Buying a bike is a big commitment, and while cities are equiped with infrastructure to support a cycling lifestyle, there are a few things to consider.
Bikes, along with their various accessories, can be expensive.
Bike insurance is one way to cover yourself in cases of theft or damage, and can cost less that a fiver a month.
Shop around for the best insurance to suit your needs, or ask the person you buy the bike from if they have any recommendations.
Knowing your route is essential, especially fi you're planning on using your bike regularly to travel to work.
Even in th biggest cities, not all streets and roads have cycling lanes, so you need to brush up on ths etiquette regarding cycling on the road vs on the path depending on how safe it is.
Knowing where to look out for merging lanes or side roads is essential too.
3. Public transport
Cycling in the city can be a handy way to get around, but you may sill have to rely on public transport occasionally.
If this is the case, a folding bike is a great option.
It gives you the freedom to decide whether you're goinh to cycle home or get the bus or train, and means you don't have to risk cycling home under the influencer if you decide to head out to the pub after work for a few hours.
While purchasing the right bike is a decision enough in itself, how you keep it safe is another.
Never scrimp on a decent lock for your bike, or you might just arrive back to wherever you left it and find it very much stolen.
Some places also offer bike lockers, where you can store your bike, safe from the elements, for up to 12 hours.
1. Cycle to Work scheme
If your company is part of the cycle to work scheme, take advantage.
The tax incentive scheme encourages employees to cycle to and from work, with employers paying for bicycles and bicycle equipment for their employees.
The employee pays back through a salary sacrifice arrangement of up to 12 months.
The National Museums of Ireland are all free to visit and are simply gorgeous. The Archaeology Museum is on Kildare Street and the Museum of Decorative Arts and History is just beside the Museum stop on the red Luas line.
The Natural History Museum (think weirdly interesting stuffed animals) is on Merrion Street and is a fab place for a date or a stroll at lunch. Spend your free afternoons this summer, learning about Dublin for free.
The National Gallery of Ireland also has breathtaking art with collections from icons like Caravaggio, Jack B Yeats, Mantegna,Titian, Monet and Picasso.
Paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photography, archival and bibliographical material all feature, as well as furniture. The inside of the building itself is worth a look for the beautiful design.
It may sound expensive, but if you make an initial investment, it will stand to you. Dublin is WET during the summer.
If you don’t have a waterproof jacket that a) has a hood and b) fits into your bag, you WILL accumulate several sh*t umbrellas over the coming months.
Not only is this a financial drain but its also the most unsustainable way to keep yourself dry this summer. Buy yourself a raincoat that will last and both your pocket AND the environment will thank you come September.
4. Drink off-peak
We don’t mean drink on your lunch break or have a liquid breakfast. We mean slightly earlier in the day or midweek.
Many places around town will have a two-for-one deal on cocktails (Fade Street Social, Pygmalion, Capitol Bar, Xico) or cheap pints (Dicey’s Garden) during the week or early in the day.
Have a scout and plan your drinks based on the deals- it will be worth the extra bit of research when you have more cash leftover at the end of the week.
Once you get into the ‘reduced’ or ‘half price’ mindset, you'll be flying it. Food shops such as Marks & Spencer and Avoca have a system where they cut the price of many of their products (such as ready-made meals) at the end of the week.
Keep your eyes peeled for such stickers so you can eat well on a budget.
7. Shop Charity
If you take a turn up George’s Street, you will be met by an abundance of charity shop options.
St Vincent’s, Enable Ireland and Oxfam are all a stone’s throw from each other, so you are bound to find something.
The same can be said for the Aungier Street/ Camden Street area which is home to shops like Age Action, Gorta and the Dublin Simon Community Shop.
Lewis Capaldi has just announced his biggest Irish shows to date, taking in two huge outdoor gigs.
The singer will play the Irish Independent Park, Cork on June 18, 2020.
He will also take to the stage at Malahide Castle on June 20, 2020.
2019 has propelled Lewis to superstar status. With his debut album spending six weeks in total at #1, it was certified platinum in just 10 weeks and is currently the second highest selling album of the year in the UK, hot on the tails of The Greatest Showman OST.
Becoming the biggest streamed week one debut of all time, the album also spawned the country’s biggest smash hit single of the year in Someone You Loved, which spent seven weeks at the summit of the UK’s Official Singles Chart. Someone You Loved, released in March, has now been streamed more than a BILLION times worldwide and has now entered the Billboard Chart Top 10.
Success is manifesting worldwide, with sold-out tours everywhere he goes, and Someone You Loved rapidly climbing the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S, where it’s fast on the heels of breaking the Top 10. With memorable performances on The Late Late Show with James Corden he is being taken under the wing of every country he sets foot in. Ireland is certainly no exception, Lewis has already sold out The Olympia Theatre in November and two nights at 3Arena next March.
Lewis helped wrap up Ed Sheeran’s two year World Tour, as well as tearing through a summer of festivals that have included memorable sets at both Glastonbury & TRNSMT. The performances come in preparation for his sold out winter headline tour, as well as a 2020 arena tour which sold out before album release, making him one of the first artists to ever achieve such a feat.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 27 at 9am. Tickets from €49.90 including booking fees.
Starting with the obvious, Bunsen is seriously one of the most delicious burgers I have had touch my lips. Its toasted, Brioche bun and well-done patty is simply perfect. This is a great place if you are one of those people who can never decide what to order. Their minimalist menu cuts your choices down to two options: with or without cheese.
This place has the biggest burgers you have ever seen, and you will want every last bite. Quality, sirloin beef sandwiched between a generous amount of towering toppings. If you fill up quickly, I recommend ordering your patty in a wrap so that you can savour each morsel of quality beef. Make sure to try out their crispy sweet potato fries. They also have delicious veggie burgers as well.
Perfect for picky eaters or those with unique tastes, The Counter lets you build your own burgers. Choose your patty size, cheese type, sauce (they have over 20 kinds), and tasty toppings. I personally prefer adding a sunny-side up egg, crispy onion, bacon, and avocado on mine. They have amazing chicken wings as well. This restaurant provides the ultimate burger experience, letting you participate in creating a scrumptious burger tailored to your own taste.
It’s all in the name with these fast-food styled burgers. One bite alone will have you saying ‘WOW’. As a former Californian resident, I can say that this is the closest thing I have ever found to In-n-out. With just the perfect amount of cheese smothered grease, this grub is the perfect combination of top-quality food for a low-cost price. Plus, you can find most locations inside a pub, making it the perfect drunken munchie for those late-night cravings.
Best chicken burger I have ever had. Don’t let the name fool you, this is not a brunch place. The hipster eatery deals out fried chicken burgers that are finger-lickin’ good. They have a range of different sauces from buffalo to ranch dressing that soak into the crispy chicken creating a perfectly balanced texture. Their bacon mac n’ cheese and build-your-own cheesecake are must-eats as well. Keep in mind there is usually a longer wait, so make sure to put your name in before heading across the road to The Bleeding Horse for a pint.
If you’re a vegan, you know how hard it is to find a decent burger in the city that doesn't taste like straight-up cardboard. This place has the best animal-free patties in Dublin. It's top-notch vegan and vegetarian burgers are served with vegan mayo and vegan cheese on a soft, wholesome brown bun. The menu also has delectable bites for carnies as well, including buffalo chicken wings and gorgeous beef burgers. The homemade rustic wedges are favoured among all types of eaters. Oh, and did I mention they are vegan?
7. Ray’s Pizza
Yes, you read that right. Although it’s known primarily for its pizza, this underrated grubhub has fantastic burgers. These mouthwatering delights hit the spot after a long day of trying to eat healthy. Plus, all of their fries are made to order. And while their pizza is subpar in my opinion, they have the best cheeseburger combo in the city. You will not regret choosing Ray’s for your cheat meal.
Vintage arcade games, a variety of beers, scrumptious food – this is the ideal scene for you and your friends. Token’s burgers are made of tasty, grass-fed beef and are also available vegan-style. The vegan chick burger rivals that of On the Pig's Back. Also, their Out-n-In burger will change your life with its mouth-watering bacon jam spread. Check out their cheapskate deal that includes a main, side, drink, and ten tokens for games. There is also an entire floor of pinball machines, so what’s not to like at this hipster hangout?
This Sandymount burger joint seems causal from the outside, but its food is five-star rated. One bite will confirm that all ingredients are from local farms, making this unique restaurant completely sustainable. So, not only is your burger fresh and delicious, but it also supports small, struggling Irish farms. Make sure to try their limited-edition Au Poivre burger with peppered brie, portobello mushrooms, and dijon dressing. It pairs perfectly with their caramelised Guinness milkshake.
10. Borza’s Takeaway
Looking for a late-night, greasy fix? Borza’s has bomb bites that will hit the spot. Their Italian pork sausage burger is a favourite for locals with its original, spicy flavours, allowing for the perfect amount of crunch with each savoury mouthful. This family-owned chipper goes the extra mile by making their own vinegar and freshly cut chips, which have become all the rage in Sandymount.
So, next time you have a hankering for a delish burger, try out one of these Dublin favourites.
From one foodie to another, these burgers are worth every penny.
Mae Muller also wrote on Twitter; "YOUR GIRL IS SUPPORTING LITTLE MIX ON THEIR UK TOUR! What is life?
"So excited and I am so grateful and I can’t wait to see you! 32 shows!" she told her fans. The talented rising singer is one of 2019's artists to watch since releasing her brand new single; Anti-Climax.
New Rules includes an Irish member, Ryan Meaney, who will representing the tricolour at the 3Arena when the band perform their biggest single Mountains.
One of the biggest thrift store events of 2019 is happening on Monday, and you don't want to miss the chance to walk in like Macklemore circa 2012 in faux fur.
Charity shops, flea markets and ethical fashion brands are all the rage right now, with the environment being in an absolute STATE.
The textiles industry is the second biggest polluter of water in the world, and every new piece of clothing that you buy is contributing to the pile of materials in landfill, toxic dye chemicals in the rivers of underdeveloped countries and the workplace abuse of the women who create the garments.
The installation took a total of five days to make, and the creation was captured over two years by Irish filmmakers Trevor Whelan and Rua Meegan in their award-winning short, A Life of Waste.
Co-director and co-curator Trevor Whelan said at the time;
“We wanted to make this film to illustrate the character, motivations and creativity of Bordalo II and to highlight the environmental dangers of our wasteful society."
"Together with an amazing, dedicated team, we overcame many obstacles to make this documentary and to bring the artist to Dublin to create one of his iconic sculptures," Trevor added.
“We are very saddened by the news that Dublin’s ‘Red Squirrel’ will be removed to make way for yet another hotel. The artwork has had a great impact on the city and has received a lot of love from both locals and tourists.”
Many of us remember the iconic nightclub Dandelion from back in the day. Located directly beside St Stephen's Green shopping centre, it was at the forefront of Irish nightlife until it closed a few years ago.
Located where the old club used to be is a new, multifunctional space known as The Well, and we can't rave about it enough. The area is massive, and decked out with slick interiors and stunning art pieces on the walls.
Half of the room is decorated as a bar area with numerous seating options and hanging plants, but at night it turns into a chic bar with DJs banging out disco, funk and hip-hop tunes on the decks.
It's essentially a cafe-bar, restaurant, event space, workspace and coffee shop all rolled into one huge venue. The Well's aesthetic is described as a "premium version of an industrial-style bar". Ooh, yes please.
The Well's interior features furniture made from recycled and refurbished materials, which is in line with the venue's pledge to use sustainable materials and ethically produced decor. Snaps for being woke.
The second half of the space has been taken over by Dublin Pizza Company as a restaurant, and their oven-cooked grub is absolutely legendary.
Michael Ryan, founder of Dublin Pizza Company, has created DPC at The Well to serve an extended version of their award-winning menu, featuring wood-fired pizzas along with salads and starters from lunchtime until late.
The café-bar offers al all-day to late-night location for entrepreneurs, innovators and creative thinkers can relax, meet clients or celebrate with your team. Co-working spaces with hot desks and power hubs are available.
It's an ideal space if you're looking to get some work done with high-quality barista coffee to keep you going, with cocktails as a reward for afterwards.
The Fajazzle, the Realness and the Spritz Please are just some of the cocktail options, and have earned them a shedload of fans already.
Beer lovers can rejoice over the choices, with some of the best of Irish and international craft beers available including the Franciscan Well range (Rebel Red, Chieftain IPA, Shandon Stout and Archway.)
These Hands coffee shop offers top quality takeaway coffee, and a range of healthy options such as Old MacDonnell’s Farm yoghurts, salads and soft cheeses, plus sweet treats for those of us having another cheat day.
The coffee shop is open daily from 7am until 7pm. The café-bar’s carefully curated wine list is also noteworthy, having been selected by James Brookes, formerly of Guilbaud’s and Glovers Alley.
The Well's gorgeous cocktail menu features quirky ingredients from Irish Distillers, Gut Instinct Kombucha, Glitterbugs Edible Glitter and Celtic Whiskey. We're so sold.
From September when the basement opens, the venue can provide an event environment with a late bar and performance space available for corporate hire.
They've hosted a fast fashion workshop at The Well alongside food blogger Fifi Heather, for example. We can't wait to see some of the great things coming to the eclectic space, they're clearly supportive of Irish brands and businesses.
'Live at The Well' will feature independent events during the week and is set to host upcoming and innovative music promotions at the weekends. See you there? Check out their website here for more info.
Have you ever wanted to hire an upper class theatre buff who went to Trinity but insists they were accepted by Oxford to give you a posh walking tour of Dublin? It's a life goal, really.
Luckily for your dramatic side, The Westbury has now introduced complimentary theatre tours with the Abbey Theatre Tour Guide to explore the essence of Ireland's arts scene.
Guests staying at the hotel over the summer season can discover the city's most fascinating sculptures, theatres and galleries on a personal guided tour with James Hickson of The Abbey Theatre.
Strolling around the Georgian Quarter is the perfect introduction to the theatrical and cultural history of Dublin, and you definitely won't be bored with a theatrical man walking you around.
From stunning sculpture to beautiful buildings, discover some of the personalities, dramas, and places that have influenced its character and culture.
Whether you're a tourist or a loca, the iconic sights, forgotten tales and hidden gems bring an immersive story of Dublin to the tour.
The 90-minute tour leaves the Westbury hotel every Thursday morning of the summer at 10am, with James Hickson escorting guests along the theatrical route showcasing The Gaeity Theatre among others.
Anyone who embarks on the tour will also be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Abbey Theatre, ancient Irish storytelling and drama at the Setanta Wall and a tailored tour of theatrical art in the National Gallery.
A pitstop at the Oscar Wilde sculpture as well as Phil Lynott and Luke Kelly tributes will also be visited, with Hickson bringing Wilde's personality, wit and works to life.
Highlights of the tour also include spaces dedicated to a variety of contemporary Irish and international artists, such as the National Library and the iconic Bewleys café.
To ensure the best possible experience for all, places are limited to just ten guests per tour so book as early as you can in order to join the ranks of Dublin drama.
It was also the first time she performed in Ireland in five years – but she made p for it by zooming across the stadium on a zip wire.
She dropped into The Temple Bar pub for a quick one – who wouldn't?
The pub captioned the snaps of her and her husband Carey Hart, ''So today we had the pleasure of having the lovely Mr & Mrs @pink stop by the pub to quench their thirst after Pink’s rocking show in Dublin last night on her #beautifultraumatou.''
They continued, ''Ciere was super excited to meet them as you can see and said it was a pleasure to look after them. Thank you @pink for stopping by and being so lovely to all our staff. We look forward to seeing you again.''
Right, were heading to town and see if we can get a selfie because we LOVE her.
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