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What Non-Alcoholic Drink Can I Order in Dublin Without Getting Pummeled?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by athletics, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. athletics

    athletics Senior member

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    We are going to Ireland as part of our honeymoon and I don't drink alcohol. Its one thing to go to a pub state side and order a Coke, but from what I hear if you don't pound a Guinness while you are there then it could be an uncomfortable time. This will be my first trip to Ireland and I am looking forward to the scenery and the experience of going, but I am curious to what I can order in a pub and get the fewest looks. Any ideas?
     


  2. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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    If you're not going to order alcohol, at least order a club soda. Sounds less girly than ordering a coke.
     


  3. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Isn't it easier just not to go to pubs? Restaurants won't bat an eye if you don't order alcohol. But going into a pub and not ordering booze is like going to a restaurant and saying "What do you have that's not food?"
     


  4. Dewey

    Dewey Senior member

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    Tonic with lime looks no different than a gin and tonic.

    That said, from what I remember about Ireland, some of the pubs sell only one drink, which is stout. Even a man with a lager beer looks odd.
     


  5. JohnnyLaw

    JohnnyLaw Senior member

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    Yeah, why exactly are you spending time in pubs if you don't drink?

    Also, if you're in a rough enough bar that they'll pummel you if you're not drinking, they probably won't serve you anything as dainty as a tonic with a slice of lime.

    For what it's worth, if you're in a dark bar, Coke is probably what looks the most like stout.
     


  6. madison avenue

    madison avenue Senior member

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    Order a jin and Tonic! But order the Jin on the side (if they ask say you have a way you like to mix it yourself) Makes you sound very james bondish but anyhow then you just dont drink the Jin! You still look manly ordering your drink and there you have it!
     


  7. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    Isn't it easier just not to go to pubs? Restaurants won't bat an eye if you don't order alcohol. But going into a pub and not ordering booze is like going to a restaurant and saying "What do you have that's not food?"

    Well-played, sir [​IMG]
     


  8. RyJ Maduro

    RyJ Maduro Senior member

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    Order a jin and Tonic! But order the Jin on the side (if they ask say you have a way you like to mix it yourself) Makes you sound very james bondish but anyhow then you just dont drink the Jin! You still look manly ordering your drink and there you have it!

    As much as I like my gin, I don't order that in Boston, let alone Dublin.
     


  9. Manny Calavera

    Manny Calavera Senior member

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    Going to Dublin and you don't drink.[​IMG]
     


  10. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Order a milk. In a dirty glass.
     


  11. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Order a milk. In a dirty glass.

    [​IMG] Now that is badass!
     


  12. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    Order a beer. For the Irish, that really isn't alcohol.
     


  13. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Order a beer. For the Irish, that really isn't alcohol.

    Get some whiskey.

    uisce beatha Water of Life! See, it's not alcohol.
     


  14. Englandmj7

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    That said, from what I remember about Ireland, some of the pubs sell only one drink, which is stout. Even a man with a lager beer looks odd.

    He heh. Most of Ireland has advanced a bit since then. Though, being a stout man, I would have no objections were this system still in place.

    I spend a fair amount of time in Ireland every year and the only thing you would have to worry about is some light-hearted ribbing if you were in the pubs with Irish friends. No one there cares if you don't drink.

    If you insist on looking like a 'man' you might avoid fruity concoctions like virgin mojitos and coladas, or things like Ribena, Club Orange, etc. Plain tonic, club soda, Coke, or mineral water (sparkling) are perfectly acceptable. Most pubs in Ireland are places for gathering with friends and family as opposed to simply getting hammered (though that often comes with the territory). No one is going to confront you. Jesus.

    Although, going to Ireland without having at least one pint is surely an unforgivable sin.
     


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    It's also wise to note that many youths (particularly Northside Dublin youths) have some disdain for "Yanks" that stem beyond your inability to drink alcohol.

    Speaking of which, I was once in an absurdly enormous nightclub line and this fiery little red-headed man-troll tried to push his way in. After I said "Hey jackass, get to the back of the line" he politely replied "Why the hell should I listen to you, you're AMERICAN"....

    Whatever that means. Hahaah. Needless to say, a nice Irishmen politely restated my request with an Irish brogue.

    But anyway, the Irish are extremely friendly and kind-hearted. Stop worrying about silly things.
     


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