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20th May 2019

Possibly the best 10 ways to spend a rainy day in Dublin

Louise Carroll

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Okay, so we’ve been having bouts of good weather, for sure. But we all know that rainy day is looming.

Surely we embrace the rain by now, folks?

Incase not, here are a few comfy, cosy ideas to help spare you from grey skies. It’s Sarah Hanrahan’s list of top spots in Dublin.

The Science Gallery

Sarah says;

“Browse one of their ​always excellent and always free ​interactive exhibitions. They’re incredibly interesting and a fantastic way to while away an hour or two.

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“Once you’re done head up to Grafton Street’s​ ​Accents Lounge where they offer a ridiculously indulgent hot chocolate. Nab one of their couches downstairs and forget about the world.”

Good Ol’ Fashioned Board Games

“Get to one of Dublin’s many spots that offer an array of board games and refreshments. If you’re a tea lover it has to be​ ​Wall & Keogh​. If you fancy something a little stronger – ​Blackbird​,​ ​P. Macs​ ​or​ ​The Back Page. They​ all have board games galore!”

Hacienda Bar

“Do you know of ​Hacienda Bar​? Well, ya do now!

“I’ve never mentioned Hacienda on my main site as the guy who owns it is picky about who he lets in… not in a ​snobby​ way, more that it’s like his home and he isn’t interested in an endless stream of customers coming through.

“It’s a super-random but super-funky bar off of Capel Street where you have to buzz to be let in, and once you are in,  you won’t want to leave.

“The fire is always lit and there’s a pool table… what more could you want on a rainy day?”

The Buff Day Spa

“Head here​ for a day of tranquility just off of Grafton Street. Cost-wise, it’s probably not an option for ​every​ rainy day but certainly one to make you look forward to a downpour!”

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Marsh’s Library

“Get here for Dublin’s first ever public library (opened in 1404) where, for €3, you can browse the home of books, some dating back to as long as the 1700s.”

(Okay, class!)

Play Games and Pool

“Get to​ ​The Hideout​ for an afternoon of pool with your friends… it’s a perfect spot in the city centre.”

The National Museum of Ireland

“Head to​ ​The National Museum of Ireland where you’ll be sucked in for hours, viewing amazing art and exhibitions.”

The gallery holds lots of different events throughout the year for all ages and interests. Take a peek.

The Clockwork Door

“Take a trip to ​The Clockwork Door​, It’s Ireland’s only open house where you can play board games, video games or just hang out… the only thing you pay for is the time you spend here.”

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Have you been to our art events yet? We transform the Clockwork Door into a pop-up art gallery? This is our Drink Tea & Draw event we host every few weeks. You come and paint a canvas with no experience necessary ? Upcoming Events: Drink Tea & Draw: Make A Space Painting Sunday 10th March 2.30pm ? Drink Tea & Draw: Tree Of Life Wednesday 13th March 7pm ? #dublin #ireland #templebar #art #artist #arts #eventplanner #event #creative #studio #fun #bored #artistsofinstagram

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Irish Film Institute 

“Drop into the​ ​Irish Film Institute​ and enjoy one of their free lunchtime documentary screenings which you can find info on​ ​here​.”

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