There is one thing that I miss more than anything else together from my four days in Dublin. The Bulmers.
Say what? :)
It's an Irish cider, made only in Ireland, and oh...so...good... The first I tried wasn't fantastic, and I got tired of the sweet taste quite quickly. But since Marpessa had told me to try before I left Sweden I decided to have another go.
And yes, it was good. Very good...
It's not a drink that you have again and again all over the night. But it's perfect to mix with beer. First a Carlsberg, then a Bulmers, then a Heineken, then another Bulmers. And so on during the night.
Problem is, as I said, it's only produced in Ireland. There is a quite good copy made also in Northern Ireland, and apparently there is a not so good copy of it also in Australia.
But in Sweden...? No, of course not. How fun would it be to make Henrik pleased... argh...
Brought home two Bulmers with me to Sweden, but that was of course way too little.
Next time I'm Dublin I'll have an empty bag with me, going there. And it won't be empty when I return... :)
The taste of Bulmers is quite sweet, and there are both pineapple and apple. Can't really say which one I prefered though. You can buy it in bottles, or in cans. Not very cheap, in the supermarket I think one can costed around 3 euro. Another 1,5 euro in the pubs.
But yes, very much worth it...
When you go to Dublin, prepare for a huge party. It's not only the Irish, but somehow it seems like everyone, both locals and tourists, just love to hang out and drink a lot of alcohol.
Good thing is that the atmosphere, despite the high consumtion of alcohol, still is incredible. Four nights out, and I didn't witness even one lite fight.
In Sweden that wouldn't have been possible...
It can, though, be a bit too much at closing time, when guys are lining up outside the clubs, peeing in row. Or drunk girls so drunk that they can't find their home, just ragling along the street.
But okey, not everyone is this badly drunk, but unfortunately this is the thing I remember from the closing times.
Should probably concentrate on the more positive things about the drinking, like everything having their time of their life. :)
It is ancient etiquette that if a lady wishes to drink Guinness, that she does so from a glass, not a pint. I have heard of a pub that banned a lady because she demanded her Guinness in a pint glass. Of course, it is not that severe these days, but it's still seen as a butch thing to do!
A trip to Dublin is not complete without having a nice glass of Guinness,i always thought Guinness was black but its actually a ruby red in colour,i don't really like the taste only having drunk Guinness once under doctors orders when i was having my first daughter its very good if your iron is low.
Well, not quite, but indeed, Guinness is an important part of the history of Dublin and in fact, is one of the most successful breweries in the world. Since Arthur Guinness first set up shop in 1759 in St. James Gate. He made his legendary purchase of the brewery for a whopping 100 pounds for a term of 9000 years!! Quite a bargain. Over the years, Guinness has been one of the most important and respected employers in Dublin and a vital part of its history and economy. Go to www.guinness.com for the full story.
Aside from Guinness, the pubs in general are a big part of the culture of the city. Go in and enjoy the friendly locals and soak up the atmosphere of an authentic Irish pub. Also, look up the word, "craic."
The crucial thing here is the "round" system, in which each participant takes turns to shout an order. To the outsider, this may
appear casual; you will not necessarily be told it's your round and other participants may appear only too happy to substitute for you. But make no mistake, your failure to "put your hand in your pocket" will be noticed.
People will mention it the moment you leave the room. Don't attempt to leave the pub without putting your hand in your pocket and paying for your round. Please note that all barmen and lounge staff expect to be paid immediately after serving drinks.
Guinness is the beer of choice, served by the pint and cold (as opposed to at room temp, as I've heard some claim- Guinness just started selling kegs which are served 2.5degrees c colder). It takes a while for the head to settle, so the bartender will place it in front of you for it to settle and then finish it off in a couple minutes (Guinness' newest ad slogan is "Tingle of Anticipation"...more like torture). Make sure you drink it as illustrated.
Also, if you get Irish Coffee, it will have whiskey, not Bailey's Irish Cream, in it.
Most importantly, do NOT order a black and tan. That's what brutal British soldiers who killed many civilians are called.
Actually, most importantly, drink and party! The Irish are famous for their great brews pubs, and people. I noticed that in almost every pub, there was an amazing cross section of the population (unlike in Boston). You will often see young and old and really old drinking together.
You have to have a pint of Guinness. Drink it it's good for you.....Go to the Guinness Brewery, although you have to pay €13, its well worth the price, because you work your way up to the gravity bar which gives you a 365 degree view of Dublin. Between July and August the bar stays opened until 10pm. You might also find a traditional session taking place especailly at the weekend from 8pm onwards. The tour is self guided and pretty boring on some floors, however it gives you the history of Guinness with some wonderful old videos if you are interested in the way this massive empire came about.
When you arrive in Ireland and you visit your first pub, its traditional to buy everyone a drink... this can be costly so make sure you leave your credit card behind the bar.. I am sure you will have plenty of people taking you up on your offer.... and if you don't understand how you could have bought the Guinness Bewery for the amount of money you spent.. well then you been had....
You can't come to Ireland and not at least try some Guinness! If its a bit too bitter for your taste buds try having it with blackcurrant as we were advised to do. I still haven't quite acquired a taste for it yet! You can visit the Guinness Brewery and its museum, the Guinness Storehouse, if you want to see how the famous drink is brewed & have a taster at the end in the Gravity Bar, with its panoramic view of Dublin
In Ireland people drink a lot butDublin is rather expensive sometimes, so in order to save some money do as the locals do! Get yourself a pint of beer, which will usually cost you around 5 euro, or drink vodka or what you like at home! Cocktails are expensive!!
And don't forget if you are a man not to order Baileys cause they consider it a girlie drink... they will stare at you :))
I saw a lot of posts about this on the forums so I thought that I'd throw this in here for the hell of it. NOBODY orders a pint of Guinness by asking for a "pint of plain". Where on earth did people get this idea from???? It sounds like something the cartoon from the Lucky Charms ad would say on his night off. Just ask for a pint of Guinness or if you want a half pint a glass of Guinness (it is way more cost effective just to get a pint). If you are in The PRC(People's Republic of Cork) you will find that Guinness drinking is frowned upon so to apease the locals order a Murphys.
After a night or two in Dublin, I really began to appreciate Guinness, Kilkenny, and the other great, smooth, tasty Irish beers. Then a local offered me a Budweiser. He told me it was brewed in Ireland and tasted waaaaay better than nasty old American Budweiser. I reluctantly accepted a free pint and took a swig. It's the exact same p!ss-water they sell in America, except you have to choke down a whole pint rather than just a 12 ounce can! Then I began to really pay attention and noticed about 1/2 the taps in any bar were Budweiser taps and about half the locals in every bar were actually drinking the stuff. It's a shame corporate America has even taken over the Irish bar scene!
There is a famous saying that god created alcohol so that the Irish won’t take over the world. Indeed, some of the most popular sights in Ireland are alcohol-related such as Whiskey tasting or a visit to the Guinness storehouse. Lorcan (the guy who runs the 1916 rebellion walking tour) said that Dublin’s coat of arms should contain leprechaun hats from Carroll’s or pints of Guinness instead of towers. I am also among the people who love to drink the one or other pint of Guinness and do some pub hopping. And to be honest, what is a visit to Dublin without drinking at least one pint of the good black stuff?
However, as much as I despise drug tourists in Amsterdam, I do not like people who cause alcohol-related trouble. Unfortunately, there are many people who come to Dublin just because of that and give districts such as Temple bar a bad name. Among locals, drinking is a problem which is sometimes related to disemployment. Even if alcohol is only available in off-license stores (and of course in pubs and restaurants too), alcoholism is still a big problem. Know where to buy your stuff, don’t drink yourself into a state of unconsciousness and just enjoy the atmosphere.
To fit in in Dublin, go to one of the numerous pubs and order a Guinness.
Then sit back and do some people watching or have a chat with one of the very friendly locals.
Relax - life moves a little slower in Ireland!!