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Plan Your Trip to Dublin: Best of Dublin Tourism

About Dublin
Home to so much historical architecture and countless literary legends, Dublin blends old world-vibes with friendly, down-to-earth charm. For starters, the city's super walkable, so you can get a lot done in a day. We suggest kicking things off with a few well-known sights—admire the ornate details of St. Patrick's Cathedral, explore the “heart of the city” at the Dublin Castle, and take in the sprawling campus of Trinity College. There are tons of museums to explore (many, like the Chester Beatty, are free), and the food really caters to any budget or taste: You can dive into a tasting menu at one of the city's 43 Michelin-starred restaurants or pop into a pub and get the best fish and chips of your life. Dublin is the ideal jumping off point for a host of day trips—Belfast or the fishing village Howth are a great change of pace to round out a longer trip. Check out more recs below.

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Essential Dublin

How to do Dublin in 3 days

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The best beer bars in Dublin

Any pub list for Dublin has to take two things into account. It needs to be a mix of fun, touristy spots, local go-tos, and the newer places that carry craft beers. And two, if you order a Guinness, it’s got to be poured correctly. There is absolutely a wrong way to do it and you didn’t go all the way to Dublin to get a flat pint. These are my favourite venues to satisfy all pub crawl requirements.
Alissa Fitzgerald, San Francisco, CA
  • Guinness Storehouse
    Yes, you do have to do the Guinness Storehouse tour to be allowed to enter the Gravity Bar but with their 360-degree views of Dublin and perfectly poured pints, it is definitely worth the price of admission. The bartenders are excellent and will make a shamrock foam flourish on top of your drink that will make your Instagram followers green with envy.
  • John Kavanagh - The Gravediggers
    One side of this pub is a classic Irish joint with no televisions or music while the other is a lounge area with great food including, my personal favourite, the Irish breakfast. Try the local stew called the coddle if you dare. A heads up: This was one of Anthony Bourdain’s favourite stops, and if you’re lucky, the bartenders will regale you with all their tales of the pub’s long history.
  • Mulligan's
    The Mulligan’s is my favourite pub to bring a group. There is tons of space to spread out and multiple rooms to explore. They do an excellent pint of Guinness (which isn’t surprising for a place that’s been open for more than 200 years) and the selection of ales and lagers from Ireland and abroad is huge.
  • Mary's Bar & Hardware Shop
    I gravitate towards any place that is truly unique and a pub that also has groceries and hardware for sale is exactly my cup of tea, or rather, pint of beer. This spot is just off Grafton Street in the former Wicklow Hotel where Irish leader Michael Collins used to hang out in his more revolutionary days. Now they carry plenty of new and local craft beers from Ireland. The cheese toasty is a must order to go with your beer.
  • Kennedy’s Bar & Restaurant
    Whenever I want to feel like a local I pop out to Kennedy’s. The Guinness is stellar with plenty of regulars lined up for pints. If your group wants something different to drink, there is a full bar with plenty of local whiskeys, too. For food, don’t miss the house-made beef and Guinness pie.
  • P.Mac's
    P. Mac's is the pub version of a warm hug and also happens to have tasty—and inexpensive— craft beer. I love the cosy vintage armchairs, indie rock music, dark wood paneling and candelabra. Make sure to ask the bartender for a beer recommendation and pair your pint with Tayto crisps or a dish from the full menu.
  • The Palace
    The Palace fulfills all of my Dublin beer drinking needs: tons of ales and lagers, excellent Guinness on tap, and a stunning Victorian interior from 1823. The beer is top notch and the vibe is super friendly with cushy red leather seats that are easy to sink into.

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Old-world vibes

Historical landmarks and timeless architecture

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Michelin-starred menus and buzzworthy fare

Pages from the past

Places beloved by the world’s literary legends

Day trips from Dublin

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