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Let’s face facts, the vast majority of us are creatures of habit, and generally tend to hit up the same venues, week in and week out.

From the handy after-work local to the same-old Saturday night spot, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to socialising.

So, when you and the squad do happen to hit upon a new venue, it’s hardly surprising you act like you’ve discovered fire.

From feeling smug over the new discovery to regretting the times you've wasted in the same old spots, finding a new venue lights a fire under any group of friends.

And here are just 8 things we’ve all thought while taking in the splendour of a new spot.

1. “This is the kick up the arse we needed, lads.”

Whether it's the decor, the tunes or the atmosphere, stumbling upon a brand-new spot is invigorating and makes you reassess every other spot you've frequented up until this point.

"Can you believe we actually used to pass this place, and never once thought to look in?!"

2. "This place will totally overhaul how we spend our weekends."

Considering you're all a few drinks in, you'll start to see the new spot as some kind of offering from above, and endlessly list its amazing attributes.

"Girls, Number 22 has a Flashback Friday! Wait, wait, it also has a Peep Show Sunday!"

3. "I can’t believe we spent hours jostling for one lousy drink in that other hellhole."

The discovery of a new bar can bring out a fickle side in you that you're not exactly proud of, but you can't help it.

Up until three hours ago, your former local was your favourite place on earth, but with the mention of Number 22, its Library Bar and their 2 for €12 cocktails, you've forgotten the other places even exist.

4. "Just think how slick this is going to look on Instagram."

You know how naff it sounds, but your Instagram account will thank you for a snap of a place as swish as this.

With Burlesque dancers performing in the background and countless incredible-looking cocktails in the foreground, your new hotspot is just crying out to get 'grammed.

5. "I can wait to show the out-of-towners how we roll up here."

If you and the girls think this place is swish, just imagine how your pals from out of town will react.

"That's it; every birthday, engagement party and Hen night is taking place here from now on. That's the end of it."

6. "Wait, maybe we should keep it a secret."

Mere moments after you decide to splash the place all over social media. you wonder if you should have just kept it secret.

"Wait, wait, wait. Delete them all – I don't want anyone else to know about this!"

7. "No! Everyone needs to know that we’re in the know."

And then comes the moment you accept that you simply can't hide your discovery, and you have to take credit for this incredible find.

"We're the people that everyone hates, and I don't even care."

8. "This place is our new Holy Grail."

You're only in the door an hour and yet everything in the place is working for you; the music, the staff, the seating, the crowd, the atmosphere.

And this means that you will now drop everything for a night out in the place, and if that means you're boring because you refuse to try anywhere else, so be it.

"It's official, ladies. We've found our place in this city."



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Behind the blue door at Number Twenty Two is a unique and exclusive venue that combines the Library bar, restaurant and theatre club. For more info click here


Hen nights; the perfect opportunity to remind yourself why the flurry of wild nights out which punctuated your late teens and early twenties are still some of your fondest memories.

Because let’s face it, no matter how atypical you envision your Hen night being, hen nights aren’t exactly known for their reserved or sedate nature.

And that, ladies, is obviously what makes them all the more joyful.

But whether you opt for stilettos and sashes or runners and rock climbing, every pre-wedding celebration will invariably see the bride and her besties encounter the same stages.

It’s time to face the truth; no matter the plan, activity or venue, you and the girls will undoubtedly shriek, sway and stumble your way through the following 9 stages.

1. The early boozing

No matter how tranquil or reserved you intend your Hen to be, there is no stopping the first pop of that cork.

And there's definitely no stopping the gaggle of women you call your best friends from tucking in before they've even reached for a slice of toast.

"I'll have another because it's a big day. And then I'll have one more after that because it's the end of an era. And two more for good luck."

2. The panic over a missing item

As sure as night follows day, one member of the Hen celebration will forget an essential item, which will result in a minor meltdown before she's placated with the appearance of a swift drink.

She'll insist the shoes or straightener were definitely in her case the last time she checked, and she'll be damned if she'll ruin her friend's Hen night with her natural height or hair, before taking that sweet sip of calming juice.

"You know what? It's all coooool."

3. The stroll down memory lane

We all know the best parts of any Hen night are the ones you don't plan for, and never is this more evident than the impromptu stroll down memory lane which is taken on every single one.

The wry mention of an in-joke or the droll impression of one of the girls is enough to get the ball rolling, and it's no time before you're clutching each other with the mirth, and ignoring calls to move on to the next activity.

"Remember when we tried to sneak into the local, and your Ugg got caught in the fence, so you danced to Jay-Z in a wellie you stole from the keg yard?"

4. The confusion over the rules

Whether it's a cocktail-making class, rock climbing session or orienteering excursion, at least half of you will struggle to keep up with the instructions.

While some of the girls will take to the activities like ducks to water, others will snigger in the background, repeatedly ask what they're meant to be doing, and blame the morning's Prosecco for everything.

"No, no I am listening! She's on my team so I'm not allowed paintball the arse off her. I get it. "

5. The panic over the flow of bubbles

Despite the fact the vast majority of the group are ten sheets to the wind come early evening, there will invariably come a moment when word gets out that the bubbles are running dry.

Thankfully, that wouldn't be a problem if you opted to head to Dublin's lush Number 22 which provides group parties over 10 – wait for it  – not one, but two bottles of Prosecco.

"The bride-to-be is parched! No, no, you're not going thirsty; not on my watch!"

6. The questionable dance routine

It most likely stemmed from a story regaled during that trip down memory lane, but there will be at least half an hour where you and the girls make holy shows of yourselves to the greatest tracks of your childhood.

Oh, there's no doubt you'll feel on top of the world, but to the objective observer you resemble 15 drunk giraffes on invisible rollerskates.

"Five bad boys with the power to rock you blowing yor mind so you gotta get into…."

7. The hunt for the fallen soldier

Every Hen night features the search for the fallen soldier, and that fallen soldier is usually the same person who skipped breakfast in order to make room for early-morning bubbles.

When words gets out that you're down a member, the entire squad assembles in order to divide and conquer, only to find the missing member propping up the counter in the local chipper.

"I had *hic* to. All you guys *hic * had breakfast. NO! I said TWO battered sausages."

8. The blatant disregard for black-listed memories

While playful slagging and non-stop mocking is the name of the game among a squad as close as yours, there are still certain topics which most definitely aren't up for discussion.

And after a few too many gins, one member of the gang will forget that, and remind the bride of something she'd rather forget.

"Remember the way you fancied your fiance's brother when you first met him? Remember that?"

9. The sing-song on the way back to the hotel

If your night doesn't end to the sound of at least half your friends murdering a power ballad, then did the night even happen?

With shoe straps draped over wrists and arms thrown around each other, you'll squawk the lyrics to Robbie Williams' Angels, and confess your undying love for one another.

"I don't know – hic – what I'd do without you girls. You're my – hic – heart and soul."


Brought to you by

Behind the blue door at Number Twenty Two is a unique and exclusive venue that combines the Library bar, restaurant and theatre club. For more info click here