As anyone who has ever been to Dublin will tell you, we’ve got a vibrant nightlife scene. As the sun sets on the Liffey and darkness sets in, pubs, late bars and nightclubs fill with people looking to enjoy a great night out. Pubs If you’re looking for a jar (Dublin slang for a drink, typically a pint), you won’t have to look far. The city is naturally split into north and south by the river. You’ll likely have heard about Temple Bar, which is located by the river on the south side. You’ll find lots of pubs and restaurants here and it’s an area popular with tourists. To the north, the main thoroughfare is O’Connell Street, off which splinter a number
Dublin’s Food Scene
With four Michelin-star restaurants, Dublin has its fair share of fine dining experiences. However, you don’t need to go to top-class eateries to get a delicious meal.
The capital’s pub grub is second to none and, despite the city’s reputation for rain, you’ll find markets and food trucks selling delicious delicacies throughout the county. The idyllic Iveagh Gardens even hosts an outdoor food and drink festival every summer.
In the last few years, Ireland’s coffee culture has grown in leaps and bounds too. A quality caffeine-boost will always be within reach. It’s worth noting that Dubliners are big on tea as well. In fact, after Turkey, Irish people are the biggest tea drinkers in the world. Every visit to an Irish household includes an offer of black tea with a drop of milk or sugar.
The diversity of food available in Dublin has grown massively in recent years too.
Two decades ago, ‘dumpling’ was simply a term of endearment among Dubliners. (Expect to be called ‘love’, ‘pet’, ‘dote’ and ‘chicken’ too.) Now, there’s a huge selection of Chinese food stores and restaurants to choose from. On Parnell Street, just off the city’s main thoroughfare, you’ll find a cluster of Asian eateries and shops.
Just around the corner, on Moore Street, you’ll also find Brazilian coxinha, halal meat, Polish kielbasa, Vietnamese takeout, Indian samosas and African jollof rice. There’s some traditional Dublin street traders selling fish and fruit along this strip too.
Drinking in Dublin
You won’t be surprised to hear that Dubliners are fond of drinking more than coffee. The city has been the home of Guinness since it was founded way back in 1759. The original site of the St. James’ Gate Brewery is still based in the heart of the city and, today, the Guinness Storehouse is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.
If you prefer whiskey, Dublin also has plenty to offer. The distilleries of Jameson, Teeling and Pearse Lyons all provide guided tours to the public. They’re also home to top-class bars that serve up tasty whiskey cocktails.
If you don’t have a favourite whiskey brand just yet, you can also learn how to be a connoisseur at the Irish Whiskey Museum. Its based in the city centre, just across from the main entrance to Trinity College.
To find out more about the city’s pubs and clubs, take a look at our dedicated guide to the city’s nightlife.
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Dublin city stretches across 115km², with the county itself covering 921km². While it’s not the biggest area, as Ireland’s capital city, it has a lot going on – which is why it’s split into four local authorities: Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.