Dublin is a city founded by the vikings for the purpose of trade. Ownership of the city has changed hands numerous times over the course of its history, but the light hearted and friendly spirit of the city has stayed the same. Dublin is a small city that punches above its weight, it’s home to some of the worlds most loved artists, poets and musicians such as U2, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Colin Farrell. The city sees millions of tourists visit every year, either as a first stop on a journey around Ireland or to experience its vibrant pub culture. Dubliners pride themselves on being welcoming hosts to visitors from all over the globe. A common Irish phrase used to welcome people is ‘Céad míle faílte’ which translates to a hundred thousand welcomes and this willingness to go above and beyond to give people a warm welcome is felt from the moment you arrive.
- Chill by the canal at Portobello on a summer evening. When it gets dark, head to one of the bars that are close by – The Barge, Bernard Shaw or Whelans are just some of them.
- Go for a little shopping trip to South William Street and Drury Street. The shops are a mix of boutique and thrift shops and worth a visit.
- Have some of the incredible Irish smoked salmon! Our tip is the Metro Cafe, the bagel with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs is just a dream. For an amazing cup of coffee, check out Kaph.
- No Dublin trip without a seeing a gig! Check out Sugar Club. It’s an old fancy cinema with candle lit booths and an intimate setting that’s been around for ages. It has been converted into a venue that shows some retro movies, but it mainly puts on gigs. The programming is amazing with a mix of the best jazz, hip hop, soul and funk artists playing there.
Apps to download before you TakeOff
- Nialler9 – Best website for gigs happening in Dublin
- Happenings – Pop up outdoor cinema screenings and yoga classes in parks across Dublin. Highly recommended!
- Lovin Dublin – Gives recommendations and reviews of restaurants and bars around Dublin.
- mytaxi – Even though there is Uber, it actually is quite expensive and there are not that many cars. mytaxi is much more reliable and as cheap a taxi as you’ll get.
The TakeOffTalk Dublin Playlist
TakeOffTalk reached out to the local musicians and producers to hear their thoughts on the music scene in their city. In Dublin, we spoke to music producer Ian O’Donovan about who he is and what he does:
“I’m a producer and DJ living in Dublin. I make lots of different styles of music
from deep house to techno and electro, usually melodic stuff. Dublin is a cool place for music, food and arts in general. For a relatively small city, there’s always lots going on.”
Listen to Ian O’Donovan’s songs on his Soundcloud!