Dublin, the land of whiskey and beer! Ireland was the third and final stop on our Euro trip. We stayed at the beautiful Westin Dublin Hotel, where our friends were getting married. It was located in the heart of the city, so it made for the perfect starting point to go out and explore the cobblestone streets of Dublin!
The streets of Dublin are full of energy, shopping and of course, pubs. Grafton Street is a great place to start your exploration of the city. If shopping is your thing, like mine, you’ll love Grafton Street. Besides all the retail stores, there are also tons of cafes, pubs, hotels and street performers along the way.
Teeling Whiskey Distillery: Teeling is a fairly new distillery in Dublin. You get a guided tour of the barrel rooms and distillery areas and learn about the single-malt, small-batch, and single-grain whiskeys made there. After your tour you are rewarded with a tasting of your choice! I chose to do the small batch and mixed cocktail tasting since I’m not too crazy about the taste of whiskey on its own. The cocktail was delicious and I actually enjoyed it! The tasting area had space on the walls where you can write your name so my friends and I signed it of course, to leave our mark.
Guinness Storehouse: You cant make the trip to Dublin without visiting the Guinness Storehouse. Your experience begins at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass and continues up seven floors filled with fun and interactive experiences. On your way up you’ll pass a cool water fall and bicycling fish! Of-course you have to make it all the way to the top for the 360 view of the city at the famous Gravity Bar. You’ll also enjoy a pint of Guinness that you learn how to pour yourself.
We had a great ending to our trip, celebrating our friend’s Chris and Aileen’s wedding in the Westin Dublin Hotel’s ballroom!
Where to eat/drink:
- The Temple Bar: The famous bar with live music and the soul of Dublin.
- Cafe En Seine: Great food, cocktails and atmosphere (Art nouveau style with glass panel ceilings).
- Zozimus Bar: Great cocktails and decor. This is where you’ll find the street with the umbrellas!
- Teeling Distillery: Teeling Small Batch & Seasonal Whiskey Cocktail $18 USD. Teeling Trinity Tasting – Small Batch, Single Grain & Single Malt $24 USD. A Tasting of award Winning Single Malt, Single Cask and a Vintage Distillery Exclusive Single Malt $35 USD.
- Guinness Storehouse: Entry fee + A pint of Guinness $20 USD
- Jameson Distillery: Tour $24 USD.Whiskey Tasting $35 USD.
- Dublin Mountain’s Way: 25 miles of mountain trails, country paths and rural roads.
- Dublin has a young population. Which means the pubs will always be a good time.
- Dublin’s oldest pub is the Brazen Head (est. 1198 AD)
- Dublin is Gaelic for ‘Black Pool’
- There are over 1,000 pubs in Dublin
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