Short before Halloween, the City of Dublin is going to be a dark, dangerous and deadly place where no one is safe but everyone in big fear. The reason? Dracula.
The fourth annual Bram Stoker Festival is on from 23rd to 26th October. Numerous events will take place all over the city, including a spectacular gothic ball, film screenings in cinemas, many small film and literary events and parties.
This creepy atmosphere is going to make you hungry. We have the Top 5 restaurants to dine based around the Bram Stoker Festival – make sure to ask the waiters for some extra garlic on your plates to keep away the vampires!
One of the most spectacular parts of the Bram Stoker Festival is going to be the large-scale outdoor installation that will be set up in Smithfield Square by Dublin artist Maser. It is inspired by the life and times of Bram Stoker and his illustrious novel Dracula, a story which asks us to consider what lurks behind the shiny facade of progress. For this structure, Maser will examine the facades of our society and the darkness within us all.
No matter at what time you’re going to see Maser’s installation, you should enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner or just a glass of wine in the cozy bistro Wuff nearby. The menu changes regularly but stays creative, innovative and Irish all the time.
Some nightmares aren’t over when the morning comes. They might follow you in your mind all day, week, month… At Total Nightmare (Sunday, 25th October, 6pm), an eclectic array of guests will recount tales of those moments we wish we could rewrite, from professional faux-pas to recorded histories of epic blunders and moments of personal failure.
Farm Restaurant, located nearby in Dawson Street, is anything but a nightmare. The restaurant has an extensive lunch and dinner menu, daily specials and an Early Bird menu everyday – following the mission statement “Affordable, tasty, home-made and locally sourced. As much organic and/or free range as we can, healthy vegetables and fresh herbs”. The Farm Restaurant is open seven days a week serving a full menu throughout the day from 12 noon to 10 pm – so you can escape the nightmare any time you want.
Soundings is a a podcast and event series from Dylan Haskins and Lisa Hannigan including stories, songs and adventures. The live-event will take place (Saturday, 24th of October, 8pm) in the historic surrounds of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Special guests are actress and writer Amy Huberman, poet Theo Dorgan, 14 year old star of Sky One’s ‘Moone Boy’ David Rawle and music guests Heathers.
A special place for hungry guests nearby is Buenos Aires Grill, the first Argentine Restaurant in Ireland. After a five minute walk from St.Patrick’s Cathedral you will find a vast Argentinian menu, Argentine music and a nice wine-menu. Enjoy the authentic Latin-American atmosphere before or after visiting the Soundings – it’s open every day from 5-11 pm.!
In the National Gallery of Ireland created a programme for the whole family for the Bram Stoker Festival on Tuesday, 27th October, including talks about Stoker himself for adults and workshops for the whole families. The best thing about The Impact of Dracula: it’s free!
In case that all the learning makes you hungry and thirsty, KC Peaches ‘Wine Cave’ is a hidden gem on Nassau Street that is perfect to have a delicious menu or to enjoy a glass of wine or beer in a unique atmosphere with your friends (or family).
The Light House Cinema will be the venue for the screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s postmodern version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Featuring Gary Oldman in a marvellous shape-shifting performance, this adaptation is very different from most others and really worth seeing.
Worth eating is the Italian food at Bel Cibo Smithfield, just two minutes from the Light House Cinema. Bel Cibo offers excellent value in traditional Italian food with an emphasis on casual eating in a stylish but informal setting – a great pre- or post-cinema restaurant for friends and families with a great range of handcrafted pizza and pasta dishes complimented by a wide range of coffees wines beers, smoothies, milk shakes and frozen presses.