Thursday 14 December 2017

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend

Stop Making Sense
Melanie McCabe

Four-day weekend! Well, for some of us, at least. Did you get the eggs in? Will you be going to Mass? Are we all set to do something other than sleeping late and eating chocolate for breakfast on Sunday?

Of course we are. It’s the end of Lent, goddammit – the perfect time to blow off some steam and indulge in a delicious feast of musical, theatrical and culinary treats. Come on, get off the couch - there’s a whole lotta fun to be had in the city this bank holiday weekend. See you on the other side…


The Meal

Jo’Burger Town, Castle Market

“Love the burger”, says Jo. We tend to agree with that statement, you know. Everything you have heard about the food at this cracking burger joint in Dublin 2 is true. Epic doesn’t even begin to cover it. Plus, Jo is everywhere (there’s another Jo’Burger in Smithfield and Rathmines).


And, the Castle Market residence is open until 11pm on Saturdays. Try the home-made lemonade. Oh, and don’t worry if they haven’t got a table free when you get there – Grogan’s is just across the road. You could always have a cheeky pint while you wait…

For opening times and menus, visit www.joburger.ie.


Lunchtime Theatre

Are You Havin’ a Laugh, Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt

Renowned Irish playwright Peter Sheridan has an important question to ask: is there such a thing as Irish humour? Well, we would presume the answer is ‘yes’, but you just know that Sheridan has something better up his sleeve as he takes it upon himself to explore the roots of our native tongue, unearthing the origins of our favourite Dublin stories, jokes, anecdotes and sayings.
Actually, it’s more than that – Sheridan, it would appear, is on a mission to discover why it is that the Irish talk the way they do. Or something. Look, it’s a show about Dublin humour, and it promises to be a riveting history lesson in language. We’re in.

Running until April 18 (Thursday – Saturday @ 1pm). Tickets: €10 - €12. For more, visit www.bewleyscafetheatre.com.


The Breakfast

Lemon Crepe & Coffee Co, South William Street

It’s Good Friday tomorrow, so we’ll all be bright and sunny on Saturday morning, yes? Maybe…maybe not (we’re willing to bet there will be a house party or several across the country this weekend). If you’re one of the lucky few whose Saturday will be hangover-free, might we suggest popping over to the trendiest street in Dublin for some take-out / sit-in waffles / French toast and bacon at the best crepe and coffee spot on earth? That’s not an exaggeration. Go on, take a bite. Told ya.

For more, visit www.lemonco.com.


The Comedians

Foil, Arms & Hog, Vicar Street

Sean Finegan is ‘Foil’, Conor McKenna is ‘Arms’ and Sean Flanagan is ‘Hog’. Foil, Arms & Hog are “Ireland’s top comedy sketch group”.

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And that, ladies and gentlemen, is all you need to know. Sort of. Listen, John Bishop and Bill Bailey are fans, and the lads’ Vicar Street show (a riotous mixture of the new and the old) features all kinds of stand-up and character madness, including – get this - “one sketch that they shouldn't do but are doing anyway”. Well, aren’t we intrigued? Count us in, fellas.

Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets priced €23 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Film

Stop Making Sense, Light House Cinema

Oh boy, this is gonna be fun. American filmmaker Jonathan Demme’s 1984 classic needs no introduction.

Stop Making Sense

Basically, it’s Talking Heads in concert, and if you haven’t already seen it, then we suggest you get on down to the Light House Cinema in Smithfield this weekend, grab some popcorn and prepare yourselves for the greatest live-music picture of all time. Seriously, it’s that good, Demme’s ground-breaking feature capturing David Byrne and the gang at the height of their (quirky) creative powers. We encourage everyone and anyone to wear an oversized suit, to mark the occasion. The real Talking Heads fans will know what we mean. Do it.

Saturday at 10.30pm (sold-out) and 10.45pm (tickets still available). For more, visit www.lighthousecinema.ie. 


The Pub

The Cobblestone, North King Street, Smithfield

One to keep in mind, if you’re heading along to the Talking Heads film. Actually, the reason we mention the Cobblestone is because American comedian and writer B.J. Novak was spotted supping in here last weekend. It made us think about how long it had been since we pulled up a stool at one of the best traditional watering holes in the capital. The answer: too long. Sorry, lads (cheers, Novak). Make mine a Guinness (obviously). We’re looking forward to the music, too…


The Night Out

For Jaysis Sake, The Workman’s Club

“On the 3rd day, you will rise again and come to our gaff for an unholy amount of japes…” We gotta say - that line right there had us hooked. Yep, it’s the annual Workman’s Club Easter Sunday Banker Bash, and they’ve got a smashing line-up in store for us, with live tunes courtesy of The Dead Sets, Mark Austin of The Minutes and more. Also, we’ve got the Workman’s Karaoke Club, and DJs Colin Devine and Ed Porter will be bringing the noise upstairs until the early hours. By the way, they’re calling the main venue blowout the ‘Resurrection Section’. Clever, that.

Sunday from 7pm. Free admission. For more, visit www.theworkmansclub.com.


The Concert

An Evening with Melanie McCabe at the National Concert Hall

God loves a trier. How many times was it that young Melanie McCabe competed in the X Factor? Too many, says you. There’s no doubting the fact that the young Dubliner can sing, and this Sunday, at the National Concert Hall, Melanie tackles “the greatest divas” live.

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Melanie McCabe

There may be some Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Dusty Springfield in the mix as the ambitious 21-year-old gears up for her first major headline solo concert. A glorified covers show? Perhaps, but we won’t yet write off the talented vocalist, who could very well surprise us…

Sunday at 8pm. Tickets priced €20 - €35. For more, visit www.nch.ie.


The New Tunes

Song Cycle, Whelan’s

A weekly singer-songwriter showcase, co-curated and hosted by Ollie Cole and John Byrne, Song Cycle offers new and developing songwriters and performers from around the country the chance to experiment and play around with ideas in the cosy surroundings of the Whelan’s front window. So, yeah, there’s no pressure, and you could catch the next big thing in here – or, at the very least, bask in the delights of an impromptu session or two, featuring Cole and one of his many special guests. Keep an eye on the website for this week’s line-up announcement…

Monday at 8.30pm. No cover charge. For more, visit www.whelanslive.com.


The Family Afternoon

The Big Barracks Egg Hunt, Collins Barracks

It’d be a little too stressful to organise your own Easter egg trail in the neighbourhood, right? Of course it would. Luckily for us, the kind folks over at Collins Barracks are hosting a big egg hunt on Sunday afternoon that promises to test our knowledge as the little ones search for the golden egg. There’s an “edible reward” at the end of the trail. Obviously.

Sunday. Times: 3pm – 4.30pm. No booking required. For more, visit www.museum.ie.

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