There are few, if any, places in this great game that can match the combination of Golf and the Good Life found in Dublin. After a morning round on the likes of Portmarnock, The Island, and The European Club, the city beckons us to return to enjoy some of life at its best. Here’s a few of the places we think you’ll find it.
The Black Stuff
The Guinness Storehouse is the most popular attraction in Dublin for our Members of the Forces, and it’s easy to understand why. The Irish famously keep all of the best Guinness for themselves, and if you’re looking for a perfectly poured pint of the black stuff, this is where you’ll find it. The view from the Gravity Bar is by itself worth the price of admission.
While there are no shortage of exceptional hotels in Dublin, year in and year out The Merrion garners high praise from our Members of the Forces. The flawlessly restored Georgian townhouses that form the hotel are home to the largest private collection of art on the Emerald Isle. From Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud – Ireland’s only two Michelin Star eatery – to the comfortable confines and modern Irish cuisine found at The Cellar, those looking for exceptional dining after golf won’t even have to leave the hotel.
The Long Room
The Old Library at Trinity College dates to 1592 and the Book of Kells some 800 years before that. The main attraction here, however, is the Long Room, where over 200,000 ancient books and manuscripts are housed. The collection is impressive, the architecture even more so, and one can’t help but wonder if amongst all of that knowledge lies the secret to curing the yips.
From the music filled O’Donoghue’s to an odd collection of Presidential memorabilia at The Oval Office, the pubs in Dublin give a unique and true slice of Irish culture. In fact, the pub scene in Dublin is so outstanding, it required a Baker’s Blog post of its own. Whether you’re raising a glass to author James Joyce at Davy Byrnes, or hoping to bump into a few rock legends at The Horseshoe Bar (a story Sam explains in the above post), any amount of time in an Dublin pub is bound to be memorable.
Our first choice in Dublin for traditional Irish country food is Gallagher’s Boxty House. Super place for a simple but hearty dinner or lunch. The stews are fabulous, but as the name suggests the boxtys are a can’t miss. That is, assuming you can choose from the half dozen variations on the menu at any given time. Don’t be fooled by the touristy feel. The food is excellent.
Gentlemen… If you’re traveling without your leading lady and hope to secure the right to do so again soon, we highly suggest you not return from Dublin empty handed. Take a stroll down Grafton Street near Trinity College, and you’re likely to find just the ticket. Ladies… It’s worth noting that Dublin’s leading jeweler, Weirs, is found here. Just in case one needs to kill a little time while the golfers are on the links.
For those who have been, where did you find the best of the Good Life in Dublin?