Best Of Dublin

March 26, 2010


BEST MENS BOUTIQUE

“The White Shop”

George’s Street Arcade, 22 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2

(01) 6718866

Not ones for doing it by the book, this gorgeous little fashion boutique in the George’s Street Arcade doesn’t actually have a name but its plain white facade has earned it its epithet. Set up in 2006 by mature student Mandy Lau it has cornered the market for simple and elegant (mainly) men’s clothing. It caters to the economics of fashionable youngsters who want to buck the trend set by their Top Shop clad fashion Fuhrers. Stocked with the freshest Asian designers, hand picked during their bi-annual trips to Japan and South Korea, “The White Shop” also sells original designs by Lau’s business partner Janfee Lam. While Lau believes that the clothes they sell aren’t that outlandish, “The White Shop” is my first port of call when I want to twist my threads up an individual notch. Paired with Circus in the Powerscourt Shopping Centre it’s nice to know that at long last Dublin has given us an eclectic fashion home to call our own.

BEST CINEMA

The Lighthouse

Light House Cinema

Market Square

Smithfield

Dublin 7

01 879 7601

Any one sick of the block busting films, the snaking ques and the over priced and under stocked treats that currently come hand in hand (and pocket) with a visit to Cineworld will be delighted by the return of The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield. During her 8-year tenure (from 88-96) at the old Curzon Cinema in Middle Abbey Street she popped the cherries of Irish viewers who had never before seen the works of Ang Lee and Pedro Almodavar on the silver screen. 12 years later the new owners are as committed to distributing independent world cinema in Ireland. There are 600 seats, in a variety of colors, spread out over 4 screens and a reasonably priced selection of goodies at the snack bar (popcorn for €2.50). The building is also home to an excellent, if currently under used, exhibition space.

BEST HOSTEL

Avalon House,

Budget Hostel

55 Aungier St

Dublin 2

Ireland

Phone: + 353-1-4750001

Fax: +353-1-4750303

Email: info@avalon-house.ie

One of Dublin’s oldest and largest hostels, Avalon are a dab hand at showing guests a good time in this the fairest of cities. With 300 beds, 60 rooms and experienced, well-traveled staff who have the defibrillators of Irish nightlife at their fingertips, it’s no wonder that the Avalon attracts a wide and diverse customer base. The only Irish hostel to be a member of Europe’s Famous Hostels, their in like Beverley Cooper Flynn with the countries finest tour providers and are in the process of slutting up their décor to bring it up to the “hip” reputation they project. If you like the limelight and can fill forty minutes here and there, their café is your stage.

BEST FURNISHING SHOP

Knobs and Knockers

19 Nassau St, Dublin, Co. Dublin

(01) 6710288.

What’s in a name? In my case, almost two broken legs and a serious concussion after I convulsed into traffic the first time I saw the moniker over this specialist ironmongers on Nassau Street. I’m not the only one. As well as renovating and restoring doors for some of the countries leading celebrities, store manager Des Cooney is inundated with requests from all over the word for t-shirts baring its name. But there’s more to the shop than just its title. Having fitted thousands of doors since the business started in 1972, Knobs and Knockers have developed a reputation for quality. It doesn’t come cheap. So while you may be able to run down to your local Woodies and purchase a blister packed door knob for a smidgen of the cost, you wont receive the product knowledge and peace of mind that comes from working with expert, experienced staff.

BEST MODE OF TRANSPORT

Docklands Ferry Taxi

Custom House Quay

Docklands

Dublin

+353 1 818 3300

Fax: +353 1 818 3399

Now I’m not a racist but…wouldn’t it be great if EVERY person who worked in public transport were a foreign national? From the sour pussed bus drivers to the town crying taxi men I’ve had it up to here with listening to the life woes and the dismissive sneers of people whose sole purpose in my life is to get me from A to B. Thankfully, thanks to the short distance involved, this is not something one has to worry about when riding the Liffey Ferry. The latest face on Dublin’s public transport horizon it ships residents of- and visitors to- the Docklands from Sir John Rogerson’s Quay to North Wall Quay, 5 days a week, from seven am to pm. Tickets cost €2 single, €3 return and €10 for a book of ten and you can sign up to a text alert service which will keep you informed of any delays or changes that may occur. As anyone whose trawled the quays cursing the distance between bridges will tell you, the service is a welcome return after more then 20 years away.

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