How To Survive Dublin In 24 Hours And On A Business Trip
The Irish capital can be a bit of a too much (in a good way) for a visiting businessman/businesswoman to see in one day. Some of the most famous places like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Street, Trinity College etc are what everyone visits and recommends.
But when you have just a couple of hours in your hand or are already exhausted after a conference, you just can’t be bothered about these touristy spots. All you then need is a good glass of whiskey, some authentic Irish food and pubs or maybe an exotic barbeque, and a good company.
Alan, our co-founder is a local and has agreed to spill the beans on some of the hidden yet amazing jewels in the city. If you are attending Retro Live, don’t forget to catch hold of him and make him give you more pointers!
Irish whiskey holds a special place in the world. Everyone has a favourite – single malt, blended, single pot still or single grain are the most famous ones from Ireland. To ease it up for you, here the best ones according to their type:
- Blends: Black Bush, Bushmills Original, Clontarf, Inishowen, Jameson, Kilbeggan, Locke’s Blend, Midleton Very Rare, Millars, Paddy, Powers, Tullamore Dew
- Single pot still: Green Spot, Redbreast (12, 15, 21 years), Yellow Spot
- Single malt: Bushmills (10, 16, 21 years), Connemara Peated Malt (Regular, Cask Strength and 12 years), Locke’s Single Malt (8 years), Tullamore Dew Single Malt (10-year), Tyrconnell
- Single grain: Kilbeggan Single Grain (8, 10, 15, 18 years), Teeling’s Single Grain
Whatever be your taste, Dublin is home to four different whiskey tours including Teeling’s, Jameson and the Pearse Lyons, these are just the ones in the city!
Naturally, when you are in Whiskey Capital of the World, you must go on a pub crawl. Some of our favourite ones are:
- Sweetmans – They brew 8 different beers on site and have all the standard beers. For ten euros, you can get a beer tasting tray to quench your thirst.
- Token – What’s a drink without some games? The pub has a bar, award-winning kitchen and have we mentioned it’s also home to a freaking retro gaming arcade! (This is what Heaven may look like!)
- Mary’s Hardware store – A traditional country local pub/hardware store. It follows the national tradition of not playing any music to encourage the guests to talk to each other. And if you can’t find any company, there is nothing that a good pair of pliers can’t do!
- The Gingerbread man – The interiors are done reflect traditional streets of a country village Ireland.
For a scrumptious meal, you can head over to Mongolian Barbeque in Temple Bar. A good meal will cost you less than a tenner.
If you can still count till fifty without stuttering and walk straight, head over to Dame Lane for a great nightlife and a serious laugh. The lane has over a dozen different styles of pubs and clubs, with exquisite and different music to soothe your senses or up your spirit. This street has something for everyone without being a tourist trap.
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