That was AWESOME.
I could not have asked for a more entertaining St. Patrick’s Day, especially with my love Maggie O’Neill. I will recap the week that Maggie was in London with me tomorrow, but because the St. Patrick’s Festival was this weekend, there’s no better time to do a post than now.
We took a flight to Dublin from London on Saturday 17 March at around 5. The flight was pretty alright and we got into Dublin as the sun was going down. Maggie and I then got lost finding the shuttle bus to the hotel where my friends were staying, but we managed to get there. In the lobby we had our first Guinness in Ireland! It was pretty delicious. The group of us then took a taxi to the center of Dublin to start our St. Patrick’s Day evening.
We were all starving and were trying to find some food, so we ventured over to what we called “Little America”, a strip of food stores including McDonald’s, Burger King, Papa John’s, and Quizno’s. I only wish there had been a Cookout or Taco Bell. After grabbing a bite to eat, we walked around the corner to our first pub of the night which was the Gin Palace. Of course, who would get gin on St. Patrick’s Day, so we got a round of Smithwick’s Irish Ale. We stayed there for a little while and then moseyed over the river to Temple Bar.
Temple Bar was absolutely PACKED with people covered in green attire. I have never seen so many people in green in one place in my life. Everyone was filled with the spirit of the Irish and we picked a couple of pubs to hop into. First we went into The Temple Bar which had so many people it was ridiculous. After randomly running into some people I go to Uni with here at the LSE, we walked around for a bit more and went into another pub I can’t remember the name of.
We then went down the street to Fitzsimon’s Temple Bar where we stayed on the first floor for a while dancing and drinking some cidre. This place was amazing! It was 5 floors I believe full of crazy St. Patrick’s people and we stayed there for the rest of the night. We did make our way up to the rooftop bar and then the 2nd floor afterward and stayed to dance on the 2nd floor for the next couple of hours. It was an incredibly fun night. Then we took a cab back to the hotel to sleep peacefully and warm in our amazing beds.
THE NEXT DAY we relaxed for a bit in the hotel and then made our way back into the center of Dublin for some more adventure time. After lunch at a local pub we walked over to the Guinness Storehouse.
I can’t even begin to describe what we did in the Storehouse other than the fact that we were there for about 5 hours. There is so much cool information in there about brewing that it was incredibly interactive and interesting. We poured our own perfect pints of Guinness and then stayed in the Gravity Bar for a little while to check out the 360 degree views of Dublin.
That night we went to a couple of other bars before landing on the 4th floor of one for a while. Paula, Felipe, Jon and Jay left and Guilherme, Maggie and I went walking around Temple Bar again. We went into another couple of bars that we hadn’t gone in yet and landed finally in one that I WISH I could remember the name for. We just went into so many places it’s hard to keep track of what they were called!
We were really into the live Irish music that was coming out of the doors that we had to go inside. The New Free was the band that was playing and they were such a good time. We also made friends with a group of German guys and hung out with them for a bit. After The New Free finished their set, we walked back into Temple Bar and went to what we called “The Green Bar” and danced there until the wee hours of the morning. We just took a cab to the airport around 3:30 am and took a nap at the airport before we shipped off to London. Maggie flew home from there and I came home and took a 19 hour nap.
Check out the vlog recap and the live music from The New Free at the end!