The renowned Bewley's coffee house on Grafton Street was opened by the Irish first family of beverages, the Bewley's, in 1927. It's a tourist hotspot, but the coffee is still really good.
In its earlier life, the building was a grammar school. Refurbished by Ernest Bewley with eccentric taste, the style reflects a range of influences from French cafes to the tomb of Tutankhamen. Hand-crafted stained glass windows dominate the interior.
Bewley's has served coffee to some of the greatest Dubliners, with James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Sean O'Casey being just a few of them.
Upstairs, there's a nice little theatre space that sometimes holds intimate gigs, so it's worth checking out what's going on there.
If you’re more into scratched wood floors, stained glass, and barstools than you are icy glass, s... Read more