August 5, 2009

U2 Landmarks in Dublin


In the Name of Love: Three Must-See U2 Landmarks in Dublin

Where: Dublin, Ireland
August 4, 2009 at 11:28 AM | by cmb

All this week, Jaunted contributor CMB will be giving us notes on her Dublin Field Trip. Any questions or suggestions? Let us know.

We mentioned last week that we had caught U2 at Croke Park in Dublin. Dublin is a mecca for U2 fans for obvious reasons---it is where the band formed, got their start and where most of the band's members still call home. Thus, the city is full of U2 landmarks. Here are our suggestions for the ones you can't miss.

Where to Stay:
The Clarence Hotel, 6-8 Wellington Quay, is the place to stay for U2 fans because it is owned by Bono and The Edge. The hotel is nice and the bar is popular, even with locals, but the stand out feature of The Clarence is the possibility of running into celebrities. When the band is in town they frequent the hotel for meetings and parties. It is also the place to stay for American celebrities in town doing press or filming. The hotel's prices are affordable too as standard rooms start around €179.

Where to Eat:
Nude, located at 21 Suffolk St in Temple Bar, is a must for U2 fans because it is owned by Bono’s brother, Norman Hewson. The restaurant specializes in wraps and salads made with organic ingredients. They also feature a variety of homemade soups like Thai Chicken and Mediterranean Tomatoes to warm you up on a damp Dublin day. Their prices are reasonable with a bowl of soup costing €4.75 and wraps at €4.50.

What to Do:
No U2 tour of Dublin is complete without signing the U2 Graffiti Wall at the band's studio on Hanover Quay. Fans from around the world visit the wall everyday leaving well wishes (and marriage proposals) to the guys in sharpie, paint and chalk.

The gate at Bono's house has also become a favorite tagging spot for U2 fans. Bono lives between the towns of Killiney and Dawkey, about 10 Miles from Dublin. If you are in Dalkey, follow the road down to the beach and you can't miss his house, its the one with "Bono, I Love You" scribbled all over the wooden gate.

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