Dublin's fair city is filled with international business people, who come for the excellent professional networking opportunities and then stay for the legendary 'craic''. Throughout the working week, restaurants will likely be booked up with meetings, so make sure you know in advance where you want to go. Check out these helpful tips below before your next trip.
Dublin’s Convention Centre
Capable of accommodating events for up to 5,500 delegates, Dublin’s Convention Centre (CCD) is an architectural landmark and one of Europe’s prime business destinations. The orbicular glass building houses a 2,000-seat auditorium and 22 meeting halls, making it well equipped to stage expositions and international summits. When your event draws to a close, there are plenty of options for entertaining delegates in Ireland's capital.
It takes just 20 minutes to reach the CCD from Dublin Airport. Once there, you'll find the facility is well served by both the red line of Dublin’s tram network and high-frequency bus services. The Kevin Roche-designed building is situated in the ultra-modern Spencer Dock, a stunning waterfront location east of the city centre. It's also just a few minutes' walk from Connolly train station, so if you and your business partners want to keep the conversation going over dinner, you can easily access both local restaurants and favored spots across town.
This South Great George's Street restaurant counts among Dublin’s most theatrical dining experiences. At Rustic Stone, fish and meat are served on hot volcanic rocks, which cook the diner’s food before their eyes. Recipes have a distinct Spanish influence, with a focus on healthy ingredients – there's even a 'Rustic Raw' menu full of energy-boosting fresh vegetables and cured fish.
Fade Street Social
Healthy dishes are the order of the day at Fade Street Social, too – not surprising, given its status as Rustic Stone’s sister restaurant. Championing Irish produce, its menu is divided by the cooking method used and inspired by cuisine from across Europe. Try the braised beef and Guinness stew for something quintessentially Irish, or sample the roasted trout served with brown shrimp, tomato and smoked butter sauce.
If your business associates consider themselves to be steak connoisseurs, take them straight to Brasserie Sixty6. Here, the red meat is hung for 21 days to ensure every mouthful is succulent and packed with flavour. The rib eye is a firm local favourite, but the homemade sausages come highly recommended, too. Although the meat is a major attraction, the restaurant caters thoughtfully to vegetarians and is also particularly considerate of coeliac sufferers, making it an excellent choice for parties with multiple dietary requirements.
The Winding Stair
Overlooking the River Liffey, the name of this bookshop-cum-restaurant pays tribute to Yeats’ famous poem. Its interior does indeed feature winding stairs, and the tables are habitually frequented by artists and writers – the perfect antidote to a day in the office. Its menu is chock-full of Dublin classics, with aromatic steamed cockles or smoked haddock with St Gall cheese two choice picks.