Dublin is a bit like actor Gabriel Byrne. It's still got the Irish charm and the weathered Celtic good looks, to be sure. But it turned international player a while back.
You can still get draught Guinness in an old pub once frequented by writers like James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. But since the days of the Celtic Tiger in the mid-nineties and the arrival of the Euro, this city has become a vibrant, cosmopolitan melting pot.
Theatres like The Abbey and The Gate show Irish classics, but there's also a cutting-edge, multicultural arts, music and, yes, bar scene to be found in the Temple Bar area.
Best of all, the city's a walkable size. Which means you can choose from hotels in Dublin's lively centre or in the quieter suburbs such as leafy Ballsbridge. Even if you stay at the airport, it's just a short bus ride into town.
Whether you're after wild nights or a dose of culture, you'll have plenty to write home about.