WHERE: Opened in mid-December, Bobby’s, (named after Lord Robert Bagod) 17 Baggot Street Upper, Dublin 4 has already become a popular post-work destination for wines, bites, snacks and sharing boards. Decorated in a pretty pink palette, there’s a cosy snug area with a stove, a long bar and banquette seating and an all-weather courtyard garden. Bobby’s serves lunch daily until 2.30pm, reopening for evening service at 5pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Chef Holly Dalton has created a deceptively simple menu of toasties, bar snacks, cheese and charcuterie boards, all showcasing the best available local produce, and complemented with a wide-ranging wine list. www.bobbys.ie
WHY: Monetising our wardrobe and accessories is a trend we are very interested in, especially with the increase in designer resale stores. If you are in Cork city this weekend, Brown Thomas is hosting a pop-up by designer resale boutique, Siopaella, on Saturday February 8–9. Customers will have the opportunity to book an appointment to meet Siopaella owner and head buyer, Ella De Guzman, who will be on hand to offer valuations to those wishing to resell their luxury accessories. (Customers who sell through this service will receive the value of their pre-loved item on a Brown Thomas gift card). In addition, the pop-up will showcase a curated edit of desirable handbags to shop. To book an appointment email Adrienne Deasy: [email protected]
WHEN: Tomorrow evening, February 8, Chinnery Gin and The Little Pig will be celebrating Chinese New Year with an evening of cocktails inspired by China. Led by mixologist Pat Thomas, guests will discover an array of flavours from China throughout the event, including Chinnery Gin’s signature botanicals: oolong tea and osmanthus flower. Chinnery Gin co-founder Marie Byrne will delve into the story behind Chinnery Gin and its namesake, the Georgian-era painter George Chinnery who left Dublin for Canton, China in the early 1800s. Tickets include two drinks made with Chinnery Gin, as well as tasters of other cocktails from a specially created Chinese New Year menu. Tickets cost €40 from Eventbrite.com. The exact location of The Little Pig, Dublin will be revealed to ticket holders in advance of the event.
WHAT: The Blackrock shopping centre is still being renovated, but one little corner is entirely finished, and it’s well worth a visit. The L’Occitane boutique reopened this week and it’s bigger and better than ever, with some special opening offers worth knowing about. Until Sunday February 9, there’s a special gift with purchase offer, spend €60 and you receive a yellow travel bag complete with four hero products: rose-scented soap, almond shower oil, body lotion and shea butter. While you’re there, checkout the new Herbae par L’Occitane L’Eau range, in spring-like botanical print packaging. We also love the Make Your Own Gift option: choose your favourite shower gel, body lotion, hand cream and soap, and have it all presented in a gift box for €49 (worth €62.50); ie.loccitane.com.
WHO: Wicklow-based painter Roisin O’Farrell will be in residence this weekend (and also February 15, 23, and 29) from 11am – 2.30pm, at Kilkenny, Nassau Street, Dublin 2 as part of an interesting series of events celebrating Irish makers and doers. O’Farrell’s new prints are now available with prices starting at €50. A further “Women and Wellness” event, hosted by GLOSS contributor Mary O’Donnell, takes place next Thursday February 13. The founders of Nunaia, Green Angle, Pestle & Mortar and jewellery designer Sarah Mallon will speak of their own wellness journeys. Tickets for the event are €20 and are available on Eventbrite. €10 of the price of the ticket is redeemable against selected wellness products on the night and the remaining €10 will go to the Irish Heart Foundation. Guests will also receive a goodie bag and enjoy refreshments and and canapes. KilkennyShop.com