As you all know by now, I could quite literally wax lyrical about how much I love being in Dublin all day every day! so as I have just got back from another trip over the Irish sea for a little pre- Christmas jaunt I thought why not wax some more! Lol 😊
Dublin – as I’m sure I’ve told you before! is beautiful all year round but at Christmas it really is no exception and the city takes on even more of a beauty and a buzz with a truly festive feel everywhere you go. With the Christmas lights twinkling away on Grafton street, decorations put up in the bars and restaurants around the city, the sound of everyone’s favourite Christmas song the Pogues infamous Fairytale of New York echoing out in the bars and the warm and homely Christmassy feeling everywhere you go it’s easy to see why everyone is full of high spirits (and I’m not just talking about the Jameson’s!) 😊
I spent three days in the city last week on a short pre – Christmas break indulging in some last-minute Christmas shopping, eating good food, going to a few gigs in Temple bar and catching up with friends over a drink or two… or four… or … ahh who’s counting anyway!
It was so nice to get in another little trip before the end of the year which was purely for pleasure and to enjoy the city for a few chilled days and let my hair down a bit before the madness of the Christmas rush kicks in and we get lost wrapping presents and the build up at home as well as in the emails at work from people wanting to tie things up ready for the Christmas break!
During this trip I of course visited some of my favourite places to go in the city like the Bailey bar for a little prosecco pick me up whilst shopping on Grafton street, A lovely Italian restaurant on Dame street called Toscana which is a regular dinner spot of mine and they serve amazing locally grown and sourced food – their pasta is amazing! And of course, the Temple bar area where I went to watch some friends gigs in pubs and bars like the Norseman, The Old Storehouse, The Merchants arch and Bad Bobs to name a few. As well as some of my regular haunts, I also went to a few different spots like 37 Dawson street which is a really nice bar venue nearby to Stephens Green, we had a cocktail and shared some food here – the Espresso Martini was very good! We also tried out Bunsen for a bite to eat, I am constantly told that they are amongst the best burgers in Dublin, so I thought it was about time I gave it a go and they did not disappoint!
They have a very simple set up and concept with their menu on a business card keeping it straightforward with two burger options – either a Hamburger or a Cheeseburger which you can also double up with and three choices of fries, it’s very reasonably priced too so its great value for money if your looking for a cheaper dinner option but at the same time a great standard of food with amazing burgers!
Although this was only a short trip, we still managed to fit quite a bit in and experience the city some more, it doesn’t matter how many times I go there is always something new to discover and new people to meet. I have been very lucky to be able to go over to Dublin regularly and to have had some amazing experiences and memories in this city so far meeting so many lovely people and new friends along the way and this trip was no exception.
Now … bring on next years trips already! #takemeback! 😊