Thursday, 25 August 2011

Restaurants, cafes & pubs in Dublin

Walk down any street in Dublin or any town in Ireland for that matter, and you will find a public house, more affectionately known as a pub, with Guinness on tap, pub grub and even traditional Irish music.

Temple Bar is teeming with pubs and people watchers.

Formerly the Belfast Bank (circa 1892), The Bank Bar & Restaurant on College Green serves a hearty Irish breakfast by day and draws in the crowds by night. One of the jewels of Victorian architecture, it remains intact with stain-glass ceilings and subterranean vaults.

For a swish evening out, Cafe en Seine on Dawson Street is a must-do. The decadent Art Deco style and flamboyant lighting most certainly gives a romantic and whimsical vibe. To top it off, Sunday brunch is with Dublin's best live Jazz bands.

Bewley's Oriental Cafe on Grafton Street is yet another gem.

The Bewley's were tea traders and by shipping tea directly from China to Dublin, managed to break the British East India Tea Company's monopoly.

The cafe opened in 1927, the interior decor drawing inspiration from European cafes of Paris and Vienna and exotic oriental tearooms.

The stain-glass center piece was commissioned to Harry Clarke, a leading Irish stain-glass artist trained in the Art Nouveau style.

Another impressive restaurant somewhere in downtown Dublin.

Buswell's Hotel on Molesworth Street being well appointed near Stephens Green, ten minutes from Trinity College and the main shopping street on Grafton, is an excellent place to stay. Truman's Restaurant offers elegant contemporary Irish cuisine especially appreciated after a 20-hour flight.

Then there's Toddy's on O'Connell Street . . .

As pretty as a picture, O'Neill's, the corner neighbourhood pub.

The piece de resistance, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill on Dawson Street, just round the corner from Buswell's. Yes the Hell's Kitchen Chef!

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