One day in Dublin you say? You really should have taken more time off work. But if 24 hours is all you have, Dublin is a great place to make the most of it. With plenty of history, great buildings, incredible food, and of course, the legendary craic, you’ve got no time to spare. Let’s get to it.
No good day ever started out with a coffee on the run. If you’re spending the day exploring this great city, you need a good feed in you first. Whether it’s a full Irish, or something a bit more hipster, you’ve got options:
Just a few minutes away from Trinity College, Gallaher’s is located in another stunning building, the historic D’Olier Chambers, built in 1891. Their brunch menu is served until 4pm, meaning you can start the day any time you like. There’s the ubiquitous eggs benedict and florentine and full breakfasts, alongside more unique options like a breakfast pretzel bap. You can even get fish and chips for brekkie if that’s what takes your fancy. The best thing? It’s BYOB, which means if you head along a bit later in the day, remember to grab a little something alcoholic on your way!
St Stephen’s Green
One of Dublin’s oldest parks, this landmarks draws millions of tourists every year. Perfect if you want to escape the hustle of the city for a while, it’s a little bit of calm in all the noise.
Having one day in Dublin is hard. There are so many places to see that it’s definitely an issue to figure out where to go. But if you’re near St Stephen’s Green, you need to go to Glovers Alley. Not only is it considered one of the coolest restaurants in the city, it’s absolutely beautiful to boot. With sumptuous sofas and lots of classy elegance, you’ll want to put on your best outfit to head here. It’s fine dining but it’s definitely accessible, with seafood taking up a good portion of their perfectly put together menu. Head along Tues to Thurs and enjoy their pre-theatre menu, featuring three courses for just €45!
Whether it’s the Guinness Storehouse, or the Jameson Distillery, there’s no shortage of great booze in Dublin. If you find yourself at the distillery, it won’t be long til you’re looking for a snack and some fun.
One thing that Dublin is known for is fun. And it doesn’t get much more fun than playing video games. Which is why we’re bringing you to Token. This is a “restaurant – bar – retro arcade – pinball parlour – event” space, where there’s over 32 machines for you to let your inner child out at. Choose from X-men, Pac Man, Space Invaders, and much more, which if you’re a certain age will all definitely bring back some memories. And if you get a bit peckish, munch on hot dogs, tacos, burgers, or fried chicken to keep you playing.
All that walking around and seeing the sights means that you’ll be starving by the time dinner comes round. Thankfully, Dublin has more than a few options for your evening meal.
If you’ve got one day in Dublin, Bastible is a great bet for some incredible. Open for dinner through the week and lunch and dinner at the weekend, this contemporary bistro is the kind of place you will wish was in your own neighbourhood. For €38, midweek, you can get two incredible courses, featuring dishes like hand-dived scallops with Jerusalem artichoke, and haunch of venison with parsnip and smoked marrow. On a Friday and Saturday, you can feast on a five course tasting menu, featuring the best that Bastible has to offer.
Well known as the coolest place in Dublin, if you’re planning to head here, be sure and book a table early as they’re often fully booked. This Chinese restaurant is hosted in a subway car-style room, and bears little resemblance to what you get at your local takeaway. Famous for their duck, (they do some fancy blowing it up and roasting techniques) they are also masters of small plates, with their prawn toast drawing rave reviews. You’ll be dining in neon lights, a cross between a nightclub and a restaurant, meaning it’s the perfect place to kick off a night of bar hopping. Which brings us to…
Probably one of the most critically acclaimed restaurant openings in recent years, Variety Jones deserves all the love that it gets. It’s a neighbourhood venue that cooks up beautiful plates like lobster with grilled baby gem and curried peas, and oxtail ravioli, all served up with a smile from the lovely waiting staff. The co-owners Keelan and Aaron Higgs have form in creating great flavours and service, having been part of the team at Dublin favourites, Luna and Locks. Although it’s a bit out of the way, it’s definitely worth it for the incredible food on offer.
Rounding it up
No day in any city is complete without some late night cocktails. Whether it’s for a quick night cap or you’re looking to party later, you’ve got to head to…
Sidecar at the Westbury
You quite literally can’t have a day in Dublin without going for cocktails at Sidecar at the Westbury. This super swish hotel bar serves up some of the fanciest cocktails in arguably the fanciest surroundings in the city. Make like a 1920’s movie star and order some of their classics at the bar, or hang out at an intimate booth and while the night away. Their menu is extensive, so we’re not going to recommend working through the list, but you should definitely try a few.