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Old 06-15-2009, 05:55 PM   #1
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Default Beer in Edinburgh Scotland, and Dublin Ireland.

Hi,

I'm going to Edinburgh on Monday the 22nd. And then Dublin later that week.

So, I'm looking for some great beer related things to do.

Great tours, great pubs, etc.... And yes, I am aware of a particularly well known stout brewery in Dublin.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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The Bull and Castle and The Porterhouse in Dublin come highly recommended but I've never been...

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I have heard that the tour of the Jameson distillery is fantastic, however I have not done the tour! I did a musical pub crawl one night in Dublin (Temple Bar) and had a fantastic time! Enjoy all the great pubs and night life. I am not a Smithwicks fan, but it was a completely different beer there (in taste). Same goes for Guinness.

Have a great time!

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I lived in Scotland for several years and was in Dublin 2007.

For Edinburgh you should stay around the Grassmarket area. In Dublin, obviously you should do the Guiness brewery tour and get your free pint at the bar at the top of the brewery. Which overlooks the city. To be honest the center of Dublin is very touristy. You will find some bars with live music around the Temple Bar area.

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Oh and in Edinburgh there are a few good whiskey tours on the royal mile, the walk up to the castle...

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I hope to go to Dublin this year. Have been to Edinburgh a couple of times and enjoyed it thoroughly.

Take the Literary Pub Tour. When I was there, it met in the Grassmarket at the White Hart inn. Just ask someone in any of the pubs and they should be able to tell you where to go. The tour is a guided (and very entertaining and informative) walking tour that will take you to 7 or 8 pubs over the course of, if I remember, two or three hours, with time for a pint (or a half if you're slow) at each. Just take advantage of the restrooms any time you think you might need to... some of the stops in between pubs entail a story or two before the next opportunity!

You will absolutely love Edinburgh. Go see the castle as well, but my favorite part of the whole city is the Grassmarket. I could (and did) spend days there.

Edit: If you're still looking for a place to stay, I really liked the Apex hotel in the Grassmarket. Check out their website for deals; also look at lastminute.co.uk

Edit again: Here's a Grassmarket brochure.

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Edinburgh is amazing. I second the Literary pub tour and grassmarket area. Last time I was there I was just backpacking alone and wound up there without any plans and found out there was some major rugby thing going on and not a hotel room available in the whole city. Met some old guy who lived about a mile south of the grassmarket area and he let me stay at his house for 3 days. That alone was way better than any of the tours and he loved to share his whisky and tell stories

Although I don't recommend shacking up with a stranger. Oh, and you do have to go see the castle as well.

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Is the grassmarket area the place with the big black skeletal tower and the little valley with the subway popping out for a small distance? I stayed in Edinburgh for a day last year and it is defintely a very cool place to walk around and explore.

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Absolutely go to Porterhouse in Dublin. They ROCK. There are a few as it's a chain. The Oyster Stout is amazing. They have something like 10 or 11 beers and most of them are very tasty. Think I liked all of them a lot except 2. It's also a nice space with live music.

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I was at the Temple Bar location a few times. The live music is pretty good. It fills up a bit at night but you can usually find a place at the bar. If you want peace and quiet, go during the day.

Went to some other historic locations like the Bull and Castle, but I preferred Porterhouse myself. Better beer.

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Thanks for all the good advice! Keep it coming!

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