•Start your evening with classic Irish cuisine at an elegant Michelin-starred restaurant
•Take in a show in a town that’s super-serious about its theater
Long before the appetite for pulled pork, pickles, and everything cold-pressed made its way to Dublin from the food-trend capitals of New York and London, Chapter One was confidently doing things the old-fashioned way. The Michelin-starred restaurant is in an understated, softly lit space in the basement of the Dublin Writers Museum where gilt-edged mirrors and large artworks make you sit up just a little bit straighter. And it’s our favorite spot for a pre-theater meal (pickled herring and Atlantic crab; beef short rib; dark-chocolate mousse with coffee ice cream), and the wine list highlights small producers of organic and biodynamic labels. Next up, a performance at the nearby Gate or Abbey theaters. Ireland punches above its weight when it comes to playwrights on the world stage, and both these venues regularly show works by the greats—Sean O’Casey, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw—as well as names you may not have heard about such as John B. Keane. The venues’ websites are the best place to buy tickets and if you are savvy enough, they’re also where you can nab early-bird discounted tickets six weeks before a performance opens. In case you’re short on time and can’t fit in an evening show, an insidery alternative is Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt in the Powerscourt Theatre, which offers bite-size one-hour performances, running most days from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
You’ll find Chapter One in Parnell Square, a beautiful Georgian Square on the north end of O’Connell Street. The Gate Theater is part of the old Rotunda Hospital complex, at 1 Cavendish Row. The Abbey Theatre is in a large modern, glass topped building on the corner of Abbey Street Lower and Marlborough Street. Bewley’s Café Theater is on the top floor of the Powerscourt Townhouse shopping center, on William Street South.
CHAPTER ONE Restaurant: 18-19 Parnell Square; +353-(0)1-873-2266; chapteronerestaurant.com
GATE THEATRE: Cavendish Row; +353-(0)1-874-4045; gatetheatre.ie
ABBEY THEATRE: 26–27 Lower Abbey Street; +353-(0)1-878-7222; abbeytheatre.ie
BEWLEY’S CAFÉ THEATRE @ Powerscourt: Top floor, Powerscourt Townhouse, S. William St.; +353-(0)86-878-4001; bewleyscafetheatre.com