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Live Like a Local in Dublin

There’s nothing quite like visiting a city with a local friend to show you around. No matter where you are, the best bars, restaurants, and entertainment spots are often off the tourist trail, making them even more memorable when you do find them.

Planning a trip to the Irish capital? We’ve spoken to a born-and-raised Dubliner to bring you a list of locally loved spots, so you can enjoy a true taste of the city away from the tourist crowd.

Eat like a local in Dublin

Our locals' favourite eateries include a little something for everyone, so even the fussiest eaters can be satisfied with what’s on offer. 

For straight-up burgers, head to BUNSEN. Since opening the burger joint has spread to multiple locations across Ireland – there are five branches in Dublin alone, so you’re sure to find your fix no matter which area you’re staying in.

The menu is easy, with no frills and certainly no fanciness. Choose a hamburger, double, cheeseburger, or double. Choose your toppings from a small selection of classics. Add fries, a soda, milkshake, or beer, and delve in.

TIP: Do it right and add every topping to your burger for the full BUNSEN experience. 

Eat Yard

This food, festival, and events spot is perfect for a casual bite when you don’t know what you fancy. Grab a Handsome Burger, flavourful Olea flatbread, or treat yourself to a Sweet Churro. There’s ice cream for little ones and Brewtonic Bar for the adults.

The River Liffey winding through central Dublin
The River Liffey winding through central Dublin

Drink like a local in Dublin

IWhether you’re in the city to celebrate with friends or for a romantic getaway, you’re probably thinking about heading out for a drink. Some of Dublin’s best nightlife can be found among its many bars and clubs, many of which cater heavily to tourists.
If you fancy breaking away from the crowd and joining in with the locals, forget Temple Bar and head to any of these local-recommended spots:

Daytime drinks in Dublin

·         Grogan’s Castle Lounge – a proper Irish pub with the best Guinness serve in the city!

·         Mulligan’s – a traditional and quirky spot

·         Long Hall – another traditional Irish pub

·         The Porterhouse – serves a huge selection of drinks including the Ultimate Beer List

·         Blackbird – a fun spot for drinks with friends

Evening drinks in Dublin

·         The Bernard Shaw – a Dublin institution with outdoor space, art and exhibition spaces, and Big Blue Pizza Bus

·         Sam’s Bar – an elegant art deco cocktail bar

·         Sophie’s – a modern glasshouse restaurant-bar with 360-degree views of the city

Dublin is well known for it's fantastic nightlife & wide array of bars
Dublin is well known for it's fantastic nightlife & wide array of bars

Hotels Near Dublin City Centre

Whatever your reason for heading to Dublin, make sure you book a hotel that’s close to all that this vibrant city has to offer. When you book your Dublin accommodation with Accor hotels, you can choose an option that suits your party and expect the warmest Irish welcome as standard.

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