5 Things to do in Dublin (before the 2pm check in) 23/08/2013

You’ve traveled and you’re tired. You want to drop off your bags, relax and get settled, maybe have a nap. We get it. However in order for your time with us to be as comfortable and pleasurable as possible we’ve got to make sure that the room you’ll be staying in is military commando, full metal jacket style clean. This takes time, ages in fact, thats why we dont let people into their rooms before 2pm.

So now you have some time to kill. Here’s a list of potential things you can get up to while waiting for 2 o’clock to swing by.

1: Breakfast

The most important meal of the day they say. A line I first heard in Sylvester Stallone’s seminal classic “Stop or my mom will shoot”. I have no other memories of this film except that even at the inquisitive age of 6 my mind was upset and confused while watching it, refusing outright to process the information on screen. Anyway Dublin has about a million cafes and about 50 of them do a nice breakfast. For sandwiches i’d go to the Dublin Food Company on Andrew Street and The Metro Cafe on South William Street has a nice sit down atmosphere for a more substantial feed.

2: Museum

Go to a museum stupid and get ler-ned-ed.

3. Pint

Grab a lovely, lovely pint. Why not save some time by combining pint drinking with museuming (i think i may have made up a word/pastime, how cromulent of me). The Guinness Store House over in St James’s Gate is the birthplace of the beautiful blackstuff that has been at the heart of all things romantic and tragic about Ireland. Its influence has formed relationships and its aftermath destroyed them. The tour is great by all accounts and afterwards you can have a free pint in the upstairs bar which has a spectacular view of the city.

2. Relax in our common room

Both our hostels have a common room with a selection of DVDS’s and computer consoles. We also have pool and foosball tables where you and your travelling companions can hustle some other guests out of some extra spending money like Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson in White Men can’t Jump. Its also a good way to get a get a feel for the hostels environment.  Have a chat with whoever is working reception and please feel free to ask them any questions you have whether its about our Viking Pub Crawl, can you charge your phone, will Arsenal finish in the champions league spaces this season, who killed Kennedy, or what year it is…

1. Free Walking Tour

We provide a FREE! Yes free 2 and a half hour walking tour around the city. It begins at 11 am by the central bank and after it you’ll know more about the city than most Dubliners do…

That should keep you occupied, if your not into any of them just lock yourself in the toilet and play Candy Crush Saga or something…

All the best now!

Ben

The Top 7 (yes, 7) Best Pubs in Dublin for a Guinness. 16/08/2013

Happy Friday first off.

Now we have the small talk out of the way lets get down to the issue at hand. Pints are delicious. Lovely lovely pints. I can’t get enough of them. If it wasn’t for work, monetary issues or family concerns about health, id be in a pub from open till close gulping down on over 500 milliliters
of hopsy goodness.

Dublin City has over 1000 pubs, some great, some borderline dangerous. I’ve compiled a quick list of some of my favorite drinking establishments in the city that you may drop into if the thirst takes.

7) Grogans

15 South William St  Dublin 2

The great thing about Grogans is its location. On the corner where South William Street and Castle Market meet, Grogans is a great spot to plonk outside and mimic that scene in Annie Hall where Woody Allen and Diane Keaton slag all those people in the park. An exceptional people watching perch which is of a major benefit if you run out of things to say to your drinking partner.

6) Stags Head

1 Dame Court, Dublin 2

Stags Head is the pub my Dad and his mates used to drink in when they were only young fellas. He says that its not as good as it was back in the day but he says that about marrowfat peas, Gaelic football, public transport and Sundays. I like it because the staff are friendly, you never have to wait too long to be served and the spill over from the other pubs in the area into Dame Court creates a pretty buzzing atmosphere.

5) The Long Hall

51 South Great George’s Street

The Long Hall is on the list because of its exterior and interior. Visually it has so much battered character that if it were a sentient being it would take the shape of Steve Buscemi on 80 Major a day. I once met Ray Darcy in there and i tried to introduce him to my then girlfriend. Her embarrassment at meeting her child crush manifested in anger towards myself and our relationship broke up soon after. She lives abroad now. Nice pints.

4) Nearys

1 Chatham St,  Dublin 2

Nearys has one of the best drinking sections in the city. As soon as you enter take a left into the lounge. Then around the corner is a small section of bar that offers privacy, comfort and a great view of other customers which if you are a voyeur or perhaps a gangster with a bounty on their head for unpaid drug debts is ideal. As far as i know it is one of the few remaining pubs in the city with unionised bar man from way back when it was an esteemed trade to partake in such a profession and a mixologist was a cement turner from France.

3) Toners

139 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2

Easily the best smoking area in the city and backed up with some exceptional Guinness and great service.

 

2) Mulligans

8 Poolbeg St, Dublin 2

I first stepped foot in Mulligans when i went with my Dad to see Dublin lose to Meath in the 1996 Leinster Football Final. It was a roastin afternoon in July and i remember us getting kicked out at some stage because they did that thing where they close for a few hours in the name of God to have lunch or get scuttered themselves. Another example of religion based abuse administered upon the Irish public not even two decades ago. Mulligans insides look like that of a man who has been drinking his whole life, off colour red walls with the organs beginning to rot.  They (much like 42 other pubs in the city) claim it was James Joyces favorite bar and Brendan Behan regularly drank there. Any bar that would serve Brendan Behan became a regular spot for him. I love it for the memories it holds for me and that you can buy Derry’s finest McCardles and Sierra Nevada on tap.

1) Kavanaghs or The Grave Diggers

1 Prospect Square, Dublin 9

The Guinness in this place has reached mythical standards. While debates about the best kebab in the city can tear lifelong friendships apart the drinkers of the city are united in proclaiming this spot to have the best pint in Dublin.  A pilgrimage from the city centre is needed to reach this mecca of drinking dens but each stride brings your tastebuds a meter closer to paradise. Its located within a housing estate square beside Glasnevin cemetary so if your out that direction for a bit of sight seeing you really have no excuse.

 

Thats me done, im off for a lemonade…

 

 

 

That didn’t go to plan… 09/08/2013

GOOD EVENING DUUUUUUBLIN!

How are ya?

How was the weekend?

Grand? Good man.

Meself? Sure let me tell ya…

Moving onto things Avalon and Kinlay related, which is really what this blog should be about (i am blog tyrant, Benny Amin), we have a ramshackle bunch inside our doors this weekend with the Liverpool and Celtic match on in Lansdowne. Who cares says you, well nobody i suppose, its just a friendly but sure isnt it the taking part that counts. At the desk right now in Avalon we have the female dream team of Elena and Katarina who are drowning in cider edged compliments from the lads just off the ferry. Town will be an interesting social cocktail tonight with these boys and the quality from the horse show in the RDS brushing off each others elbows at the bar.

If you are not going to the match then the one and only place you need to be tomorrow is in the National Concert Hall to see Spiritualized play their Ladies and Gentleman album in full with a feckin orchestra! Tonight there is a Bob Dylan appreciation gig going on over in the Academy with two of the lads from the Strokes playing. That could be hit or miss to be honest.

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Right, im off to mass… G’luck!

Ben

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What to do this August Bank Holiday… 02/08/2013

Crazy busy weekend here both in Avalon in Kinlay. This morning was like the Brit awards in 1995 with wave upon wave of bleary eyed, fringe covered faces trudging off into the Dublin labyrinth after a night of Blur infused antics. Here’s how my experience of the night went… Arrived, avoided the 40 minute wait at the bar, danced like it was 1999, Leo Burdocks, then home to bed like a good lad. The boys themselves must have been wrecked this morning with the amount of after parties going on in the various venues about town. A rather enjoyable way to kick-start a four day party it must be said. And yourselves? Just what does one do on a bank holiday in Dublin?

Well, those who haven’t hopped on the bus to my mothers very own Tullamore for the Castlepalooza festival have a few options to keep themselves adequately entertained. Shes not really from Tullamore to be exact you know, but a little town on the outskirts called Mount Bolus. Great drinking in that town and if you bump into a Mahon there tell them you know me, sure you might get a free one out of it. However the chances of you ever, ever ending up in the time warp that is Mount Bolus are about as likely as Da Vinchi re-animating to do some tile work on our third floor toilets.

Anyway, all the way from New Orleans come the Hot 8 Brass Band mixing a big bowl of funky, sexy, good time jazz gumbo in the Sugar Club tonight from 8pm. There’s a lot of hype around this gig so get yourself there early to grab tickets. If your sick of the city, pop on a DART out to Bray for the Summerfest which has loads of live music and a funfair to keep the kids entertained while you neck Bulmers from the beer garden with the other parentals. Heading further south by about 4 kilometers is my hometown of Greystones which has its own Americana and Roots festival in the Beach House pub by the harbour. Its safe to say i’ll be well ensconced behind its doors shouting that my baby done left me on the last train from the crossroads and sipping on sweet, sweet bourbon. The Cujo Family at 10pm Saturday will be the weekends highlight id say.

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Lovely talking to you as always…

Ben