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Dublin — By Jessica Colley on April 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm
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Night on the Town in Dublin: Irish Film Institute

There are plenty of nights in Dublin that will end in a pub with a songwriter strumming on a guitar. While this is one of the top pleasure’s in visiting the Irish capital city, there are also many cultural ways to spend an evening. One of my favorite (affordable) cultural evenings is a trip to the Irish Film Institute (IFI).

Located in Temple Bar, the Irish Film Institute has two screens showing Irish and international films. Whether you’re in the mood for a romantic French film or the latest Indie flick, there is something for every type of movie fan at the IFI. Premieres can sell out weeks in advance, but for most films, tickets will be available on the day of the screening. To ensure you get tickets, take advantage of the IFI’s online ticket system. Pay with a credit card and pick your tickets up before the show.

The IFI is more than a movie theater though – it is a place to spend an evening. Arrive before show time and you’re likely to find the bar full of young people having a drink or two before the film. The bar and restaurant also serves tapas and platters until late, so if you’re going to an early show, you can stick around afterwards for something to eat and a bit of atmosphere. 

You don’t have to be going to a film at all to enjoy the restaurant at the IFI. It is open for lunch too, Monday through Saturday from 12.30 – 3.00pm and on Sundays for brunch from 11am – 4pm. If you’re in Temple Bar and are looking for a cultural place to relax over a meal, the IFI offers affordable and tasty options.

If you’re a film buff there’s also a bookshop that sells books, DVDs, and posters. During your visit to Dublin take the chance to learn about another side of the local cultural scene by seeing an Irish film. 

Address: 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. (map)

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