Dublin And Drinks

Dublin And Drinks
Eurotrip on a budget is best spent in the land of leprechauns - just don't ask to see one!
The Irish are known for their hospitality, sense of humour and great love of drinking - all things South Africans can relate to! Add to this the fact that we don't need a visa to visit the Republic of Ireland (for up to three months), and Dublin becomes the perfect European holiday destination. 
With a population of around an eighth of that of Johannesburg, Dublin is a small city that is jam packed with things to see and do, no matter where your interests lie. It's a city steeped in history, with gorgeous architecture and a myriad of literary landmarks. And of course, with religion being such a key role player in Ireland, it's awash with churches. The pedestrianised Grafton Street is a consumerist mecca, and regardless of the always devastating exchange rate, you'll be amazed at just how much bang you get for your buck - especially if you visit in January, during the post-Christmas sales. 
There are more pubs than you can shake a stick at, so you don't need to worry about where to find one. The Temple Bar section of town is a great nightlife spot, with plenty to choose from, but O'Donoghue's in Suffolk Street has to be my all-time favourite bar. 
The city centre is generally safe to walk around at night, though if you're on your own (or planning on getting shitfaced), you may want to stick to the slightly more salubrious south side of the Liffey River, which cuts through the city centre.
Public transport is a great way to get around, and most bus drivers will help you find your way if you get lost or are unsure. There are also some fabulous bus tours of the city to take in the major sights (the Guinness Storehouse is a must-visit), as well as of the outlying areas. If buses aren't your thing, there are also plenty of walking tours. Just be prepared - it seldom stays dry for long. And if you want to be taken seriously by the locals, for feck sake, don't ask about leprechauns or expect them to say 'Top of the morning to you!'
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by Belinda Glenn
You don't need a visa to visit Dublin, the only town that drinks more beer than Jozi