Dublin just begs you to throw down. The streets are choked with pubs, the whiskey is delicious, and the music scene is alive, kicking, and basically banging down your door. A couple of weeks ago, I went to a metal bar (hi, Gypsy Rose!) late one night and chatted up a bunch of locals, asking their favorite places to drink, eat, and have fun on the cheap. Among their answers: The parks in Dublin are beautiful, and while it's technically illegal to drink in them, if you're even remotely subtle about it, the cops here aren't trying to bust you. You’re in Dublin, after all. You've got to be raging prettttty hard to raise an eyebrow here.
Just in case you needed more of an incentive than that, consider the fact that right now is one of the best times ever to go to Dublin: for the local scene, for the exchange rate, and for the chance to drink with the Irish. I mean, you can do that any time of year -- but here's why this summer is looking better than most.