Dublin, Ireland
William, 30
Columnist & Event Organiser
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I work in marketing and events mainly as a way to funnel my inner desire to curate experiences for people. I run morning raves here in Dublin that allow people to dance at 6:30am before work without the need for alcohol. Just good clean yoga, massage and a thumping dancefloor. When I'm not running morning raves, I tend to find myself running around at scantily clad bingo dance parties. I also do marketing for hostels, restaurants and breweries. I really like beer! Alot.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Your Song by Elton John, anything by David Grey and Gare Sazkar's Bengi Bengi... hard to explain that last one but a backpacking trip through Iraq last December was an emotional experience.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Breaking Bad and the spin off Better Call Saul. Adventure Time! Classics yes but to be honest, I spend more time out with people than I do along watching TV!

Name some spots in Dublin that are good for a Tinder date.

FOAM Cafe - Hidden gay friendly cafe with amazing food! Then you have The Ormond Tea Gardens, this underground tea garden is perfect for taking your shoes off, cosy down on a couch and grab a hookah pipe. There is Wakeboarding if he/she is the adventurous type and located right in the heart of the city. If you are feeling romantic, there is a tiny secluded park that is right off the beaten track called St Kevin's Park where you can bring a bottle of wine and impromptu picnic. Lastly, any my all time favourite is Token. A gaming arcade where you can play classics, pinball while sipping some premium craft beers and delicious nosh. Book Early!

Who’s your hero and where in Dublin would you take them out for a serious hang?

My hero is an Irish travel blogger, Johnny Ward. He's been to every country in the world, managed to bag himself a stunning Thai wife, made $1.5m from blogging and has a life that most would only dream off. As an adventure travel blogger, that is a place I'd love to be. Other wise, I'd probably recruit Ross Kemp and bring him to an underground - Amsterdam style cafe in Dublin that is only known to a select few. A renegade underground movement!

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I know a guy who sells clothes to retailers. So he has clothes ahead of the season on sale. When the retailers are done with their pick, this geezer sells the samples to his buddies. So I get top brands for less than wholesale. Selection isn't always the best but you get some funky get-ups at a price that you can nearly laugh at!

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

There is actually no-where really. Having written for Dublin publications, blogs and shows, I've done my homework on most places in the city and there is nowhere I can't appreciate. There are some dodgy neighbourhoods of course but you'll be unlikely to find any people there who are not from there.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Schoolyard parties. Now and again there is a friend of mine who throws big school yard parties where you bring your own beers and party all day. They attract the coolest people, DJ's and collectives but it seems they are always on when I'm throwing my own parties.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Dublin and where did you get it?

Irish aren't well known for our culinary diversity so I don't have much to offer on this one. However, if you float along to 777 on Georges Street, you can order half of a pigs head and make tacos from it. It ain't cheap but you'll definitely create some instagram intruige/envy!

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Dublin that you particularly like?

This is Dublin so nearly impossible to pick one. Yet, if I had to pick one it would likely be Pmacs. Dark, dingy, candle lit, craft beers, cool people, private snugs, free snacks and sweets! Doesn't take itself seriously and doesn't like people who do. Great for any occasion.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Dublin? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Most expensive dinner was the former Soder + Ko. I spent almost $400 filling the table with high end eats and drinks for a one to one with my father. Total carnage (tiny plates). Last big splash before I left for a 14 months to galavant across Asia...

What restaurant in Dublin looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Pmacs. Again, it's dark and dreary but when the food lands, you'll be amazed!

Where can you get the best cocktail in Dublin? Which one do you like?

Best cocktails in Dublin would likely be Izakya but a close contender with Chelsea Drugstore. Both staff are wizards behind the bar and have staff in competitions on the regular.

Where would you take your partner in Dublin if you wanted to really pamper them?

I'd probably bring them to a variety of venues and not just one. Dublin is small in size so you can get through it pretty easily if you know the streets. So a nice meal in Etto, good smoothies in Stephens Green, a thai massage on Kevin Street, a hookah pipe in Millenium Walkway, a cinema date in Cineworld and a late night rickshaw to a hidden speakeasy in Temple Bar where we could chat the night away before ambling in a cab to the Marker Hotel in Grand Canal Dock!

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Tayto - these are crisps that just are a little bit more of a cut above the rest! Then you have Lucozade, only available in Ireland and UK (....and Hong Kong funnily enough). Great when enjoyed together!

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Dublin?

Most high end cocktail bars where you will pay €12+ for a drink. Then again that's just me, I'm a craft beer man first before anything else. In terms of food, there are a few places in Dublin where a handful of food on a large plate is ridiculous.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Dublin?

The Vegan Butcher. Vegan food that is styled on non-vegan dishes. So burgers, kebabs and everything in between that will leave your mouth watering. You don't need to pay a fortune for the privilege either! Also, if magnitude is your thing, you can get a plate the size of a mountain in Dicey's Hotel on Harcourt Street for about €6-7 and you'll be filled to the teeth afterwards. You'll never have to join a large queue either!

What are the Dublin spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

For food, grab a boojum, wow burger, pablo picante, govindas (vegetarian option), Aodoba (Vietnamese), Bear, Hi-Lan (Korean). For bars, you need to head to Pygmalion, The Stag, Grogans, The International, Pmacs. For cafes: Lemon Jelly, Foam, Kafe, Clement & Pekoe, Brother Hubbard. For shopping, head to Urban Outfitters, Temple Bar for vintage clothing, Ilac/Stephens Green Shopping Centre, Arnotts for household etc

Tomorrow’s your last day in Dublin. How do you spend it?

Eating Burritos in Boojum, drinking by the Canal @ Portobello (if the sun is shining, it gets so busy it's made headlines for turning into a street party), pints in Pygmalion, night out in Workmans Club and an afterparty (un-official post 2:30am warehouse parties) with all of my favourite people.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Pakistan, the people, the culture, the hospitality, the northern territories of Hunza and the wild landscape made for the most outrageous surprise you could imagine!

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