This pub is an institution in Dublin. A favorite of generations of Dubliners it has been dubbed “the best local in Dublin.” True, it’s interior probably hasn’t changed since the 1960s, but it’s who’s there and the great atmosphere that matters and is what we love.
This pub attracts a fantastic mixture of writers, artists, students, professionals, and everything else in between, all there for the same reason – a drink and, of course, a toastie (ham and cheese, toasted sandwich, which incidentally is the only thing on the menu). This pub is also an art gallery with ever-changing art from local artists which is sold with no commission by the bar.
Just a couple of miles from Dublin city, on the DART line, is Dalkey village. This picturesque village is historically interesting, as well as being perfectly located for scenic walks and filled with great bars and restaurants.
Dalkey, which means “Thorn Island,” was founded as a settlement by the Vikings. It became an important port in the Middle Ages and is believed to be one of the points through which the plague entered Ireland in the mid-14th century.
In the present day it has become known as an affluent suburb community. It was the hometown of novelist Maeve Binchy and playwright Hugh Leonard. Still living in the area are U2 members Bono and The Edge, Enya, the reclusive Celtic music artist, Chris de Burgh, Van Morrison, Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Damon Hill, and Eddie Irvine, to name but a few.
The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit)
This might seem obvious, but the DART is a great way to see the city. Not only does the train travel the length of Dublin’s coast, from Malahide on the north-side to Greystones on the south, but it also has some of the best views of the coastline, especially if you are going south. From Booterstown station all the way to Greystones you will have a perfect view of the beaches, marinas and villages along the coast. Although Dubliners use the DART everyday I guarantee you they still get a kick out of this beautiful view.
Library Bar, Central Hotel, Wicklow Street
This one really is a secret and perhaps one that we should not divulge. There are people all around Dublin who fight to keep this bar a secret.
The bar is truly an oasis of elegance, charm and a bygone era. Sink into the leather seats in the library and relax into the 1900s glamor.
The hotel was built in 1887. It was designed by Richard Millar and William Symens who also designed the Houses of Parliament building, which is now the Bank of Ireland building on College Green.
The bar is located on the first floor and over looks George’s Street and up to the Arcade market. It’s a popular place for business meeting, morning coffees, pre-dinner drinks, or a night-cap.