserie with great staff. Open mid morning till late. Wonderful lunches and evening meals, also Sunday brunch. Or just pop in for coffee or a drink. Outside seating area.
Lovely lunches and great location opposite Kilmainham Gaol. Also does breakfasts and lots more. Nice outside space also.
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LimeTree Cafe
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Lovely lunches and great location opposite Kilmainham Gaol. Also does breakfasts and lots more. Nice outside space also.
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Brother Hubbard (South)
46 Harrington St
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Dubliners love this shop! Great food and drink in the main shop/ deli area with plenty of Irish artisan foods. Enjoy a coffee or a light meal in the food hall, or there’s a more formal dining room upstairs and a wonderful wine bar down in the vaulted basement with great wine and charcuterie and cheese boards.
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Fallon & Byrne Exchequer St
11-17 Exchequer St
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Dubliners love this shop! Great food and drink in the main shop/ deli area with plenty of Irish artisan foods. Enjoy a coffee or a light meal in the food hall, or there’s a more formal dining room upstairs and a wonderful wine bar down in the vaulted basement with great wine and charcuterie and cheese boards.
Well you’re not a Dubliner if you’ve never been to Bewleys. Our most loved ‘coffee house’! The Victorian interior remains and the wonderful stained glass windows by Dublin artist Harry Clarke are a joy to behold!
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Bewley's Grafton Street
79 Grafton St
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Well you’re not a Dubliner if you’ve never been to Bewleys. Our most loved ‘coffee house’! The Victorian interior remains and the wonderful stained glass windows by Dublin artist Harry Clarke are a joy to behold!
I think it’s the best curry in Dublin! And we have a 10% discount card and the bus stop is nearby...... what’s not to like?
Diwali Restaurant
3 S Great George's St
I think it’s the best curry in Dublin! And we have a 10% discount card and the bus stop is nearby...... what’s not to like?
It’s really yummy food! Wonderful cakes!
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Queen of Tarts Cow's Lane
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It’s really yummy food! Wonderful cakes!
A great local favourite for veggies or vegans! Amazing room upstairs!
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Cornucopia
19-20 Wicklow St
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A great local favourite for veggies or vegans! Amazing room upstairs!
You’ll want the wings , oh yes you will! Nestled in the middle of Temple Bar, it’s a good price for good food.
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Elephant & Castle Temple Bar
18-19 Temple Bar
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You’ll want the wings , oh yes you will! Nestled in the middle of Temple Bar, it’s a good price for good food.
Good food and lovely garden out back. Great for weekend brunch!
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Noshington Café
186 S Circular Rd
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Good food and lovely garden out back. Great for weekend brunch!
We Dubs love a bit of Leo! Enjoy!
Leo Burdock Temple Bar
4 Crown Alley
We Dubs love a bit of Leo! Enjoy!
Good prices and decent burgers. Also a store in Dame Street.
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BóBós Burgers Restaurant
22 Wexford St
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Good prices and decent burgers. Also a store in Dame Street.
Great for any time of day or evening. Great set menus and large selection of craft beers.
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The Larder Restaurant & BrewHouse
8 Parliament Street
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Great for any time of day or evening. Great set menus and large selection of craft beers.
Great mix of Thai and Vietnamese cooking. We locals love it so don’t forget to book!
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Saba Clarendon St
26-28 Clarendon St
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Great mix of Thai and Vietnamese cooking. We locals love it so don’t forget to book!
Michelin star restaurant with beautiful food and wine for a special occasion. Lunch is particularly good value.
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The Greenhouse
21 Dawson St
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Michelin star restaurant with beautiful food and wine for a special occasion. Lunch is particularly good value.
Drinks & Nightlife
Great live music and atmosphere!
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Whelan's
25 Wexford St
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Great live music and atmosphere!
Great food and music! Possibly the oldest pub in Ireland!
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The Brazen Head
20 Lower Bridge St
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Great food and music! Possibly the oldest pub in Ireland!
One of the few pubs in Temple Bar where the food and drinks are reasonably priced! Great atmosphere and music
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The Old Storehouse Bar and Restaurant
3 Crown Alley
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One of the few pubs in Temple Bar where the food and drinks are reasonably priced! Great atmosphere and music
Great selection of craft beers, music and food. Reasonable priced pub in the Temple Bar area.
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Porterhouse Temple Bar
16-18 Parliament St
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Great selection of craft beers, music and food. Reasonable priced pub in the Temple Bar area.
This place is famous for the music and a pint of the black stuff!
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O'Donoghues Bar
15 Merrion Row
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This place is famous for the music and a pint of the black stuff!
Our best known hotel! Go for a drink in one of the 2 bars or afternoon tea in the lounge for a treat. It’s not our cheapest but it has a wonderful atmosphere!
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The Shelbourne, Autograph Collection
27 St Stephen's Green
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Our best known hotel! Go for a drink in one of the 2 bars or afternoon tea in the lounge for a treat. It’s not our cheapest but it has a wonderful atmosphere!
A great old pub. If you’re in a group, give the drinks order all in one go, never one drink at a time!
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The Long Hall
51 South Great George's Street
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A great old pub. If you’re in a group, give the drinks order all in one go, never one drink at a time!
If you love rugby or just a great Dublin pub atmosphere, you won’t go wrong here. It’s busy...... :)
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Doheny & Nesbitt
5 Baggot Street Lower
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If you love rugby or just a great Dublin pub atmosphere, you won’t go wrong here. It’s busy...... :)
Great vibe and great shows! Locals love this place and guests can see a lot of their favourite bands and comedy acts here.
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Vicar Street
58-59 Thomas St
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Great vibe and great shows! Locals love this place and guests can see a lot of their favourite bands and comedy acts here.
Pretty ordinary downstairs but go upstairs to the lounges, velvet seating and candle lit tables. Music and food on offer or just go for the extensive cocktail menu.
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Peruke & Periwig
31 Dawson St
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Pretty ordinary downstairs but go upstairs to the lounges, velvet seating and candle lit tables. Music and food on offer or just go for the extensive cocktail menu.
Getting Around
Hertz Car Hire
151 S Circular Rd
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City Tour Hop on-Hop-off
59 O'Connell Street Upper
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Dublin City bikes, a great way to get around!
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Dublin
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Dublin City bikes, a great way to get around!
A different type of tour on land and water. You’ll certainly hear them coming! Don’t forget your Viking Helmut!
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Viking Splash Tours
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A different type of tour on land and water. You’ll certainly hear them coming! Don’t forget your Viking Helmut!
National rail station with bus stops and Luas Tram stop. We’re only 3 stops away on the Luas.
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Heuston
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National rail station with bus stops and Luas Tram stop. We’re only 3 stops away on the Luas.