Dublin: How the literary city does NYE

Light projections on Trinity College
Light projections on Trinity College

In Dublin, New Year’s Eve isn’t just a party. It’s an all-out festival. Hot sales, rockin’ clubs and a topsy-turvy twixtmas atmosphere. Where better to wake up in 2014?

Check in…

It’s Twixtmas. That treasured time of year when socialites all over the world work off the turkey (and the trimmings) by nose-diving into the nearest sales. So check your bags and get stuck into Dublin’s streets broad and narrow. Your post-Crimbo mission, should you choose to accept it, is the sourcing of some most excellent party threads. Hit up the Powerscourt Centre, cruise the George’s Street Arcade, or browse boutiques like Indigo & Cloth (for him) and Siopaella (for her). Yiz are only gorgeous!

Black Stuff… and black sheep…

Dublin is the home of Guinness. It’s also got the best old-school pubs on earth. So it would really be rude not to pop into one for a taste of the other… Try Grogan’s (15 South William Street), where actor Saoirse Ronan recently entertained the New York Times, or Kehoe’s (9 Anne Street) for a dose of time travel with cherries (or indeed, pints) on top. It’s not all black stuff, of course. You’ll also find excellent craft beers – from Ireland and overseas - in The Black Sheep at 61 Capel Street.

The adrenaline hit…

Dublin isn’t just a cracking city. It’s got a cracking coastline and mountains too. Why not get a shot of fresh air with a blast down the mountain bike trail at Ticknock (biking.ie), or a whack of adrenaline wakeboarding at Grand Canal Dock? Or what about a haunted history tour with Hidden Dublin Walks? The last thing your friends back home will be expecting are Facebook snaps like these…

The Final Countdown…

The clock is ticking. The atmosphere is rocking. So make haste to College Green to ring in the New Year at Dublin’s epic Countdown Concert (€25). Advance booking is required for a fab street-party featuring Ska superheroes Madness and singer songwriter Ryan Sheridan, bang in the middle of the city (heck, they’ve even got 3D Projections planned for the front of Trinity College). The concert is televised… so get your game face on!

The After Party…

It’s 2014, people! Time to report to the dancefloor. All manner of tunes, themes and fancy dress are exploding into action at clubs like Twisted Pepper, Everleigh Garden and The Sugar Club. Nowhere throws a party like Dublin, but be warned – everyone wants a piece of the city on its big night out, so be sure to book yours in advance. Then kick back, and let off your fireworks.

The Morning After…

Yikes. If your visit to Dublin ends with a dose of The Visitors, then make your way to Meeting House Square for the mother of all cures in the shape of The Big Brunch. Live music and performances complement the grub, and don’t forget to write down your New Year’s resolution on the Resolution Tree: a return visit to Dublin, of course!

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