Dublin welcomes every visitor with open arms and wants to show you a really good time. It’s been building its reputation as a party capital for over a millennium so it’s bound to have everything you and the lads need to kick your weekend off in style. Your days can be packed full of exclusive tours of sights unique to Dublin including the St. James’ Gate Brewery, where Dublin’s most famous export, Guinness is brewed and to keep on the alcohol-fuelled theme a trip to The Old Jameson Distillery will kick things up another notch. Sample Dublin’s most famous spirit before moving onto something a little livelier such as a clay pigeon shooting, go karting or even paintball a little outside of the city.
When the night time rolls around in Dublin you’ll be more than ready to party but if the club scene isn’t for you then settle in for some unique Irish laughs at a local comedy club, roll the dice at the casino or head down the dogs for a bet or two. If you are all about the nightlife, then the famous Temple Bar drinking area will be waiting for you and an exclusive pre-club bar is a great start before heading to your chosen club. If a little after-hours entertainment is also called for then one of Dublin’s fine lap dance clubs will ensure everything is rounded off in true Irish style.
Dublin airport is 15 km from the city centre, a journey that typically takes around 20 to 45 minutes depending on the traffic. Flights from England to Dublin take between 1 and 1.5 hours. The main airlines for this route are Ryanair, Aer Lingus and British Airways and you can fly here from all major UK airports.
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Not surprisingly the pubs are fantastic and where all the action takes place. We advise our stag lads to pay a visit to Temple Bar where it is always busy and heaving, but if you want to visit some real Irish pubs then head to O’Donoghues or Dohney and Nesbitts on Merrion Row or over to The Stags Head or The Long Hall on George’s Street, or Kehoe’s, Davy Byrne’s or Neary’s off Grafton Street. Also just on the edge of Temple Bar is a really great bar called The Palace – start your night here before heading into the madness of Temple Bar itself. If you want a bit of Trad Irish music thrown in, then O’Donoghues is good and so is The Cobblestone, down in Smithfield.
Copper Face Jacks nightclub is a guaranteed laugh and you’ll get to meet Irish people here. It buzzes up after 11pm and this is where all the GAA (Gaelic) heads go, so guaranteed lots of girls! You could also hit Howl at the Moon, Club M, Fitzsimons, Alchemy or lots of others. Always passes been handed out in Temple Bar on Fri/Sat night.
The International Bar on Wicklow Street (just beside Grafton Street) do comedy every night and is worth checking out to get the night rolling. Or The Laughter Lounge on Eden Quay beside the river is also good.
This might be too cultural, but a twenty minute train journey takes you to Howth, a great fishing/harbour village on the northside of Dublin. You can make the lads walk up the hill (called Howth Head) and then reward them with a pint and some fish/chips in the great local establishments
The best kept secret in Ireland is our Gaelic Games. Get a taste for yourselves and cure the hangover at the same time!! Bring the lads to play some Gaelic Football, Hurling (a stick and ball game) and Handball and make the weekend a guaranteed success! These are the most popular sports in Ireland and all the locals go mad for them – this is your chance to be Irish for a day!! Guaranteed best Irish “craic” and will have the lads bragging all weekend about their sporting prowess!
You can bring the lads to Guinness Storehouse or Jameson Whiskey Store – probably the safe options and they are national icons!