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Usher shares tips with protege Bieber on best places to visit in Dublin

TEEN sensation Justin Bieber (17) has been taking tips from his mentor Usher about the hottest places to visit in Dublin.

The Confessions star, widely credited with discovering the super-talented singer, performed here last weekend -- and made no secret of his fondness for the capital city.

The music mogul even posted up a video of himself entitled 'bubblin' in Dublin', which shows him visiting various pubs and venues around Dublin along with his sizeable entourage.

At one point, he popped in to Bruxelles on Harry Street where he was allowed to pour his own pint of Guinness, and he posed with the famous statue of Phil Lynott outside the bar.

And he has told Justin that he can expect to have a brilliant time in our capital during his short visit here next week.

"He's been raving about Dublin, he had a brilliant time here and he's telling Justin that he's going to have an awesome time here, he'll be made to feel very welcome and he'll love how laid back it is," said an insider.

"Justin's obviously still too young to drink but he has a few cool places that he would love to see while he's here, providing his schedule allows him some time off between concerts."

There's just three days left before Bieber fever officially arrives on these shores, with the Baby star playing two sell-out dates at the O2 arena on March 8 and 9.

The multi-millionaire, who turned 17 earlier this week, will be accompanied by his good friend Willow Smith and possibly her Men In Black star father, Will Smith, given that the Whip My Hair singer is his support act.

As always, security will be at a premium for the pint-sized star, with details of where he'll be staying kept tightly under wraps to avoid being mobbed by his ardent fans.

mfinn@herald.ie