A Hipster’s Guide to Dublin: 10 Alternative things to do


The vintage scene is alive and kicking in Dublin and nowhere beats Dublin Vintage Factory for price and quality. From 90s athleisure to Baja hoodies and Dynasty-inspired sequin numbers, this is your one-stop shop to sartorial bliss. Stroll around Temple Bar where designer consignment store Siopaella has everything from Louis Vuitton to Chanel and Nine Crows is the ultimate destination for trend-driven hipsters forgoing fast fashion.


The Workman’s Club in Dublin is a total hipster’s dream. With regular gigs from alternative artists, the one to watch this month is Weyes Blood, a dreamy folk singer/songwriter from America’s West Coast playing on the 15th April. Stop by the Bison Bar on the way – original Southern BBQ is the main draw but the whiskey menu is certainly worth a mention – you have over 150 strains of whiskey to choose from! Don’t mind if I do!

8. SIP

Visiting craft beer lovers will find themselves in microbrew Mecca; Dublin has a wealth of pubs stocking local brews to beat the band. Against the Grain is a firm favourite of ale aficionados: A tributary of the Galway Bay Brewery, the quirkily named beers Like Of Foam and Fury and Buried at Sea will whet your appetite and loosen your tongue – the banter is a-plenty! If you find yourself in Dublin of a weekend, make your way to The Bernard Shaw, home to a vintage flea market and the Dublin Doughnut Company. Hint: Try the dark chocolate and Guinness – it’s to die for.


Whether it’s beard grooming or tunes booming, Sugar Daddy’s got you covered. This is not-your-father’s-barbers, it’s very much tailored towards slick, hip individuals who want something a bit different. A haven for hirsute hunks, the bespoke service offers beard or barnet grooming, facials, waxing, shoe shining and massages – all whilst sipping on an Old Fashioned. Can I get an amen?


Rainbow hair catch your fancy? Kaleidoscopic dreads your thing? Glitter roots or mermaid waves on your preen list? Stop by Babooshka Beauty in Dublin’s Temple Bar for the latest trends in hair and nails – you won’t regret it. Get some fresh ink at The Ink Factory on Wellington Quay where some of the world’s top tattoo artists work. While you’re there nab that piercing you’ve always wanted – these guys do it all with finesse. If you can manage to get an appointment, Tropical Popical is a regular haunt of Saoirse Ronan’s. A nail bar with a twist; expect 80s hits, kitsch interiors and the most intricate of nail art. But wait there’s more: This is all topped off with a bounty bar and a lilt for that totally tropical taste!

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