10 things to do in Dublin this weekend
Concerts, comedians, cocktails – the whole works for you this weekend
10 things to do in Dublin this weekend…
It’s official: the year is flying in. There’s only one week left in the merry month of May, and we still haven’t had much of a summer. Plenty of time for that, says you – and plenty of time to soak up the city’s various treats and goodies before June comes calling. As usual, we’re on top of things. Concerts, comedians, cocktails – the whole works. It’s the weekend, folks, so why not sample some of the following…
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis at the Academy Green Room
Kitty Daisy & Lewis
Don’t you just love a family band that works? Oh yes, the Durham siblings cut a fine groove in old-school blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll. They dress the part, too, the stylish Londoners looking like something you might find on the cover of one of your parent’s old records. It’s those all-important tunes, however, that attracted Mick Jones of the Clash to get on board as producer (Jones manned the desk for the group’s third album, the appropriately-titled The Third). Born out of time? You betcha, but that hasn’t stopped Kitty, Daisy & Lewis from selling more than a quarter of a million albums worldwide. Oh, and they’re the type of band that likes to mix things up on stage. Expect a lot of instrument swapping up there. Sounds like a rockin’ party to us.
Friday. Tickets priced €16.50 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
Reginald D Hunter at Vicar Street
Reginald D Hunter
Georgia’s finest, without a doubt. Seriously, we could listen to this man talk all day. The fact that he just so happens to be one of the funniest and coolest comedians in the world is an added bonus. Wait until you get a load of Hunter’s new show title. Ladies and gentlemen, we present you with ‘The Man Who Attempted to Do as Much as Such’. Love it. Race, sexuality, politics, bar etiquette – it’s all up for grabs when Hunter takes the microphone, the UK-based performer having carved out a rewarding career in intelligent, observational comedy these past 20 years. Not to be missed.
Friday. Tickets priced €28 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
Eurovision 2015 on the Big Screen, Light House Cinema
Eurovision hopeful Molly Sterling meets Conchita
Everything you need to know is in the heading. That’s right, why watch the Eurovision on a small screen at home when you could join fellow cheesy-music lovers from around the city and celebrate the joy of Europe’s biggest pop carnival at your local cinema? Well, local, if you happen to live near Smithfield. Plus, there’s popcorn. The party will be coming to you live from Vienna, and we’ve heard that Australia is participating in this year’s contest (we’re still scratching our heads over that one). Best of luck, Ireland. At the time of writing, we still have the semi-finals to get through. Be grand. We got this.
Saturday at 8pm. Tickets: €15. For more, visit www.lighthousecinema.ie.
Dublin Dance Festival 2015
Dublin Dance Festival 2015
Promoting the best of contemporary choreography in the world of dance, the 11th Dublin Dance Festival kicked off earlier in the week, and organisers have assembled a stellar, international line-up of artists and events. Highlights this weekend include Emma O’Kane’s ‘Jockey’ and Robbie Synge’s ‘Douglas’ at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, and ‘Renegade: Connect’ in Smithfield Square. The latter incorporates elements of hip hop, featuring Dublin male youth group, Company B, and is a free event. Sounds awesome.
Running until May 30th. For a full list of event and ticket prices, visit www.dublindancefestival.ie.
The Food Market
The Green Door Market, Newmarket
“Great Food, great producers, satisfied customers…” That statement right there says it all. Located in the heart of Dublin 8, the Green Door Market is open Thursday – Saturday, offering food lovers “a convivial market experience” where they can meet and engage with local producers as they shop. You’ve got your organic vegetables, plenty of fruit and meat, cheese, smoothies, bread, confectionary goods – they’ve got everything covered, basically. Hungry? You know what to do.
For more, visit www.thegreendoor.ie.
East Side Tavern, Leeson Street
The East Side Tavern
A stylish, hipster-friendly bar and kitchen in Dublin 2, East Side Tavern is the perfect place to get your brunch on this weekend. We’re talking homemade pasta and meatballs. We’re talking steak sandwiches and sausage rolls. Holy hell, we’re talking chocolate mousse and a Bloody Mary for dessert. Pop in between 11am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday for the eats – stick around afterwards for some fun at one of the most popular whiskey joints in the city.
For a full menu, visit www.eastsidetavern.ie.
The Flea Market
The Bernard Shaw Flea
The Bernard Shaw pub
Kicking off at 1pm on Sunday at everyone’s favourite boozer on Richmond Street, the brand new Bernard Shaw Flea features more than 20 stalls and tonnes of amazing bargains, from vintage clothes and accessories to jewellery, art and vinyl. What do you do once you’ve found what you were looking for? Why, grab a beer and a slice of pizza and chill out in the Big Blue Bus out back, that’s what.
Sunday. Free admission. For more, visit www.bodytonicmusic.com.
The Science Show
Light and Shadow, UCD
It’s the International Year of Light, apparently (a real thing – we checked). So, if you’d like to know how light “influences all aspects of your life”, then hop on a bus to University College Dublin this Saturday morning for a series of talks, demonstrations, installations and displays. RTE meteorologist and weather presenter Evelyn Cusack will be on hand to kick start proceedings with a public address. It promises to be a fascinating event, and hey, we’ve heard they’ve got an inflatable cinema prepared for the younger science fans in the audience. Deadly.
Saturday, 11am – 3pm. Free admission, registration required. For more, visit www.eventbrite.ie.
The Drury Buildings Charcuterie & Cocktail Bar, Drury Street
This place also serves food, you know (the clue is in the title) and we recommend you check out the website for a full menu. But sure look it, right now we’re on the hunt for a classy, smartly-decorated spot to sip on cocktails this weekend, and the Drury Buildings Cocktail Bar ain’t a bad little spot to get the night started. Try the whiskey sour, or the ‘Just Sloe Down’. Yep, that’ll put a little kick in your Saturday night, for sure…
For more, visit www.drurybuildings.com/cocktail-bar.
The (Sunday) Night Out
Bingo with Shirley Temple Bar at The George
Shirley Temple Bar
Yeah, so it’s a school night - we don’t care. There’s a €1,600 jackpot up for grabs at Shirley Temple Bar’s weekly bingo event at one of the best bars on George’s Street. Yep, 16 years on, and with close to a thousand shows under her belt, Shirley is still sending bingo lovers home with a few quid in their pockets with the “longest-running and best-known show on the Irish gay scene”. Proceedings start at 9pm with DJ Karen spinning the tunes afterwards.
For more, visit www.thegeorge.ie.