You cannot fully experience Dublin without spending at least some of your time in a pub. Your age and status don’t matter as you mix with locals for ‘the craic’ of conversation, entertainment, singing, stories and gossip. The best known area for pubs is Temple Bar, south of the River Liffey. However. some criticise the area for being overpriced and disappointing. The areas around Leeson Street, Harcourt Street, South William Street and Camden/George’s Street are popular nightlife spots for locals.
There has been a revolution in Dublin eateries in recent years. It’s understood that dining is not just a biological necessity. Bacon and cabbage, boxty, coddle, Irish stew and colcannon are not the only Irish dishes available. The city is overflowing with all kinds of eateries for almost every taste and nearly every budget.
Like most cities, the closer to the city centre you want to stay, the more you’ll pay and for less space. There are a handful of good hostels in the city for budget travellers. Although there are some good mid-range options north of the Liffey, most hotels are south of the river, ranging from elegant Georgian town-houses to the city’s top hotels.