This is post two in a three-part series of our adventures at Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC. The first post gave a long, detailed description of our weekend trip. Now I give you...
A Night out in Dublin
As long as one has found one’s self in Dublin, whether for business purposes or for vacation, the beautiful Fair City can certainly fill the evening and stomach with good food and excellent ale. The visitor is certainly in for a bit of good Craic, which is an Irish term for witty conversation and a general good time.
The usual first stop on an evening’s adventure is in Temple Bar, synonymously both a district area near St Stephen’s Green in Dublin’s compact downtown core as well as the name of its most famous pub. It really needs to be visited for a pint of the black stuff (aka Guinness beer) and to soak in the atmosphere. However, one may not hear an actual Irish accent except for the wait staff as pretty much every tourist in Dublin also heads for Temple Bar. Who knows? There might be an old high school classmate slumped over in the next stool.
On the whole, one might be better off going to The Church. Yes, it is a bar and not an actual church. However, it features an outdoor beer garden for sunny days and balmy nights, a restaurant upstairs, and a basement club room where DJs play all the latest hits. As the locals say, ‘You could spend a whole day there.’ Oh and just that has been done.
It may seem an odd thing to recommend an Italian restaurant in Dublin, but this is, after all, a cosmopolitan city, and the fare consists of more than cabbage, sausages, and a bowl of cereal at midnight. On Ormond Quay, not three streets removed from the Abbey Theatre, is Bar Italia. There are two locations, but aim for the one on the canal. It is anything but the largest restaurant in Dublin, holding some 80 patrons, so do make reservations. The effort is well worth it as the owning partners Stefano Crescenzi and David Izzo supervise a team of Italian chefs who combine classic Italian recipes with fresh locally grown and raised ingredients. Do try the Rack of Gilligan’s lamb with polenta parmigiano chips with salsa verde. Bon appetito, and Slainte!
And when the evening is gone, and the music starts to slow, stroll back to the inn for a cozy sleep on a happy and full stomach.