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12th Nov 2019

Pick of the week-eight fun things to do in Dublin this week

Sarah Finnan

Hard to believe we’re into the second week of November already. I feel as if I blinked once and October was over, and if I blink again it will be Christmas Eve.

Time flies when you’re having fun as they say. And that I have been.

People often make the mistake of thinking that come the winter months, everyone goes into hibernation and there’s nothing on, nowhere to go and nothing to do.

Well, my friends, I’m here to tell you that you’re sadly mistaken.

Yes, it is colder and darker but there is still plenty on to take your mind off the changing weather. The best way to combat the lack of sun, in my experience, is to put on your woollies and keep busy.

After a little bit of research online, I’ve managed to find eight things to do around the city this week.

Ambr Eyewear/Happy Out Popup

Wicklow Street’s newest pop-up, Ambr Eyewear has teamed up with Happy Out to create a glasses shop, café and workspace hybrid. Known for their blue light blocking glasses, the popular Irish brand have loads of stylish frames to choose from – make for a great Christmas present.

Go for the glasses, stay for the coffee and carrot cake (it’s seriously good).

Coffee tasting at Bear Market Coffee

The monthly cupping events at Bear Market are a coffee lover’s dream. Caffeinate yourself, sample different coffee and develop your palate all at the same time.

Roasted Brown Coffee Roasters will be on hand to guide you through the process and tell you more about the origins of their speciality coffee. Taking place this Thursday in the café on Georges Street at 5:30. Free to attend.

South William Market

Housed in Bloody Mary’s on South William Street, the magpies amongst us will be happy to know that this is a regular Saturday event. A boutique market offering everything from fashion, vintage vinyl and local crafts.

Full bar with drinks specials along with vegan and veggie hot food too. Call in from 12noon to 5pm to find yourself some bits.

Dublin Book Festival

One of the city’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, it showcases the best of the Irish publishing world. Taking place at Smock Alley Theatre and other venues around Dublin, activities throughout the four-day event (November 14th-17th) include story writing workshops, walking tours, live readings and literary discussions.

Themed Tour: Plants of the Rainforest

The weekly tour of the greenhouses at the National Botanic Garden allows visitors to learn more about the tropical plants that make up the rainforest ecosystem.

Tickets cost €5 and while there are some available on the day, it is first come first served so better to pre-book just in case. The prime location to get all your Instagram content for the week #nature.

Silent Disco Adventure in Dublin

An alternative, music-filled way to see the city. Silent Adventures take groups “on a journey of song and dance through the famous streets of Dublin”. Hoping to make that Friday feeling persist all the whole through the weekend, you’re given a pair of hi-tech headsets and encouraged to break out your best moves.

Get your tickets here.


Not your typical poetry reading, but rather a rhythm and poetry slam. Nine hand-picked individuals go head to head in a classic poetry slam style competition. No music, no props, no reading and contestants will be judged on their flow, content and delivery. Taking place in Workman’s Club this Sunday at 6pm.

(Image: Talktatives Facebook event page)

Ballet Ireland presents Swan Lake

Running until the 16th of November, there’s thankfully still time to nab a last-minute ticket to Swan Lake at the Gaiety Theatre.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s legendary score, it tells the story of a beautiful princess who transforms into a swan. Worth it for the exquisite costumes alone, it’s the perfect way to dip your toes into Christmas.

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