Tourist attractions

Seven Social is uniquely located in the middle of Dublin’s most visited tourist attractions.

Below is a selection of places to visit within a 5 minute walk of Seven Social. If you’re looking for a day out, Irish history & culture or just something different, take in one of these attractions before or after dining with us.


Jameson Distillery

Literally 2 minutes from our front door, you can have a whiskey taste & tour at the old Jameson Distillery. It is located on the original site of the John Jameson Distillery in Bow Street, just off Smithfield Square. 

This distillery, founded in 1780, was Ireland’s most famous distillery for nearly 200 years, until its closure in 1971, when distilling of Jameson Irish Whiskey was transferred to the Midleton Distillery. 

For many years the Bow Street Distillery lay abandoned, but today, once again, it is a hub of activity, welcoming visitors from all over the world. A visit to the Old Jameson Distillery is so much more than just a tour, it is an exciting and engaging experience, guaranteed to enlighten and entertain you. This award winning visitor centre is one of Dublin’s and Ireland’s favourite attractions.

Kilmainham Gaol

Walking down the Liffey, just past Heuston Station, you will come to Kilmainham Gaol. A former prison, it has been turned into a museum. It gives the visitor a dramatic and realistic insight into what it was like to have been confined in one of these forbidding bastions of punishment. Leaders of the rebellions were detained here over the centuries. It is also reported that part of the site is haunted. Guided tours & exhibitions take place daily.

National Museum at Collins Barracks

30 second walk from our door, you come to the entrance.Entrance is free all year round.

National Museum of Ireland- Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks could be said to be the National Museum of Ireland’s largest Irish artefact, having had a unique history all of its own in another life.

It now completes the picture for the National Museum in Dublin and joins the two already famous buildings in the possession of the Museum. On display, you’ll find silver, ceramics, glassware, weaponry, furniture, clothing, jewellery, coins and medals.

All of these displayed with imagination in innovative and contemporary galleries, which entice you to go further, look harder and examine more closely. In the Curator’s Choice exhibition there is amongst other treasures, an ancient Japanese ceremonial bell, which dates back over 2000 years. Explore the histories of soldiers and their families in Soldiers & Chiefs: The Irish at War at Home and Abroad since 1550. Examine the decade of disturbance between 1913 and 1923, from the Dublin Lockout, through the Easter Rising to the end of the Civil War.

Guinness Storehouse

What could be more quintessentially Dublin than visiting the home of Guinness, the dark, malty beer that is exported from Dublin's fair city to virtually everywhere in the World.
The Guinness Storehouse on the grounds of the actual, working Guinness brewery takes you on an interactive trip through the brewing process. Feel the heat, smell the grains and hear the din of the machinery. When you're finished, you can taste a complimentary pint of the black stuff in their bar on the top floor of the brewery overlooking the rooftops of Dublin. This is 5 minutes walk from Seven Social.

St Michan's Church, crypt & mummies!

One of Dublin's more unusual attractions has to be St. Michan's Church founded in 1095. The St. Michan's organ is one of the oldest in the country still in use. It is believed that George F. Handel played it when composing The Messiah. A panel on the organ gallery, carved from a single block of wood, portrays a series of musical instruments in high relief. A Penitent's Stool, an eighteenth-century pulpit and font, and a chalice dating from 1516 are among the items of note.

The main attraction, however, lies in the vaults underneath the church. Mummified bodies, exposed in their coffins are visible. Some are bursting at the seams with an arm or leg sticking up. This rare sight is just 3 minutes from Seven Social.

Phoenix Park

The Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public Park in any capital city in Europe.  It was originally formed as a royal hunting Park in the 1660's and opened to the public in 1747.  A large herd of fallow deer still remain to this day.  The Park is also home to the Zoological Gardens and Aras an Uachtarain and Victorian flower gardens. 

The Phoenix Park is only 1.5 miles from O'Connell Street.  Both passive and active recreational pursuits may be viewed or pursued such as walking, running, polo, cricket, hurling, etc.  The Glen Pond is set in very scenic surrounds in the Furry Glen.  There are many walks and cycle routes available to the public. The entrance gate is a 3 minute walk from Seven Social. We can prepare gourmet picnic’s for you to enjoy in the park. We needa minimum of 24hours notice for this. 

Dublin Zoo

Dublin’s most popular visitor attraction is located in Phoenix Park. It takes 5-10 minutes to get to entrance gates if walking from our restaurant.

As one of the world’s oldest and most popular zoos, the 70-acre park in the heart of Dublin is home to some 600 animals in an environment where education and conservation combine for an exciting and unforgettable experience. There are plenty of amazing animals to discover including tigers, hippos, bats, rare monkeys, gorillas, chimpanzees, red pandas and reptiles to name but a few!

Smithfield Square

This is 30 seconds walk from our restaurant. Its focal point is a public square, formerly an open market, now officially called Smithfield Plaza, but known locally as Smithfield Square or Smithfield Market. Smithfield Market was laid out in the mid 17th century as a marketplace. Until its renovation in the early 21st Century, the square was lined with inner city 'farm yards' housing livestock.

In 1964 Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor spent time here, as Burton worked on the film set in Smithfield for the film adaptation of John le Carré's novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Smithfield featured as Checkpoint Charlie in the movie.

Cobblestone Pub

60 seconds from our door. The Cobblestone Pub is Dublin’s best traditional Irish music bar at th top of Smithfield Square where you will find traditional music 7 days of the week, plenty of craic and a mighty pint of Guinness. It has remained untouched over the years so is unlike any other bar you will visit in Dublin. You could imagine this is what a bar looked like in Ireland 100 years ago.