The Marker Hotel
I spent last weekend in Dublin and got to see in the New Year there. We stayed at The Marker Hotel and were absolutely blown away by the service, the manager was so friendly and really made us feel welcome. The hotel even put on a champagne and canape reception for guests staying at the hotel on New Year Eve which was a lovely way to start off the New Year celebrations. They also have a rooftop bar which was the perfect way to enjoy a cocktail of an evening. We started off New Years Day with a dip in the hotel’s 23 metre infinity pool. The location was also great – only a 20 minute walk along the canal to get to Temple Bar.
Where To Eat In Dublin
San Lorenzo’s Restaurant
If you hadn’t already guessed I do love a good brunch so when I was looking online for reccommendations and discovered San Lorenzo’s Restaurant I knew I’d have to pay it a visit. I LOVE french toast so obviously had to go for the Coco pops crunchy french toast which comes with salted caramelised bananas, peanut butter, mascarpone whipped cream, and Belgian chocolate sauce. It really was the brunch of champions! They have lots of savoury options too if you can’t face that amount of sugar first thing.
The Buckley family started out as butchers before opening up various steak houses around Dublin. If you are a big meat eater then F.X. Buckley is definitely worth a visit. We went to their Crow Street restaurant and really enjoyed our meal there. The mussels for our starter were also really good, as was the wine.
We ate at Bloom Brasserie on New Years Eve where we were served a delicious 4 course meal. There was a set menu and I ended up with dishes that I probably wouldn’t usually have opted for (venison) but it was a good way to push me out of my comfort zone. We started with scallops, followed by venison, steak for main and pecan and caramel tart with baileys ice cream for dessert. Not only was the food incredible but the staff were brilliant. If you are a steak lover then you may want to consider eating at Bloom Brasserie as I actually preferred it to the one I had at F.X Buckley although both were very good.
Things To Do In Dublin
No holiday to Dublin would be complete without a trip to the infamous Guinness Storehouse. Admission includes a pint of Guinness in their 7th floor Gravity Bar which offers 360degree views over Dublin. It was absolutely packed in there when we went but we were told that they have planning permission to begin work this year to double the size. I opted for the taster board instead where you can pick 3 different flavours, my favourite was their pale ale.
Irish Whisky Museum
I’ll be honest I’ve never been much of a whisky drinker but the Irish Whisky Museum tour was so interesting that it really made me wish I was. Our tour lasted an hour and was guided by Kate who had so much knowledge on the history of Irish Whisky. We also learned about the key notes in all whisky’s and how to properly taste whisky. At the end of the tour we got to try 3 different whisky’s and whilst I wont be swapping my spiced rum for a whisky any time soon I would still recommend booking on to a tour.
As you can see by the photos the 3 days were basically spent eating and drinking around Dublin. With such a short flight I’d definitely like to go back again. Have you ever visited Dublin before? Do you have any favourite restaurants or bars?