Local guide to Dublin

We are kicking off our series of local guides for Dublin and Galway with few suggestions from Shane, manager in Temple bar hostel. Idea behind this is to give you a guide local guide to Dublin, something you wouldn’t necessarily find in any tourist book and something that will take your stay in Dublin from “great” to “awesome to the max”

If you stayed in Dublin and have any tips yourself, let us know 🙂

Favourite place in the world:

Mazunte, Oaxaca State, Mexico – Bus from Puerto Escondido towards Pochutla , then a local pick up wait on the side of the road, then walk the remainder. Fantastic bay surrounded by cliffs. Dolphins and Turtoise swimming in the bay, the epitome of tranquillity, but with enough going on at night that you wont be awak too early in the morning.

Also, a close second is Hook Head Peninsula in Wexford, wild rugged Irish scenery on the coast, surrounded by history and violence from our past. This place is wild, huge waves that turn the water into foam. Check out Hook Head Safaris, Duncannon Fort, Bannow Bay (site of Norman invasion) onto, JFK Park and The Dunbrody Famine ship in New Ross. A spectalur day in the South East of Ireland.


You wouldn’t know about this from guides, but when in Dublin go to:

Dollymount Strand – Fantastic scenery of Dublin Bay, The iconic Chimneys, Howth, Dun Laoirghe, Dublin Mountains, and watch wind surfers and kite surfers. Great day or night but especially in a storm with a few friends and some good Irish Whiskey.

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To see what local Dublin people like to do…


Go to a local club or county team hurling match. Checkout Parnell Park for some great deals on tickets to watch Dublin play some of Ireland’s finest.

Ideal day in Dublin would be….

Start the day with breakfast (and a Bloody Mary) in the Lennox Café, in the Portobello area of Dublin. From there I would take a walk down the Canal towards Clanbrassil St and make my way to Francis St and check out some art studios, second hand and vintage stores before heading into some of the markets in Temple Bar for more nibbles. Then its off to the Secret Book and Record Shop on Wicklow St , before hitting the legendary Tower Records for more cd and vinyl porn. Oriental Café on Georges St for some tasty morsels or European and Asian food and then onto the pub. It has to be the Foggy Due, through the back door of course for several pints of Guinness, before hitting a gig somewhere in town like Sweeneys or Whelans…..

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Cheapest pint in Dublin – CLUB HELL – €2 shots, all drinks €3

Best pub for people watching – The Castle Inn/Grogans – Sit outside and play spot the hipster 🙂

And… A walk up to the Hell Fire Club in the Dublin Hills  (or book at reception)