The 6 Nations Kicks Off in Dublin Town
With the Six Nations kicking off this Sunday in DublinTown where the boys in green will square off against the red dragons of Wales we thought we list some of the great places around town for a pint and a bit of grub.
We just gave away two premium tickets to the sold out game with thanks to Aviva Ireland. Dublin City centre is always buzzing whenever the rugby is on in the Aviva Stadium. You can see it in the faces of fans of the visiting team walking around town that they are delighted to be here to experience the mighty craic.
Make sure to follow DublinTown on Twitter on the match day for live coverage!
The Old Stand, Exchequer Street
One of the city’s oldest pubs it is also one with a long association with the oval ball game. The “Old Stand” in question being a reference to Lansdowne Road with the pub being a popular watering hole for fans on their way to or from the famous old ground. The pub is also popular with many local rugby clubs and is well decked out with Rugby jerseys, memorabilia and trophies. It’s also a great spot for a bite to eat for lunch in the buzzing Creative Quarter.
The Woolshed, Parnell Street
The giant sports bar with 15 screens showing all the action the Woolshed Baa and Grill, (Baa, Woolshed geddit?) is a perfect spot to catch all the World Cup action. Located right next to the Cineworld cinema on Parnell Street the Woolshed has a distinctly antipodean feel with a huge amount of Australian, All Blacks and Springboks shirts, flags and souvenirs decorating the walls. They do a huge range of burgers, fries, salads and pizzas so you’ll never go hungry.
The Swan Bar, Aungier Street
The Swan Bar is a spot with a great deal of history dating all the way back to 1661 when there was a pub first established on the site. However there is also a strong Rugby connection, the pub has been run with distinction by three generations of the Lynch family since 1937, one of those family members was Sean Lynch who was capped by Ireland and the British and Irish Lions during the 1970’s. He was even part of the famous touring side that beat the All-Blacks in 1971. Sean is commemorated in a bronze statue in the bar along with a slew of other rugby memorabilia.
Murray’s Bar, O’Connell Street
Murray’s bar at 33 Upper O’Connell Street has been in the hands of the Murray family since way back in 1908 when the street was still known as Sackville Street. What they didn’t have back in 1908 though was a huge heated beer garden with one of Ireland’s largest outdoor screens. In fact the upstairs bar in Murray’s is the place to go for sports of any and all varieties including crucial Rugby world cup matches.
With Dine in Dublin just around the corner (22 to 28 February) we felt like suggesting some great spots to grab a quick bite to eat before the match.
Here are 6 Places to Go For a Grub Before The Match
South William Street, Dublin 2
The Spanish city of Zaragoza is any food lover’s idea paradise. Zaragoza restaurant have taken some local delicacies along with some of Spain’s authentic specialities to create a unique dining experience…. seasoned with a generous helping of the home grown hospitality Spain are famous for. So sit back, explore the tantalising recipes created by their chef and enjoy with friends and a glass or two of hand picked wines.
Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Centrally located in the heart of Dublin city adjacent to Dublin’s Mansion House, Fire Restaurant and Lounge maintains the most impressive, historical dining room in Dublin. Originally the Lord Mayor’s supper room, the soaring ceilings of 19th century, stained glass windows, and impressive bronze indoor sculptures are a few elements of this magnificent dining space.
South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
This casual eatery with a downtown feel has taken stance on south Great Georges Street and boasts a distinct style and atmosphere, with their open kitchen, laid back friendly service and delicious food and cocktails. Virtually everything is made in house and they delight in preparing the best Ireland has to offer. They believe in seasonal, locally sourced Irish produce. They make all our own pastas, breads and all our desserts and ice creams.
Jervis Street, Dublin 1
The Church restaurant is situated where the former St. Mary’s Church of Ireland boasts the Renatus Harris built organ and spectacular stained glass windows in the galleried section where you can now enjoy a meal in the restaurant. Arthur Guinness was married here in 1761 and you can toast him whilst raising a pint of plain in the bar or the large terrace outside.
Talbot Street, Dublin 1
The 101 Talbot is one of Dublin’s best-loved restaurants thanks to excellent modern cooking and vivacious service. It boasts great food, friendly staff, buzzing atmosphere and full bar licence. The 101 is highly acclaimed and recommended in many guides.
Trinity Street, Dublin 2
Pichet ” A Modern Take on a Classic Bistro” launched in July 2009 and is an award winning, leading restaurant which holds a Bid Gourmand” from the Michelin Guide. Split into three unique areas, the front room is a airy and spacious, the main dining room offers guests a front row seat to the theatrical displays provided by Pichet’s team of chefs and the quaint conservatory presenting guests with an intimate dining experience.