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200 Reasons Not To Leave Dublin


The Irish are a nation of emigrants. After a brief respite, we're back to boats and planes as vehicles for careers and lives. But Dublin's still a great place to live, regardless of how small it m...read more
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Food and Drink

Barfly – The Yacht

It’s fair to say that the principal motivator for our late January excursion to The Yacht was a series of hushed mutterings about the ownership changing hands.

Soundbite: Erik Robson from ely

Fifteen years after Erik and Michelle Robson first established ely, they remain dedicated advocates of seasonality. We caught up with Erik recently during a brief interlude in sourcing new wines and craft beers to talk about their latest successes, the closure of ely Gastro Bar and exciting new developments in the IFSC.




Barfly: The 108

The 108 is the latest of the Galway Bay Brewing’s menagerie of pint dispensaries, and one which represents craft beer fever extending its heavily-hopped, caramel-noted tendrils further into the leafy suburbs.

Restaurant Review: East Side Tavern

I try not to find out too much about a restaurant before I visit, preferring instead to wait until afterwards to research. I like arriving without any preconceived notions of who is running the joint and what they’re trying to achieve. So when our starters turn up at East Side read more…

Christmas in Dublin – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Nothing quite beats the atmosphere of Dublin’s crowded streets at Christmas. The sing-song of canny street traders. Twinkling lights. A hint of the old Switzer’s magic… Though a dig too many from razor sharp elbows and excess of ‘Anyone for the last of the Elsa dolls?’ can leave your seasonal goodwill in tatters. Our advice? Make like the young European you are and ward off your inner Scrooge with a brief pause here and there for a bit of pudding, cake or something more substantial to set you up merrily for the task in hand…

Barfly: The Back Page

The Back Page will most likely be referred to as a ‘sports hipster’ bar, but fuck it, there’s actually not that many places that are specifically good for watching sport like this is, rather just there for watching sport.

Barfly: The Harold House

The Harold House is the kind of place that’d get mentioned as must-see, flawless Guinness serving ‘hidden Dublin’ gem, if it wasn’t so profoundly, unequivocally strange.

Restaurant Review: Peperina

Dunville Avenue is tucked away in Ranelagh’s back streets, running across the Luas lines near the Beechwood stop. On the same stretch as Morton’s sits a café and bistro called Peperina.

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