It’s Dry Jan time and we all know this isn’t going to be easy. It’s dark, cold and with no nights out pencilled in, this month could really drag.
So to help with the boredom, I’ve lined up a few things to keep you occupied.
Here they are:
1. Leinster Games
I’m not going to lie, it’s been a while since I attended one myself but with Irish rugby looking good and the Guinness Six Nations and Rugby World Cup ahead, I’m firmly jumping on the bandwagon. What better way to do so than by cheering on Leinster? They’ve also got some decent home games lined up for January including Ulster, Toulouse and Scarlets.
Grab your tickets here.
Okay, gigs aren’t the best way to steer away from alcohol, but I’ve done it a few times and they’re still extremely enjoyable. There are quite a few happening in Dublin this January including The 1975, Rudimental, Years & Years, Ben Howard, Bastille plus loads more.
Heading to the cinema is one of my favorite things about the cold weather. Getting cosy with a Large Combo (and minstrels) is my idea of heaven and you won’t be short on movies to pick from.
4. Mini Golf
Sounds like a first date I know, but who doesn’t love mini golf? Reeling on the years of being on holiday with the family, you’d always manage to find mini golf and it gets weirdly competitive. Definitely check out Rainforest Adventure Golf.
Honestly, one of my favorite things to do with my group of mates. Maybe because they destroy me at normal golf but this is a great activity. There is Footee in Tallaght and Deer Park in Howth. Both equally as good and reasonably priced. This is another one that gets very bloody competitive!
I might as well stick with the competitive activities while I’m at it. Skillzone, the adults playzone in Sandyford, is so much fun with 10 activities including football, baseball, tennis and golf. Going up against your mates and finding out that you’re better than them all at the end of the day? Well, that’s priceless.
7. Rock Climbing
I never thought this would be my cup of tea until I gave it a shot. It becomes very addictive as you try to work your way up the different levels and let me tell you, if you’re on a health buzz - this is some bloody workout! My favourites are The Wall and Awesome Walls.
8. Dublin Zoo
I don’t have a clue when was the last time I went to the zoo and that upsets me. I’m like a young David Attenborough when I get there; I still even remember that the penguin feeding time is 2.30pm - DO NOT miss feeding times.
9. Still have some Christmas spirit?
If you’re finding it hard to let go of Christmas so soon, you can still check out some pretty cool events in Dublin including Winter Funderland, a number of Ice Rinks including iSkate at the RDS, the Panto and Wild Lights but be careful, some of them will finish up soon
10. Sunday Strolls
If you’re sticking to your guns and you have some hangover-free Sundays, make the most of what Dublin has to offer. There are some incredible trails to keep your health kick on track and we've rounded up some of the best - take a look at them here.
There’s enough here to keep you busy for the month of January so dive in and make the most of sobriety.