Alternative Dublin

Ireland's exciting and vibrant Capital City

Dublin is the capital city of the Ireland with over 1.8 million residents in the greater metro area.  It’s world famous for its music, theatre, literature, pubs, restaurants and friendly people who are always willing to have the “craic” and show any visitor a great time.  Here are a few things to do that are a little different to the usual tourist attractions.


Sip Sip Hooray text slogan behind the bar in the Bernard Shaw pub, North Dublin.
The Bernard Shaw

Love food and want to try some in an alternative type of restaurant?  Then The Eatyard at the Bernard Shaw pub, on the city’s North side is the perfect place to visit. It’s quirky bar/club with a large outdoor space with plenty of seats to chill out, have a drink and grab some delicious food.


There are loads of place to choose from, The Saucy Cow (vegan meals), My Goodness Cafe (vegan snacks and treats), La Cocina Cuevas (Mexican food) and the Wine & Cheese Bar. It's one of the best pub in Dublin and definitely worth a visit.

Fiddle, bodhran and a flute, typical instruments used in a traditional Irish music session.
Real Trad at the Cobblestone

You’ll find this rough and ready, cosy little spot, north of the Liffey in Dubiln’s fair city, a hidden gem.  Real traditional players from all over the city and even the island are attracted to play in the musicians' corner downstairs and you can experience this wealth of Irish talent for free!  


There is a established and renowned venue upstairs which rarely books nothing but the best traditional Irish and folk bands on the scene. 

art nouveau tableware with a ornately panited cup full of coffee beans on a saucer.
A Parisian Art Nouveau Gem in Dublin’s Heart

The spectacular Cafe en Seine has a number of bars spanning 3 floors, it’s crowning glory is the with a 3-storey atrium with a magnificent glass-panelled ceilings, art nouveau glass lanterns, elegant statues and believe it or not, 40 foot trees are among the many impressive features you’ll find inside.  Daytime you can sit and have coffee and food in its pleasant cafe vibe but at night time, you can choose from a brasserie with an extensive range of beers and cocktails.

Dublin Vice Cafe
Coffee Lovers

Here’s another fact that you might not have known, Dublin has one of the world’s liveliest coffee scenes and is leading the way in the new generation of coffee makers and drinkers.  


There are a huge amount of top quality coffee houses in the city that will have something for everyone, 3FE, Roasted Brown and Vice Coffee Inc. get rave reviews from around the world, including the Financial Times!

Leather chair in the spotlight in the centre of a stage in a theatre.
What about some lunchtime theatre?

Believe it or not, Dublin has one of the strongest theatre scenes in the world.  Head over to Bewley’s Cafe Theatre which opened in 1999 and is situated on Grafton Street on the city’s south side.


Drink a delicious cappuccino with a scone or a wonderful slice of homemade cake and sit back to enjoy a literary classic or maybe a new, exciting Irish play.