Ireland! I'm going to Dublin in early December. Any recommendations for things to do? or places to eat? or are you not close to Dublin at all...
I'm not in Dublin, but I'm close enough. What to do in Dublin, depends on who you are with and what you want and how long you are staying, sorry if this is long
Firstly a warning, Dublin is expensive. Very expensive, it is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Expect a pint to set you back $7 - $9 depending on the pub and a meal between $20 - $150 depending on the restaurant. That being said, the lower end is very nice, its good food. There is also the usual fast food joints for cheap food if you want it.
There are some great places to visit for free, like St Patrick’s Cathedral, its the biggest church in Ireland founded around 450AD, so its old and looks amazing, well worth a visit. The national museum of Ireland is also worth a look, has a lot of history in there, from stone age to modern. The Phoenix Park is 350 years old this year and its also worth a visit, its a massive walled park. Go to Grafton Street for shopping and the buskers, if you have seen the movie Once, thats where they meet.
If you want to pay into things Phoenix Park is home to Dublin Zoo, which is worth popping into its quite old, also Áras An Uachtaráin which is where our president lives and lots of other things. Trinity College is great, but in it is the "Book of Kells" and a huge libary which are well worth a visit more than the college itself. St James Gate is a must see, home to Guinness Brewery, get a tour, and a pint of the black stuff.
There is a lot of places other than the ones up for visiting. Lots of bars with good music, plenty of gigs and shows on too. Weather will be bad, out best weather is light rain, so be prepared for that.
A few rules for you or anyone visiting Ireland. These are just advisory and will change depending on who you are with and where you are.
If someone offers to buy you a drink, its ok to say no, but if you accept, you owe them a drink. Watch out for this as you might be brought in on rounds without you knowing. If you buy someone a drink, they owe you, so watch flashing the cash as you could make people uncomfortable.
If you don't want to drink alcohol thats ok, there is a strong tee total movement in Ireland, and all pubs serve tea and coffee and soft drinks so don't be afraid to order what you want. Note though if you are in a group of people, and you don't have a drink in front of you, people will ask if you want a drink, so best to have a coke or juice just to stop the questions.
NEVER EVER order a Irish Coffee in a pub when its busy, it is a pain in the arse to make and the barman will hate you. If you want one, go in the afternoon when its quite and order by saying something like "Would it be too much of a hassle for an Irish Coffee?" There you are showing the barman that you understand its a pain.
You will be insulted. Its just the Irish way, its banter and ribbing, not meant to be offensive, so take everything with a pinch of salt.
Some things you may hear that sound odd. Craic, pronounced crack is not drugs, but it means fun. Fierce savage is very good and a few others.
As for food, I don't know, there are plenty of places around, best thing is to walk around and find somewhere yourself for your own taste. Irish cuisine is left overs, so its not that big in restaurants. One thing we have brought in from England is the Indian Curries, and if you don't go to London or Newcastle often, its worth finding a spot for one. Best thing is look on the web for it. You have nothing like it in the US.
The main thing to know is have fun, and enjoy the city, it quite a cool place.