Visiting Dublin, or even just live here and popping in for the day. Fancy a food and free gallery day? Here's some things you might like to do.
Getting up leisurely and arriving in town for a late breakfast, head straight for Ely Wine Bar, 22 Ely Place for freshly baked scones and coffee or hot chocolate. When you've finished there you can turn right and carry on down to the bottom of Ely Place to visit the Royal Hibernian Academy. Finishing in there you can continue your gallery theme by walking first past Hugo's on Merrion Place to book your early bird supper, and then head across town towards Temple Bar. Filled with free galleries you can take your pick but I like the Gallery of Photography on the corner of Meeting House Square and sometimes there are casual quirky exhibitions in the basement of Filmbase on Curved Street. From here if you're not all galleried out you can head back to Dame Street and turn right towards Christchurch. Walking up and across the road Ebow Gallery is at 1 Castle Street, just before the hotel, and often has interesting exhibitions.
If you're ready for lunch now you can head further up past Christchurch Cathedral to the High Street, now into Dublin 7 and pop in Little Green Cafe for toasted sandwiches or you can turn and head back down Dame Street and weave your way into Fade Street to big space that is The Market Bar for a more tapas style lunch.
After lunch you can head down Exchequer Street to Fallon and Byrne and pick up some sweet treats to take home with you. Tired now, and having had your fill of culture why not just window shop? Head down South William Street and wander through the Powerscourt Centre with it's eclectic selection of quality shops, head back to Wicklow Street to peruse the CD's and great collection of DVD's on the first floor in Tower Records, head into Brown Thomas on Grafton Street for a mooch and then head to Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street to lose time in the wealthy array of books on three floors plus the great bargain basement.
Ready for an aperitif? You're spoilt for choice in Dublin but try No.37 at, you guessed it, 37 Dawson Street (old Ron Black's), plonk yourself on the sofa in the window and enjoy a well earned rest as the rest of Dublin rushes past the window. Having booked it on your way to Ely this morning, sip your drink until the allotted hour and then walk round the corner to Hugo's on Merrion Row for a great value early bird.
From Hugo's you could head anywhere a) home-you've been on your feet all day and let's face it you're exhausted, b) off to sample the Dublin nightlife, if you're here on holiday you wanna stay out all day! The choice of Dublin nightlife would warrant a whole extra article/book. Whelan's on Wexford Street have free live music in their main bar if you're that way inclined. There's not many bars where you'll get a seat by this time on a Friday night so wander the dark streets of Dublin, arrive in Neary's (Chatham Street), Kehoe's (South Anne Street) or Doheny and Nesbitt's (Lower Baggot Street) for example and you'll be guaranteed a good evening.
Enjoy your day x