the grasie guide: ireland
What are the odds? A gal who lives in LA meets Matt Damon in Dublin.
So yeah, I have countless images from Ireland that I wanted to share. It’s amazing how much you can capture in one short week! I have selected the few above to tell you all about my favorite things to eat, drink and see in Ireland. Here we go!
The Dean Dublin // EAT + DRINK + STAY
I touched on this hotel in my first post, but wanted to talk more about the bar and restaurant scene. The Dean has two restaurants; one in the lobby that serves delicious rotisserie chicken, burgers and other simple bites and Sophie’s upstairs with a more extensive menu. Both have yummy food and drinks and a very cool, hip vibe. Order the pizza, the seatrout, the chicken and the stick toffee pudding to eat and get the whiskey swizzle as a cocktail.
Kehoe’s Pub // DRINK
This place was perfect! Perfect, if you’re looking for a traditional Irish pub with no frills and very funny (very Irish) bartenders. Damien had his first pint of Guinness (of the trip) there and I had Jameson whiskey and soda. Both were, of course, perfect.
Super Miss Sue (SMS) // EAT
A lovely little restaurant in Dublin known for it’s seafood, SMS did not disappoint in the chowder department. It was raining hard when we popped our heads in for lunch and the seafood chowder was just the perfect thing to warm our souls. Order the chowder and the fish & chips.
Trinity College // SEE
A functioning college but also a beautiful tourist site in Dublin. We roamed the campus and then checked out the Science Gallery which we loved! They had a very interesting exhibit on trauma and a virtual reality “game” where we visited Syria. It was very interesting and impactful.
Gallagher’s Boxty House // EAT
A modern take on traditional Irish cuisine, Gallagher’s Boxty House is where, I will confidently say, I ate the best oysters of my life! They were Galway oysters and oh so delicious! Another great dish is the Gaelic Boxty and what they are famous for…it’s rich but super tasty. Order the Galway oysters and the Gaelic Boxty. The fish and chips are great too.
Grafton Street // SEE + SHOP
A famous shopping street in Dublin, Grafton is lined with so many pretty shops from Ted Baker and Levi’s to iconic Irish businesses such as Brown Thomas and Weir & Sons. It was beautifully decorated for the holidays and shopping till I dropped was hard to resist (but I did…mostly).
Coffeeangel // DRINK
When you’re traveling abroad chances are you will get jet lag. We sure did. Luckily, we discovered Coffeeangel and they make a damn good latte.
The River Liffey // SEE
If you visit Dublin, it would be hard not to see the Liffey and bridge because it runs smack in the middle of the city and separates north and south Dublin. It’s historical and feels very European; a must see.
Vintage Cocktail Club (VCC) // DRINK + EAT
I already miss the VCC!!! It’s a throwback bar to the speakeasy days, with a gorgeous setting and amazing cocktails. The menu is a mini history book of cocktails dating back to the 1400s. Damien and I went there twice. First on our own, then with friends, who we’re also in town. In those two visits I tried 4 different cocktails and they we’re all delicious! The food is great too. Order pretty much any cocktail that tickles your fancy, it’s hard to get a bad one. For food, the risotto balls, cheese plate, olives and fries are all yummers.
Cliffs of Moher // SEE
Easily one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen, the Cliffs of Moher are a MUST, when visiting Ireland. They’re located on the west side of the country, just under 4 hours from Dublin. Since Damien and I only had one night to spend outside of Dublin, we wanted to make sure we made the most of it, so we splurged a little. We booked a private driver and our hotel through Protravel and it was perfect. Our driver Peter was super informative about his native Ireland and gave us an amazing tour of the country side and the cliffs. Words can’t really express how magical the cliffs are; they truly take your breath away.
Dromoland Castle // SEE + EAT + STAY
The second part of the splurge was staying at Dromoland Castle, which is an actual castle that was converted into an amazing hotel. There, we were fortunate enough to get a free upgrade (love it when that happens!) and stayed in a suite fit for a queen (literally). It’s also where we enjoyed a delicious dinner, live music from a local singer and a lovely
EnglishIrish Afternoon Tea.
Bunratty Castle // SEE
If you watch Game of Thrones, you’ll really enjoy Bunratty Castle, but even if you don’t watch (ahem Damien!), it’s still so fun. Bunratty has nothing to do with the show, except it looks and feels like your on the set of it. Narrow hallways, dark creepy rooms, grand halls and tour guides with amazing stories to tell. Definitely something to check out and it’s super close to Dromoland.
Guinness Storehouse // SEE + DRINK
It’d be hard to find someone who has visited Dublin and not the Guinness Storehouse. Less of a brewery tour and more like a massive, interactive museum all about the Guinness brand, brewing process, advertising history and more. It’s a beautiful space and sipping a pint, at the end of the tour, at the Gravity Bar, with full 360 view of Dublin, is a pretty great way to end it all.
3Arena // SEE
The only reason this trip even happened was because of U2. My husband and his bestie have always had “see U2 in Dublin” on their bucket lists, so when they heard about the week of shows happening over Thanksgiving…the rest was history. The concert was amazing as 3Arena only seats about 14k people so there’s really not a bad seat in the house. But to top it all off, because of our friend who works in radio, we got BACKSTAGE before the show and I met MATT DAMON! What are the odds? A gal who lives in LA meets Matt Damon in Dublin.
And with that, the trip was over and all we have are our memories and what amazing memories they are! Hope the above helps anyone heading to Ireland some day soon. It’s a pretty great place, that I clearly enjoyed and highly recommend!
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