Nine Tasty Snacks That Are Perfect With An After-Work Beer
Which is your fave?
While people always give out about Mondays (we're looking at you, Bob Geldof), we find the middle of the week to be much more of a struggle.
The hopeless optimism of the beginning of the week is gone and exhaustion is starting to creep in, so there's only one thing for it... an after-work pint.
Of course, the right accompaniment can make that beer taste even better so we've rounded up some of our favourite drinking snacks to set you up for an evening of delicious relaxation!
From some old favourites to some modern classics, you can't go too far wrong with these...
They may be more popular in the UK but pork scratchings are still a classic bar snack.
People started eating pork scratchings back in the 1800s, when people raised their own pigs, in an effort to avoid wasting any of the animal. They've recently got a new lease of life after being hailed a 'superfood'.
And no, we're not joking.
As you may have noticed, we're a bit obsessed with chicken wings here at Lovin Dublin and they are DELISH with a cold beer.
Not all wings were created equal though so check out this list of the top 10 places to some tasty wings in Dublin!
Ham and cheese toastie with side of Tayto
According to the Internet, toasties were only created in 1965 but we can't imagine our lives without them.
White bread, decent ham and cheese, a dash of mustard and a few Tayto on the side. It doesn't get any better than that.
One of the most traditional options on our list, a true Scotch egg is basically a hard-boiled egg encased in sausage meat, breaded and deep-fried.
British department store Fortnum & Mason claims to have invented it for high-class coach passengers back in 1738 and while it might sound a bit weird to the uninitiated, it's a seriously tasty treat.
Try L. Mulligan's Grocer in Stoneybatter for one of Dublin's finest.
Dublin has been overcome by a Mexican wave over the last few years, with margharitas, guacamole and chilli becoming our 'go to' weekend treat.
Nachos were created in 1943 in northern Mexico when the wives of US soldiers arrived at a restaurant after it had closed for the day. The chef threw together a dish with his leftovers and things were never the same again!
Check out the best places to get your fix here.
Hot dogs can have a bad name due to some of the rubbery, inedible versions that are out there but when you get a good one, it's the tastiest thing ever.
A festival favourite!
A juicy burger
When you're starving, there isn't much better than a burger and beer combo.
Invented in Texas in the 1880s, the burger has undergone many reinventions over the years but a classic cheese/bacon/ketchup mix is still our favourite.
Loaded potato skins
It may be far from loaded potato skins we were reared but once you taste these gorgeous morsels, there's no going back.
TGI Friday's came up with the idea back in 1974 and they're still the most popular item on the menu.
On the other end of the spectrum entirely is wasabi peas, which have split opinion in the LD office.
A fiery favourite for some, an abomination for others. Make sure to have a glass of water ready!
Sponsored By Carlsberg
Great inventions last the test of time and Carlsberg is currently celebrating the 140th anniversary of its Research Laboratory brewing the world's very first quality lager.
To mark the anniversary, Carlsberg has re-brewed that original lager using the original pure brewing yeast and the exact same recipe, ingredients and brewing techniques as in 1883.
The process of reviving this groundbreaking brew is a fascinating watch for beer fans and you can check out a short behind-the-scenes video HERE.