‘I got hot sauce in my bag . . .’

Bey­oncé is no stranger to Dublin. Ahead of her tour, here’s her city guide

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Okay ladies, now let’s get in for­ma­tion. Whaddup Dublin, it’s your Queen here. Bey­oncé. Yes. I Am . . . Bey­oncé. So by now you’ve all heard I’m grac­ing your vil­lage with my pres­ence again this July, and I know you can’t wait. And nei­ther can I.

Crow Park? Croak Park? None of y’all seem to be able to pro­nounce this prop­erly for me. Some­one told me it’s in a place called Bally­bough, which just sounds like the cutest, qui­etest coun­try vil­lage. I’m blessed and ex­cited to be vis­it­ing your gay sports sta­dium there. It’s amaz­ing to hear how far y’all have come.

Now as you know, Dublin is like a se­cond home to me. Ev­ery time you peo­ple make me feel so wel­come. And I feel like I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced the city suf­fi­ciently to give you Bey­oncé Per­sonal Guide To Dublin For Other Vis­it­ing Megas­tars. You’re wel­come.

I’ve been drinkin’, I’ve been drinkin’, mostly when I vis­ited the Guin­ness fac­tory back in 2009. But two years ago, I hit up The Tem­ple Bar for an Ir­ish coffee. No joke. Y’all have a prob­lem putting whiskey in your coffee. That shit is gang­ster. Ques­tion: I think I was over­charged, but some peo­ple told me that’s just the price of al­co­hol in Tem­ple Bar, so I got Jay to put some cob­ble­stones in front of 40/40 and jack up the prices say­ing there was an au­then­tic­ity tax. You guys have that down. I’ve tried to stay out late in Dublin, but we took 45 min­utes to get all dressed up and never made it to Cop­pers.

Kim and Ye go all out when they come to Ire­land, stay­ing in places like Bal­lyfin and then be­ing all weird and go­ing to tiny lo­cal cin­e­mas, but I like to keep things cen­tral at the Fitzwilliam. Now I know what you’re think­ing, “what’s up Bey­oncé? Why don’t you stay at the Mer­rion like Bruce Spring­steen and Bon Jovi?” Truth be told, I just want to be nearby Asha in St Stephen’s Green shop­ping cen­tre. They have the best hood­ies, and I’m al­ways look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion for House of Deréon. Slay.

So, I’m in Dublin, I’m hun­gry, I keep re­peat­ing that corn­bread and col­lard greens line, so where to eat? I’ve been up in Cop­pinger Row and Fade Street So­cial, but ev­ery­one keeps telling me about this Gro­gans place where they do a “spe­cial toasted sand­wich”. I think what makes it spe­cial is that I’ll be eat­ing it, so that is next on my list. I got hot sauce in my bag.

When you’re try­ing to work off that Guin­ness and cham­pagne U2 send to ev­ery­one when they play here (like it’s sweet, but also, get over me), there’s only one spot to hit up, and that’s the Phoenix Park. Flaw­less. You can ride a bike with­out any haters notic­ing you, hang out in the play­ground, go to the zoo, this place is the best. I might just have to bring Solange here so she can get zen, roam free and calm the f*** down. If you scared call that rev­erend.

So, see you in July, Dublin, love you like XO.

Pho­to­graph: Ezra Shaw/Getty

Bey­oncé at the Su­per Bowl.

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