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Irish student new to San Francisco
Posted June 13th, 2012 - 3:57 am by from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of) (Permalink)
Hey guys,

I'm a 21-year-old Dubliner student staying in Berkeley over the Summer. I don't know anyone in the city, let alone anyone with whom it would be good to explore the city and gay nightlife, so this is a general message out to anyone in San Fran who would be kind enough to show me around. I'm fun, promise.

Patrick x

Posted June 13th, 2012 - 4:22 am by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Hey Patrick! I'm a 23 year old boy from rio de janeiro arriving on june 14 in san francisco for a month vacation!! I have family there but they will not be available every day and specially to explore the gay nightlife.. It will be fun to discover SF with someone of my age and in the same situation!! Let me know about your plans =)

Posted June 13th, 2012 - 4:50 am by from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of) (Permalink)
Hi Pedro! Great to hear from you. It would be cool if we could meet up at some stage when you're here and check out the city - I'm totally free to hang out with you this weekend and any time until tuesday, after that I have work in the evening for a couple of days... If that doesn't suit I should be free the weekend after! Let me know when would suit you to head out :)

Posted June 13th, 2012 - 3:12 pm from Oakland, United States
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Posted June 15th, 2012 - 1:37 am by from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of) (Permalink)
Hi Jose!

That's cool you'll be in Dublin. Don't know anyone in Dublin who hosts, so just look on couchsurf, you should be fine! Alternatively there are a lot of decent cheap hostels in Dublin, you should be able to get a bed for around 20euro a night.

As for stuff to do in Dublin, here are a few places I would recommend:

Good bars: the bernard shaw, the snail bar, pygmalion, sin é, the porterhouse... the list could go on :) In general I would say stay away from the Temple Bar area if going out at night, it's full of extremely touristy fake Irish bars where you will be ripped off! But it would be a good place to meet other (drunk) tourists I suppose.

In terms of gay bars, there are very few: the George is the biggest one, but there are also the Front Lounge, Panti Bar and The Dragon (more of a club). All of these and the bars above are within walking distance of eachother and they all have a mixed crowd (the bernard shaw is quite hipstery though).

During the day, I would recommend going to Howth or Dun Laoghaire if the weather is nice, they're both nice seaside towns that you can get to by DART (like the BART but only one line)... a nice park in the city (again, weather permitting) would be The Iveagh Gardens, it's a little bit hidden away so it's usually not crowded on sunny days. I would also go out to Phoenix Park, it's the biggest park in the city and covers a similar area to the entire inner city - the president's house is here and there is a also a large herd of wild deer that move around the park, it's fun to try and find them!

Nice cafes include The Twisted Pepper (during the day, a night it's a club), Wall and Keogh, Fixx Coffee and The Bald Barista.

If you want any more info just let me know!

Give me a message when you're back in SF and we can hang!