Looking for something to do this week? We have a few ideas for you.
Read on to find out about events taking place around the country this week, new menus, festivals, news and more.
Speakeasy at The Twelve, Galway
Saturday, January 18th at 8pm
The Twelve in Galway is set to kick off the Roaring Twenties in style this weekend with a pop-up speakeasy at West Restaurant for one night only. Four mixologists from around the country – Aaron Mulligan from Shaky Bills, Kevin Hegarty of Arthur Maynes in Donnybrook, MeKayla Roy of Galway’s Tribeton, and The Twelve’s own in-house mixologist, Simon King – will team up to create a menu of cocktails that take a look back at drinks from the past.
There is no cover charge on the night but space is extremely limited so bookings are highly recommended; you can book your table here. Overnight stays are also available in one of The Twelve’s deluxe rooms for €130 bed and breakfast for two inclusive of a complimentary cocktail each.
Galway's Westend launches plant-based reusable bottle
Bottled water requires 2,000 more energy than tap water to produce, yet an estimated 183 million litres of water were bought in 2017, according to Drinks Industry Ireland.
To help combat this issue, Westend Traders Association in Galway has been campaigning for a public water refill station to be installed in the city. While the local government hasn't installed a station, the team at Train Station Gym worked with the association to install one at the gym's reception on Munster Avenue. As part of the initiative to reduce plastic bottle use, Galway's Westend has produced its very own plant-based reusable water bottle made from corn starch.
Speaking about the bottles, chairperson of Westend Traders Association said, “Sourcing and designing the right bottles were key and we have been working on this since September 2019. David Fitzpatrick of Botown on Dominick Street, along with Lisa Regan, were the key drivers on this and after a conversation with Ronan Kennedy in the Train Station Gym, it was decided this partnership was perfect. Working together in this area is the reason why we can get things done and across the line. It is really for the greater good of our area and the environment.”
The bottles are available for purchase at The Train Station Gym, Massimo Galway, Botown and Greens and Co, and cost €10 each. Galway's Westend is part of the national Refill.ie campaign, so you can refill your bottle at any location with a Refill sticker. For more info, click here.
Cuna de Reyes wine pairing dinner at Café en Seine, Dublin
Sunday, January 19th at 5pm
This week, Café en Seine is teaming up with Boutique Wines to showcase wines from Cuna de Reyes vineyard. Winemaker Alfredo Cirira will be at Saturday's dinner, explaining why each wine was chosen and talking about the tasting notes of each.
Executive chef Stephen Gibson has created a special three-course menu to complement the wines, which promises to be an exciting culinary experience. Tickets cost €70 per person and can be bought here, but places are limited, so get yours before they sell out.
New Galway Bay Brewery Range for 2020
Galway Bay Brewery has announced that it is launching a full range of canned beers for 2020. The brewery's core range will be available in 33cl cans, while all other brews, including seasonal and collaborative, will be old in 44cl cans. The new cans are a response to the nationwide call for more sustainable options and will be canned at the brand's brewery in Oranmore. The cans cost €10 for four 33cl cans, whereas the price of the 44cl cans varies depending on the beer.