In the first of our series, ‘Insiders Guide to Dublin’, we’ve picked the brains of coffee-event-podcast organisational extraordinaire, Jenn Rugolo of Tamper Tantrum. She may have been born in Annapolis, Maryland, but her 4 years in Dublin more than qualifies her as an expert travel writer – which is essentially what we’ve asked of her.
In 2015, Jenn was brought in to sort out the mess Colin and Stephen had created and has helped bring to life the mission to provide regular informative and inspiring content through podcasts, recorded talks from live events, and awkward one-on-ones in hotel rooms. Now hailed as “one of the world’s premier platforms for coffee bickering, brainstorming, and live speaking engagements,” Tamper Tantrum is certainly the go-to for all things Colin, i mean coffee.
Fish Shop, Smithfield (Dublin 7)
Tiny restaurant (16 seats!) with a tiny menu that changes weekly, serving impeccable, super-fresh local seafood. I’ve yet to find a clunker on their menu here—everything is amazing—but their fried oysters and Fillet O Fish Shop are the stuff of legends. They don’t take bookings, but their garden area is available for private hire: if you want to make sure you can get a seat during WBC week, this might be your best bet.
Gruel Guerrilla, Temple Bar (Dublin 2)
Rumour has it that Kevin Powell will be hosting at least one of his infamous secret suppers during WBC week. Hidden in the unlikeliest of places—Kev’s cozy flat in Temple Bar—the suppers are your best chance to taste some of Ireland’s finest produce, as they’re based around whatever ingredients he sources from his extensive network of local producers earlier that week. Banter is included, but not beverages: BYOB.
Dingle Whiskey Bar, Nassau Street (Dublin 2)
A wall of whiskeys and knowledgeable staff—what more could you want?
The Black Sheep, Capel Street (Dublin 7)
When in doubt, go to The Black Sheep—solid craft beer selection and, as the lads at 3FE would say, “vibez.”
Bunsen, Wexford St (Dublin 2)
Straight-up burger joint with the world’s shortest menu—there are now three locations, but the original (Wexford St) is the best, as they still grind fresh Irish beef to order. Be prepared to queue if you’re going at a standard mealtime.
Juniors, Beggars Bush (Dublin 2)
Lunchtime service at Juniors is a thing to behold—have your money ready before you’ve joined the queue and make sure you’ve had a look at the menu well before you order one of their stupidly delicious NYC-deli style sandwiches.
3FE, Grand Canal Dock (Dublin 2)
Do I really need to explain this one?
Proper Order, Smithfield (Dublin 7)
The two lads who run the place have a near cult-following of regulars that they’ve amassed as they moved from shop to shop simply by being sound. Mostly Square Mile with some guest roasters from far afield; if you’re lucky, you might even be able to find one of Gruel Guerrilla’s Nutmeg Custard Cream doughnuts on the green tiles near the till.
The Marker, Grand Canal Dock (Dublin 2)
Split the difference between being close to the venue and being close to city centre: the Marker is located in the heart of Dublin’s so-called “silicon docks” with an impressive view from the roof-top bar. Plus, you’re only around the corner from 3FE! Coffee on the way to the RDS, anyone?
The Dylan, Ballsbridge (Dublin 4)
Boutique hotel within walking distance of the RDS.
IMMA, Kilmainham (Dublin 8)
Housed in the 17th century Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the Irish Museum of Modern Art is home to Ireland’s National Collection of Modern Art as well as a variety of visiting exhibits from outside Ireland. If you’ve got a sunny day spare, go for the formal gardens and medieval burial grounds outside.
Drury/Exchequer Street (Dublin 2)
Home to beautiful shops and things of interest: Industry & Co, Irish Design Shop, Cocoa Atelier, Fallon & Byrne, The Powerscourt Centre, and The George’s Street Arcade.