There’s no atmosphere quite like a Dublin pub. Live music, fantastic beer, and friendly patrons constantly asking “where ya’ from”? You can only imagine how this atmosphere changes from 8:00 (and a few pints later..) to 2:00 in the morning. The city of Dublin embodies not only the spirit of the pub but also the comforting taste of a warm homemade stew.
The number one attraction in Dublin is the Guinness Storehouse.
Kegs galore and shaped like a giant Guinness pint glass, you can see the evolution of Guinness, how the brew came to be, and what is in store for the future.
Along with a proper Guinness taste test in between.
End your tour at the top of the state of the art museum over looking the entire city of Dublin and enjoying a nice pint of Guinness.
I also enjoyed a delicious Guinness and meat stew topped with mashed potatoes and side of Irish soda bread.
Besides beer, Dublin is also renown for it’s Irish whiskey. One of the most popular in the world being Jameson.
This guided tour also includes a whiskey tasting for 10 lucky volunteers, and a nice Jameson, ginger ale, and lime drink to cap off it all off.
Not only known for its high alcohol content, Dublin is also home to many beautiful cathedrals, castles, and gothic architecture.
The oldest and largest being St. Patrick’s cathedral.
The next day we decided on taking a day trip to the beautiful seaside city of Howth.
30 minutes on the DART from Dublin city center and you are transported to this quaint fishing village suburb of Dublin.
Besides being the residence of U2’s drummer Larry Mullen, Howth is a beautiful and charming modern day fishing village.
Take in a great view of the rock cliffs. I was recommended to get to the top of the summit by a local resident, but sadly had no time.
Walking along the pier, you can find a collage of old sailboats along with fishing vehicles.
We also made friends with some seals.
Not only can you see some incredibly unique birds, but you also can notice the extremely intense green grass (in December nevertheless).
As mentioned before, the real treat of Dublin is the pub atmosphere.
We found ourselves pub crawling every night in Temple Bar, and each night coming across a unique, fun, and crazy atmosphere that is simply Dublin.
I had such an incredible time I actually looked into plane tickets to see if it was possible to stay longer. Sadly I did not want to bust my bank account and later promised myself that I would return to the green isle, and next time see everything it has to offer.