Enjoy A Night Out In Dublin

July 14, 2017  •  Dublin, Travel

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Dublin is one of the most popular destinations in the UK, and just a glance at it makes it easy to see why. It’s an old and beautiful capital city, situated right on the Irish Sea and recognizable through several impressive sights. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Trinity College and Phoenix Park are just a few of the popular landmarks and sightseeing stops that draw people to the Irish capital. While there’s plenty of well-documented things to see and do during the day in Dublin, the city might be a wee bit underrated when it comes to nighttime activities. Whenever you’re going to travel somewhere it’s worth knowing how you can entertain yourself when the sun goes down, and so we wrote down a few of the fun things to keep in mind for a night out in Dublin.Night Kayaking
This is a cool attraction that’s unlike what you’ll find in a lot of comparable cities. The River Liffey runs right through the middle of Dublin, and at night it can be a beautiful area, surrounded by the town and crossed by a lamp-lit bridge. As it happens you can explore it by boat by taking one of Dublin’s famous night kayaking tours. It’s a tourist attraction, but that doesn’t make it any less special or serene.

Dinner On The Water
Sticking with the water theme for a moment, Dublin is also home to a delightful dinner cruise that takes place on the Dublin Canal. It’s known as “La Peniche,” and literally involves floating on a barge while you enjoy dinner and drinks. Prices are surprisingly reasonables, and the menu is wonderful with everything from a duck confit entrée to a broad selection of French wines. There are plenty of other nice places to eat and drink on the ground in Dublin, but this is a fun and different way to experience the city.Fitzwilliam Casino & Card Club
In-person casino gaming is becoming kind of old fashioned throughout Europe, and Ireland is no exception. The country has embraced online versions of popular games, with arcade slots in particular making for a big internet business. But as many options as you can now find online, there’s something to be said for an elegant, well-run casino. The Fitzwilliam provides just that. Focusing primarily on card games and roulette, it’s a true gamers’ gaming venue, with classy tables and setups and an intimacy you don’t often find in capital city casinos. It’s a great place to spend a few hours at night—provided you’re responsible about it, of course!
The Abbey Theatre
As one article on high-end attractions in Dublin put it, the city produced a number of famous writers, including Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, and Samuel Beckett. So it should come as no surprise that a strong theatre scene still exists there. The schedule varies, but as the national theatre of Ireland, it usually ropes in the best writing and acting talent. A night out at the Abbey Theatre is sure to be something you remember for a long time to come.
O’Donoghue’s Pub
Ireland is famous for its pubs, and it follows that there are a lot of great bar options dotted around Dublin. Frankly, it’s hard to single out just one. But if you only have time to make it to one, O’Donoghue’s might be what you’re looking for. It’s a popular hub that’s small on the inside but more expansive than it looks. It’s also known for hosting a lot of traditional Irish music. Particularly for a tourist, it might offer up the most distinctly “Irish” atmosphere of the top pubs, at least insofar as those of us around the world think of the culture.

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