The area; officially known as Pembroke, happens to be one of Dublin’s most affluent towns. Locals tended to refer to the area after the pretty bridge crossing the River Dodder and so it became affectionately known as Ballsbridge. The wide leafy streets and slower-paced lifestyle of this Victorian neighbourhood, combined with its vicinity to the city-centre appeals to Dublin’s wealthiest inhabitants. It’s these factors too that make it the ideal town for an extended stay in Dublin. In Dublin’s postal zone 4 you’re south-east of the centre. Bordering trendy zone 2, home to the creative temple bar region to the west and Dublin Bay and the Irish Sea to the east; Ballsbridge quite literally ‘bridges’ these two worlds celebrating creativity, endurance and legacy. Old and new sit side-by- side in Ballsbridge merging to create a unique and intriguing landscape making it one of the most fascinating places to stay in Dublin.
Our serviced apartments in Ballsbridge are short taxi ride from the recent development of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre overlooking the Grand Canal Basin, which has elevated Ballsbridge’s cultural offering. Since its opening in 2010 it has hosted an enviable programme of ballet, drama and musicals. Join the Circle Club for exclusive access to the members-only bar and priority purchase for every show. Among the chicest shopping experiences in Dublin is the stunning Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. Set inside an elegant Georgian home just beyond Trinity College you’ll find an eclectic array of designer jewellers, antique dealers, high-end big brands and stylish eateries. The Royal Dublin Society and the Aviva Stadium (previously Lansdowne Road) are impressive spaces with fascinating histories and huge capacities. Both in Ballsbridge they contribute greatly to the cultural spectacles enjoyed by locals and tourists alike but also help to concrete this regions strong sporting identity.
Ballsbridge has fantastic connections to both the bright lights of Dublin city centre and the cool breeze of the Irish Sea coast. Commuters looking for corporate accommodation in Ballsbridge can hop on the frequent buses heading north along Pembroke Road. They will see you efficiently over the Grand Canal and amongst the buzz of Dublin’s colourful Temple Bar within 20 minutes. The high-speed DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) headed north from Sandymount will take you to Tara Street (the east side of the River Liffey) via Grand Canal Docks (worth a look for the independent coffee houses, theatre and the exceedingly romantic candle-lit tables at the Schoolhouse Hotel & Restaurant). However, to get away from the tempo and discover a less-expected Dublin we’d recommend heading south on the DART for a scenic tour along Dublin Bay via the seaside village of Blackrock with its bohemian indoor weekend market and beyond.
Even on a short term stay in Ballsbridge guests will revel in the very real sense of community maintained here. Every Thursday the Mespil Road Gourmet Food Market provides alfresco dining along the Grand Canal with global vendors such as Kerala Kitchen, Say Fish, The Paella Guys and Burger Republic. Alternatively join much celebrated cook Alix Gardner on one of a huge variety of sessions at her Ballsbridge based cookery school. Roly’s café and Bistro offer a hugely professional product in a casual atmosphere while adjacent on Ballsbridge Terrace sits the Lobster Pot with its extensive seafood speciality menu; both Ballsbridge veterans. Enjoy 3 of 90 Irish whiskey’s displayed at a private whiskey tasting hosted in The Snug at Searsons of Baggot Street. Sandymount Green hosts outdoor cinema presentations after sun down and sprawling Herbert Park’s lawns and ponds are a delightful backdrop for a picnic.