Dublin - a destination for drinkers

Trip Start Apr 16, 2004
Trip End Aug 31, 2008

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Before heading to Dublin someone told me that there isn't much else to do in this city unless of course you were there to be drinking - and though I can't judge based on one evening there, but judging on the fact that the whole city seems to accommodate for drinkers, I do believe this to be very true.

My mom and I arrived with a warm Irish welcome in Dublin's airport and without too much hassle managed to find our accommodation in Lower Gardiner Street. This, in retrospect, proved to be somewhat of a miracle considering that my mom and I were always thinking opposite directions when reading any of the maps.

We'd booked for a twin room at the Brown's Hotel, but were 'upgraded' to an apartment with two bedrooms, a large bathroom and a large lounge for the evening. Really couldn't complain with that one. Especially since Browns had an adjoining Hostel which seemed to be way too busy for our liking. Also managed to find parking out on the street easily enough.

Though both being rather tired we decided to head out and have a look at the Temple Bar area and see what else Dublin had to offer in the near vicinity. Pubs, pubs, pubs and more pubs... The whole town seems to revolve around music and drinking. If I were to be in the city for a weekend of partying then I'd definitely have come to the right place, but though we weren't up for a big party, we were keen to listen to some Irish music with a glass of white wine in hand.

We managed to find O'Shea's bar/restaurant which is not too far off from our hotel. This seemed very enticing as not only was it not half as full as the pubs in Temple Bar area, but it also had a live band of two with a few Irish dancers doing line dancing. What struck us was that this pub was filled with the young and the old alike, and everyone was happy to enjoy the atmosphere without the feeling of the other intruding on their space. We made ourselves comfortable on two couches near the dancers to watch the people around. Behind us was a man who would occasionally awake from his alcohol induced sleep to grumble and mumble to himself. Across to our left was a man trying to keep himself steady by hanging on to the side of a banister, all the while singing and laughing to himself. In front of us were always a group of eight dancers discussing which moves they were going to do next before instructing the band to start a tune. This was so beautiful to watch as small, big, young and old joined in to dance their hearts out with the sweat dripping off them. For the final song we were asked to join in despite the fact that we clearly didn't know any steps. This we did while sticking from the one person to the next. When that was over the band handed out a CD to all those who were around. Really a surprise as one's not used to getting anything for free.
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