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Dublin in General
Member Name: franky
Dublin in General
Date: 21/09/00, updated on 21/09/00 (84 review reads)
Advantages: Giunness poured the correct way
Disadvantages: The weight gain
I visited Dublin in August of this year, and as a hardened Guinness drinker, and a collector of Guinness merchandise, I was expecting a very expensive holiday. I was to be pleasantly surprised. In my local pub of Molly O'Grady's in Leicester, a pint of Guinness is 2.27. The average price in Dublin if 2.50. When you take into account the exchange rate (we got 1.25 punts for every 1.00 stirling), it works out around the same. Something to watch though - in the trendy Temple Bar, the drinks can go up by as much as 20p after 7pm.
The B&B's on Gardiner St are very reasonable. Within 5 minutes walk of the city centre, you can get an en-suite double room for 50 punts per night (approx 40 stirling), although the Irish breakfast fry-up exeeds every European recommedation for collestorol intake!
Eating out isn't too bad either, try The Auld Dubliner during the day for a traditional Irish Coddle, or next door's Oliver St John Goggarty in the evening. Goggarty's serve enormous plates of food for around 5 punts. I would recommend the burgers, although don't expect a flat beef patty in a bun!
And don't forget to do the tourist thing - the open top ride on a bus around Dublin costs 7 punts. This takes around an hour and a quarter for the full trip, although you can get on and off anywhere throughout the day. I would advise you to keep switching buses, as the drivers offer running commentary, and some are historical, some hysterical and one of them just sings all the way round!