At City Language School Dublin we like to let our students know what we think are the best things to see and do around Dublin in their free time. Here are three recommendations for this weekend…
Bar of the Weekend – The Dice Bar, 93/94 Benburb Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Thankfully, this part of Dublin has kept a little bit of its edginess and so has this famous bar. The Dice Bar is probably Dublin’s best dive bar and has been watching over this corner of Dublin since 2001. Every night brings something different and you can be assured of a good crowd and great tunes on a Friday and Saturday Night.
Trip of the Weekend – Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road, Dublin 11 Ireland
Ok so it’s a graveyard but what a great graveyard it is. A veritable pantheon of the great and the ‘controversial’ of Irish history have been laid to rest here and whether you visit the interactive museum (recently voted one of the best in the world) or take a tour around the cemetery with one of the passionate and knowledgeable guides, this is great place to get a snapshot of Irish history.
It’s also next door to one of the most unique pubs in Dublin – The Gravediggers – a place where many a good intention has been laid to rest.
Walk of the Weekend – The South Wall, Ringsend
To get there you have to walk, cycle or drive past huge shipping containers, an enormous rubbish incinerator and an open human waste processing plant but when you get to the start of this bizarre pier-cum-wall, you will be rewarded with a panorama right across Dublin Bay. On a cold January morning, this is the perfect place to blow the cobwebs out of your head and the recent addition of a mobile coffee shop will help the hangover too. You will need dedication and a tough spirit to get there (especially if you are walking) but it is worth it.
Some words and phrases in the text…
a place where many a good intention has been laid to rest – this means that people go into a bar/pub with the intention of only staying for one drink but in the end they stay for a lot more.
blow the cobwebs out of your head – to go for walk and get some fresh air in order to wake yourself up OR get rid of your hangover.