It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer! With the first rays of sun comes the inevitable desire to explore the city and fall in love with Dublin all over again! Here are our top recommendations in this week’s #WhatTickledAlice.

On the plate –

With an enormous beer garden, filled with the wafting scent of Coke Lane’s fresh pizza, Lucky’s on Meath Street is top of the list! This cool little bar has already featured on #WhatTickledAlice, but back then in the depths of winter, we didn’t give enough love to the beer garden. Eva was checking it out this week and is a big fan, with two vegan options with plenty for vegetarians and meat eaters. At €12 for a pizza and a pint (or vino) if you order before 7pm, it can’t be beat!

Pang is a new Vietnamese concept recently opened on Kevin Street and word is spreading quickly about this new foodie favourite. Eva headed there this weekend and is now a firmly converted fan! Wrapped up for takeaway, it’s perfect for a lazy stroll around the south city centre or to park yourself with, in the nearby Iveagh Gardens or St. Stephen’s Green to soak up some soy with your Dublin sun.

The moment that spring sun appears, everyone’s thoughts turn to rooftops. One of Dublin city’s finest sits atop of The Marker in Grand Canal Dock. For a full day of indulgence, get yourself summer ready in the spa as Martina did on Saturday. Relax and unwind with massages and beauty treatment and emerge revived and refreshed and ready for some summer drinks and delicious nibbles on their rooftop!

If you’re a sun worshipper and need something to occupy your mind while you wile away the hours bronzing in the garden – we’ve got you covered!

On the Page –

Martina has been reading ‘About Grace’ by Anthony Doerr. It’s the second book of Doerr’s that she’s read and while a little slow at first, she’s finally started to get into it.  Described by the New York Times as ‘dizzyling talented’ – this is an author worth bearing with.

In the ear –

Last weekend Darragh started to listen to The Eighth, a podcast examining all sides of the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment from a perspective of listening, a really fresh take on an ever-present topic. In the first episode, Ciara O’Connor (a passionate pro-choice advocate) speaks to pro-life campaigners and it’s very interesting to hear how the conversation unfolds when the format is genuine curiosity rather than debate. No minds are swayed, but caricatures are certainly dismantled!

Niamh was blown away by Bey at the weekend, as were most of the global population. #Beychella. On Beyoncé’s Coachella performance, Niamh commented, ‘WHAT.A.QUEEN.’ Two hours of brilliance for your weekend! No more to say on this one.

Out and About

Tomorrow, taking full advantage of the early summer, Emily is heading to Glendalough bright and early to take part in Quest adventure race – trail running, cycling and kayaking. No better woman for it! When she’s not running marathon’s it’s adventure races. She’s our very own in-house #FitnessInspo!

On Monday night, Eva stepped back in time to 2003, heading along to see The Streets in The Olympia. The gig was pretty wild, but Eva couldn’t recommend revisiting The Streets more for a little noughties nostalgia any day of the week!

Speaking of the Olympia, #TeamAlice cannot wait for the Together for Yes fundraiser taking place on the 2nd of May. Tickets are all booked and we’re getting very excited about seeing the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, The Stypes, Le Galaxie and Mary Black! You can get your tickets here for a fabulous night of music and fun all in aid of the most deserving cause!

And that’s it for this week. So what is your ideal weekend in the Dublin sun? Sipping cocktails on The Marker or Kayaking in Glendalough? Take your pick of our recommendations and let us know where you’ll be spending the first sunny weekend of 2018!

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