So, you may or may not remember that a couple of months ago now, I (along with Mat and Remi) hopped on a flight over to Ireland with ASOS, for a couple of whistle stop tours of the beautiful Dublin and Belfast. Okay, so they may have been pretty fast paced, but that’s not to say that we didn’t pick up names of some true hidden gems- and although it’s been a while, I couldn’t help but share, especially if you’re planning a trip soon! Also- let me know if you have any favourites there too, I’d love to add to this list (plus stay tuned for my Belfast guide too)!
#1 The Bernard Shaw
From the outside, the Bernard Shaw may not seem much more than a cutesey pub, but step inside and I can assure you, you’ll be greeted with some of the best Italian and mediterranean lunch you’ll ever have (if only I could have bought their panini and desert recipes back with me)! The place is super cosy inside, with homely touches (ahem, crochet lamp, ahem) and some of the friendliest, most knowledgeable staff around- definitely one to take note of.
11-12 South Richmond Street, Dublin – check the site here!
It’s no secret that I’m a bit of an Italian food fiend (see above), so hitting Skinflint for some completely delicious grilled pizza (with some incredible topping combinations) was a real treat. Not only does this place boast amazing pizza, but you can rest assured they have meatballs, not-so-boring salads and the best chocolate mousse I’ve ever tasted on the menu- which is definitely saying something.
19 Crane Ln, Dublin – check the site here!
It seems to be a routine event for me, that whilst travelling anywhere- I have to find a blooming good burger spot. Firstly, who can resist a science based pun? Yup, thought not. Okay, so the menu may not be particularly extensive, but when it comes to hitting a good burger on the head- these guys have it sussed, plus do the best milkshakes to go hand-in hand too. Also- did I mention they have gluten free and paleo options? Extra brownie points!
36 Wexford St, Dublin – check the site here!
#4 Vintage Cocktail Club/The Liquor Rooms
Being a non drinker, it’s extra special when you stumble across a cocktail (or, y’know mocktail) bar that can cater to your specific needs, and go the extra mile concocting drinkable potions based on flavours you truly love. With the Vintage Cocktail club tucked away in Dublin’s side streets (you have to ring a doorbell to get in, making it almost feel like a secret party of Gatsby’s) and the Liquor rooms offering live stand up artists and a black and white photobooth- both places are exceptionally cool, with staff that know cocktails inside out.
#5 The Guinness Storehouse
Whether you’re a Guinness drinker or not, a visit to the storehouse is the perfect way to spend a morning getting an amazing insight into some of Dublin’s vast history, as well as learning about a certain beverage I’ve heard is pretty famous in that part of the world. On top of that, the top floor bar shows views across thw whole of the city, making for a pretty wonderful escape on a bright day- not bad hey?
St James’s Gate, Dublin – check the site here!
Shotsy Vintage/Cocoa Atelier/Temple Bar/The Library Project bookshop/Little Museum of Dublin