•Visit the Liberties neighborhood of Dublin to see an authentic side of the city
•Pick up vintage barware or a midcentury lamp as a unique souvenir of your trip
•Taste whiskey at the only new distillery to have opened in Dublin in 125 years
The Liberties neighborhood was once wealthy thanks to a silk-weaving industry founded by aristocrats fleeing the French Revolution. Now it’s known as a place to find “the real Dublin,” with street stalls selling clothes and bric-a-brac, local discount stores, and Dubliners going about their everyday business. Though some tourists pass through on their way to the Guinness Storehouse, most don’t linger. Too bad—because they are missing the best antiques in the city on Francis Street. For too-gorgeous-to-believe glassware and barware, check out Niall Mullen Antiques—you can tell the owner is big on Art Deco from the curved, graphic lettering on the sign outside. O’Sullivan Antiques is worth a drop-in to ogle the beautiful Regency furniture, and Martin Fennelly Antiques stocks delicately painted porcelain and pieces in Irish bog oak. In the minimal Cross Gallery you will find Midcentury Modern designs, including Italian brass chandeliers—the barista in the gallery’s café also makes a mean cappuccino (ask for a smiley face in the foam and Instagram it!). For something a wee bit stronger, walk a few blocks to Teeling Whiskey Distillery, the first new distillery in Dublin in more than 125 years, for a tasting and a tour.
Niall Mullen Antiques is on the corner of Francis Street and Carman’s Hall. You’ll find O’Sullivan’s Antiques just across the road, you can’t miss the decorative feature depicting men hauling a piano through a window on the front of the store. Martin Fennelly Antiques is further down Francis Street, where it meets Mark’s Alley West. Cross Gallery is just next door. Teeling Whiskey distillery is the large copper-blue building with round windows at the corner of Newmarket and Mill Lane.
NIALL MULLEN ANTIQUES: 57 Francis St.; +353-(0)86-257-5988; niallmullenantiques.com
O’SULLIVAN ANTIQUES: 43-44 Francis St.; +353-(0)1-454-1143; osullivanantiques.com
MARTIN FENNELLY ANTIQUES: 60 Francis St.; +353-(0)1-473-1126; fennelly.net
CROSS GALLERY: 59 Francis St.; +353-(0)1-473-8978; crossgallery.ie
TEELING WHISKEY DISTILLERY: 13-17 Newmarket; +353-(0)1-531-0888; teelingdistillery.com