Ten Best #5


By: John Mahon

Back once again with this week's Ten Best and it's a summer solstice edition.  Ten Items that have nothing to do with the longest day of the year but everything to do with tasty things we found online this week.

The first 5 represent Dublin or Ireland and the last 5 from around and abouts the web.

Enjoy (and share).


1. Dublin Gin & Tonic Fest, 22nd - 27th June.

Formerly the go-to tipple for your granny, Gin is now most definitely in and the Great Irish Beverages guys are putting on the Dublin Gin & Tonic Fest to celebrate.   Pick up a wristband and you’ll get 30% off killer gin combos in one of 30 bars and restaurants around the city.  

2. Inside the Chocolate Factory

The Chocolate Factory on King’s Inn Street is a jewel.  The first concrete building built in Dublin, the former Willams & Woods Chocolate Factory became a archival storage facility when it closed in the 70's, subsequently becoming derelict before being revived as a multi use art space with a thriving community of artists, brewers, acrobats, photographers.  They’re having an open day as part of ID2015 with food and drink supplied by their in-house cafe Bla’s.

3. Dublin Ghost Signs

Ever wondered about the fading signs on the side of many’s a building around the city, betraying its former life?  So did the guys behind Dublin Ghost Signs and they have created a brilliant blog archive of the disappearing signs they spot around Dublin

4. Get a grip

The Grip is a new listings site for Dublin.  Do we need another site?  Who knows but the more people shining a spotlight on the goings on around town the better

5. Mulligan’s Story

Our pals at Publin.ie sat down with Declan Dunne, author of book ‘Mulligans Grand Old Pub of Poolbeg Street’ to chat about the 200 year old institution that is Mulligan’s Pub.  They recorded a podcast of their conversation which covered visits from the Black & Tans, Judy Garland and that Grandfather Clock.  Half an hour well spent if you like that sort of thing.


6. 2 Kinds of People

Portuguese artist João Rocha brilliantly distills personalities that we can all relate to into two different types via his clever illustrations

Via Huff Po

7. The story of Unfinished Sympathy

One of the greatest songs ever written according to alot of people, this article is a nice look back on the scene that emerged from Bristol’s 1980’s cultural melting pot, giving rise to the genre trip hop, Massive Attack and ultimately the world wide hit Unfinished Sympathy

Via DJ Tech Tools

8. Ugly Fruit

This is clever on every level.  French supermarket Intermarché commissioned agency Marcel to create a campaign to change perceptions around ugly fruit & veg that don’t conform to the ideals.  It worked, creating awareness for food waste and turning a profit where there was loss.  Ingenious.

Via It’s Nice That


9. Sylva at Sugar Club

Grammy Award winning jazz funk band Snarky Pub got together and filmed a special live recording with Dutch hybrid jazz orchestra Metropole Orkest with amazing results.  You can watch it below or do yourself a favour and hear it on the big speakers in The Sugar Club on Weds 24th June


10. A Weisemann once said...

We keep coming back to this Bodytonic Podcast by massively underrated German producer Sven Weisemann.  From Ennio Moriconne to Carl Craig, Ryuichi Sakamoto to Marvin Gaye, its sublime on a blue sky day or lush on a filthy rain soaked January afternoon.  A classic


Bodytonic Podcast 056 : Sven Weisemann by Bodytonicmusic.Com on Mixcloud



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