5 Places To Go For A Sophisticated Night Out In Dublin

Dublin’s rich history, wonderful architecture and host of buzzing nightspots make it a fantastic destination for a city break. With flights from the UK to the Irish capital available for jaw droppingly low prices and journey times so short you’re hardly in the air before you begin landing, it couldn’t be easier to travel to.

Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in Dublin, so if you’re there on a stag do you’ll find plenty of places to have a riotously good time. However, although Dublin is renowned for being a good time city and a great place for night owls, there are plenty of sophisticated nightspots for the more discerning reveler.

The city’s continental feel makes for a great atmosphere and there are hundreds of fantastic bars and restaurants. Whether you’re looking for fine dining, elegant bars or a bit of culture, Dublin has it all. Here is a guide to some of the best evening entertainment the city has to offer.

Vintage Cocktail Club

Located in the buzzing Temple Bar district at 15 Crown Alley, the Vintage Cocktail Club is the place to be if you enjoy a fancy cocktail in elegant surroundings.

This gem is in the style of a prohibition era speakeasy and the only indicator that you’re in the right place is the label ‘VCC’ stuck on an inconspicuous white door in the middle of Temple Bar. Once inside, however, you’ll find a 1920’s style bar and an extensive menu of some of the best cocktails the city has to offer.

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

For a truly special dinner, make reservations at the internationally renowned Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. The only restaurant in the whole of Ireland to have been awarded two Michelin stars, this is undoubtedly one of the best places to dine out in the city.

It describes its food as ‘contemporary Irish with classical roots’ and uses fresh, seasonal local produce. The ambiance in the dining room is relaxed yet refined, the service is impeccable and every morsel of the food is both delicious and beautifully presented.

Expect nothing less than perfection from your meal here!

Bang Restaurant

Situated on Merrion Row, Bang Restaurant offers a fine dining experience and a modern twist on traditional Irish fare. This place is always packed and attracts a fashionable clientele, making for a relaxed and upbeat atmosphere.

There are three private dining rooms available for large groups, making it an ideal location for a celebration with family and friends. For a special treat, why not indulge in their five or six course seasonal tasting menu, which comes complete with a wine pairing with each course.

Bang Restaurant is in the heart of the theatre district and offers a fantastic, and very reasonably priced, pre-theatre menu.

An Evening At The Theatre

Dublin is home to many different theaters, offering ballet, opera, music concerts and both traditional and contemporary theater.

You could see a contemporary play by an emerging Irish writer at the Abbey Theatre, see your favorite band or comedy act at the Victorian music hall style The Olympia or an opera at the Gate Theatre.

Fallon and Byrne Wine Cellar

Located on Exchequer Street, this bastion of gastronomy is comprised of three floors of culinary delights. The ground floor is a food hall selling organic produce and the second is a restaurant, but it is the wine cellar located in the basement which people flock to come night time.

Here, the walls are lined with a selection of over 600 wines, all of which can be bought by the glass and matched with the tasty tapas style bar treats on offer. For a special treat, organise a wine tasting session for your group.

Enjoy Your Night Out!

There are a whole host of excellent bars, restaurants and other evening entertainment in the atmospheric city of Dublin. Get dressed up and enjoy your night!

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Top Adventure Activities in Ireland

When I told James that we were going to Ireland for our next holiday, he was delighted, but I pointed out to him that there is far more to see and do other than drink. The people are incredibly friendly everywhere that you go in Ireland, and there is a distinct party atmosphere in many towns and cities. However, there is also another side to the Emerald Isle, which includes the adventure activities.

Kayaking is something that we both enjoy, which is why I made a point of telling James that we would be visiting County Kerry for the amazing waters. The stunning Lough Leane which is situated in Killarney is beautiful, and the perfect place for water enthusiasts. We experienced breathtaking rapids, and watched the soaring Eagles above our heads.

James prefers to remain on solid ground if he can help it, so I found the perfect activity for us to do together in County Mayo. The brilliant disused railway line has been transformed into a fun cycle trail, allowing you to explore the local area. With over 30 miles of trail to discover, Max certainly got his exercise that day.

Ireland is surrounded by water, which makes finding water based activities incredibly straightforward. I love surfing, so, thought there would be no better time to grab a wetsuits and explore what surf the cost had to offer. James was happy to sit with Max on the beach, whilst I enjoyed some of the best surf in Europe.

With over 50 designated surf beaches on offer I was spoilt for choice, and decided to try out Garretstown and Strandhill. Both of which were amazing, and provided me with a few hours of excellent surf. Once I had finished in the water, we took a nice relaxing stroll with Max further up the coastline. Although the water was cold, it made a refreshing change from being stuck in the hotel.

We love walking Max and the hills and mountains in Ireland provide an excellent setting to ensure that he got many walks whilst on holiday. James suggested walking the 134 miles of the Ring of Kerry, but I thought that was a step too far even for Max. Once we began to explore what was on offer, we soon discovered that Ireland is a Mecca for thrill seekers.

James spent half a day convincing me to go up on a tandem paragliding adventure, but I managed to convince him that I wanted to keep my feet on the ground. There is so much to see and do in Ireland with numerous different adventure activities, we were never bored. I have told James that our next trip will involve zorbing, kite surfing and horse riding; he was impressed I could just tell.

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No visit to Ireland is Complete without a Trip to the Guinness Storehouse

Carl had been amazing on this holiday and had indulged many of my requests to visit the old historical landmarks and attractions. Therefore, when he suggested visiting the world famous Guinness Storehouse, I knew I had to agree. In all fairness I enjoyed the experience far more than I had anticipated, as the building is rich in history.

The Guinness Storehouse is often referred to as the Guinness Hop store, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland. People travel from all over the world, and I was amazed to see so many people of different nationalities enjoying the tour. The area that the storehouse is located within is incredible, and seeped with tradition.

St James Gate Brewery was founded in 1759 by Arthur Guinness, and has been the home of Guinness ever since the doors opened. This impressive brewery is the largest in Ireland, and covers a staggering 64 acres. Throughout the 19th and 20th century the brewery owned a huge majority of the surrounding properties, which were used by the employees.

The storehouse has only been opened since November 2000, and I was amazed to discover that it has received over four million visitors in that time. The building is magnificent, and although that was not why Carl wanted to visit, even he agreed that the seven floors leading to the glass atrium were amazing.

Every floor offers a different experience, and on the first floor we learnt about the ingredients that are included to make the perfect pint of Guinness. Yeast, hops, barley and water from the Liffy are all that goes into this popular beverage. As we wandered through to the other floors, we discovered the history behind the brewery, and the distinctive advertising that has been used for years.

I pointed out the interactive exhibit about responsible drinking to Carl, and I don’t think he was very impressed. As we approached the seventh floor, and the Gravity Bar Carls mood improved, as he knew he was getting closer to a pint of the black stuff. As I enjoyed the spectacular views of the city, Carl enjoyed his free pint of Guinness.

The Guinness Storehouse provided us with an insight to the brewing process of this world famous drink and fed my desire to learn more about Ireland and the rich culture that is around every corner. Without the Guinness family who knows what Dublin would be most famous for, and for that reason Arthur Guinness is considered to be a hero.

As we left the storehouse and made our way back to the hotel, Carl continued to explain how Guinness was an integral part of his holiday. This led to use calling into one or two bars on the way home, and enjoying the local hospitality once more. Ireland is a fantastic place and somewhere that we will return to in the future.

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St Stephens Green is the Perfect Place to Unwind

We had spent many days and nights exploring what was on offer in Dublin, and many of the activities involved eating, drinking and socialising. I decided that I wanted to spend a day relaxing, but not in the hotel, so we went in search of some green space. Max was also going a little stir crazy, and needed some time to run around.

In the city centre of Dublin is the most amazing park, which attracts people from all over the city to enjoy what St Stephens Green has on offer. This fantastic park opened to the public in 1880, and is situated across from one of the main shopping centres. Many of the people working within the nearby office blocks will come out at lunchtime to enjoy the tranquillity that the park offers.

We loved the simplicity of the park, and it reminded Carl of an old style Victorian park, with people spending long lazy days enjoying the sunshine. This park was the perfect place to people watch, and we found ourselves laid on the grass, watching the lovers, individuals, families and friends. With over nine hectares of land to explore, you can easily loose a day wandering through St Stephens Green.

There is a unique history that surrounds these greens, and whilst we laid in the sunshine, with Max sprawled by our legs, I enlightened Carl on the fascinating facts. The greens were once the common that was used for the public hangings, whippings and burnings. Thankfully these have stopped and the green is far friendlier.

Knowing that I love to explore old buildings, Carl offered to wander through the park to see what we could find. The buildings that are on offer date back to the mid 18th century, and were part of the overall park restoration plan. One area that we found by chance, which is amazing, is located on the North West corner of the park.

Here you will discover a garden for the blind, which has the most aromatic plants in the world. These plants can withstand being handled regularly, and are all labelled in Braille. Moving further through the park, we soon discovered the huge lake, and had to stop Max taking a dip in the water. This lake is home to many water birds and ducks, and is fed by a beautiful artificial water fall.

As we walked across the O’Connell Bridge that spans the lake, Carl spotted the ornamental gazebo, which is the perfect place to stop and rest. To the south of the main gardens, there is more natural heath land, which was ideal for Max to let off steam. The bandstand is located near here, and we noticed is the ideal meeting point for lunching students.

Carl begun to enjoy the day, and although there was no Guinness involved, I think he was happy to relax and enjoy the quieter side to the city. I would recommend this area of Dublin to anyone searching for the perfect way to spend a few hours.

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