Is there any material on Dublin? Specifically: music venues, lost, hidden, ghostly and historical Dublin.
Thanks for getting back to us. Sounds like our kind of thing 😉 So let’s get into it…
Seeing & Doing
- Head to Henrietta Street – one of the earliest Georgian streets in Ireland lined with some of the first terraced houses donning some intriguing doorway designs and a history that has seen everything from grandeur to poverty. No. 14 is open to visitors (and they are open for bookings from August).
- Fun fact: you can visit Oscar Wilde’s childhood home in Merrion Square where there are regular events such as readings. Nearby there is also an Oscar Wilde statue.
- See Francis Bacon’s preserved art studio and if you’re there on a Tuesday, why not learn to play the ukulele…?
- If stately homes and Guiness are your thing, take a free guided tour of Farmleigh House & Estate, former residence of the Guiness family.
- Ireland is a treasure trove for old, artful mosaics. The southside of the city (Grafton St./Georges St./Wicklow St. area) is a good spot to look out for them.
- The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery houses Mr. Harry Clarke’s delightfully witchy illustrations and stained glass creations which made him a leading figure of the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement… and you can also have a cup of tea at Bewley’s Oriental Café while surrounded by his magical window designs from the 1920s.
- Hang out with the mummies at St. Michan’s church (see number 4), visited by the likes of Oscar Wilde and Handel.
- Sweny’s Pharmacy is a homely second-hand bookshop which featured in James Joyce’s Ulysses. For a quieter antiquarian bookshop,Ulysses Rare Books is wonderful (on their Instagram you can see what kinds of things they have in their shop – a signed copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Oscar Wilde’s leather-bound Salome with illustrations by Aubrey Beardly framed in gold…)
- Do a bit of people watching on O’Connell Bridge just like Arthur Fields did back in the day.
- The National Print Museum is worth a visit and the café is very cute (a beloved spot with locals)
- Whelan’s is at first glance an unassuming live music venue, but it’s an institution which has hosted the likes of Jeff Buckley and welcomes many up and coming musicians (it was actually in the P.S. I Love You movie). Today it’s a cosy and intimate locals’ venue.
- At MNC, we love getting our head stuck into brocantes and antique shops, so if that’s up your street you might like Needful Things.
- Clockwork Door is a snug address where you can spend the day playing board games, with escape rooms and unlimited tea and coffee. They also host events like “drink and draw” afternoons.
- Hopefully the National Leprechaun museum will re-open soon.
- Marsh’s Library puts readers in cages to prevent them from stealing rare books from their mystical collection. The entry fee is pretty easy on the pockets too.
- If libraries are your thing, The Library of Trinity College Dublin is one for the bucket list as well. There are temporary exhibitions held in the Long Room which display the rich holdings of the Library and encourage further research.
- Irish Design Shop is great for locally made crafts.
- If you’re interested in freemasonry, there’s the Grand Lodge of Ireland.
Eating & Drinking
- 37 Dawson Street is a cosy bar filled with curious furniture and antiques. On a similar note, The Liquor Rooms is a cocktail bar-live music spot reminiscent of an old magician’s lair…
- Cinnamon (Ballsbridge) is a whimsical little restaurant/café
- Peruke & Periwig is a very romantic spot for cocktails and dinner by candlelight filled with dark wood, red plushy velvet, and bygone books and paintings. Vintage Cocktail Club is cosy too.
- Wall & Keogh is a really nice shop for superior grade loose leaf teas, where you can buy some to take home or have a cuppa on site with nibbles
- For no-frills beers and guiness, Grogans Pub is a go-to
- But hey-ho it’s not all about the guiness – there are some fab wine bars too, like Café Rubis which hosts live music and Green Man Wines.
- The Fumbally is good for brunch
And finally some accommodation ideas…
- How would you feel about staying in a 19th century Victorian school?
- Wilder Townhouse and Trinity Townhouse are chic, quintessential townhouse options
- Zanzibar Locke is a super swanky yet affordable place to stay in the centre of the city
- If you’re considering an Airbnb, this studio might do the trick
- If you’re looking to splurge, you might like The Merrion Hotel and The Henrietta Suites where you will truly feel like royalty
Hope this helps fill a few of your days in Dublin!
Look forward to hearing from you again soon.
Best, The MNC Team