I think we all agree at this stage that Dublin is starting to become seriously cool again post recession. Everywhere we go hip new eateries, cafes and bars are popping up as the city re-invents itself before our very eyes. When the guys in Huskies and Visit Dublin approached me about creating an illustrated map of the city I was only too happy to oblige. See despite us all loving Dublin the truth is that the boom did a ton of harm to this city. Our reputation abroad is now one of expensive bar prices and paddy whackery. Drunken nights out and leprechaun hats. As an English tourist why would you visit an expensive city like ours and eat shit food when you could go to Berlin, Seville or Nice and enjoy quality culture and cheap food and drink?
Simply put Dublin is no longer cool in the eyes of foreigners. I didn't get paid to do this nor did any of the restaurants on the list have any influence in making it onto the map. It's simply a map of places that I would love to bring every single foreigner who came here to show that we are starting to complete with the world's best cities like Melbourne and San Francisco. You can see more about Dublin here and what would be really awesome is if you started sharing this with your friends abroad and shouting about just how cool Dublin is again because although we know that it is changing not everybody else does.
L Mulligan Grocer
This very traditional Irish pub serves up some of the most wholesome food in the city along with a huge selection of craft beers and whiskies. You can settle into a snug and enjoy restaurant quality food at affordable prices while mixing with some real locals.
One of the best spots in town for brunch at the weekends but you'll want to get here early because seats go fast. The food is eclectic with Moroccan influences - if you don't try the brownie here you will never know what heaven actually tastes like.
This BBQ joint slow cooks meat for 12 hours overnight and then serves it up while you sit on real saddles and listen to awesome tunes and mingle with people gearing up for a night out. Super relaxed atmosphere with kitchen towels for napkins and food to be eaten with your hands.
In the heart of the city this Japanese bar serves up amazing bite sized Asian food and wonderful cocktails, as well as having a huge selection of quality Japanese beers. You'll find yourself having so much fun down here you might struggle to get up the stairs again on the way out.
Super Miss Sue
The newest addition to the list is an amazing creation that mixes a high-end fish and chip shop, gin bar, cafe and fine dining seafood bar. It’s somewhere to go if you fancy a really special night out sipping on amazing cocktails while eating some of the best seafood in town.
Chilled out cafe that feels somewhere between a music festival and an old library. They often show films, have informal talks or live music. Great place to work during the day with excellent free wifi, wonderful coffee and a whole host of yummy healthy food.
Every city has a load of different burger options and Dublin is no different but one place stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to this classic meal. Bunsen put all the emphasis on the beef and serving up simple combinations that actually fit in your mouth in one go. Insane flavors and a quick turnaround leaving you free to head into any of the local drinking establishments.