PENNY McCORMICK rounds up the best events and new openings taking place this weekend …
WHY: A quiz and flamenco night at the Instituto Cervantes, a natural wine “takeover” at Loose Canon, a tasting of tapas in Sol & Sombra, Tralee and live Spanish music at 64 Wines, Glasthule are just some of the events taking place this weekend as part of the fourth Spanish Wine Week. The event finishes on April 14 and there are lots of events happening in restaurants, wine bars and off-licenses around the country. Sherry expert Paddy Murphy and Rafa Salazar from Vinostito will host a sherry and wine lunch paired with Irish seafood on April 14 in Fish Shop, Queen Street. For further details on all events visit: www.spanishwineweek.ie
WHERE: Dublin’s newest venue Lost Lane, opens this Friday April 12 and is the latest venture from the Porterhouse Group. The venue (in the former Lillie’s Bordello at Adam’s Court, Dublin 2), will host live music every week with a focus on emerging artists. The venue’s Georgian structure and details have been restored and preserved alongside state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. We’re already looking ahead and booking tickets for Wyvern Lingo on April 27. www.lostlane.ie
WHO: Olivia Rubin’s colourful SS19 collection has just landed at Brown Thomas Dublin, Level 2, today. Rainbows are the central inspiration of Rubin’s designs and her new collection features ombre shades in lace and silk as well as sundresses in linen and
cotton. Perfect to pack and wear for long weekends in the sun. www.brownthomas.com
WHAT: Seoíd Spa at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Co Meath offers a range of specialised treatments with a Middle Eastern theme which are perfect for prepping the skin before the summer ‘reveal’. Try the Hammam scrub which is a deep, invigorating body polish or the Rasul mud chamber which uses muds infused with essential oils to relax muscles and leave skin renewed. I like the sound of the Sabbia Med Beach Experience which involves lying on a virtual beach of heated sand, taking guests from sunrise to sunset in 30 minutes. The treatment stimulates the production of vitamin D and alleviates S.A.D. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 801 3500.
HOW: I was fortunate to meet celebrity hair stylist Gareth Bromell this week who introduced me to his new hair concept and make-up bar Henshin (meaning transformation in Japanese). Having worked backstage at fashion weeks, as a session stylist and make-up artist at the Oscars no less, he has constructed a sleek menu of ten hairstyles and nine make-up looks which can be achieved in record time using ecologically-sound Evo products. His flagship boutique is in Co Limerick, with further branches opening in Cork and Dublin shortly. For those short on time, try a 15 minute refresh blowdry – a mere €15. www.henshinbeauty.com
AND … Coffee enthusiasts should try the new Cloud Picker Café on Pearse Street, originally established by Frank Kavanagh and Peter Sztal in 2013, which is officially Dublin city’s first micro coffee roastery. Their best-known blend is Henry inspired by the company’s friendly Great Dane mascot of the same name. www.cloudpickercoffee.ie
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