Historic breweries and innovative new restaurants are both on the menu in Ireland, too. Distilleries like Bushmills in County Antrim, Kilbeggan in County Westmeath and the acclaimed Guinness Storehouse in Dublin all have great guided tours – ending with some free tastings, of course! Then there’s the food. From the quays of Galway to buzzing streets of Belfast and Dublin, there are countless top-notch restaurants renowned for combining fresh, local produce with a modern flair. Sample some fresh-off-the-boat seafood or traditional cuisine with a twist on a crisp evening.
Much like the food scene, nightlife in Ireland is incredibly diverse. One night you could be warming up beside an open fire in a traditional pub surrounded by old-world relics and Irish music. The next, ordering cocktails in a chic drinking den like the Liquor Rooms in Dublin or Café Vaudeville in Belfast. If nightclubs are what you’re after then check out Howl at the Moon (Dublin), Halo (Galway) and Thompsons Garage (Belfast).