At Le Cool, we have a love for Dublin and we like to flaunt every week with our online culture guide. It’s like our regular love letter to a city that is whirling with creative energy, a city that welcomes and entertains, a city which we call home.
This November, Dublin will become your home for a few great days. So we’re delighted to work with The Summit and Visit Dublin to bring you our Guide To Dublin. This guide has been made to capture contemporary Dublin, it’s a snap shot of all those things that excite us about living here right now. So allow us introduce you to Dublin’s best kept secrets, its buzziest bars, most moreish eateries and those things you really shouldn’t miss either on this trip here or your next. Our golden rule when it comes to listing a place is; would we recommend this to a friend?
However, while the booklet has all the information you need to eat, drink and experience, we’ve kept this blogpost to divulge some hints and tips for you to blend in as a local native, and to arm you with some info so you don’t receive startled looks when you step out of The Summit.
1. We say ‘sorry’, a lot.
Why use many words when one word will do? Dubliners say sorry when they haven’t heard you correctly, to squeeze by you, and, strangely, as a sort of apology on your behalf. A Dubliner is likely to apologise for something they are not at fault over, for example after being bumped into. It may have something to do with guilty consciences.
2. The Guinness here tastes different.
It’s true. Different and better. There is also a disparity of taste depending on the pub here. The trick is to sample a few different places and settle, pardon the pun, on the one that pleases you most.
3. Ordering drinks at a bar.
It’s a known fact that Dublin barmen have incredibly high IQs. Do not order one drink at a time, your barman can remember Pi correct to 100 decimal places so will have no trouble remembering your order. Also, ALWAYS order the Guinness first.
Although not encouraged, it’s not illegal.
We aren’t very good at complaining, it brings shame on us. Sometimes it’s better to say “Yes, this cup of tea is grand” rather than “This tea has greatly upset me and ruined my day.”
6. Weather chats
Dubliners always have something to say and it’s usually weather related. Be prepared for constant weather openers as ice breakers in conversations. In the time it took to write this sentence the weather changed six times.
7. Thanking the bus driver
We always thank the bus driver for bringing us to our destination. Even though it’s his/her job we are always surprised enough that we gush thanks.
8. Giving directions
Everything is just “five minutes away” even when it’s a three day camel ride from where you are. Dubliners do stories rather than directions, they take some time, may not be entirely accurate but stick with it and you’ll get there.
9. The Spire
The Spire, like Marmite, is a divisive topic of conversation, some people love it, some people hate it and unless you like the art of debate it’s best to keep your opinions of it safely tucked away until you return home.
10. You will never really capture the spirit of Dublin in one visit – the best piece of advice we have is to come back.
Le Cool is a free weekly magazine featuring a selection of cultural events and leisure activities, revealing what is worthwhile and the things that you really should not miss. We filter out the best exhibitions, movies, concerts & DJs as well as a careful selection of extraordinary bars, restaurants and other fine places. You can read their special edition guide to Dublin here.