Friday 24 November 2017

From Flannerys to Tinder parties to STDs - new documentary shines a light on Dublin's 'partyville' Camden

Camden Chaos - Johnny's Got You Covered Think Contraception campaigners
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

With its plethora of bars, nightclubs, and take-aways, the area of Camden/Portobello is Dublin's liveliest party spot.

And that stretch of land from Aungiers Street to Rathmines Bridge comes under scrutiny in a new documentary from RTE Two.

Camden Chaos - Johnny's Got You Covered Think Contraception campaigners
Camden Chaos - Johnny's Got You Covered Think Contraception campaigners

Camden Chaos is the latest in the Reality Bites series and promises to capture the "personalities and tensions bubbling away" in a neighbourhood which has transformed from a community of butchers and street traders to the city centre's party hotspot.

The doc charts events around Valentine's Day, a key date on the Camden calendar given the area is geared towards social encounters.

The newly-opened STD clinic Himerus, off Camden Street, is launching a Valentine's campaign whilst the witty bouncers at Flannery's have their work cut out for them as a thousand-strong queue of tipsy revellers battle for access.

Also opening its doors to the RTE crew is the legendary Rain disco, an 80s inspired spot where the over 35s can indulge in a little nostalgia, and The Karma Stone which has an all day house party.

Meanwhile, the South American community are reenacting the Rio Carnival at D2 nightclub and The Bernard Shaw is throwing the country's first Tinder party.

Also, the late Amy Winehouse’s cousin David Sye is hosting a Tequila Yoga night at The Yoga Hub and the area’s biggest charity shop is having an ‘Abigail’s Party’ themed Vintage night to attract a hipper clientele.

The culinary options in the area are also explored, from Shay the Burger Van Man and his ‘secret sauce’ to Gerry the café owner who brought the all-day breakfast to Ireland, and Syrian restaurateur Ghandi who hates the area’s takeaway culture

Camden Chaos airs on RTÉ2 on Wednesday, 8 April at 9pm.

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