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Dublin: Food, Drink and the Craic

It’s August, and you’ve made it to Dublin. You want a flavour of city life – the food, the drink, the culture, the craic! But where to start?!

Dublin is a city overflowing with great cafes, restaurants, and bars, sitting alongside some of the best galleries, museums and theatres you’re ever likely to find. August is a great time to explore the city and get a real feel for what makes Dubliners tick. It’s easy to be overwhelmed at the choice on offer though, so here are some handy tips on not missing out!

If art, galleries and museums are to your liking then you’re in the right place. Over 30 galleries all within the city, and museums and attractions to cater to all tastes – contemporary collections or ancient artefacts.  Entry at the National Museum of Ireland is free and a great place to start, while the National Library of Ireland, as eagle-eyed readers of this newsletter will know, has a permanent exhibition on the great W.B. Yeats, also free of charge! The newest addition to the museum scene will also be of interest – the Museum of Literature Ireland, or MOLI, to those in the know, opened its doors in September 2019.

When you’re done with all that cultural stuff, you’re going to need a bite to eat. Dublin’s culinary scene has changed considerably in recent years, and the Irish capital is now bursting with creative chefs, cafés and restaurants serving tasty Irish fare and highlighting the best of Irish ingredients. There’s always something new opening, but don’t forget to try the best of Irish first. And you’re after something to take away, why not explore the city’s food markets? with the rise of eclectic cuisines reflecting the host of different cultures that thrive in our fair city, Dublin has become one of the best places to experience a multicultural one.

If a drink with friends is your thing, you’ll be well served. In addition to hundreds of places serving Guinness, the famous ‘black stuff’, the capital is home to some fantastic craft beer establishments where you’ll find some of the best brews the country has to offer. Fancy a cocktail? Well, whether you’re looking to sip on a Pina Colada in a swanky hotel, step into speakeasies of the past or slurp down a Mint, the capital’s cocktail bars have you covered. But there’s more too – non-alcoholic bars, afternoon tea, amazing coffee, or even bubble tea!

Traditional music is one of the most exciting and rich elements of Irish culture. Multi-faceted and always evolving, it’s no longer just a passion of the older generations – so banish those images of beige Aran sweaters and tin whistles! Over the years, traditional Irish music has been embraced by modern musicians who’ve added pop, rock, dance and electronic components, experimented with new rhythms and generally had lots of fun… to find out what’s going on in the traditional music (and dance!) scene, let Dublin Sessions be your guide.

We’ve not even mentioned the award-winning shows, comedy and performances that can be found in theatres and venues all across Dublin. In fact, when it comes to culture and enjoyment there are so many places to find great things to do you’ll need a guide – Visit Dublin is a great place to start, with hundreds of listings for restaurants, museums, or art galleries. Listings for music, events and shows can be found at Totally Dublin or Dublin.ie – don’t forget to check back regularly to see what’s on in August!