November 2008

Our 2009 Official Dublin, Ohio Visitors Guide is (finally) under production. (Woo hoo!) We should have Slainte Thursdaysthe proof back soon to double check everything before it goes to the printer.  The guide has the distinct honor of being our most requested publication–with 45,000 copies being distributed each year.  

Since you’re among our favorite peeps, we wanted to give you a sneak peak at a little of the content … some fun “Insider Tips” known mostly only to locals.

These establishments offer some great deals (since we’re ALL about a deal in this economy), plus a little Irish attitude to go with your “green” experience.  As always, we want to know if you have uncovered a great little gem in town that we’ve overlooked. Share and share alike. (For addresses, phone numbers, etc., check out our official web site: 

The Brazenhead 56 N. High St. Historic Dublin $3 Burger night – Wednesday 4-9 p.m.  Happy Hour: M-F 4-7 p.m. 

Digger & Finch Scottish Grille & Pub 6720 Riverside Dr.  Happy Hour M-F: 4-7 p.m. Drink specials, plus fried pickles & chicken wings


Dublin Village Tavern  27 S. High St. Historic Dublin. Great Happy Hour specials; Live Entertainment 8 p.m. Tues. & 7 p.m. Thurs.


BW-3 Buffalo Wild Wings 6595 Perimeter Loop Dr.  Wednesday Family Fun night. $1.99 kids meals. Balloon guy.


LaTavola 6125 Riverside Dr.  Half-price appetizer and drink specials during Happy Hour, M-R. (Not to mention the awesome patio view overlooking the quarry.) Live Jazz Quartet on Sundays.  


Sisters Sweetshop 45 N. High St. Free Shamrock Snack for first time, out-of-town visitors.


Audacious 4365 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. (Cool chick gifts. Purses, jewelry, etc.) Girls’ Night Out specials. Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.


Graeter’s Ice Cream Dublin  6255  Frantz Rd. The local favorite is the “Shamrock Sundae,” created at the Dublin location.


Sláinte Thursdays Historic Dublin. Third Thursday celebrations (during warmer months). Named for the Gaelic term for “Cheers!,” these multi-sensory grazing events include live music, pub specials, extended shop hours, etc.  


-Post by Mary




Dublin and central Ohio kick into high gear this week with holiday fun. Get into the spirit Holidays in Historic Dublin (OH) with… Harry Connick, Jr.’s Holiday Celebration tomorrow (11/20); The Holiday Pops Sleigh-Bells Jingling (12/5-7) at the Ohio Theatre; The Dublin Singers’ Home for the Holidays at St. Bridgid of Kildare (12/7);  Dwight Lenox sings songs of the season at the Abbey Theatre (12/7). ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents a Messiah Side-by-Side Singalong (12/12) and a Traditional Holiday Concert (12/14) at the Southern Theatre. Cherish the Ladies’ Celtic Christmas (12/19) is back at the Southern, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra hits Nationwide Arena (12/20).


Escape to a Christmastime of yesteryear with CATCO’s adaptations of Truman Capote’s short stories – A Christmas Memory and The Thanksgiving Visitor (11/26-12/21) at Studio One Theatre. A Christmas Carol has long been a tradition at the Ohio Theatre (11/28-30), but if you want to see Tiny Tim in an Annie fright wig, see A Broadway Christmas Carol at the Axis Nightclub & Theatre (12/14). Clara once again embarks on her wondrous journey with The Nutcracker at the Ohio Theatre (12/12-23), while The Rockettes tap their way through breathtaking sets and special effects at Nationwide Arena (12/9-10).


Family fun includes Historic Dublin’s Tree Lighting and Photos with Santa (12/4) and Historic Dublin’s BriHi Holiday and Chili Cook Off (12/6). Get a jump on your holiday shopping at Noel Night Open House at the Dublin Arts Center Gift Shop (12/4-5); enjoy a Holiday Trolley Ride and Santa at The Shoppes at River Ridge (12/13). The Ohio Historical Center/Ohio Village offers Twas the Night Before Christmas: An Evening with Clement Moore (12/4,11,18), and Dickens of a Christmas (12/12-21).


-Post by Kay

Dublin OH Irish Festival While undergoing the rebranding process a couple of years ago, we gleaned lots of great information about our visitors via strong research. One of the main things we learned was that, with a name like Dublin, visitors want and expect more Irish.  Some of that was easy–we just refocused our messaging to highlight what we already have … one of the nation’s largest and best annual Irish Festivals (okay, THE best fest, in our minds); world class golf (including links style courses designed with the British Isles in mind); Irish pubs and restaurants; Irish imports and a Historic District surrounded by rolling rock walls that put one in mind of a quaint village in Ireland.

With the huge shift in tourism to hands-on experiences, we began developing Irish experiences for group tours and business groups. These include Irish dance and Penny Whistle classes, afternoons with an Irish fiddler in a pub–or a storyteller at a tea room. We even created a Four-Leaf Clover Scavenger Hunt through the Historic District for overnight groups. These experiences were so well received within the first 18 months, that we created a second wave of new experiences like Irish “Tastings and Toastings” and “Manor House Meals” programs.  These, too, have been well received … with the group markets.

The challenge for us is to create (or inspire among local businesses) new products for the leisure traveler that are available on any given day of the year. Most of the experiences we developed for groups require a large number of people for it to happen–making it difficult to convert that into an experience for an individual, couple or family.

We’ve come up with several Irish offerings for visitors. Many of our restaurants have added Irish-inspired products to their menus. (So we’re doing the food thing really well.) Ha’penny Bridge Irish Imports welcomes visitors. The owners will gladly (upon request) offer a walking tour of their store with a little education about Irish collectibles, travel and more. 

But–here’s where we need your help. What kinds of Irish experiences would YOU like to do in Dublin? What kinds of Irish cultural activities or exhibits or activities would entice you to make a weekend trip to Dublin, Ohio?

As I was driving into work today, I noticed the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is hanging lighWildlights at the Columbus Zoots in preparation for the upcoming Wildlights! holiday celebration. Officials there are enthused about the event being brighter and “greener” than ever with the switchover of half of the three million lights to energy saving LED lights. Additionally, this year’s event brings a new animated light show (around the pond) that will run every 30 minutes.

So … I was thinking maybe we should help them brainstorm some appropriate song ideas for their new light show sound track.  We expect to hear Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. But, what else? The Chipmunk Song?  How about God Rest Ye Merry Manatees or Grandma Got Run Over by a Markhor

Okay, we’re brainstorming here. (Meaning every idea counts.) What’s yours? Submit your best song suggestion to this blog by Wildlights! opening day (Nov. 21) and you could win two passes to the event!

-Post by Mary

We’re working on the copy for our 2009 Official Dublin, Ohio Visitors Guide and we want your input. This year’s guide will include some “Insider Tips.”  If you are a Dublin resident–or have visited our fair city before–please share. What is your favorite Dublin treasure? Did you find a certain park, attraction or event that offered something really unique? Best hours to visit the Columbus Zoo? Great deal or souvenir find? Uncover a great dish at a restaurant? Let us know!

Office girls lunch at the new Matt the Miller’s Tavern last Wednesday. (It’s been open only about two weeks.) This is another of Craig Barnum’s restaurants (The Brazenhead) … this one’s his very own baby. It’s also the first with a kids’ menu.

The setting is modern; the menu varied. Among our group, we tried the Squash Soup (wonderful!), the Mini (Turkey) Reuben’s, the Turkey & Avocado Club Sandwich and the Smoked Chicken Sandwich. We were too full for dessert–but after seeing offerings like Belgian Dark Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Cheesecake Brulee, we’re thinking next time we’ll go for salads and dessert.

Of note: The restaurant serves Sunday brunch from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (with goodies like Challah Bread French Toast and Eggs San Fransisco) and also offers Happy Hour food and drink specials from 4-7 p.m. weekdays.  Worth the trip! Check out the Dining section of our Web site ( for hours and contact info.)