As much as I wanted to spend my St. Patrick’s day in Dublin, it unfortunately fell on a Thursday this year and I’m running out of holiday, so the weekend before had to do! Luckily for me, my bestie Ryan was able to come visit for almost 2 weeks and our weekend away included a trip to Dublin!
Ryan arrived on a Wednesday where she joined me to my weekly volleyball match to cheer me on! After we went to the pub with some of my teammates and continued our pub crawl to my local called The Alliance. On Thursday we spent our night in watching Bridget Jones’ and having a nice meal so we could be well rested and packed for our weekend in Dublin.
On Friday, we arrived to our hotel in Dublin around 11 and decided to make the most of it and explore some local pubs around the area! Needless to stay our mini pub crawl turned into a late night snack at a diner at 3 am…
The next day we woke up and had some breakfast at a cute little cafe before making our way towards Kilmainham Goal (an old prison in Dublin that turned into a museum now!) but the line way too long and we didn’t want to risk missing our tour at the Guinness factory (#priorities). Along the way we took in the beautiful sites of Dublin where there are many gorgeous churches, see Christ Church Cathedral below!
The Guinness factory was very cool, it showed the process of how to make Guinness and the history behind the family who created this amazing beer (i only say amazing now because I never liked it before having it in Ireland). It also had all the old marketing campaigns which were really cool to see (thanks Bryant for making me love marketing). And it had the tasting room where they taught you how to properly taste a Guinness. Then Ryan and I became certified pourers and poured out own “perfect pint”.
We continued on our adventure of pub crawling and tasting beers to Ireland’s oldest pub, The Brazen Head. Here we enjoyed another pint along with a late lunch (or early dinner…whichever). I had beef stew (made with Guinness as well!) and Ryan had a burger (both were delicious!
We continued our pub crawl into the evening where we went to The Dingle Whiskey bar and Porterhouse central before making our way to the beloved Temple Bar.
On our last day in Ireland, we wandered around Trinity College and stumbled upon a park that had a puppy adoption event (yes, this wasn’t planned!) Ryan and I both fell in love with puppies named Pancake and Nacho, but we couldn’t take them home with us.
Unfortunately for me, the week that we returned I had to work while Ryan got to wander around London! She went to many places like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Greenwich while I slaved away in the office. After work, we would enjoy our dinner and some wine together (like old times in college but classier!) We went to the Country living home & garden fair one night to do some boozed shopping and then went to the pub to continue!
On Friday night we went to see Kinky Boots (which was hilarious and amazing!) After the show we went to Freud’s cocktail bar!
Then we headed into London to go to Borough Market for some lunch! Where we met up with our friends Emily and Anika to be tourists in front of Tower Bridge. We spent Ryan’s last night out to dinner and for drinks in Islington. It was so much fun to have my bestie here visiting, can’t wait for her to come back again!!