Dublin’s capital is a regular haunt for Englishmen looking for a fun weekend away – particularly as part of a large, often rowdy crowd – but it’s also a great choice for a romantic break, or just a weekend to unwind.
If you’re there for 24 hours and want a more sophisticated time that doesn’t involve buying a leprechaun hat, follow our guide to the most stylish spots to sleep, eat and be pampered.
Rooftop bars, a quality spa and great restaurant are a bonus on any trip (the Marker has all three) but what you really want for a city break is a great location. This is where the hotel comes into its own. Sat on a tranquil spot right by the River Liffey, it’s a enjoyable stroll from the mania of Temple Bar that can, if you wish, take in St Stephen’s Green and the National Musuem of Ireland.
One of the most stylish places to ride out your hangover (it's inside a boutique clothes shop, after all), Bibi’s is a favourite of well-heeled Dubliners and with good reason. The menu makes breakfast feel fresh and exciting, with Turkish poached eggs (perfectly spiced) and sweetcorn, jalapeno and coriander fritters with bacon and maple just two of the imaginative and generously portioned options.
Dublin has a number of well-established fine dining venues such as Chapter One and Trocadero, but for atmosphere and authenticity, we opt for Winding Stair. Formerly a famous bookshop, in 2006 it was reopened as a home for old-fashioned Irish cooking. With great views of the river and the Ha’penny bridge, it’s the perfect place for a relaxing evening – though that may also be partly down to the brilliant beer list.
There are no end of fantastic pubs in Dublin, but on balance, this our favourite. A proper Irish setting (including great people watching tables outside), everything you want behind the bar and, if you must have a USP, the best toasties in the city.
Ireland biggest (and best) whiskey company has turned part of its distillery into a stunning bar and entertainment space. Handily open seven days a week, head along for regular live music from their house band Sine Metu (tip: request a bit of Van Morrison), as well as a great range of cocktails made with you know what. There’s also a fantastic audiovisual tour that takes you through the past of Irish whiskey making, and a tasting class, too.
With its wooden features, period portraits and stain glass windows – not to mention the camp ornaments everywhere - this three floor bar captures a playful traditionalism. The cocktail menu, on the other hand, means serious business. We recommend relaxing with a 'Smoking Gun' (Jameson Irish Whiskey, tobacco liquer, Dom Benedictine and bitters) in one of the nooks in the top floor lounge.
Quite simply: the best hot shave in the city, although if you’re in need of a particularly sharp haircut, that’s available too for around €30-60. For the most adventurous / open-minded, waxing and facials are also on the menu, as it a great massage if you want to unwind. Everything about this place oozes class and you won’t be disappointed, whatever you’re getting done.