Now I'm not a spring chicken anymore so I may be able to help you wih the culture bit but I don't really visit nightclubs anymore however Temple Bar on the southside, which is a stones throw from O'Connell Bridge is an in place. Across the river there is a good Irish entertainment both music and Riverdance style dancing in the Knightsbridge Bar in the Arlington hotel. Believe there are both afternoon & evening sessions. It's free in. if you want a meal you need to prebook a table though last time I ate there, which was a long time ago, the food was no great shakes. Otherwise sometime it can be hard to get a seat.
Dublin has tonnes of good restaurants depending on your taste. You can run a search on www.menupages.ie A good Irish pub for getting a nice meal is O'Neill on Suffolk Street & there's another one on the same side of the street further down. Across the road in a converted Church is the Dublin Tourist office.
In Dublin must see sights are walking into the courtyard of nearby Trinity College. You can see the Book of Kells if you want. Nassau Street is a good place to buy Irish sweaters etc. Close by on the southside in the Kildare Street area and near Dail Eireann (the seat of Government) is the main musemn quarter including the National Musemn of Ireland. The Natural History Musemn is nearby. A stones thrown away is St Stephens Green Park which is worth taking a stroll around. Some of it is surrrounded by the famed Georgian architecture & if you feeling flush you could take in a drink at the famous Shelbourne Hotel.
A stroll down the pedestrianised shopping of Grafton Street is a must. Riverdance is running in the Gaiety Theatre at the moment just off the street. Pop into Bewleys, an old Dublin establishment, for afternoon tea. Walk up the tiny alleyway by Clarendon Church to the quirky, beautifully designed Powerscourt shopping Centre.
A hop on hop off bus might help you get your bearings. Across from Trinity College up the wide expanse of Dame Street, you can walk up to Dublin Castle, then proceed to Christ Chuch Cathedral where you can see a much recommended Viking and Medieval Musemn called Dublinia. http://www.dublinia.ie/ over 8 years ago
A stones throw away is St Patrick Cathedral. Head back cross the river & walk down the boardwalk on the northside. Beware of any unsociable characters there. Stroll up O'Connell Street, the main throughfare of Dublin & have a look at the GPO, scene of the 1916 rising. Off O'Connell street, take a walk down the shopping Street of Henry Street. Down Talbot Street you'll find good Irish food at the Bon Crubeen & further down across the junction at the corner there's an Irish bar that serves good food.
You can learn alot from taking a themed walk, you may get a real character leading them. If your into writers, there's a small Writers Musemn on Parnell Square, if you;re not you'll find it deathly boring. There's a Wax Musemn up in that area http://www.waxmuseumplus.ie/ but can't vouch for it since it year since I've been.
For day trips outside Dublin take an organised trip to Glendalough in the Wicklow mountains. Buy a day pass for the Dart and take a train firstly in the southerly direction. Sit on the left hand side for the stunning coastal views. Get off at Killiney with its expansive view of the bay & walk back to the quirky village of Dalkey for a bite to eat. Hop on the train again heading southwards to Bray. If you're feeling energetic, hop off at Bray & take the scenic walk to Greystone with stunning views of the coast or you could stay on the train. There's a nice Italian restaurant there called Campo de Fleur that has an equally nice deli across the road where you can buy excellent paninis. Or across the road by the seafront there a lovely restaurant in the aquarium complex with excellent views. Hop off in Greystones for afternoon tea, ignore the mess they've made building that marina on the once beautiful sea front.
Hop back on the train again & head northwards to either Howth or Malahide. The former has good seafood restaurants, try The Bloody Forge underneath the station. It has nice walks long the pier and Howth Head & is a good place to buy seafood. The later has a nice marina, is home to some celebrities & is a pretty village with some good restaurants. Try afternoon tea at the Grand hotel or stroll along the seafront back to Portmarnock. over 8 years ago
Take one of the 44 buses to the Wicklow village of Enniskerry & explore Powerscourt House/Gardens. Further afield but less accessible is the Waterfall. Dine at Poppies Cafe in the village or at Powercourt or Summerhill House Hotel.
Last but not least before I get permanently thrown off this forum is by bus or car the quirky Irish pub of Johhny Foxes can be reached in Glencullen. Its in the middle of nowehere & serves good food which is mainly seafood. It runs an Irish session at night but without a car that's difficult to do since the bus isnt frequent. Before the bus terminus, down by the side of the pub is a good area to do some hill walking on the Wicklow Way or further on, only accessible by car, is the Pine forest.
Back in west Dublin in the vast expanse of Phoenix Park you could hang around on a Saturday morning to get a tour of Aras an Uachtarain, the Presidents Resudence. Further on is Farnleigh house where visiting dignatories are housed. You can do a tour and they put on nice farmers markets and Sunday afternoon entertainment sometimes. The Park also houses Dublin Zoo. Nearby, across Islandbridge is Kilmainham jail, where alot of the 1916 rebels were interred. Nearby is the Memorial Gardens, which the Queen visited. The Garden of Rememberance is on Parnell Square which I mentioned earlier. over 8 years ago
Sorry I've no idea about car rental since I don't drive. Regarding taking a one off Irish dancing class, I'm not sure if that's feasible.
If you're into archaeology heading north out of Dublin will bring you to the non descript historic Hill of Tara (don't do it without a guide cause it will mean nothing to you) and the famous Newgrange but the scenery isn't as dramatic as south of Dublin. Ah Cork, well that's another ballgame. Do you want to get me started on that? LOL
If you're interested in booking for Riverdance here's the link:
over 8 years ago