Like the posters above say, get the Airlink buses to the main bus terminus (Busaras) just five minutes walk from the city centre. I can recommend good, reasonable places to stay if you want.
Reasonably priced restaurants with good food and a good atmosphere:
D7 Gary Rhode
s is very reasonable with starters from around €6-16 and mains from about €16-30. Peploe's
is a little bit pricier, but again good. Mao
is fantastic value (and the food is GREAT) with mains about €14-18 and you won't need to order anything more than their main course, apart from something to drink, of course! I can recommend some more if you tell me what you are looking for.
Tradtitional pubs with traditonal (Irish) music sessions:
Popular bars with young Dubs (only foreigners call them "Dubliners"):
(Dress well or you won't get in)
(Gay, but very straight friendly and with DJ
and good atmosphere)
If you want to go clubbing, try Tripod
, (adm €12) the city's newest and one of the biggest, or Pod
next door, which is smaller, or Spirit
, (adm €20) another big club, although the licensing laws are crap so they have to finish-up at 2.30am, whereby the late bars (which usually have music) finish at 1.30 and are free.
Things to do:
Temple Bar, right in the city center, just south of the River Liffey is a magnet for tourists, but don't let that put you off as you get plenty of locals there as well. The main thing to remeber is that Dubs love to talk, so don't be afraid of striking up conversation with ANYBODY (although nowadays your waiter will more-than-likely to be Polish or French) you come across who looks like a local, and particularly in pubs.
If I'm in a new city the first thing I usually do is hop on a city tour bus to get an overview and then pick out things that I might like to check-out later. The open-top double decker buses do regular trips round the city and you can hop on and off wherever you want.
Another interesting thing to do, off the tourist trail, is the markets around Moore Street, where you'll hear accents going back centuries and is worth a stroll around just to hear the banter.
And the city is pocket-sized compared to other European capitals, so everything you need is within walking distance of the city centre.
I can get you more info or recommendations if you want, just ask!
[Edited 2007-01-13 21:11:24]