This week, we are back with Dublin’s hottest recommendations, with places galore to beat the summer heat, and ideas on what to read and listen to in the sunshine. Here’s this week’s #WhatTickledAlice…


Out and About:Joe Caslin mural ‘Finding Power’

  • This weekend, Martina dashed off to London to attend a wedding, catch up with her in laws, and to beat the everlasting heat. She had a picnic at Virginia Lake in Windsor Great Park, but had to imagine the lush green areas as the summer-long heatwave has burnt them all to a crisp!
  • Katie travelled to Scotland this weekend, and visited Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, and tramped around the Highlands. We can definitely say she is making the most of her time here in Europe in this summer heat!
  • On Friday, Darragh celebrated the return of a friend from Vietnam with a few drinks at Roberta’s. He recommends the outdoor area for a couple of quiet ones on a balmy evening!— He also took a highly recommended trip to the National Gallery. There is a temporary exhibition there at the moment called ‘Drawing Dublin’ which charts the changing faces of the city across the centuries. The most impressive exhibit, according to Darragh, is the Joe Caslin mural ‘Finding Power’ towering above the courtyard. Really worth a visit, we’re told!
  • Emily trekked all the way to Berlin this weekend for a friend’s wedding, and got to enjoy the summer heat on the countryside. Apart from the wedding, she ate her way through Kreuzberg’s bakeries and wished she was a local.


On the plate:

Katie and Darragh at Pi

  • Team Alice was dining-out this week to mark the departure of their summer interns Bri and Katie who finish up this week. We tried the recently opened Pi Pizza on George’s Street, and were wholeheartedly impressed. It is a definite thumbs-up from all the crew here!
  • As mentioned above, Emily ate her way through Berlin and highly recommends a visit to 3Schwestern, if ever in the vicinity. It’s located inside a very old ‘Kuenstlerhaus’ (artist’s house) on the edge of Kreuzberg and has a lovely outdoor area. Perfect spot for lunch or a coffee and a cake…or even a beer!


On the page:

  • Emily tore through Sally Rooney’s ‘Conversations with Friends’ while in Berlin. It focuses on friendships and romantic relationships and the power plays within them, and was ‘laugh out loud’ funny at times. It comes highly recommended as a holiday read!
  • While on holidays, Niamh devoured ‘Stay with Me’, a story about a Nigerian married couple. It starts back in the 1980s when Nigeria was under military rule, and moves through to 2008 telling the story of their marriage and all its love and lies.


In the ear:

  • Martina has been listening to the ever fabulous Jonathan Van Ness’ podcast ‘Getting Curious’, and recommends it for snippets of entertaining insights into topics such as Russia’s Romanov family, different facets of Islam, and extra background stories about the Fab Five of Queer Eye! Here at Team Alice, we are all major fans of Queer Eye so we’re all keen to give this a listen!
  • Eva has to credit Darragh for her new favorite podcast, ‘Mothers of Invention’. The first episode features Mary Robinson and focuses on tactics that are used to hold governments accountable for climate change.

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