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What do you think of when you think about Dublin? James Joyce? Guinness? How about folk music, shopping or exciting nightlife? Well, if you think of any, or all, of these things you’ll be right on track. Historic buildings jostle against stunning new architecture, giving the city a buzzing electric feel that captivates visitors.
Try a tasty tipple!
James Joyce once said, “Good puzzle would be cross Dublin without passing a pub”, and he was right. With over 700 pubs and bars across the city it would take you more than one visit to sample the tasty local beverages, most famously, Guinness. You’ll find characterful pubs complete with original cut-glass screens, ornate wood carvings and private hatches to the bar. If you fancy something a little more modern then cosmopolitan bars have sprung up all over the city. Whether you want a microbrewery pub, a student bar or a designer lounge, Dublin is the place to be.
If you prefer a non-alcoholic brew then Dublin also boasts a thriving café culture with a wide range of food and drink options. Depending on where you go you’re likely to find baklava, builder’s tea and frothy cappuccinos all on the same menu.
All the world’s a stage!
Dublin has an exciting theatre scene with year round vibrant, innovative stage performances. The highlights in the theatre calendar are the Dublin Fringe Festival, held in September, and the Dublin Theatre Festival, held from September to October.
Need a dress for the theatre? No problem! Head to Grafton Street for international brand names, or for more alternative boutiques, check out the Market Arcade or Temple Bar. Dubliner’s are becoming increasingly style conscious so you’ll find all the current trends, but with a definite Dublin stamp.
Immerse yourself in art and culture!
Dubliner’s have an immense sense of pride in their heritage and powerful literary culture, so there are plenty of ways for you to explore the city’s history. Must see places include the National Gallery, the National Museum, the Dublin Writer’s Museum and the Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery.
Dublin really is a fantastic place to visit, whether it’s for a weekend mini break or a two week trip. BeatTheBrochure has an amazing selection of deals on flights, hotels, hire cars and more, meaning all you need to do is get stuck in and enjoy yourself!
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Ricky is a keen traveller and writer who shares a passion for both. Ricky has travelled extensively, visiting various countries in Europe and South East Asia along with Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Ricky is a resident blogger for travel specialists Beat the Brochure, and in his spare time enjoys playing football and following Chelsea FC. Google Visit his Google + page for more information.