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Seven actually good things to do in Dublin this Valentine’s weekend

No romantic candlelit dinners here.

STUCK FOR SOMETHING to do this Valentine’s Day?

Whether you’re single or romantically attached, we’ve got you covered.

1. The Smithfield Valentine’s Market Fair

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From 12pm – 6pm, Generator Hostel will play home to more than 40 stalls selling romantic knick-knacks, vinyl, vintage clothing and everything in between. The Facebook event also promises live music, yoga and a screening of Love Actually.

What more could you want?

2. Dinner on The Big Blue Bus

The Big Blue Bus in The George Bernard Shaw is one of the city’s finest purveyors of pizza. This Valentine’s Day, they’re serving up a three-course dinner for just €40 per couple.

Breadsticks, pizza, shisha pipe — sounds positively rosemantic to us.

3. The RnB Club All Day Party


This Saturday, The RnB Club is hosting an all-day party across three Dublin venues — Wigwam, The Button Factory and Bar Tengu.

Dubliners are invited to start the evening off with dinner and Prosecco in Wigwam followed by MC Melodee in The Button Factory and a proper R&B disco in Bar Tengu.

We don’t know about you, but nothing says love and romance to us like getting down to the jams of Ginuwine, Snoop Dogg and TLC.

4. Love Me Tinder

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Valentine’s Day isn’t just for loved up couples, you know. The Bernard Shaw has singletons covered with Love Me Tinder, which they describe as “a night of hookups, slow jams and lots of Keith Sweat”.

Most crucially, however, customers who show their Tinder app behind the bar can get €3 glasses of prosecco all night long.

*downloads Tinder immediately*

5. Valentine’s Sing Along Party

The premise of Sing Along Social is simple — gather a group of strangers in a dimly lit pub and let them scream their hearts out to the pop songs of their youth. After all, what could be more cathartic and therapeutic?

This Sunday, you are invited to pop along to the Valentine’s Day edition and sing along to the likes of Total Eclipse of the Heart and Nothing Compares 2 U.

Just make sure you don’t hurt anyone when you punch the air with your first.

6. All Fur No Knickers


For those of you with an aversion to all things lovey-dovey, this might just be the party for you.

Described as a “deliciously tacky and outrageously opulent affair,” it will take place in a top secret location in Dublin this weekend and attendees are invited to show up in “your most divine antique ghetto freak chic attire”.

Sounds like our kind of party.

7. How Very Valentine’s 2016

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Fancy snuggling up in the cinema? Light House Cinema is screening Amelie, The Birdcage and The War of the Roses as part of their specially curated Valentine’s Day programme.

Love comes in all forms and this Valentine’s Day Light House Cinema has something for everyone. From oddball outsiders, dysfunctional duos and manic married couples, it is clear that even the bitterest artichokes have hearts.

Written by Amy O’Connor and posted on

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