17 Things To Do In Dublin On A Weekday Evening To Make The Most Of This Heatwave
Why let work get in the way when you have all these options?
We are in for an absolutely cracking week of weather with seven days of sunshine and the mercury set to hit the 20s tomorrow and Wednesday.
While most people curse their luck for having to work during the heatwave, we thought we'd take a more positive slant – and put focus on what you can do during the week before or after work.
So work as fast as you can to get out the door as quickly as possible, and do one of these every night this week...
1. Cruise on a boat around Dublin Bay
You really get a much better perspective of Dublin when you see the city from the sea.
This ferry goes from Dublin City to Howth (via Dun Laoghaire) and even if you just complete the full circle enjoying the views on a sunny day without getting off it is a real treat.
2. Climb the Sugarloaf for insane views of Dublin and Wicklow
This small mountain is the perfect challenge because you don't have to be super-fit, but it will get you high enough up to have an insane view across Dublin Bay and down into Wicklow.
3. Try your hand at wakeboarding in Grand Canal Dock
The docks come alive in the evenings with everybody pouring out of the tech companies and into the bars and restaurants in the area. For the more active, though, head to the wakeboarding set-up, which includes jumps, rails and a line to tow you around.
4. Have pints outside The Barge with the masses
It has already been getting super busy this summer after a makeover, with hundreds of people lining the canal outside.
Try to keep it to a couple of pints and it will feel like the weekend is back!
5. Cycle around Phoenix Park
One of the largest city parks in the world, and it's right on our doorstep.
Rent a bike at the gates, get a Dublin bike, or bring your own and discover everything from tame deer to the sweeping hills and old ammunition forts...
6. Go-karting in Santry
The beauty of this track is that it is outdoors and a total sun trap in the evenings.
You can come with a couple of friends and get that pedal to the metal, or take part in large group races.
7. The Howth cliff walk
One of the most stunning walks you'll find anywhere in the world – and the best part about it is that after you complete the loop, you can pop in and get some food in one of the many amazing restaurants in the area.
8. Picnic in Herbert Park
Pop into Donnybrook Fair, grab some meat, bread, cheeses and dips and head straight on into the park.
You'll have loads of room and the perfect setting for a little summer dinner picnic.
9. Walk Dun Laoghaire pier (with a 99)
Nothing says summer in Dublin more than walking down that pier with the sun on your back and trying to eat the ice cream before it melts all over you.
READ: The 10 99s In Dublin
10. Make Strawberry daiquiris for friends
It might be a weeknight but the sun is shining, and we put loads of fruit into this recipe for you so it's healthy. Sort of!
11. Rooftop dinner in The Marker Hotel
It is one seriously popular spot come summer, and that's hardly surprising with the views and the fact that it's perhaps the city's finest sun trap.
Grab some bar food and a couple of drinks and pretend you're in Miami for the evening.
12. Walk Malahide Park and finish in Avoca
A gorgeous park where you can choose from a number of walks, from the super-relaxing right through to a proper 6km loop.
Finish it all off with some cake on the terrace in Avoca knowing you have fully earned your treat!
13. Pitch and putt in Stepaside
Less than a 30-minute drive from the centre of town if you get lucky with the traffic and time it well.
Get here early and choose from a number of great pitch and putt courses, and leave all your troubles behind (while you pretend to be Rory McIlroy).
14. Pint and people-watch at Grogan's
South William Street really comes alive when the sun is out and it makes for great people watching.
Nab one of the tables outside Grogan's and watch the world go by while listening to the buzz of a city totally happy with itself.
15. Fire up the BBQ with these wicked recipes
Nothing says Irish summer than whacking on the BBQ.
Ditch the sausages and burgers and pimp the dinner out with some of these brilliant 15 BBQ recipes we put together.
16. Walk along Donabate Beach to Malahide and back
We said a couple of weeks ago that this was hands down the best beach in Dublin.
It gets packed at the weekends but head down here after work and enjoy a magical walk of about 7km. Better still, take your shoes off and walk through the water.
17. Swim in the Forty Foot
How could we forget?
If you're going to swim in Ireland, then the month of May – with temperatures in the 20s – is the time to do it.
There's only one place that you can start, and that's down at the Forty Foot. Join hundreds of others diving in and forget all about work as you ease into the water.
A truly magical Dublin summer experience.