If you have a fancy for Irish whiskey and have two days to kill Dublin, Ireland would be one location to wet your whistle for Irish whiskey. There are a number of stops to check out and if you happen to find a favorite one go ahead and sit for a while. If it’s going to be for a long while then you probably want to find a B & B or a hotel for a couple of days.
- The Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield, Dublin is a good place for your first stop. You can join a tour and get to learn the basics of tasting Irish whiskey. If your friends are not into whiskey they can hang out in the café or shop until you finish your education. The tour is usually available every day of the week. If your last name is Jameson, you might be able to swing a discount or two. You can check out the Jameson Distillery website for more information.
- The Celtic Whiskey Shop is located on Dawson Street and it has a very extensive shop both online and off-line. It is the largest specialist retailer in the country and it has everything from single cask bottles to whiskeys from unknown yet silent distilleries. I suggest you leave your credit card at home so you do not get too carried away in the shop. And, while you are in there, you can ask a local where you can experience a good old fashioned Dublin pub crawl.
This photo of Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl is courtesy of TripAdvisor (cited Nov 10, 2015)
- You should get your singing voice prepared for the Musical Pub Crawl. You have to get your tickets early so you do not miss out on the pubs and the group singalongs. The Musical Pub Crawl takes place in the Temple Bar area of Dublin. You get to experience the crawl with two professional musicians to host and lead you to some fantastic pubs and enlighten you on Irish Music and the influence it has played in music of the contemporary genre. You can google the “Musical Pub Crawl in Dublin” for more information and to read the comments of past attendees.
- If you are fortunate to get a room at the Brooks Hotel in Dublin you are in for an awesome treat and a great stay. The Brooks Hotel just happens to be home to the Jasmine Bar which stocks over 130 whiskies from around the world. According to the notes I read from their website, you can choose 5 varieties of whiskies and the Jasmine Bar’s knowledgeable staff will guide you through each whiskey tasting. You can look forward to trying some 16 year old Bushmills, Connemara Peat Single Malt or even Midleton Very Rare 2006. You can google the “Jasmine Bar in Dublin” and check out further details of the Jasmine Bar and the Brooks Hotel.
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