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5 Things to Do in Dublin This Bank Holiday Weekend

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Hate to scare you folks but this is the second last bank holiday before Christmas. Oh yeah, the “C” word! So time to shake off the FOMO and take advantage of the last long weekend of summer and do something a bit different. Here are my 5 ideas for making your weekend a little less ordinary:

DUBLIN LIVE MUSIC TRAIL
Organised by Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council, the city will play host to whole heap of top emerging acts in Ireland, who will perform 20 minute, unplugged, pop-up gigs in Dublin’s most unconventional venues including, museums, bookshops, and coffee shops. The concerts are completely free and run on Sunday and Monday. Check out the Dublin Town website for the deets.

ACCENTS COMEDY EVENING
If you haven’t been to Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge yet, this weekend is the perfect opportunity. Open every night until 11pm (except Sunday, 10pm) and located just off Grafton Street, its cosy atmosphere is a great alternative to pubs for meeting up with friends. Every Saturday from 8-9.30pm, there is a free comedy night. Perfect if you want to take it easy on the weekend.

KAYAKING ON THE CANAL
Have you ever kayaked? Have you even considered it? Well if not, why not? Embrace the fact that we live at the sea and avail of all the opportunities that it brings us lucky duckies. Beginner’s kayaking is great for wusses like myself who can’t even swim! There are a number of beginner’s courses that go along the canal Saturday mornings/afternoons, and provide you with all the necessary bits to keep you above water. If you want to take it up a notch, you can go on the Liffey itself, around Killiney, or Skerries Island. Prices range from 15-25 yoyos depending on which company you go with. You can get more info on the surfdock website, or meetup.com (just search kayaking dublin)

HOWTH JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
After a wee break of 15 years, the jazz festival is back to Howth big time. Bars and restaurants in the harbour will host live concerts from tonight until Monday. Combine it with a gentle stroll on the pier, a somewhat more heebee-jeebee cliff walk, visit the market, and finish off with some gorgeous seafood in any of the numerous restaurants on the pier, and you have one great day sorted! More info can be found here.

AFTERNOON TEA AT BROWN THOMAS
How absolutely fabulous does that sound! Afternoon tea is available in the recently refurbed BT restaurant from 3-6pm every day and costs €28 per person, and includes such beauties as Chocolate hazelnut tortas and almond macaroons. Sure, you’ll be the envy of all your instagram followers! Who cares if your bestie has just done a Facebook check-in at some tapas bar in Barcelona. One well-lit photo of a chilled Mimosa and carefully positioned Strawberry Shortcake, and you are back in the game, girlfriend! Go on, check out the menu yourself and get those Chanel-lined lips smacking!

So step away from the Netflix, and experience life. Nobody ever died regretting they hadn’t watched more boxsets. Have a great weekend everyone!

Top photo courtesy of citykayaking.com
RESTAURANT REVIEWS

Steak & Lobster Menu at Brasserie Sixty6

Brasserie Sixty6

Who doesn’t love a good voucher. You know the ones from groupon, living social etc but in general, they tend not to be for places I particularly want to go to. The offers on the thetaste.ie are a different story, and if you don’t know the site, get yourself over there tout suite. I have in the past purchased ones for Klaw, Odessa, Rock Lobster (oh, how I miss thee) and L’Avenue, and have been more than happy with the offering. This time around, I bought one for Brasserie Sixty6 on South Great George’s Street, a restaurant that I’ve wanted to try for ages, but for some reason haven’t, despite the fact that my bus stops just outside it! Anyhoo, the offer in question was for 2 course dinner for 2 people from their new Steak & Lobster Menu plus 2 summer cocktails for only €50. Not bad, eh? Especially given that the cocktails on offer would normally cost €10.50 each.

The restaurant was a lot bigger than I had expected from the outside, and was buzzing as to be expected on a Thursday evening, however it has even more seating to the back which would be great for larger groups as well. And so our scoff fest commenced! Before kick-off, we were brought over two large slices of sourdough bread and some butter on a wooden board. Much needed, as I was a bit Lee Marvin to say the least. We ordered some sparkling water as himself, not being an indigenous Paddy, has not yet built up a de-sensitivity to the manky bleachy taste of our fine chlorine-rich Irish tap water. For starters, we both ordered the Caesar salad. In restaurants, as in life, I’m not a huge fan of soup. I’m sure it was flavoursome and all that malarkey, but just a bit practical if you know what I mean. The salad did exactly what it said on the tin with a generous portion of fresh crispy lettuce, parmesan, sourdough croutons, and a whole heap of crispy rashers.

Brasserie Sixty6, Dublin

And so on to the raison d’being there – the main course. Himself ordered the lobster tails, which were tasty (I’m told) but judging by his little disappointed face, somewhat on the smaller size. Nonetheless, the tempura claws, and chunky chips all contributed nicely to fill the belly, and he was by the end a happy bunny indeed. For the sake of comparison (although having seen their size, I didn’t have the heart to taste some of his precious lobster) I had the sirloin steak which was beautifully juicy and served with chunky chips and a gorgeous Bearnaise sauce which had lovely lumps of lobster. Delish! Alongside the meal, we had the Spiced Blood Orange Margarita, and the Absolute Midnight in Paris. Himself originally ordered the former, but he found it a tad sweet so we did swapsies, but I would’ve been more than satisified with either. Or preferably both.

Brasserie Sixty6 Steak & Lobster Menu
Unfortunately, despite all my efforts to lever my dessert pocket open, I just couldn’t fit any more in. But let me just say, the dessert menu looks gorgeous: Chocolate Truffle Cake with caramel ice cream and burnt orange caramel, or how about Raspberry Red Velvet Cake with raspberry jelly and vanilla ice cream? Stop the lights! Methinks, you can now appreciate just how full I was to have been able to resist such lusciousness. So, to sum up: service was very friendly and efficient, food was delicious (and plentiful), and the voucher an absolute steal. Get yours now while you can!

Brasserie Sixty6, 66-67 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2.
Voucher from thetaste.ie (available at the time of publishing)