If you only have a few days in Dublin here are some ideas of places to visit, where to eat and most importantly where to drink!

Temple Bar  area is a must, loads of bars and restaurants -  Some of the lively pubs around here to try include ' The Porter House'  which serves a great selection of beers, different ales and provides great entertainment - live music  (plenty of choices including cocktails)  'Temple Bar pub' itself half way down the street a very friendly bar which gets very busy and 'The Oliver St John Gogarty' on Fleet Street, if you fancy some entertainment in the afternoon pop in here around 3pm go upstairs you can enjoy a pint of the black stuff, have a meal and listen or dance to some live irish music. Just opposite Temple Bar pub is a restaurant called 'Mexico to Rome' great food here (best book a table though if staying over a weekend as this does get very busy) 

Near the opposite end of the River Liffey towards the Station are some more great pubs 'Ryans' on 28 Parkgate street is one a lovely old victorian pub (this is included in the hop on hop off tour route) and 'The Brazen Head' is another - serves food, has loads of character and provides live music from 1pm till 4pm on Sunday afternoons.  

The Old Jamesons distillery on Bow Street.

The Guinness storehouse on St James Gate is definitely worth a visit. 14 euros admission, which includes a free pint of guinness in the Gravity bar on the roof  with it's brilliant views of Dublin.  

Tour bus - Dublinbus Citytour is a great way to see a lot of Dublin in a short space of time - approx 1 hour 15 mins for the whole tour including 21 stops starts 9.30 am last bus 5.00pm every 10 - 15 mins at each stop so there is not a lot of waiting around for the next bus if you have hoped off.   Hop on Hop off tours allows you to jump off any place that's of interest to you and just rejoin the next tour bus when finished. BEST TIP : - Do the Tour Bus before anything else as they provide a book with discounts off admission fees for a lot of places of interest.   

On Saturdays at 11 am from Trinity College a guided walking tour starts - You just turn up there, no pre booking required,  and the person taking the tour just calls out if anyone is interested in the tour. He/she takes you  around Dublin - the grounds of Trinity College pointing out the different buildings and the history of the college, takes you to the castle and there's lots more. This is approx 12 euro's each  and is worth every penny.

On Dawson Street number 25 is Dawsons Lounge very small pub (smallest in Dublin so they say).

If you are looking for comedy try 'The Bankers' pub 16 Trinity Street  nice pub and down stairs they have the comedy acts. One act you could see is The Craic Pack.

A musical Pub Crawl starts at the Oliver St. John Gogarty (upstairs)  7 nights a week = April to Oct or Thurs, Fri and Sat = Nov to March starts at 7.30 (2 and half hours) pubs include Oliver St John Gogarty, The Ha'penny Bridge inn, Isoldes' Tower, The Bankers, Stags Head, Palace Bar and Sin E.  

Another bar is 'The Gin Palace' on Middle Abbey Street walk over the Ha'penny Bridge opposite side of the river to The Temple Bar area walk up Liffey Street and the pub is on the corner serves great food and provides brilliant service - very pleasant bar staff / waiters  

Great Shopping in Dublin - Grafton Street is the main shopping area but don't miss 'Dunnes'  in the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre Dublins own M & S! or 'Penny's' over the River Liffey off O'Connels Street great bargains to be had here.

If you are near Grafton Street and need a drink after all that shopping!....you must go to  'Cafe en Seine' Bar  40 Dawson Street a very stylish bar opens at 11 am and closes at 3 am- Dawson Street runs parallel with Grafton...You will be amazed when you walk in here it is a fantastic place.  (see the worlds best bars website)
It is also worth mentioning that the Taxi drivers in Dublin they are great a little comedy act in themselves very friendly and very funny. You will never meet a grumpy Dublin taxi driver!