This last week we headed off to Dublin on a 48 hour jaunt to celebrate Nick’s 30th birthday. With £10 flights each way and a cracking deal on booking.com for a guesthouse we were on to a winner!
Our accommodation was amazing: it was in the south of the city, a beautiful Georgian house with a red door and brass door knocker. Leeson Bridge Guesthouse even treated Nick to box of birthday chocolates too – nice touch! I also have to mention that we had a sauna and a jacuzzi in our room!
Thursday was Nick’s birthday, and we headed out first thing to explore the city. After a breakfast from a little cafe we wandered round Trinity College, along the river, to Dublin Castle and through St Stephen’s Green.
Given that it was Nick’s birthday, I’d booked us a nice lunch at a restaurant called Dax – it didn’t look anything special outside nor inside, but the food was incredible, and at 30€ each for three courses it was a bargain! I had a goats cheese salad, followed by veal and Eton Mess, whilst Nick had pork belly, duck and a chocolate tart.
There were so many pubs that we wanted to go to, and we managed six, though we also went back to our favourite at the end of the night! Galway Bar Brewery have some fantastic pubs in Dublin – we went to Alfie Byrne’s and Against the Grain – and we also went to The Porterhouse (central and Temple Bar), The Temple Bar and The Norseman. The beer was fab, we had food and played board games and listened to some great live music too!
Friday morning saw us checking out and heading for breakfast at Sophie’s, in the Dean Hotel. Nick had a banging full fry up, whilst I opted for French toast which was tasty, but I had regret over not having the fry up!
We spent the rest of our morning (and some of our afternoon!) at the Guinness Storehouse, which we found fascinating. We loved learning about the brewery, the processes and the impact of Guinness on Dublin, and of course enjoyed pouring and enjoying our own pint of the black stuff in the Gravity bar with 360 degree views of the city. Definitely recommend it!
There just so happened to be another Galway Bar Brewery pub – The Beer Market – nearby, so we went for a drink and a late lunch. Then there was just enough time for a couple of drinks and a catch up with a friend who just so happened to be in Dublin before hometime.