Yep, its a college football game. We will be a group of about 8. Everyone is in their mid twenties. Definitely looking for a good mix of fun nightlife and hitting the best tourist attractions by day.
I'm too old now to give you advice on nightlife!
I just haven't had much time to go out much in the last few months. Plus I was in Istanbul for the last few months of 2013. So, aside from gay bars, I'm not sure where is currently good. If you're going out in Templebar be choosy about where you go. Some Dubliners think it's funny that so many tourists go out there - there are often far more tourists than locals, but I think what's so wrong about meeting other tourists and drinking with them! Some bars in Templebar attract locals too. Also Templebar is is just full of bars - other places are too but not quite like Templebar.
Anyway, make sure you pre-game since bars can be expensive here. Some have some pretty good cocktail deals or happy hours though.
Remind me to give you some better tips closer to your trip. I'll ask my young friends. Although so many people seem to go to Coppers and Dicey's these days. These places almost always have very cheap drinks - some days exceedingly cheap drinks. Most nights Coppers is a meat market full which I'm told is full of culchies (hicks)
and later in the night it's just a place for people to hook up...usually the people who couldn't hook up elsewhere. I don't need to be in a bar full of pretentious pretty people...but I don't really need to be in a club full of Dublin's rejects either!
Maybe the stories are far worse than it actually is but I'm not too keen to find out. I fear some of my friends will want to go there tomorrow night though!! The place attracts loads of Brazilians too but the same goes for them.
What about daytime activities? Do you have any ideas about what you'd like to see?