ACC Travels: Dublin, Ireland

We know a bunch of people who were in Ireland this week for a friend’s wedding which reminded me I needed to post this!  Apologies for folks if this is too late for your trip but Ireland is just the perfect place to go over the fall and I cannot recommend Dublin enough.  We had travelled previously all over the Southwest part of the country but this city has as much charm as a dozen small towns.  And the food scene!  Definitely not what I was expecting.  Cannot wait to go back.  Probably goes without saying go to Guinness and Jameson when you go but the spots featured below are a little more off the tourist radar. Sláinte!

The Bull and Castle – 5-7 Lord Edward Street


Owned by the famed butcher F.X. Buckley this is definitely where you want to splurge on a good steak.  The cocktails aren’t half bad either (try and get one with the scotch dry ice).  They dry age their steaks and serve them super simply – just how you want.

Piglet – 5 Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar


This wine bar is what I dream will open up around the corner from my house.  Teeny tiny but so charming with a fun wine by the glass menu and great little nibbles.  Perfect spot to stop on the way out to dinner.  Definitely chat up the bartenders for recommendations on what they love.

The Bank – 20 College Green, Dublin 2

Our cab driver from the airport was classic Irish, with the gift of blarney to boot.  He was the one to recommend the Bank, an old school Irish pub without any of the hookey touristy elements you can find.  Asking locals really is the best bet and this place didn’t disappoint.


I had the “Sunday roast” with super tender chicken and amazing sides (basically enough food for a family of four).  Housed in an old bank, the interior is really beautiful and they even had a piano player all day Sunday.

The Oak – 1-3 Parliament St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 AN28


Want a comfy pub you can grab a quick casual pint at?  Done (red door).  Want a lovely date night with upscale Irish dishes and a creative cocktail list?  Also done (blue door)!  The Oak has two entrances to two very different spaces but I adore both.  Everything you want in one block.

Forno 500 – 74 Dame St, Temple Bar


Best pizza I have had in a long long time came in Dublin??  After weeks of English and Irish food, Patrick and I needed a break and stumbled across this place.  I seriously still think about the amazing crust loaded with buratta and make you cry prosciutto.

Fallon & Byrne – 11-17 Exchequer St, Dublin 2


Food halls have become ubiquitous in the States but we are really just trying to catch up to the European versions.  Fallon and Byrne combines a beautiful food market with a subterraneous wine bar and a top floor seated restaurant.  Pro tip – go for their pre theater dinner and get a great deal.

The Brazen Head – 20 Lower Bridge St, Merchants Quay


If you have been open since 1198 seems pretty likely you have figured out how to run a great bar.  Sure its got a fair amount of tourists, but that hasn’t diminished the charm and authenticity of this bar.  It feels like stepping back in time and somewhere you can spend a whole lot of time.


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