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(6/4/03 1:36 pm)

We will be leaving for Ireland in about a week. We are staying in Dublin for about 3 days. We would like to visit some neat musical pubs in Dublin and eat at some moderately priced pubs or restaurants in Dublin. We are staying in the Temple Bar area. Any thoughts? Thanks
BTW, Michele any way to order your book over the phone; I can't find it in any of the Bookstores.
Thanks again.

Michele Erdvig
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(6/5/03 12:01 am)


Hi Gulliver,

The very quickest way to get my book is by using Pay Pal. You can find instructions on this page: I would suggest priority mail ($6) and you should have the book in three days (not counting Sunday when the post office is closed). If you can send the Pay Pal payment tomorrow the book will go right into the mail and you should have it on Monday--Tuesday at the latest.

Finding moderately priced restaurants in Dublin can be a challenge. Try having an "early bird" dinner, which costs less than eating later in the evening. Usually the early bird is between 6-7 (depending on the restaurant). Pick up a free brochure at the tourist office called Value Menu Restaurant Guide. It will help you choose lower cost places to dine. Also try Bewley’s Café, Roly’s Bistro, Beshoff, Kilkenny Café, Gallagher's Boxty House, Fitzers. You might also take a look at these web sites:

Music is not on every night in every pub so you will have to make inquiries to see what is on the nights you will be in Dublin. Also pick up the Dublin Event Guide. Some pubs that come to mind are Brazen Head, Doheny & Nesbitt, O'Donoghue's, Hogan's, Mulligan's, Cobblestone in Smithfield.

Enjoy your trip and please let us hear from you upon your return.


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(6/5/03 12:38 pm)

Dublin Music

We just got back yesterday from our 2 weeks of BLISS! I'll be posting in the I'm Back sections soon...

While my husband and I were in Dublin (we also stayed in the Temple Bar area), we found that Oliver St. John Gogharty's had music every day starting at 3pm. Double check just in case... Also, one other thing we noticed from staying in the Temple Bar area (especially if you like to sleep with the window open), is the revelers like to sing these pub songs at the top of their lungs at 3am.... We are having a good laugh about it now, but it was kinda hard to get back to sleep after that...

Have fun!


Unregistered User
(6/5/03 3:32 pm)

Thanks CatMoore,
What other pubs did you enjoy in the Temple Bar area. Did you eat in the pubs or at restaurants. Can you recommend any?:)

Unregistered User
(6/6/03 5:56 am)


My wife MAry and I got our pints of Smithwicks (pronounced Smithicks) at the Temple Bar. Great atmosphere, 5 person music playing from 4-7 and good craque (conversation). Did I spell that correctly.??
Near to the Temple Bar is a small outdoor plaza where inprompto shows happen. That evening were the flame and knife throwers. Very cool.


Registered User
Posts: 5
(6/6/03 5:05 pm)


For Food: my husband and I both really liked the "pub food" at the Vat House (the pub in the hotel we were staying at - The Blooms Hotel). We also really liked the lunch at Oliver St. John Gogharty's (the BEST bacon and cabbage.... mmmmmm.... ) We also ate at the Bad Ass Cafe (pretty much American Food, 'cept you are in Ireland). All in all, the food was good, but definitely more pricey than in the outskirts.

For the pubs, we both really liked the atmosphere of the Vat House (very neat decor), also, the Temple Bar and the Quays Bar. All in all, they all were pretty great - I don't think I can think of one we didn't really care for.

I hope this helps! HAve fun!


Unregistered User
(6/7/03 7:52 am)

Dublin Pubs and Hotels

Thanks CatMoore,
We will be staying at the Paramount Hotel (on the fringe of Temple Bar) the first 2 nights in Dublin but we have two additional nights at the end of our trip and this hotel could fit the bill. How did you like the Blooms Hotel? From their web site it looks great and the location can't be beat. We will try their pub, the Vat House. How do you describe "Bacon and Cabbage" Is the Bacon like "Canadian Bacon" or what?? I guess it is not "Corned Beef and Cabbage" or else they would call it that...right??
Thanks again for your help

Registered User
Posts: 6
(6/7/03 10:01 am)

The Bacon is pretty much a slab of ham (or, as you said, the Canadian part of Canadian Bacon). It was really yummy.

The Blooms is fine. Definitely can't be beat for location. However, the beds are not that great (we stayed there two different times - near the beginning and right before we flew out, and both times they were pretty crappy). The rooms are on the smallish side, and you can tell they are a bit older than the newer hotels that may be in the area. BUT - price wise, for that area, it's probably the best bet.

All in all, I think I might have popped for a little extra $$ and stayed at the Temple Bar Hotel - we peaked inside the lobby, and that was a very nice hotel (or seemed to be, anyway). Just remember, whatever hotel you stay at in the Temple Bar area, it will be loud! Whether its the revelers at 3am singing in the streets, or the Guinness trucks picking up the barrels at 5am....

Hope this helps!


Unregistered User
(6/7/03 2:25 pm)


Thanks CatMoore,
I think I will stay with the Paramount Hotel for all four nights but I will visit the Vat House on your recommendation. BTW, what were your five top sights not to miss in Dublin? I think we will do the Musical Pub Tour the first night to get the lay of the land, as far as music and pubs go, and go from there. Thanks again.

Registered User
Posts: 8
(6/9/03 12:17 pm)
Top 5 Dublin Sights

Hmm - good question. Let's see...

I think the neatest thing my husband and I saw was the mummies at St. Michan's Church. If you don't get too freaked out, and can handle the stairs leading to the vaults under the church, I thought it was definitely worth while.

Also, make sure to pop in to the Brazen Head Pub. It's suppose to be the oldest pub in Ireland (which, from what they say, you can tell because you have to walk down to the pub to get to it - since the streets have been built up so much since the 1200's).

St. Patrick's Cathedral - Beautiful and can't be missed.

Trinity College/Book of Kells was definitley worth a look, but was probably the most crowded part of the time we spent in Dublin (on top of viewing the book, the students were wrapping up for their final exams).

And one that we just happened upon: St. Audeon's Church in the Old Town. WOW - this was just amazing... It is suppose to be Ireland's earliest surviving medieval church. Very neat.

One more thing - If you get to travel outside of Dublin, we went to Trim Castle (portions of Braveheart were filmed there). VERY NEAT CASTLE if you are into them! It took us about 1 hour by bus to get there.



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