This is Power Trip, a recurring series on lesser-known but always sophisticated experiences in our favorite cities around the globe.
“Did you go to the Guinness brewery?”
Mention a trip to Dublin, and that’s likely the first question you’ll be asked — and for good cause. The Guinness Storehouse at St. James’s Gate Brewery is the city’s most popular tourist attraction, and taking in 360-degree views from the Gravity Bar on the 7th floor after pouring yourself a pint of the black stuff is not an experience to be missed.
That said, it shouldn’t be the highlight of your trip.
From locally distilled whiskey to a massive tomb that predates Stonehenge, Dublin and the surrounding countryside are full of other top-hole options that have nothing to do with stouts and ales. Below, our guide to navigating the city that has inspired millions of readers to start — and some to even finish — James Joyce’s Ulysses...
BRING A CLOAK: Hill of Tara
One of the largest Celtic monuments in all of Europe, the unforgiving landscape of Tara has a special place in ancient Irish religion and mythology. Stand where 142 High Kings of Ireland stood and touch a sacred stone to see if it starts to scream — meaning you’re next. For a tour, book here.
COUNTRYSIDE EATS: Maguires Cafe
Located on The Hill of Tara, Maguires serves up local favorites like homemade scones and brown bread along with hearty dishes like Irish beef & Guinness stew and seafood tagliatelle.