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The Weekly Round Up

The best of the festive events and new launches.


With December just days away, things are really getting festive. Here are just some of the latest happenings to keep an eye out for this week.

If you're looking to get into the Christmas mood, there is plenty on offer, but if you're more interested in making new year plans, read on for some inspiration for that too! 

Christmas At Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin

Father Christmas has taken up residence in this much-loved spot in the heart of Dublin, with a workshop full of trinkets and magic (you can book tickets to visit him here) But that’s not all that’s on offer in the run-up to Christmas - Powerscourt will be hosting a series of events including the annual Simon House of Light festival in aid of Dublin Simon Community, running from 5 - 7 December in the centre.

Powerscourt Townhouse
Powerscourt Townhouse

Urban Brewing's 12 Beers of Christmas 

Urban Brewing in Dublin's Docklands is showcasing a dozen beers in honour of the festive season. Each week, the spotlight will be on two beers including new limited edition festive brews. Highlights include Urban Brewing Bierre De Noel  (a spiced Belgian style beer with cloves cinnamon and dried fruit notes) and O’Hara’s Winter Star (a spiced amber ale with cinnamon, orange zest and coconut).  The popular Urban Brewing White Lager, Urban Brewing Red IPA and Urban Brewing Kveik IPA will also feature. Keep track of the !2 Beers... on Urban Brewing's social media

Port House Wine Tours for 2020

The Port House has teamed up with Capture Travel to offer wine tours in 2020, giving customers the chance to experience first hand some of the suppliers that work with the restaurant group. The first tour is in March 2020 and will bring customers to Catalonia to explore the Torres and Cava vineyards. A second trip heads to Porto at the end of April and focuses on tapas and, of course, port. Tickets start at €1,190 and include flights, accommodation, coach transfers and activities including vineyard visits, tours, lunches and tourist attractions. Tickets are available here.

Instagram @theporthouse
Instagram @theporthouse

Massimo's Winter Wonderland in Galway

Massimo in Galway has had a festive makeover. Artist and creative director Pete Casby was behind its transformation into  Scandinavian lodge, with wood-log fire, gingerbread house and upcycled trees. The menu has a Christmassy feel too, with Terry’s Irish Coffee (made with orange liqueur, chocolate and cream), and Hot Pink Gin (Beefeater Pink gin, rosehip tea, lemon and honey) just two of the new drinks on offer as well as a new Massimo Winter Wonderland themed cocktail list. There will be a host of events running too, including a table scaping class led by events planner Maria Reidy on  17 December.

Massimo, Galway
Massimo, Galway

Dublin's Newest Indian Restaurant

Dublin's latest Indian restaurant is getting set to have its official launch. India Today, on Golden Lane in the city centre focuses on traditional, fresh Indian food; with no artificial flavours, food colourants or preservatives. The team uses local produce where possible and champion full traceability. The restaurant’s menu will change every quarter, giving customers the chance to try a variety of regional dishes from around India.