Hi Chowhounders: I'm headed to Ireland and Northern Ireland with a group of university students in May. I've been reading your posts for ideas--thanks for that. Right now I have two specific questions about Dublin, our first stop.
First, I'm looking for a place to take the students for dinner the first night. We'll have flown the night before, so I'm looking for something relatively close to our lodging so they can collapse in a heap afterwards. We're staying at the Staycity Apartments St. Augustine--on St. Augustine by Oliver Bond/Cook. I realize we're at the edge of Temple Bar, so there will be a lot of touristy places around.
Our perfect place would be a not-too-expensive bistro or gastropub serving modern Irish food. I'd like something that highlights Irish cuisine since it's our first night, but in reality I'm open to any kind of cuisine that fits our parameters: space for 14 people, not too far from the hotel, at least 1-2 vegetarian options, with a budget of maybe 30-35 Euro per person, not including alcohol (though less expensive would be ideal). I've seen a lot of places with early bird specials; that would work for us, but I don't know if places will be willing to extend them to such a large group. Since we're so many people, I think we also need a place that takes bookings.
Second, I'm looking for possible lunch spots in Sandycove or maybe places to pick up picnic supplies in Sandycove. We're headed out to the Joyce Tower one day (depending on weather). Last time I did this we just grabbed picnic supplies in the city center, but a group of 14 makes us less agile, so I want to do some more planning.
Any other recs you have I'd be happy to hear. I imagine I'll be coming to you again with more planning questions. I love Dublin, but I've only been briefly a few times, so I don't know the city that well.