tipsy and inept tommyt? shurely shome mishtake
on Pearse St., I'd actually regard the link from Westland Row inbound to Tara street as the most hostile environment on that corridor - decades of neglect from the bad neighbour Trinity and the overall feel of it being a traffic highway rather than a street compound this. I hadn't been to O'Neills since pre-smoking ban days and it was the worst bloody smokes i've had since, with conversation when accompanied and general peace when alone being rudely interrupted by the high speed high volumes baiting past. The severance effect here is probably among the worst in the city.
The stretch you refer to has quite a lot going on including the ever-attractive Pearse Square as well as the decent stock opposite the old IGB, now Arup offices near the South Lotts Road junction. Thankfully the petrol station has reopened here and along with the odd few old retailers give a bit of life to this stretch. And the surely unique juxtaposition of Windmill Lane/Digital Pigeon recording studio and Mastering Plant with a feckin bus garage gives a bit of interest. And when one adds in the whole Grand Canal Docks development, I think this stretch is the better stretch of Pearse st. I understand that you wouldn't necessarily hang around the corner of Macken st and Pearse st at 1am but it's not really a bad place and although Ringsend, Irishtown and eventually Sandymount are all superior urban environments, I would defnitely rate this stretch above the innermost stretch.
On the emerging coast based debate - there's very few more pleasing environments than the suburban coastal corridor from Howth to Bray, by car or by train. And I'm not biased at all, having lived for most of my life as far inland as Deansgrange
There are only a few places in Dublin I would not go unless dragged along and I'd put West Tallaght, Ballymun and the North Strand as 3 of the top ones. And i too have never understood the fascination with parts of D8, especially on this board. A lot of the areas west of Christchurch are in bits in my opinion and bar gigs in Vicar Street I never venture there for a pint.
The suburban places I like most (bear in mind I've been tethered to some invisible post in the Irish sea since birth) are Dun Laoghaire (despite everything I've said here about the ol town, it's still got an intrinsic and unimpeachable sense of class - the built equivalent of old money - and the piled up housing in the back streets is just great), Sandymount Village, Blackrock village, the coast road from Blackrock all the way to Killiney and Shankill pretty much, (especially the imposing mansions at Monkstown), Dalkey and Killiney themselves, Clontarf and Portmarnock. I also have a sneaking regard for Sallynoggin as a place and i have no idea why, it's far from utopian in visual or social terms but it has something. Same goes for Monkstown Farm, which is probably one of the southsides great neighbourhood enclaves. Call it character. Call it a sense of place. Or maybe call it familiarity but I like those places.
In the city centre, Trinity College is still the best place to be but the old Georgian core and daytime Temple Bar come close. Wexford-Camden street to me is the heart and soul of Dublin nightlife and the best place to shop is from Grafton st to George's street.
Castleknock is a lovely place, Drumcondra, Cabra etc etc are all good but unless you can either hear the ships on foggy nights from your bedroom, walk to a beach or see the Pigeon house chimneys from the end of the street it's not part of my Dublin.