Pubs to Visit in Dublin: McDaid’s

Dublin Pub McDaids Outside

Since it’s thirsty Thursday, it only seems fitting to share one of my favorite pubs here in Dublin. Make sure to visit McDaid’s when you are visiting the capitol city of the Emerald Isle. A beautiful dark blue, red, and gold facade hidden on Harry St, Dublin 2 will surprise you with its gorgeous stained glass and vintage wooden bar. Since it is right off Grafton Street you certainly won’t need to go out of your way to enjoy a pint of the black stuff at McDaid’s.

Dublin Pub McDaids inside 2Dublin Pub McDaids inside_

The bartender is friendly, the service excellent considering how busy it can be, and the Guinness here makes for a fine pint. I recommend coming here earlier in the night since this small pub can get packed later on  in the evening. Expect to find an eclectic mix of patrons, a buzzing atmosphere, and plenty of craic. If it’s open then brave the steep stairs to check out the bar on the 2nd floor.

Just a bit of history about McDaid’s….many Irish literary legends  frequented here, including Brendan Behan. In present day, you will definitely meet some Irish characters at this exquisite pub.

Whatever, you do, don’t forget to put McDaid’s on your Dublin pub crawl!



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Dublin Samuel Beckett Bridge

Dublin SB Bridge

One of the best spots to photograph for Dublin bound travellers…the Samuel Beckett Bridge. Named after a famous, Irish author, this white, cable-stayed bridge can swing sideways to allow ships to pass through. Supposedly, the sight of the Samuel Beckett swung to the side is quite impressive but rarely happens.

You can Dublin Convention Center_.jpgget some amazing shots of the SB bridge with the glowing Dublin Convention center in the background. The best time to photograph this beautiful bridge is in the blue hour just as dusk is beginning. Set up shop on Sir Rogerson’s Quay near Cardiff Lane. You can walk up and down, easily setting up your tripod, on the large walkways along the River Liffey. These photos were shot with my Canon 7D, which I have since replaced with a Sony A6000.

Famished after photographing? Stop by the Ferryman pub for some grub and a pint, it is conveniently located just across the street from Samuel Beckett Bridge.Before you cross the street take a snap of the Ferryman, itself. Ferryman Pub.jpg