Dublin Travel Tips
Keep in Mind...
- Pub proficiency Dublin is pub central. Blend in with the local scene by learning this tidbit: When ordering the requisite Guinness (or any other brew), you call a half pint "a glass" and a full 16 ounces "a pint."
- Pack layers No matter the time of year, Dublin is prone to cold, rainy streaks. Pack layers, and bring an umbrella.
- Seek the building sides Street names are usually plastered along the sides of buildings rather than on signs.
Like many modern cities, Dublin is a melting pot. Along with its traditional Irish culture, Dublin has been infiltrated by a host of glorious international influences. (Who didn't fall in love with the unnamed Czech girl in the film Once)? Its ethnic restaurants are another example. That said, Dublin has held on to some of its classic characteristics, so you won't be want to find traditional music, dance or a pint of Guinness in the city center. But travelers to Dublin will now experience the contemporary aside the traditional, the nightclub aside the pub, a Claddagh ring sold aside one for your belly button, a frou frou cocktail at a bar that pours Jameson straight-up.
How To Save Money in Dublin
- Visit the free attractions A number of attractions -- the National Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham Gaol -- are absolutely free.
- Travel in the winter Dublin is cold and gray in the winter, but the hotel deals are hot.
- Just say no Taxis are expensive. Instead of forking over your euros, rely on your own two feet or take the bus.
Dublin Culture & Customs
The Irish are a very friendly people, especially compared to the reputation of their stiff upper-lipped neighbors (sorry, England), so we recommend getting to know them. "The most appealing thing about Dublin isn't the sights, or even the great pubs and restaurants," Fodor's says. "It's the people -- the citizens, the Dubs. They're fun, funny, and irreverent, and most of them love nothing better than talking to strangers."
As for tipping, restaurants and cafés will usually add a 10 to 15 percent service charge to the bill. If a service charge is not allotted, it's customary to tip the same (between 10 and 15 percent). If you're drinking at a pub or wine bar, tipping is discretionary. And in a taxicab, tip the driver to the nearest pound or about 10 percent of the cost.
Ireland's economic revival in the 1990s was accompanied by a culinary renaissance of new, sophisticated restaurants that ditched meat and potatoes for more lively European cuisine. Now in Dublin you'll find a great mix of medium- to high-price range restaurants, which offer an astounding diversity of options. The best restaurants are found south of the Liffey, but you should be prepared to pay well for a meal. Dublin restaurants include a high value-added tax on dining.
For cakes, pudding, tarts, tea and more, recent travelers highly recommend you visit Queen of Tarts, a Dublin bakery on Dame Street. But if it's an entire Irish meal you're after, try the traveler-recommended L'Ecrivain for its delicious menu and intimate ambience. Other cuisines, such as Thai, Asian fusion and Indian are very popular, too, and recent travelers especially praise the Thai restaurant Diep le Shaker and the Pakistani restaurant, Kinara.