Where we roll in dublin, away from ireland's green hills
The Clarence, very expensive, 011-353-1-670-9000, www .theclarence.ie. it's your vacation, so why not travel like a rock star? That's definitely the vibe you'll get here, and only in part because Bono and The Edge from U2 are among the owners. Splurge for the penthouse - where else are you going to put your posse? - and you can even rock out on the grand piano.
Harrington Hall, moderate to expensive, 011-353-1-475-3497, www.harringtonhall.com. You'll live like a lord at elegant Harrington Hall (the former residence of a mayor of dublin), but you won't pay like one. Along with the eighteenth-century Georgian touches and a staff that aims to please, they even throw in a hearty Irish breakfast.
Eden, expensive, 011-353-1-670-5372, www.edenrestaurant.ie. The temple bar area can be a tad touristy, but we're happy to make the trek for a meal at this well-groomed global café, where the chefs whip up organic entrées like thyme risotto and roast fillet of monkfish with fennel chutney and butternut squash.
Leo Burdock's, inexpensive, 011-353-1-454-0306. Can you imagine supermodel Naomi Campbell scarfing down a plate of greasy, finger-lickin' fish-and-chips? it's true. She's just one of the many fans - celebrity and otherwise - of this well-trod takeout spot near Dublin castle and Christ Church Cathedral.
House of Ireland, 011-353-1-671-1111, www.houseofireland .com. Family or friends couldn’t join you in Dublin? Then pick up something nice for them from this top spot for souvenirs, whose inventory includes everything from Claddagh rings to Galway crystal.
Dublin Writers Museum, 011-353-1-872-2077, www .writersmuseum.com. It’s a little odd that an institution dedicated to the country’s greatest writers would feature a free audio guide, but that’s quickly forgotten once you begin exploring the generous exhibits and artifacts chronicling Ireland’s rich literary history, which includes such classics as Ulysses, Dracula, and Gulliver’s travels.
Guinness Storehouse, 011-353-1-408-4800, www.guinness storehouse.com. If we didn’t already tilt the elbow every now and again, we’d probably take up drinking after a trip to this museum of froth. Housed in the brewing giant’s former fermentation room, the site reveals the process behind the world-famous suds. It also includes a rooftop bar offering one of the best views of the city — all the better to enjoy your free pint.