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31st Jul 2015

Book the Babysitter: Here are this week’s best date ideas

Katie Mythen-Lynch

Drink & Draw

Tuesday & Thursday fortnightly, Franciscan Well, Cork


A bi-weekly gathering of local artists, Drink & Draw allows Leeside creative types to socialise and share ideas, skills and inspiration. All skill levels and all ages welcome (over 18s only). Bring your own art supplies. Details here.

Feel the beat

The Beatyard, Dun Laoghaire, August 1 & 2


The Beatyard takes over Dun Laoghaire Harbour this weekend, combining three areas of music, great food, drinks and games all under one roof. We’ll be catching Sister Sledge, Four Tet and Neneh Cherry, to name but a few awesome acts, scoffing falafels and Teddy’s Ice Cream and browsing the killer kicks on display ans sale in the Sneakyard, a celebration of sneakerhead culture hosted by Dub City Sneakz. Day tickets €59, weekend tickets €95, here

Easy like Sunday morning

The Gibson, Dublin, Sundays, 12 – 3pm

Pancake with Syrup.

The Gibson Hotel has re-launched their Hemi bar Sunday Brunch menu, the perfect treat after a virtuous week or a super effective cure after a debaucherous one. As the live jazz band gets set up, kick off with a homemade smoothie (or a Bloody Mary if you can swing it) to blow away the cobwebs, then hit the eggs benedict and American-style pancakes (smothered in maple syrup, natch) and finish with the chocolate brownie and mint ice cream. Hangover be gone!

Staying in?

If a glass or two of vino is on the cards this bank holiday weekend, don’t miss the SuperValu wine sale, where some super bottles are reduced to €10 until August 5. We asked wine expert Kevin O’Callaghan to recommend his favourite bottles to pair with some popular dishes…


The dish: Red meats and medium hard cheese

The bottle: Cotes Du Catalan Carignan (€10)

“For me this wine just stood up in the glass on my initial tasting. It has a pronounced aroma of black fruits with cinnamon that delivers a delicious full mouth feel with a velvety texture from the 50 year old vines of the Carignan grape.”

The dish: Grilled meats and roast chicken

The bottle: Il Capolavoro Appassimento (€10)

“This is made with grapes that are partially dried before being gently pressed giving an intense, deep ruby red; very fruity with rich cherry notes and a medium body.”

The dish: Barbecues al fresco

The bottle: Grifón Prosecco (€9)

“A superb summer wine with just the right amount of fizz to match a bright crisp apple finish.”

The dish: Pasta, seafood  and salads

The bottle: Aresti Special Release (€10)

“A wine with a citrus bite on a lush mouth feel which gives a premium weight to the wine and a gorgeous lingering finish.”

The dish: Seafood and summer salads

The bottle: Abellio Albarino (€10)

“Always a surprise and always a winner this wine is very trendy now. Made from the Albarino grape which is deliciously mouth-watering without being overly electric in the mouth. Flavours of peach and a touch of apricot come through with a wonderful lingering finish.”