I am traveling solo in October and am considering the Food, Folklore, and Fairies dinner at the Brazen Head for my first of five nights in Dublin. Does anyone have an experience to share?
We did that but, unlike the amazing Hawk Walk at Ashford, all 3 of us thought it was underwhelming.
That's helpful, thanks, Cala!
On a different topic, we took a bus tour from Dublin to Glendalough and Kilkenny and we thought that it was a worthwhile expenditure of time and money.
I went to the Brazen Head for this dinner and meh...just okay. The room was hot, the storyteller was really good, mixing in song and story. My husband loved it. The food, I cant even remember what they served. I would have rather done a food/pub crawl. DO GO to the Brazen Head and have a drink, the place is fun.
Omygosh, about the worst thing I did in Dublin! The food was mediocre (all the other pub food I ate was good to excellent) and the storyteller was boring. On the way out, I went past one of the downstairs pub rooms, there was a lively atmosphere and good trad music. I was soooo sorry I hadn't spent the evening there instead. For a good introduction to folklore and fairies, go to the Leprechaun Museum. It's a guided tour, my guide was charming and funny, I learned a lot more than the Brazen Head guy related and it was a lot cheaper and a lot less time. Less touristy than that Brazen Head dinner would be your own pub crawl through Temple Bar. No problem doing it as a solo woman. Buy a drink if you're sure you like the atmosphere and the music, otherwise mosey on to the next one.
The best evening thing I did was the Literary Pub Crawl. I also spent two evenings at excellent theatre performances, at the Gate and the Abbey.
Thanks, all, for the recommendations!
I hadn't considered the Leprechaun Museum. That's a great idea.
Both my husband and I loved the storytelling. I can't remember the food, so I doubt it was really good or really bad. I'd even do it again if we ever get back to Dublin.
Echoing the sentiments on others about the food - Meh or so so. But the music and storytelling, crack, was amazing! Go for a beverage or two and to look about the place and enjoy the atmosphere.
We experienced this dinner in May. There were some solo travelers at our table. As others have mentioned, the food was so-so and the 3rd floor room was HOT. I think it depends what you are looking for. We really enjoyed the story telling and historical perspective that the host gave us. If this is your priority, this dinner is well worth going to. If you are mostly looking for pub food and live music, there are better options. We especially liked the live music and food at The Celt, as well as the rural pub tour up in the Wicklow mountains (ruratours.ie).
I should add that I had already been in Ireland for two weeks and been to the Leprechaun Museum before going to the Brazen Head. So I had heard the standard tourist songs many times and the storyteller's narration included everything I'd heard in the Museum but left out much more.
I remember being seated at a round table that seated at least 10. It was a large room with lots of tables, though some may have been smaller. In other words, it was a lot of people. The Leprechaun Museum tour is limited to small groups, so you also have the opportunity to ask questions and chat with the guide during the tour.