(Follow along on the map.)
There was some concern whether I'd make my connection in Atlanta, but in the end I arrived in Dublin about a half-hour early, at 9:30am. Paris had arranged for a taxi to take me to the hotel in Leopardstown.
My method of beating jet lag is to hit the ground running, so we were in central Dublin before noon. Our first stop was the Quays Bar.
The first Irish beer advertisement I saw was for Budweiser.
Quays Bar, 11 Temple Bar, Dublin
My first actual beer in Ireland was not Budweiser.
Just up the road is the very nice Palace Bar.
The Palace Bar, 21 Fleet Street, Dublin
All the beers in this town are served Really Fucking Cold. I blame Budweiser. It's incredibly popular here, as are MGD and Coors Light.
O'Neills Bar, Suffolk Street, Dublin
Porterhouse Central is just a couple of blocks away. They used to brew on-site, but now they have a production brewery out in Blanchardstown that supplies their five pubs.
Porterhouse Central, 45-47 Nassau Street, Dublin
They also offered massive three-liter glasses of Erdinger Weißbier, but I didn't partake.
Right around the corner is The Farm. I know we had a Stout here, but I don't remember whose it was. It went well with the chocolate dessert, though.
The Farm, Dawson Street, Dublin
The Luas took us from St. Stephens Green to the hotel, where we had one more pint of Guinness before turning in well past midnight.
Tomorrow: Bull & Castle and the Guinness Storehouse