8 Fun Things To Do This Weekend If You're DEFINITELY Not Drinking

Finding Dry January a real struggle? These suggestions will help get you through it

Eoin Main

The first proper week back at work is at an end and you're confronted with a dilemma of Shakespearean proportions: to drink or not to drink?

It's getting about that time of the month where you just say, 'fuck it' to New Year's resolutions and scoff at Past You's commitment to Dry January. We know your pain.

But it's merely boredom that's driving you back to drink, the idea that there's nothing else to keep you entertained on these days off, so we're gonna give you a helping hand towards staying off the sauce this weekend. 

Here are seven fun things you can do this weekend that don't require booze. 

1. Visit the International Comedy Club

If you're not boozing but you still wanna do something, then a comedy gig is what you need and the International Comedy Club have just that this weekend.

Comedians performing at the Wicklow Street venue tonight and Saturday include Michael Mee (The Late Late Show), Edwin Sammon (Naked Camera), and Patrick McDonnell (better known as Eoin McLove himself from Father Ted).

The show's €10 and doors open at 8.30pm. 

Patrick Mcdonnell

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2. Check out the David Bowie Festival

If you're in more of a musical mood, then this David Bowie Festival may be worth checking out.   

To mark the birthday of Ziggy Stardust (he's 69 today), the Grand Social are throwing this weekend-long celebration. 

Tickets are still available for Sunday's main event, which includes an audience with Gerry Leonard (Bowie's guitarist/co-writer) comprising a Q&A chaired by Irish Times music critic Tony Clayton Lea, a live set from Gerry's alter ego Spooky Ghost and finally a Bowie album track set from Rebel Rebel.

You can find tickets here.

Bowie

3. Go see 'Big Bobby. Little Bobby.'

If you're looking for a bit of culture, this could be for you. 

Big Bobby. Little Bobby. is an award-winning twisted comedy about Bobby, someone who knows that everybody has a demons. In her case, she has to worry about one demon in particular, called Little Bobby...

The show picked up the First Fortnight Award at the Tiger Dublin Fringe and while uproariously funny, Big Bobby. Little Bobby. also makes big strides towards breaking down the stigma surrounding the issue of mental health.

The show is taking place tonight and Saturday night at 9pm in the Project Arts Centre at 39 Essex Street. Tickets are €14 and you can book them here.

READ: 'It's Hard Enough To Talk About Depression – So Why Not Look At How Tragically Funny It Can Be?'

4. Winter Funderland

Christmas may be well and truly over, but there are still a few more days to enjoy Winter Funderland.

You can enjoy all the amusements you'd expect from Funderland, plus the circus (which is half-price this evening) and the ice-skating rink. 

It all finishes up Sunday though, so click here to book.

Posted by Winter Funderland on Tuesday, 5 January 2016

5. Go see 'The Hateful 8'

Whenever a Tarantino movie comes out there's cause for excitement and The Hateful 8 is his latest cinematic offering.

Set shortly after the American Civil War, the film follows a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) as he transports a prisoner to her execution for a £10,000 reward, only to find himself snowed into a shack in the middle of nowhere with six other strangers. But at least one of them is not what they appear...

The Reservoir Dogs director is known for his OTT violence and a positively filthy vocabulary... in that area alone, he's outdone himself with this one. 

6. Make yourself a fakeaway

You can't justify going out for food (besides you wanna stay in anyway), so it's the perfect time to make yourself a savage fakeaway.

We've got 10 filthy recipes right here for you to try out, including low carb flax & parmesan pizza crust, crispy shredded beef, and skinny fish & chips.

Shredded

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7. Tune into The Rubberbandits interview on 'The Late Late Show'

Continuing with the suggestions for you folks who are more than happy to stay indoors this evening, why not check out The Late Late Show?

Now we know that it's cringey and most of the time the guests are shite, but tonight it appears that Blindboy from The Rubberbandits will be joining Ryan Tubridy on the chat show.

Blindboy (who prefers to be termed a 'gas cuntist' rather than a comedian) will be speaking about his piss-take TV show for RTÉ, The Rubberbandits' Guide To 1916

We're not sure how Tubs will handle the plastic bag-wearing messer, but we've a feeling it's gonna be interesting.

Rubberbandits

READ: The Emotional Journey You Go Through When Staying In For The Late Late Show

8. Watch Netflix and get a takeaway

Our personal favourite option for this evening and for many of you it's exactly what the doctor ordered.

Not sure what to watch and where to order your takeaway from, though? Well we've got list of excellent Netflix suggestions for tonight right here and Dublin's top 10 takeaway dishes right here

Dry January's gonna be a cinch.

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Seán Kenehan

Seán is known for eating, drinking and writing, making him uniquely qualified to work for Lovin Dublin. Seán enjoys skipping stones wistfully, puns that'd make a dad blush, and referring to himself in the third person.

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