Sunday, 5 February 2017

3 things to do in Dublin ...

Hello all,

Last weekend I headed off to Dublin to celebrate the end of January Blues. Despite rummaging through numerous websites and blogs recommending things to do, places to see and restaurants to eat in, it was apparent that all were very much outdated.

So with no other option, I took to twitter and with all the 'Dublin' related hashtags in the world, I tried to reach out to an Irish Blogger who could recommend a few 'different' things - I got nothing!

So a shout out to the gap in the market - Dublin needs a new and recent lifestyle blogger!!!

It wasn't the first time I had been to Dublin nor was it the 2nd, 3rd or 4th, but having been to all the visitor attraction Guinness Factory (which is amazing by the way) I pondered trying to look for something different.

Here are my top 3 things to do in Dublin ...

1. Sophie's Rooftop Bar

A rooftop bar is the latest CRAZE no matter where you are, you instantly look for a Rooftop bar! This place was beautiful having gone last summer with the girls and enjoyed a few cocktails with the sun shining, January poses a different slant on things. Instead, Jonny and I booked into the rooftop restaurant indoors. It was a beautiful Italian which was extremely busy with great atmosphere. It is a must (however remember to book in advance!). It is fairly casual or as dressy as you'd like, perfect for a girly catchup or a meal with your partner before heading out on the town.

2. "House"

So whilst Temple Bar is great fun, atmosphere and full of rowdy stags and hens; when you've been once you've been 1,000 times before!

I wanted to see what else Dublin had to offer outside of Temple area. With a lack of blogs giving me any recommendations - I asked a lovely waitress. She recommended "House" so with a sure 'what the heck' attitude we put it into maps walked a few yards from Sophie's to be greeted by a Butler outside of what looked like an actual "house" (which is fitting). He asked with an Irish brogue "Are you looking for House folks, come on in". Well this place was really nice! It was very low key but classy. The music was great it was super busy, but we were lucky enough to nab a table for two! Cocktails and the gin list is endless so a great place for just the "two of you" or a group get together.

3. Cafe en Seine

Ok, perhaps I should have named this post 3 places to drink in Dublin. But you're in Ireland and if you can't beat them, join them. On Saturday evening, post Brown Thomas, Penny's and lots of shops the boy deserved to watch the Football (I suppose). So we called into this bar / restaurant just off Grafton Street where I enjoyed a Guinness, Dark and Stormy and a couple of Gins. It was really nice. So instead of a slap up meal we opted for a burger each. It was lovely and highly recommended for a post shopping trip to refuel!!

Well there you have it and if you come across any Irish Blogs please link them to me I was really surprised not to have found any that were up to date. It was a great weekend and perfect end to January!

The Village Girl



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