Earlier this year a receipt from the Temple Bar pub, in Dublin, went viral and a discussion about how expensive Dublin is erupted one.
Mike Hogan, an editor at the Dublin radio station 4FM, tweeted this:
A mate of mine posted this on Facebook! I knew the prices were high, but seriously?! pic.twitter.com/J3qKuEKk92
— Mike Hogan (@MikeHogan4FM) July 23, 2014
So Temple Bar, a popular touristic pub, located in Dublin’s Temple Bar district, is charging $26.80 (€19.90) for two pints of beer and a pack of chips. This is wild I’ll admit but not more expensive than if you sat for a beer in the middle of most tourist traps.
I am in no way defending these extraordinary prices but would like to point out some central and far more reasonably priced locals to eat and drink for cheaper in Dublin’s city centre.
Any Dubliner worth their salt would advise tourists to be aware of Temple Bar. It has become a tourist mecca and while the cobbled streets, bars and interesting shops and galleries are a draw remember there is far more to Dublin’s city center than just this stretch. (And besides, you can always visit it via our live feed.)
So here I’ve put together some of my favorite spots to eat, drinks and make merry:
The Long Hall, George’s Street
Away from the tourist track you’ll walk by the beautiful George’s Street Markets, just off Dame Street to arrive at this beautiful boozer that’s been around since 1877. A favorite among locals it’s the perfect place for a chat.
Cobblestone, King St N, Smithfield
If you’re looking for some Irish music hop on the Luas and head up to the Cobblestone, in Smithfield. There’s live music every night (with two rooms to gig in). There’s always a good crowd and most importantly good banter.
This pub is said to have the best pint of Guinness in Dublin and considering St. James’s Gate is just miles away that’s a pretty big claim. The pub is 300 years old and is up for no nonsense. There’s a cellphone ban in the bar and locals don’t take kindly to rowdiness. It’s a treasured jewel for pint supping Dubs.
Find out more here.
Busyfeet and CoCo, South William’s Street
This is located on a sunny corner in the busy area of South William Street. The lunch and dinner menu is delicious. The atmosphere is great, food delicious and most importantly inexpensive.
Check out their Facebook here.
Brasserie Sixty6, George’s Street
This has been a favorite for years. Their menu ranges from Irish to European bistro fare but it’s consistently good. I recommend the sausages and mash. A firm favorite and often has deals and specials to tempt you.
Check out their Facebook here.
The Church, Mary Street
Well this one might be a little touristy but it’s off the usual tourist route and the building itself is worth a visit. Built in an 18th century church this bar and restaurant has a decent menu and a massive beer garden to wile away your evening.
Here’s their Facebook page.
Apart from the joys of dining out and drinking in Dublin there’s a wide range of cheap or free activities for tourist to engage in. Just recently Ireland’s national tourism development authority, Fáilte Ireland, released their annual list which is seen as a definitive list of what tourists do and see in Ireland. This included this list of free attractions:
- National Gallery of Ireland
- National Botanic Gardens
- Farmleigh House
- National Museum, Archaeology
- Science Gallery
- National Museum, Natural History
- National Library of Ireland
- National Museum, Collins Barracks
- Chester Beatty Library
Apart from our historic and academic attractions there’s also a massive amount going on in Dublin city.
Theatre tickets are relatively cheap. A night enjoyment at Ireland’s National Theatre, the Abbey, cost as little as $17 (€13).
Ireland is one of the biggest cinema going nations in the world (considering its size). The Irish Film Institute (Eustace Street) always has an excellent schedule of interesting movie and events.
There’s also a huge number of festivals and special events running in Dublin during any given season. Right now a group called Happenings is airing a movie in Merrion Square park every week for just $6.70 (€5).
Right now there’s also a performance of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream” being performed for two weeks in Dublin Castle’s Chester Beatty Gardens for just $8 (€6).
If you’re looking for something that’s more of a giggle Dublin is literally coming down with comedy venues. The father of these being at The International, the Comedy Cellar where tickets are $13 (€10) and you’re always guaranteed a fun line up.
My point is that there’s always something to do in Dublin and for relatively cheap or even free. In fact Dublin has it’s own Event Guide for free events. So next time someone tries to tell you about rip off Ireland tell them where to go...off the tourist trail.
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