EVENT: Unique to Dublin promotion

WHAT? A celebration of Dublin’s heavily encroached but nonetheless tenacious collection of independent shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, salons and boutiques.

WHEN? 1st–3rd July

WHERE? At various locations throughout the city – look out for the Unique to Dublin window sticker or search the website for what you’re looking for.

WHO? Organised by Dublin City Business Improvement District (BID), there are all sorts of businesses involved and offering deals of varying degrees. Moore Street’s boulangerie, Paris Bakery is offering soups and sarnie combos for €8.60 (on bread that’ll transport you to the Left Bank in a mouthful), Coppinger Row is giving away two course lunches for €10, and The Port House will throw in a glass of wine on the house when you spend more the €10 on tapas. Lolly & Cooks of Georges’ Street Arcade will offer up any hot drink and piece of scrummy cake for just €3 if you drop the words ‘Unique to Dublin’, while The Exchequer are running their oft-time offer of fish and chips and a pint for €15 (and we’re talking sustainably caught Irish fish in a Belfast Blonde beer batter).

WHY? Because the hard-working entrepreneurs who run these independent businesses deserve our support, but of course they need to remind us that they’re there, slogging away to give us some home-grown offerings: hence this clever promotional weekend. Good excuse to try out something new. And good to remember that when you spend you’re hard-won euros locally, in local businesses, that money recirculates locally to a far greater degree than if you spend it in a big international brand.

CONTACT? Check out www.uniquetodublin.ie/eat for full details of all the foodie businesses involved.

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