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BYOB is usually something you associate with a pre drinks party, but one Dublin bar is putting a twist on the concept that we absolutely love. 

Drop Dead Twice, which began as a pop-up back in October, has been made a permanent feature at its location at The Stage 19 on Francis Street, Dublin.

The bar invites guests to openly bring their own alcohol (not sneakily stashed in your clutch) and have a selection of bespoke cocktails made using the spirit of their choice.

 

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Whether you choose to bring vodka, gin or whiskey, Drop Dead Twice mixologists are well able to get creative when it comes to concocting the perfect cocktails.

The team draw on their expertise to come up with original and unique beverages, using a wide range of fresh and homemade ingredients.

 

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The premise is simple, just book in for a two or three hour session and bring your booze to the bar.

If you are booked in for two hours, Drop Dead Twice recommends bringing a naggin per person, which will get you four cocktails.

If you are booked in for 3 hours they recommend bringing a shoulder per person, which will get you six or seven creative drinks.

The fee is pretty damn reasonable, at €25.00 per person for 2 hours and €30.00 per person for 3 hours.

The team talks you through what you like and what you don’t like before whipping up a selection of cocktails for you and the gals.

It's definitely a brilliant and boozy way to spend an evening. 

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The iconic skateboarding brand Vans are having a big sesh this Saturday in Jervis Shopping Centre, and we wouldn't miss it for the world.

The newly-opened store is hosting a drop-in event on February 16 for those who want to get their beloved Vans customised FREE of charge.

Local artist Ruan Van Vliet will be doing the inking, while a DJ plays some tracks and pizza and games are provided for all.

Ruan Van Vliet is a graduate of the iconic NCAD art college in Dublin, and works as both an artist and illustrator. Your Vans will be one-off, unique pieces once Ruan's done with them, trust us.

His work is renowned for it's bright, colourful and amusing patterns, and he has also created work for Vice, AirBnB, Offset Design Festival, Guinness, among others.

Shoppers can try out prize pong, to try and win 50 percent off their Vans purchases on the day.

Vans are one of the biggest brands around, and their skateboarding shoes have been hugely popular for years, so we're delighted that they've opened a new store in Jervis Shopping Centre.

As one of the capital's most vibrant and most successful shopping environments and hosting over 60 outlets, Jervis has become one of the nation's biggest hubs.

With pizza, games, a DJ and free customisation as well as prize giveaways; don't miss Saturday's party. We'll see you there on February 13, from 12pm until 4pm.

We'll be staying the full four hours, because why wouldn't we be? It's free pizza, for crying out loud.

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Clichéd Valentine’s traditions have had their time, but the era of the anti-romantic is officially upon us. 

Celebrating self-love and friendship is all the rage, and poking some fun at the mushier aspects of movie-style love is a welcome respite from the traditional sentiments of Valentine's Day. 

If you're seeking shelter from all things amore, we have your refuge on the 13th of February – so grab your pals. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Head along to J.T. Pim’s on George's Street on Wednesday night, a very different and decidedly eclectic Valentine's experience with The Kracken Rum. 

The Kraken Black Hearts is billed as an immersive drinking and dining experience, featuring a touch of meal-time drama – hosted by the Kraken Black Widow, who lost her husband to Davy Jones' Locker, the black-hearted hostess has some tales of love and woe to share. 

Seated among black roses and flickering candle light, patrons of the Kraken Black Widow will be treated to a menu crafted entirely from black-hued ingredients. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The drinks alone are worth attending for, as the Black Widow is et to serve up some of her special brews, inspired by the darkness of the deep. 

It takes place from 6:30pm – 8:30pm on Wednesday 13 February, and if you want to be in with a chance to nab some tickets, just head over to @KrakenRumIRL on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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If you didn’t manage to secure tickets to Post Malone’s sold out show on Valentine’s Day – never fear.

The rapper has announced that he will play a massive outdoor gig in Dublin this summer.

Hosted in the RDS’ Outdoor Arena, the concern will take place on Thursday the 22nd of August.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Special guests will also be performing at the gig, ahead of Posty's performance of his album Beerbongs & Bentleys.

The Texas native has charted nine songs in the Top 20 of the Hot 100, gaining the accolade for 'the most songs in the Top 20 of the Hot 100.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In Ireland, the album entered the Irish Album Charts at #1, with one of the biggest chart debuts’ of 2018 and has since been certified double platinum. Casual. 

Tickets will be on sale from €75.75 this Friday, the 15th February at 9am. 

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Listen up, Mariah fans. 

The iconic 90s vocalist is officially coming to Dublin – launching the first night of her global tour in the 3 Arena. 

The Caution World Tour will see her arrive in Dublin to play a single show on May 22nd 2019. 

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The Heartbreaker hit maker has previously had residencies in Las Vegas, and will perform for three nights on London's Royal Albert Hall after launching the tour in the Emerald Isle. 

A tour insider told The Sun: 'Mariah has capitalised on her success as the Queen of Christmas for the last few years but now she is shifting the focus back to her new tunes.'

Honey B. Fly is the official Mariah Carey fan community, and of you're a part of it, you're in luck. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Legacy members of Honey B. Fly will receive first access to tickets starting Tuesday, February 5th at 10:00am local time. Fans may purchase a “Honey B. Fly Live Pass” today, which gives them access to exclusive Mariah Carey ticket presales and a free membership to Honey B. Fly.

Otherwise, tickets for the 3Arena show are priced from €70 including booking fee.

They go on sale this Friday at 9:00AM February 8th from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and at www.ticketmaster.ie.

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Ah Valentines Day – the one day of the year that smoochy PDAs are perfectly acceptable for the coupled-up, and singletons have free reign of the bars and clubs to celebrate their selective solitude in style. 

However, if you're loved-up and looking for the ideal romantic bonanza to treat your bae to on the big day, then look no further. 

One of Dublin's boujiest hotels, The Westbury, is boasting a romantic Valentine's package that is all things rom-com worthy. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Westbury’s indulgent romance experience is the ideal retreat in the heart of the city, a stones throw from St Stephens Green (perfect for an after dinner romantic stroll?).

Their Romance at the Heart of Dublin package, is a luxury overnight stay at The Westbury where couples will be welcomed with a romantic rose petal turndown, bottle of chilled champagne, strawberries and delicious chocolates to indulge with. *swoon* 

The following morning guests will enjoy a delicious full Irish Breakfast in bed – complete with potato cake and pudding, we checked. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The hotel is perfectly located by a stunning florists, Appassionata, where you can grab a fresh bouquet for your lover. 

It's also just around the corner from The National Gallery if you're romantic an art fan, or take to Grafton Street if your true love is more fond of retail therapy than critiquing post-modernism.  

The experience with The Westbury is available to book from €450 per room.

Bookings can be made through the hotel on 01 6463333/ westbury_reservations@doylecollection.com

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Two new Amur tiger cubs have been born at Dublin Zoo and our hearts are just melting at the sight of them.

Parents Tundra and Ussuri welcomed their first cubs on October 14.

The female cubs weighed 1.5kg each.

The adorable cubs have yet to be named but the public will be able to visit them at Dublin Zoo from this weekend at 11:15 am to 3 pm.

The siblings are doing “extremely well” and are settling in at their home in Dublin Zoo.

Ciarán McMahon, who is a team leader at Dublin Zoo said: “Tundra is an exceptional first-time mother and she has shown strong maternal instincts from the very beginning.”

"Both cubs are very playful and energetic, just like their mother!” he shared.

“The cubs have fun chasing each other and play-fighting which helps keep their claws sharp, while Tundra makes sure to clean them up straight afterwards, just like any good parent would."

Amur tigers are an endangered species with only approximitely 500 existing in the wild. Dublin Zoo is hoping to improve this by joining an international breeding programme.

Dublin Zoo has invited the public to help name the cubs. You can suggest your names here.

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Get yourselves ready ladies, because Domino's is about to blow our minds but not our healthy January food habits.

Not that we were sticking to them very well anyway, but now there's ZERO guilt for bingeing on delicious pizza, because Domino's are releasing a brand new LOW-CALORIE range.

Thank the tomato sauce and mozarella gods for this beautiful and heavenly gift.

The pizzamaker launched their brand new Delight range by floating massive inflatable slices in the Irish sky to beat those January blues, and are generously giving away 1,000 FREE pizzas to spot the balloons.

Anyone who spots, snaps and shares photos around Dublin's Grand Canal of a Domino's special Floating Slices of Delight using the #SliceOfDelight hashtag will have any remaining January Blues lightened with some delish doughy goodness.

You can also retweet or repost @Dominos_ROI #SliceOfDelight snap to be included in the 1,000. 

The initiative emphasises the introduction of the Domino’s Delight range, developed to contain less than 650kcal per small pizza and around 100kcal for one small but life-changing slice.

The Delight Chicken and Delight Vegi options make sure to use Domino’s signature fresh dough hand-stretched thinner and reduced fat mozzarella. WE NEED IT.

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Luckily for us, the Delight range is available to buy on the Domino’s app, on www.dominos.ie or in store from €16 for a medium pizza and €20 for a large. Get 'em while they're hot, folks.

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Drake is coming to this fair city and yes, he'll be here on Paddy's Day. 

Love him or hate him, he'll be taking to the stage at Dublin's 3Arena in March and surely, fans are buzzing. 

The singer is taking his "Assassination Vacation Tour" to Ireland and Europe this year after a sell-out US stint.

The dates for your diary are March 19, 21 and 22.

Tickets go on sale from this Friday January 25 at 9am and will set you back €76.

What are you waiting for? 

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It really is the year of nostalgia; Between the Spice Girls, Westlife and Carrie Bradshaw, it's clearly comeback o'clock. 

News recently broke that one of the biggest legends of the early 2000s is making a musical return, with her sophomore album expecting to be released before the end of 2019.

That's right gals, it's only SAMANTHA MUMBA.

We've all got more than fond memories of tunes such as Gotta Tell You and Always Come Back To Your Love, and soon we'll be hearing brand new music from the versatile singer.

We sat down for a chat with the woman herself, and once our starstruck fever calmed down, we managed to ask her a few questions.

There have been whispers of musical comebacks for many years now, considering her first album Gotta Tell You was released back in 2000 when she was only sixteen-years-old. 

While the rest of us were figuring out creative ways to abandon school for a few hours and day-dreaming of Zack Morris from Saved By The Bell, Samantha was making CHUNES.

So why choose now to release her long-awaited album number two? Samantha is a woman of many talents, trying her hand at Masterchef in 2017, as well as appearances in Dancing On Ice and on ITV's Loose Women.

“It’s been in the works for a couple of months, so for me I did Manchester Pride last summer, and I was so blown away by the response. As I was onstage I was literally like, why don’t I have any new music to perform? This is stupid, like it’s ridiculous. I’m one of those people who gets in their own way all the time. Even if I think of doing something, I’ll think of 20 reasons not to do it. I thought, ‘No, enough it enough’. I was afraid to do it again. The timing just feels good, and now I’m seeing that everyone is coming back, I thought, ‘What is going on?’ Hang on a second, I was coming back first!”

Needless to say, her fans are EXCITED.

Damn right she was. Samantha's popularity with a range of audiences and people of all ages has to be noted, but why do so many listeners seem to relate to her?

“That’s a great question, and I don’t really know the answer. It’s just one of those things, a nostalgia thing. I also think because I was so young when I started, a lot of people literally feel, and they have, like they’ve grown up with me. People have even stopped me in the street to say, ‘Oh hey, how are you?’ as if they know me. I’ve been around for a while, I think there’s that kind of connection where people have really gotten behind me, it’s like I’m a cousin of theirs. It’s that kind of thing, it’s brilliant.”

Samantha still returns home to Dublin fairly regularly, and her little daughter Sage calls it her home too. We wondered if she had stayed up to date on Ireland's current homelessness crisis?

“It’s scandalous, it’s absolutely shocking. That’s why I thought this Just Eat campaign was just such a no-brainer. I’d love if they could double what they did last year, which in itself was incredible. Even especially being home at the minute, and it’s so cold, you just think, ‘Oh my God’, it’s not right. There’s a lot of young kids that are homeless, and it’s heartbreaking. Being a mother now myself, it’s just awful. You never know what goes on in someone’s life, it can happen to anybody, you just never know what kind of bad things could come somebody’s way. It can happen to everybody, and everybody should chip in," she says.

She's partnered up with Just Eat this year for their annual National Takeaway Tuesday to raise funds for the Peter McVerry Trust, who do vital work for the homeless. To date, Just Eat customers have generated over €50,000 for the Peter McVerry Trust, enough to move five people out of homelessness and into better futures.

Samantha comments; "This takeaway campaign is perfect, because you can order food on a Tuesday, get a 10 percent discount and chip in 10 percent to 2019’s Just Eat charity of choice, the Peter McVerry Trust. So you’re doing something good."

Does she notice the homelessness which is also prevalent in Los Angeles too, while she's spending her down-time there?

“Again, who am I to talk about anything, but there are definite areas. Santa Monica area and Downtown area, what I find is that a lot of the problems there are mental health. These people should be in facilities, in LA for me I notice, it’s a lot more of that. Whereas here, it’s more people who are getting a bad run of things. It just seems to be different circumstances, I suppose," she emphasises.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her daughter Sage was born in 2015, with her husband Torray Scales. We're immediately jealous of Sage, because she's already heard some of her mum's new material;

‘Nightmare before Christmas is her thing. We listen to that soundtrack, and I love it as well, so it’s great. Sometimes she said, ‘I wanna hear mummy’s songs’, she approves of the new songs, thankfully. She’s very sweet, but other times she’s like, ‘Ok, back to Disney’, she laughs.

“She says she lives in LA and lives in Dublin, she loves being home. She gets totally spoilt rotten at home. The back and forth is her norm, she doesn’t know any different.”

We couldn't let Samantha go without trying to get the dates for her new music to be released, it had to be done. For the good of mankind. Luckily, she was ready for the question;

“I was hoping to have a date already. I have to have it within the next two weeks, because I want my first release to be latest end of March, early April. So we’re working on it. I’d love to have two singles out by the summer, and the album definitely will be later on in the year, but I’m on it.”

One core difference between now and when Samantha started is, of course, the power of social media. She's aware of it as a tool, and this time it's going to connect her even more to her fans;

“That’s what I’m enjoying the most, there’s no random people telling me what I have to do, I’m fully in control of everything. That’s kind of the most exciting part for me. The people I’ve been working with in the States are so creative, they’re really pushing me out of my comfort zone.”

In terms of teasing some collaborations in the pipeline, she's revealed a song with MNEK has been created, and we are SO HERE for it. The artist is known for working with some of pop's biggest names, among them are Dua Lipa and Zara Larsson.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“MNEK I have done work with, yes, I adore him. He’s incredible, he’s so talented. I have done one song with him, and I have my core group of people to work with. I think he’ll actually be in LA again in another couple of weeks, so we’ll do another session there as well. I’d love to bring him in with my people, because I think they’d all mesh really well. I’m excited for what that will bring. He’s such a talent and a joy to work with.”

Is there anyone she's especially got her eye on, in terms of new female talent?

“I just discovered her and I’m obsessed, it’s Donna Missal from the US. She’s incredible, I love her."

Samantha is 36-years-old, and time has only given her even more glamour, wisdom and thick-skin for the tough music industry.

Her new album is set to encompass that sense of maturity;

My new music is pop R’N’B, it’s current to where I am, I’m a grown woman who’s lived a life. I have a lot of things to say. I’m just expressing them, and hopefully other women will relate to it."

Samantha is the newest 2019 mood; let her reign begin anew.

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Are you a lover of PHASHUN but are searching for a great cause to donate to? Well, boy do we have the event for you.

Faisean Éire's unique Fashion Showcase will exhibit stunning pieces from novel Irish designers tonight at 7pm in the Chocolate Factory, and it's set to be quite the night.

Proceeds from the evening will be donated to Pieta House, whose 'Two in Eight' campaign reflects the statistic that one in four people in Ireland will experience mental health issues at some stage of their lives.

Performances will include a catwalk show with 30 gorgeous and unique pieces designed by 10 fashion grads and students.

The show will bring three art forms together in a spectacular charity event; a fashion show from professional and diverse designers, murals on the walls of an industrial setting and last but not least, aerial artists showcasing their skills.

Chloé Commins and Polly Shapkina are two aerialists featured in the event, who will be using hoops and silk to impress the fashion-forward guests.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The pioneering show 'Two in Eight' marks the shocking statistic that one in four people in Ireland will suffer from mental health problems; Pieta House will use the funds to help counsel those with suicidal ideation.

Sinéad Ronan Wells, Fundraising Executive for Pieta House, commented on the vital need for events such as these;

Pieta House operate a network of centres across the country, employing 270 qualified therapists. In 2018 we saw over 7,000 clients who were either at risk of suicide, engaging in self-harm, or bereaved by suicide," she added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Demand for our one to one, free, professional counselling services continues to grow year on year which would be unattainable without public fundraising initiatives such as this," she concluded.

It's a crucial cause, why not attend a catwalk show of ground-breaking Irish artists for only €25? Don't miss your chance to get the first glimpse of Ireland's future famous faces.

Get your tickets here for the special Faisean Éire showcase, tonight at 7pm in the Chocolate Factory, Dublin.

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Just when we thought 2019 was going well, we were hit with this. 

We didn't really need anymore confirmation that property in Dublin is expensive AF – but it's about to get even pricer. 

Dublin estate agents have predicted that property value in our capital will rise by an average of 3.8 percent this year. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Their forecast for 2019 is less than half of the figure they predicted for last year.

The Sunday Times said it was an indication that estate agents are more cautious for the year ahead, following a subdued 2018 for the Dublin property market.

Prices were expected to rise last year, but they crept up slower than anticipated. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Predictions for the year ahead vary from no change to price increases of 7 percent, reports The Sunday Times.

But the vast majority of estate agents foresee increases of 3-5 percent in the low to mid-market.

Very small increases are expected for property valued at €750,000 or above, and despite inflation slowing, many estate agents still predict to see slight price rises.

The cheapest place to buy a home in Dublin are in Ballymun, Dublin 11, Neilstown in Dublin 22, and Darndale in Dublin 17.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The average price for a three-bedroom townhouse comes in at €210,000 in Ballymun, between €200,000 – €220,000 in Neilstown and €225,000 in Darndale.

However, if you have the cash to splash – Dublin’s most expensive suburbs will cost up to three times as much.

A three-bedroom townhouse in Ranelagh, Dublin 6 will set you back an average of  €650,000.

You'll need to cough up an average of €625,000 to buy in Ballsbridge and Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Portobello in Dublin 8 has been growing in popularity and a similar property is valued at an average of €625,000.

Meanwhile, my bank balance is telling me I have about ten euro to my name – must be all the avocado on toast I'm indulging in…

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