Sunday 26 January 2020

WHAT'S ON?: Your weekend mix

Áine O Donnell

The weekend starts here! Find the perfect place to raise a gin and tonic with your weekend guide by Schweppes.

With the Leaving Cert in full swing, you can be sure of one thing: unreal weather! Expect to see plenty of red sunburnt faces and look forward to finishing off every lunchtime with a compulsory 99 –  you have to enjoy the Irish summer while you still can!

After spending all week taking turns standing beside the fan in the office, it is time to embrace the sun in the great outdoors. There are some mega open-air events this weekend from Robbie Williams in the Aviva to Christmas in June for foodies, Taste of Dublin in the Iveagh Gardens.

Say goodbye to sweating in polyester work trousers, slán leat to melting on a packed Luas and no more daydreaming about mitching off for the afternoon to sneak off to a beer garden.

The weekend is finally here. What better way to ring in the weekend than with our light and fizzy Bianco Spritz cocktail?

Here for a limited time only, make the most of the Irish summer with Schweppes:


Taste of Dublin, 15-18 June, Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

When it comes to food festivals, there is no bigger date in the Irish calendar than Taste of Dublin. Taking place in the Iveagh Gardens each year, Taste of Dublin welcomes over 35,000 visitors over the four day food-fest. Looking at the line-up of chefs set for this year’s event, visitors will be treated to a veritable feast with everyone from celebrity cooks like Jean Christophe Novelli and Neven Maguire to the Michelin star winners Danni Barry of Belfast based eatery EIPIC and Dublin institution Chapter One’s Ross Lewis in attendance. While the star-studded cooking demos are certainly a must-see, the draw of Taste has to be the food. You can try tasting plates from some of Dublin’s most well-loved restaurants or take your pick from the Marketplace with stalls from over 60 food producers and artisans. Get ready to chow down! Take a look at the full programme and book your tickets here.

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Robbie Williams, 17 June, Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Robbie Williams is back in Dublin for one night only to rock the Aviva Stadium. It might seem difficult to believe but it has been 22 years since Robbie first went solo and split from boyband Take That – I know this might still be emotional for some 90s kids now turned middle aged women. Kleenex anyone? The English singer is no stranger to playing to big crowds here in Ireland having headlined both the Phoenix Park and Slane Castle over the years. Expect classic hits like “Rock DJ” and tear-jerker “Angels” as well as some new tunes from his latest album The Heavy Entertainment Show. You can be sure you will have plenty of fun, as Robbie says “let me entertain you!”. Let’s hope you still fit into those skin-tight leather pants! Tickets for the gig are still available here.


Bloomsday, 16 June, James Joyce Centre, Dublin

In celebration of all things James Joyce, Bloomsday takes place every June 16th in the capital: the day depicted in Joyce’s most renowned work Ulysses. The festival takes its name from the protagonist in Ulysses Leopold Bloom and brings you back to the early 1900s. You can usually spot fellow 'time travellers' by their trademark straw boater hats and vintage getup. Whether you are a huge fan of the Joycean masterpiece or just a fair-weather follower, there is always something new to learn about his works and the impact of Joyce on the city of Dublin. Due to the popularity of this annual event, many of the activities have already sold out. You can still get tickets here for the Bloomsday afternoon tea in the James Joyce Centre and the intriguing Poetry Brothel. Yes you read that right: Poetry Brothel.

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The 1975, 17 June, Malahide Castle, Dublin

After a six-year long hiatus, live music is back at Malahide Castle. After Canadian super-group Arcade Fire opened the proceedings on Wednesday, Manchester rockers The 1975 close out the summer sessions at the castle with support from homegrown favourites The Blizzards. The 1975 arrived on the Indie scene just six years ago with their catchy hit ‘Chocolate’. What initially seemed to have a one-hit wonder quality about it, ‘Chocolate’ was followed up with a string of pop-rock belters like ‘Girls’ and ‘The Sound’ with both their first and second album hitting the top of the UK Album Chart. Nothing quite says summer like a setlist of upbeat cheery tunes on the grounds of the stunningly beautiful Malahide Castle. Tickets for the gig are still on sale here.


Bray to Greystones Walk, Co. Wicklow

The great out-of-Dublin pilgrimage: the Bray to Greystones walk. Rather than getting off in Bray, we recommend, in the words of hip hop legends Blazin’ Squad “flip reverse it”, stay on the Dart until you reach Greystones then take the 7km walk back to Bray. On the Dart, you’ll get the chance to see incredible coastal views before taking the hour-long walk back to Bray. What’s your reward when you arrive in Bray? Platform Pizza. This little destination pizza place makes savage pizzas and wings for the weary traveller. Their cocktails are very quirky and fun, inspired by everything from the Dart, the jokingly named ‘Ticket Invader’, to an Irish summer classic: ‘The Drumstick’. Before heading back to the city, make it your business to have a drink in legendary Bray pub, The Harbour Bar. Trust us, it’s class.


No great weekend, or cocktail, is complete without Schweppes. Every week, Schweppes will be keeping you up to date with all the hottest events and coolest cocktails for the weekend to shake up your summer.

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