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Food and Drink

The Lure of a Carlingford Half-Holiday

The dog days are over, the nights are drawing in and the daily grind is getting you down. You’re itching for a break, but can’t afford to wander too far or be away too long. The remnants of your holidays have been carefully squirreled away in anticipation of one last hurrah at the end of the year. Frustrated and bored, those precious days off remain elusively out of sight, tantalizingly obscured by the misty horizons of Halloween and the unrelenting grimness of November.
What better then, than to lift the gloom with a quick overnight skite … Hop in the car, head Northwards and in just over an hour you can be safely ensconced in the medieval town of Carlingford. With its breathtaking views and relaxing vibe twenty-four hours there might just be enough to infuse your senses and sate your weary soul.

Barfly: Dip

Dip is about dancing yourself all into a lather, acting the mickey with your buddies and not being fussed with any of trend-hopping arseholery.

Restaurant Review: My Meat Wagon

‘I think I have barbecue fatigue,’ I say, in my best Kardashian sister impression. I mean, really, could there be a more first world problem? Sitting in My Meat Wagon next door to The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield’s Market Square, I wonder if Dublin has had enough of pulled pork served with a side of slaw.

Back to the Future: Dublin Food Provenance

Food provenance is now very much in vogue with diners the world-over increasingly keen to establish the precise origin of the food they put in their mouths. Such global trends are replicated and reflected in the Dublin food and drink scene with restaurant menus detailing regional origination and aspects such as how the food they serve was reared, caught and prepared.




Soundbite: Improper Butter

Elaine Lavery and Hannah O’Reilly are the friends behind, Improper Butter, taking Elaine’s germ of an idea home from the French Alps and into a real going concern – via the Dragons’ Den.

Barfly: MVP

Belabouring the point of one’s own straightforwardness tends to be a self-defeating exercise, and it’s hard not to feel that way in MVP. Better not to say you do a great pint, and just do one.

Barfly: Blackbird

Every carefully worn table and mismatched chair has an occupant and there’s a healthy queue at the bar. This maybe wouldn’t be so noteworthy if it weren’t for the fact that Blackbird is huge, combined with the exterior beer garden it can hold a pretty astounding amount of Punk IPA guzzlers.

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