The brilliant actor-writer-producer Sharon Horgan returned to her native Ireland to film the new Apple TV+ original series Bad Sisters. These are her 10 favorite spots to show people around Dublin.Less
"The Cobblestone is an amazing pub. Its future hung in the balance even a few months back when we were filming Bad Sisters there; it looked like it was going to have to be torn down. Loads of people signed a petition, and it didn’t happen. It’s one of those pubs that you walk in and you feel like you could be in any decade. It has traditional Irish music, and people really listen: They don’t just go there and yakity-yak. I’ve spent some great evenings in there with my family."
"Kehoe's was the pub next door to a café I worked in as a teenager when I was in art college in Dublin in 1989. It was where I spent half my waking hours. It’s just a really beautiful place: It’s all wood paneling. There are a lot of pubs in Ireland that have these things called ‘snugs,’ where you can go into a little room, and it’s literally room for you and one other person—like a confession booth. It’s just got so many memories for me. And it does a really good pint of Guinesss.“
"L'Gueuleton is a French restaurant in Dublin. I come from a family of five brothers and sisters, and two parents, so seven, and whenever we would get together, that’s where we’d go. You can sit outside and eat, and it’s just great people-watching. And they do the best French onion soup, with the giant crouton and the gruyère cheese. I take my daughters there now, and I feel like it’s just gonna be one of those places that continues to provide good memories."
"I don’t know why I discovered this park so late in my dotage. It’s a beautiful garden. I really love the garden bits of parks that are a bit more groomed and have a bit more architecture to them. When you walk through it, it takes you out fairly near to Stephen’s Green, and you can walk in the back of a really great café and have some lunch there, in the basement of a beautiful old townhouse."
"I didn’t think I’d pick O'Connell Street, but when I was showing Billy [Magnussen] around, he was so awed by it. It’s sort of like the Champs-Élysées: It’s a giant, wide street. It has this beautiful piece of architecture that’s a spire in the middle of it. It has a lot of dignity and a lot of history. I just kind of marvel at it a bit. It’s not, like, my favorite bit of Dublin—like I don’t hang on O’Connell Street—but there’s something about the size of it."
"The Winding Stair is a lovely little restaurant. It’s right along the river, so it’s just beautiful to look out and survey all the comings and goings, and it’s down a bit from the Ha’penny Bridge. I took my daughter there at Christmas just gone, and we had a little lunch together. It’s one of those places that’s incredibly charming, and you feel like you’re in someone’s front room; it's very cozy. It’s a very Dublin place, and I love it."
"The Shelbourne is a very historical hotel right opposite Stephen’s Green, and every year since my kids were little, we would book in there and go and stay over Christmas. It has a bar called the Horseshoe Bar, where you really can get the best Guinness. It’s full of history as a hotel, but it’s full of history for me as a family because I’ve watched my kids grow up there. And they do a famously great breakfast."
"Last Bookshop is just everything you’d want from a bookshop. You can find something that you never thought you wanted. You come across a book and you’re like, 'Hmm, I haven’t seen this in 20 years!' It’s so higgledy-piggledy! It’s like how you would imagine a bookshop to look in a Richard Curtis movie, or in Normal People even."
"When you walk through the Last Bookshop, you come out the other side, and you’re in this little courtyard, and there’s a café there called the Cake Café. It does the most amazing brunch and breakfast and I’m sure lunch as well. It’s just such a surprise when you find it. And likewise when you’re going to the Cake Café and you come out the other side, and you’re like 'Ah there’s a bookshop at the other end!' It’s a gorgeous treat."
"Dublin is absolutely wonderful, and there’s plenty to do there, but one of the best things about Dublin is its proximity to Wicklow. It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth. We shot quite a lot of Bad Sisters in and around there. And if you get in your car and drive and speak to the right people and walk far enough up and down winding walkways, you will come across a little beach where we had one of the best afternoons. But I can’t tell you where it is because my brother would kill me."