Drinking, Eating, and Drinking Even More in Dublin

Drinking, Eating, and Drinking Even More in Dublin

We were just two Irish-Americans looking to #drink, eat, and explore the city our ancestors called home. From modern hotel amenities, to drinking fresh Guinness right after its made, to finding a hole-in-the-wall mussel eatery, Dublin, #Ireland was exactly the #foodanddrink getaway we had been dreaming about.

This was it- the getaway we had been waiting for. By the time our train pulled into Dublin we already had Irish stout and Tayto chips on our breath. We anxiously watched the green rolling hills turn into suburban homes and finally, the historic building and factories Dublin is famous for. The train station was packed with bustling travellers just like ourselves, making their way in and out of the city that’s made its way into countless songs, movies, books, and plays. The streets were crowded with walkers going about their day, just like it had been for hundreds of years. The euphoric feeling in the air was certainly not lost on me.

The euphoric feeling in the air was certainly not lost on me

Wanting to see as much of the city as possible, we opted to walk to our hotel - The Morgan Hotel. 

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Hotel The Morgan

 10-12 Fleet Street Temple Bar, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
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It is located in Temple Bar, a vibrant and energetic section of Dublin city centre, typically frequented by a younger crowd. Staying at The Morgan Hotel allowed us to enjoy all that this cultural and entertainment hotspot had to offer. It refers to itself as “the epitome of trendy and chic” and it couldn’t be more self-aware. A bold purple light shines out from the lobby, welcoming those on the street to booze it up at one of their boutique-looking bars and even get an ultra-modern room for the night. The Morgan Hotel is an exciting mix of all that is special about Dublin - cool people, white interior spaces, magnificent glass chandeliers, and thumping techno music. Luckily we had booked the rooms ahead of time, as this was obviously one of the top hotels in the area.

Our first destination in Dublin was a tour of the world-famous Guinness Storehouse. If you think this is a quick stop in for a beer, think again. This seven-story pint glass has everything from a working factory that provides Guinness to the entire world to a GRAVITY Bar with a 360 degree panoramic view. We slowly worked our way up the pint glass, learning about the ingredients, manufacturing, shipping, and advertisements that go into the Guinness name. And yes, finally we got to drink some.

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A day spent drinking in Dublin wouldn’t have been complete without a little Irish whiskey to top it off. Luckily, the Irish Whiskey Museum is within walking distance from the Guinness Storehouse, just across from Trinity College.

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 Saint James's, Dublin 8, James's Street, Ireland
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We planned ahead and booked the VIP tour, which adds a whiskey tasting at the end for a small price increase. We went in not fully knowing what to expect, but we were treated to three floors of beautiful rooms teaching us about Irish Whiskey and culture. The tour was fun, informative, and quick.

After a day of drinking and exploring the cobblestone streets, we were ready to eat (and drink more). The city of Dublin has no shortage of incredible restaurants and pubs, off the beaten path and barely recognizable from the street. We tried as many places as we could, climbing narrow staircases, asking for suggestions, and loving it all. If you’re looking for a modern discotheque, an American-themed bar with 90’s rap music and video games, or an old fashioned speakeasy that only serves gin and champagne, you can find it in Dublin.

Day two of our trip included more historic exploring than whiskey drinking. We were elated to discover how close Dublin Castle was to the Morgan Hotel and chose to walk there. As Americans, we couldn’t believe how a vibrate, trendy section of the city had grown around a castle built in 1204. Even more exciting- visitors are completely free to roam the grounds and discover the chapel, library, and museum for themselves. The Dublin “nightlife” spilled over into the day as well, with street performers wowing crowds and musicians performing even in the afternoon. Of course, there were plenty more restaurants to eat fish and chips at and pubs to have a pint in. We were served seafood by a woman who had never driven a car in her life, “Don’t need to in Dublin!” she said. I couldn’t have been more envious.

As we ran in the rain to catch our train back out of the city, we enjoyed the crisp air and winding streets for the last time. It has a culture like no other, one we were proud to be a part of. Our days in Dublin were filled with too much eating, too much drinking, and plenty of love. The Irish people we encountered were full of life, telling us proud stories about their Dublin lifestyle and welcoming us to join their group. We never felt like out of place tourists; it was like being in a place we knew we belonged.

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