It's November which means it's pretty much Christmas.
November is here – that means colder weather, the last remaining leaves falling, and the arrival of Thanksgiving memes that we'll never understand. Oh, and Black Friday discounts.
Festivities asides, November brings the arrival of some hugely anticipated Netflix drops, a festival dedicated to cheese toasties and the openings of a whole host of bars and restaurants.
So whatever this month has in store, we've rounded up everything new coming to a city street or screen near you.
eat: At Sprezzatura
Hoping to appeal to the food-appreciating and trendy masses is that of Sprezzatura; Dublin's newest Italian now open at 5/6 Camden Market. Main dishes include the Rigatoni with Basil and Tomato, Spinach Fettuccine with Dry Chilli, Pangrattato and Wicklow Rapeseed Oil as well as Ravioli with Pork, Cabbage and Big Bone Broth all of which are priced between €6.50 and €9.50. Drinks include their own Dundalk-brewed, Sprezzatura lager, wines from Wine Lab (some of which are sulphur-free and therefore hangover-free) and King of Kefir soft drinks, while mixed cocktails include Italian classics the Americano, Aperol Spritz and Espresso Martinis. Oh and nothing on the menu costs more than €10.
drink: Irish single pot still Whiskey
Once the most popular style of whiskey in the world, single pot still Irish whiskey is back to reclaim its limelight. Defined as a whiskey made in the one Irish distillery with a mix of malted and un-malted barley, in a copper pot still – it is unique to Ireland, represents how Irish whiskey was first made and features some of the best whiskies to be ever made here. Great Irish Beverages recognises that it is time to honour this incredibly spicy, rich and robust liquid gold and its incredible legacy. They’ve teamed up with our favourite single pot still brands and are rolling out a very special festival, Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey Week which takes places across November 9th – 16th. This festival is about celebrating all the fantastic ways to enjoy single pot still Irish whiskies whether served alongside a beer, paired with a food dish, mixed into a cocktail or of course simply neat!
attend: The Harbour Bar Toastie Festival
The Third Annual Harbour Bar Toastie Festival will take place from Friday, November 1 until Sunday, November 3, with an all-new range of toasties on offer, as well as a brand new coffee area and even a dog show set to take place. As always, the festival is completely family-friendly, which is where the dogs come into the equation. While some elements of the festival remain the same as last year, there will be a range of new festivities this year, including new sponsors, a new singalong and even a new dog show competition! Wine Lab has also come on board as the festival's wine partner. Throughout the weekend, it will be matching the toasties with a variety of exciting wines, providing a new take on cheese and wine pairings. As for live entertainment, The Harbour Bar has you covered with music and more throughout the weekend. Click here for how you can attend.
watch: The KING
Cancel your plans...Timothée Chalamet is arriving on Netflix. Described as “Game of Thrones meets Shakespeare" by Edgerton, The King is an adaption of Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part 1,” “Henry IV, Part 2," and “Henry V.” Chalamet stars as Hal, the wayward prince whose ascent to the throne following his father's tragic death (*not a spoiler) is met with tension. Along the way, as he adjusts to life as King (and the fur, the jewels, the followers, the responsibilities, and the corruption), he finds companionship in Lily-Rose Depp's Catherine and in his best friend, an alcoholic knight John Falstaff, played by Joel Edgerton, who also co-wrote the film with director David Michôd. Too, we get glimpses of the film's other stars: Robert Pattinson, Sean Harris, and Ben Mendelsohn.
listen: TO Courage by CELINE DION
Not that you ever need an excuse but Celine Dion has announced details of her new album Courage - her first English-language album in six years. Celine announced the title of the record along with a new tour at a show in Los Angeles, explaining: "I think I went through a lot. And life had given me the tools… to find my inner strength, to find courage, and to keep going." Lead single Flying On My Own is out now, while Celine also released a trio of tracks - the title track, Imperfections and Lying Down - when announcing the release date
read: the worst kind of want by Liska Jacobs
Womanhood. Death. Sex. A risky flirtation with a teenage boy. In Jacobs’ latest novel, she weaves together desire and disaster as a burned-out 40 something throws herself into the nightlife of teenagers in the heat of the Italian summer. Sounds like…she predicted my future? The novel hits the shelf on November 5.
stay: in the Westin
In recent years, Dublin has shed its old-school party-town reputation to become a more sleek and refined version of itself, boasting thriving digital sectors and a new wave of cultural artists who have taken centre stage. But don't let its acclaimed fashion designers, chefs, artists, and craftspeople fool you – the city is still as breezy and Epicurean as you remember. Showcasing this in droves is the contemporary cool of The Westin. Set in a series of historic Georgian style buildings, overlooking Trinity College, The Westin is right in the centre of it all – perfect for a weekend of cultural exploration and aimless meandering.
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binge: The CROWN, SEASON 3
Everyone's favourite royal drama. This season is set to cover the queen’s life during what was a tumultuous time for Britain, as well as the monarchy, and one in which she is reassessing her life, thanks to her impending Silver Jubilee celebration, made increasingly difficult thanks to Britain “falling apart”: the country is bankrupt, national security in tatters, and there’s trouble in paradise with Prince Phillip.
wear: a trench coat
We all know the sartorial staple that is a trench coat doesn’t hold up well in the depths of winter when the chill will go straight to your bones. Right now, though, it makes for the perfect cover-up. With its ability to also drape beautifully over attire, it’s little wonder the humble trench coat has a place in every fashion girl’s heart. But even the most classic staple can use a seasonal refresh and that is exactly where the ASOS Gingham Trench Coat comes in. Oversized in a flattering-not-drowning kind of a way, it has statement buttons and a belted tie waist for that extra cinch that certain outfits require. But, of course, it's the spliced, panelled check to the front and back that really steals the show.
buy: An aDVENT cALENDAR
It’s November, which means it’s basically Christmas, and soon it’ll be time to crack open your beauty advent calendars. In our opinion, getting a make-up, skincare or even scented candle treat every day of December is a far better way to get in the festive spirit than chocolate. (Not that we don’t love chocolate too, obvs.) But the sad truth about these boujee beauty buys is that beauty advent calendars sell out faster than the blink of an eye. That’s why now is the time to buy.