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Good non touristy restaurants and bars to visit in Dublin

Good non touristy restaurants and bars to visit in Dublin

Mar 23rd, 2011, 12:08 PM
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Good non touristy restaurants and bars to visit in Dublin

I'm a 30 years old female traveling to Dublin in April with a friend...looking for non-touristy cafes/restaurants/bars to visit. Hidden gems, if you will!
Also, any suggestions as to places to rent bikes or trails near Dublin.
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 12:39 PM
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The Canal Bank Cafe at 146 Upper Leeson St. It is close by the canal which is a lovely place for a walk. It's about a 20 minute walk from the city centre. Just Google it. Some of the best food I've eaten anywhere, lovely ambiance. If you are there early (5pm) you may not need a reservation but in the evening you definately will. Very tiny restaurant but well worth the walk. We found that diners were more formally dressed after 6pm so if you haven't any posh clothes go earlier so you won't feel uncomfortable.
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 12:43 PM
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It is three years since we stayed but Tripadvisor is still very positive about the bar/restaurant at The Fitzwilliam hotel.

Very good food, uber design and very good service.
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 01:26 PM
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Bobby Flay (from the Food Network) did a special last week from Dublin. One restaurant I remember he ate at and liked was the "Porterhouse Brewery". You might want to check his facebook page and ask about the cafe/resturant he ate at for breakfast, it was off the beaten path and he liked it.
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Mar 24th, 2011, 10:07 AM
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If you like Brewpubs, which are few and far between in Ireland (OK, two in Dublin), the Porterhouse is a good choice, right in Temple Bar, but it will certainly be crowded. They have live bands (not traditional Irish) pretty frequently. It's certainly a blend of locals and tourists but it's a pretty hot spot for people watching too.

The Cobblestone pub is an excellent example of a non tourist traditional Irish pub. You may curse me as you approach it thinking that I have sent you to some out of the way dive but once you sit down and enjoy a pint and listen to the live trad you will realize you have come to a real Irish music bar. Gone are the constant reiterations of Irish Rover and Molly Malone. Just a true session with players coming and going throughout the night. Yes, it's a bit out of the way, but a short walk north from the Smithfield stop on Luas. This is well worth the trip and I go every time I am there and usually sit in on the sessions.

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Mar 24th, 2011, 02:29 PM
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Where might this Dublin native go for a pint somewhere central?

Not Temple Bar, or anything in close proximity. All the pubs in Temple Bar are new, pretending to be old, with the honourable exception of The Palace Bar, which is good for a daytime drink: http://www.dublinpubscene.com/thepubs/palacebar.html.

Some authentic Dublin pubs:

The first rule of thumb on finding non-touristy eateries is to avoid any place the serves Irish stew or "traditional Irish food". That simply tells you that they are targeting the tourist market. I like l'Gueuleton on Fade Street which is French bistro style (http://www.lgueuleton.com/).
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Mar 25th, 2011, 07:50 AM
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Excellent list Padraig. Glad you weighed in. I'll keep this on hand.

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Mar 25th, 2011, 08:50 AM
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Some bars / restaurants that my 30-something friend and I enjoy (we live in Dublin):


The Snail bar (also called the no name bar) - just above lguelton in Patrick's excellent list above.

The market bar across the road from the snail.

All the pubs on Patrick's list.

The bar in the Shelbourne Hotel for a glass of prosecco if you want to peoplewatch - but make sure you don't get mistaken for a hooker


My current favourite is Coppinger Row http://www.coppingerrow.com/ - you can't get reservations but turn up early and have a drink at the bar while waiting for your table

Lots of lovely restaurants in Ranelagh (just south of the centre, very convenient if you happen to be staying in the Burlington)- including Ochos (for tapas) and Eatery 120

Saba on Clarendon Street (just behind the Westbury) for great Thai food and cocktails http://www.sabadublin.com/

If I think of any more I'll chime in again...

enjoy your stay

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Mar 25th, 2011, 03:20 PM
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During our trip to Dublin this past November we dined at
The Pig's Ear on Nassau St. (near the Kilkenny store) and The Winding Stair on Lower Ormond Quay.
I would recommend both. We reserved in advance.
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padraig, you wrote: "The first rule of thumb on finding non-touristy eateries is to avoid any place the serves Irish stew or "traditional Irish food". That simply tells you that they are targeting the tourist market."

It's been a few years since I was in Dublin, but at the time, I was only able to find one restaurant that served up traditional Irish fare (think bacon and cabbage, champ, boxty, colcannon, Irish stews and the like), Gallagher's Boxty House in the Temple Bar area. And when I asked some folks I knew in Ireland about this, they said this kind of cuisine is considered home cooked fare, not something you find in restaurants.

Have things changed that much in the several years since I've been to Dublin? Maybe so.

By the way, I liked the food at Gallagher's very much. Also greatly enjoyed the fish and chips at Leo Burdock's (it's take-away only). And lunch at the Brazen Head Pub was plenty enough enjoyable (note that pubs like the Brazen Head that I went to served up typical British Isles pub grub fare, not Irish traditional cuisine).
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A number of places in Temple Bar (and, I suspect, a few outside it) now represent themselves as serving traditional Irish food. I tend to avoid them.

It's part of a general guideline I use wherever I go: places that target tourists do not seem to have the same incentive to generate repeat business as do places that rely more on the local market. Yes, there are exceptions, but in the absence of specific advice, I stay away from such places.

Many cities have what I think of as "Restaurant Alley" where most of the clientele are tourists. I have had more disappointments in such places than elsewhere.
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Gallagher's Boxty House in the Temple Bar area. We had our best Dublin meal here. We love Murphy's Irish stout and they serve it which is a plus. I cook this type of food at home and it is comfort food to me. The bread and butter pudding is fab. I have been to Porters, had the cheese plate. We get on the train and visit Howth for great seafood. Brazen Head Pub has great seafood chowder.
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Apr 1st, 2011, 08:55 AM
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Best chowda I ever had was at Ryan's FXB Grills.
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Apr 1st, 2011, 10:04 AM
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How is Davy Byrnes pub? I recently read *Ulysses* and thought I might stop in if I'm ever in Dublin, maybe order a gorgonzola sandwich and a glass of burgundy.
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