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Old 09-22-2014, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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Went to Dublin for a day a few weekends ago and had a real good time. I just took the bus into the city center and walked around for a bunch of hours, crashed back at the hotel, and flew home.

I highly recommend the city.
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Old 09-23-2014, 12:11 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I can't say without announcing when my house will be vacant. I will be sure to let people know all about it when I return, though. There are a few bands/performances that I will drop everything and fly halfway around the world to go see. This is one of them. Turns out a folk singer I like (trad music) is playing a couple days prior, so I'm seeing him play, as well.

Keep in mind, I'm not asking people to "do my homework for me." I have already read the Lonely Planet Dublin guide from cover to cover. I have a pretty good idea what I want to see.

What I am asking is for suggestions for places that won't be in any guidebook. Every place I have ever visited has had a hidden gem that never makes the top-10 lists. For instance, in San Francisco, it's "picking up some focaccia bread at Liguria bakery and then walking up Telegraph hill to see the wild parrots while munching on the best focaccia outside of Italy." You won't find that in any guide to San Francisco. But that's one of the first things I do when I go there. In Las Vegas, a similar "hidden gem" was the $1 shrimp cocktail at Golden Gate casino. But they ruined that when they renovated.

Surely there are similar "you won't find this in any guide to Dublin but it's really freakin' cool" places to see/do/eat.
If you are looking for a more a more personal recommendation, try a pint at the Brazen Head pub a short walk from Christ Church Cathedral (near the river). I looked it up because it was supposed to be the oldest pub in Ireland. It was an amazing place with friendly service. We did not get food, but the other patrons who were eating seemed to enjoy their food.
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Old 09-23-2014, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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Sounds good. I'm staying directly on the Liffey.
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Old 09-25-2014, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Davy Byrnes' is also good but hardly off the beaten path. Sometimes places no one goes to are empty for a reason.
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Old 09-25-2014, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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Davy Byrnes' is also good but hardly off the beaten path. Sometimes places no one goes to are empty for a reason.
I'm not suggesting "places nobody goes." I do not want to boldly go where nobody has gone before.

My earlier example of Liguria bakery in San Francisco: I learned of this place because I was in San Francisco on Christmas Eve, and there was a line of grandmothers, out the door and around the block queuing up for SOMETHING. I told my wife, "I don't know what these guys are selling, but it has to be amazing." When you see 100 grannies in line -- there is something good inside.

Turns out they were selling focaccia. Best stuff you can buy outside Italy. You will never find this place in a guidebook. But if you find yourself in San Francisco and they're open AND if they have any left to sell, you're welcome. Because that's a traveling tip that's worth something.

Anyone can find St. James Gate on their own. I'm looking for the hidden gems. I'll likely find them on my own because I have a knack for that sort of thing. But I'm always looking for a good travel tip.
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Old 09-25-2014, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Altadena, CA
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I visited Ireland in May 2012, Co Kerry/Killarney. I loved it. Me and a friend will go there again in May 2015, this time we'll take a train up to Dublin and stay there for four days.
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