My Favorite Dublin Restaurants
by Paul McGinley
I love La Stampa (011-353/1677-4444) on Dawson Street. There's always a wonderful atmosphere and terrific food. Another favorite of mine is the seafood restaurant in the Westbury Hotel (011-353/1679-1122) off Grafton Street, where the fish is the freshest in town. Also try the Halo at the Morrison Hotel (011-353/1887-2400) on Ormond Quay. It serves healthy, delicious nouvelle cuisine. If you're hungry for a great steak, head to Shanahan's (011-353/1407-0939) on St. Stephen's Green. This opulent eatery skillfully combines Irish and American cuisine. It's also the proud home of a rocking chair once owned by JFK.
The Dublin Bar Scene
Although the K Club is a forty-five-minute drive west of Dublin, most of the partying during Ryder Cup week will take place in Ireland's capital city. Among the many festivities planned are a fireworks display and street entertainment, but the real craic (the Gaelic word for fun) will be found in Dublin's legendary pubs. Here are some hot spots:
The Brazen Head (011-353/1677-9549) is the oldest pub in Dublin, dating back to the twelfth century. Located on Bridge Street, it's a short walk from the south quays of the River Liffey and always has a lively atmosphere.
Whelan's (011-353/1478-0766) on Wexford Street has a well-earned reputation for its live music and also serves fine pub fare. The earliest record of a public house on this site dates back to 1772.
Café en Seine (011-353/1677-4567) is a stylish pub on Dawson Street that reflects the growing cosmopolitan nature of Dublin. One of the city's real in places.
Mulligan's (011-353/1677-5582) on Poolbeg Street is a traditional pub—and former haunt of James Joyce—that dates to 1782 and is reputed to draw the best pint of Guinness in Dublin, which, needless to say, is no small boast.
The Turk's Head (011-353/ 1679-9701) on Parliament Street, on the fringe of the trendy Temple Bar area and close to Dublin Castle, is another of the new breed of superbars that appeal to a younger set with a liking for pop music.
Last-Minute Tickets and Packages
Although tickets and most tour packages to the Ryder Cup have long since sold out, there are still a few options available. Premier Golf (888-439-1831, premiergolf.com), the official PGA-licensed provider of Ryder Cup packages in the United States, is offering trips from $6,550 that include tickets to the matches, lodging and rounds of golf at several great Irish or Scottish courses. If it's just tickets you're looking for, try an online broker such as coasttocoasttickets.com or tickco.com. At press time, prices ranged from $200 for a practice round to $2,185 for a full six-day pass.