These are places in Dublin where you’ll find the locals having a pint, a coffee or a meal. Dubliners are all about getting out and about and socializing over good food and drink, the craic as they call it. Here are a few places to find them.
- John Kehoe’s, 9 South Anne’s Street, Dublin 2. Lovely traditional pub with wooden furnishings and little corners to sit and have an excellent pint or a Guinness. It gets pretty crowded, but always has a good atmosphere and lots of chatter.
- Porterhouse, 16-18 Parliament Street, Temple Bar. This is Dublin’s oldest microbrewery (since 1996) which sells only its own brands, which are good. It sprawls over three stories and the food is as good as the beer – try the Irish stew. They’re known for their brew named Weiserbuddy which nearly got them sued by you can guess who.
- Cake Café. Daintree Stationers, Pleasants Place, near St Stephen’s Green. Not just cake but also salads and sandwiches. But it’s the cakes you’ll fall for and return for. Situated in a hidden away courtyard, both inside and out are full of character with a quirky retro décor, artworks and a bamboo lattice. Individual and delicious.
- Bald Barista, 68 Aungier Street, Temple Bar. To recover from the indulgences of the night before and propel through a day of sightseeing, head for the best coffee in Dublin. These people are as serious about coffee as the rest of the country is about Guinness.
- Chapter One, 18-19 Parnell Square, near O’Connell Street. For that one special meal which won’t break the bank, head here. Ingredients are locally sourced and everyone in town is raving about the place – even the food critics!