- Kate Phelan
Dublin is particularly partial to a well-executed pop-up, with the best going on to become permanent fixtures on the city's retail and dining scenes. Whether you’re on the lookout for the next big foodie craze or just the perfect pair of jeans, here are the upcoming Dublin pop-ups you need to catch in 2017.
POCO by Pippa
📅 Friday, February 10th – Sunday, February 12th
After launching her POCO by Pippa jeans range online last year, model-turned-fashion designer Pippa O’Connor has just announced her first ever pop-up for the line in Dublin, taking place for three days only at The Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane. Running from the 10th to the 12th of February, the short-lived POCO pop-up is bound to create a feeding frenzy among the fashion blogger’s many loyal fans.
📍 Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, 8 Golden Lane, Dublin, Ireland, +353 1 898 2900
📅 Open Fridays and Saturdays, 7–10pm
The A Mano gnoccheria pop-up that opened on Dawson Street in December is definitely worth a visit – though hopefully, it will soon find a more permanent residence. The brainchild of two financial services workers, Elena Pertile and Olga Molloy, A Mano serves delicious plates of Italian gnocchi made with Dublin potatoes from just €12 and has a BYO (bring your own) alcohol policy. Seating is limited, so it’s worth booking ahead.
📍 23C Dawson St, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 87 3976555
The Bold Bloom
📅 Saturday, February 11th / Monday, February 13th – Tuesday, February 14th / Sunday, February 19th
Another blink-and-you’ll-miss-it event, The Bold Bloom Flower Studio’s next pop-up will take place at the Bernard Shaw Valentine’s Market on February 11th, from 12–6pm. But don’t panic if you can’t get there – the funky florists will also be at the CHQ Building on Custom House Quay all day on the 13th and 14th, allowing anyone who works in the IFSC or ‘Silicon Docks‘ to easily stop by and pick up the perfect Valentine’s bouquet of fresh, ethically produced blooms for a loved one or friend. After that, they’re at Glasnevin Family Market on Sunday, February 19th.
📍 11-12 Richmond St S, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 87 233 7693
Drop Dead Twice
📅 Open Wednesday–Sunday, 5pm–11.30pm
Dublin’s first BYO pop-up cocktail bar Drop Dead Twice initially opened back in October 2016 for a three-month run, and having returned at the end of January, it’s still one of the hottest tickets in town. Based upstairs at Tivoli Backstage, tickets to the bar are €25 per person for two hours or €30 for three. Simply bring along your own bottle of your favourite spirit, and after a quick consultation, the bar staff will make up the perfect cocktail for you. Attendees can expect upwards of four cocktails each, and booking prices are discounted mid-week.
📍 18/19 Francis St, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland, +353 83 882 7723
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📅 Open daily until Friday, March 31st
A long-standing member of the Dublin pop-up scene, Niamh Banks brought her classy lifestyle and gifts store Seven Wood to Dawson Street last year, stocking a considered selection of everything from furniture to stationery to skincare ranges. Thankfully, it’s still going strong in the city centre location – the popular store just extended its run until the end of March. Banks also founded The Gift Merchant, running pop-up stores of up-cycled and vintage furniture.
📍 51c Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
📅 Open daily until Sunday, March 19th
The owners of the Classic Crêpes mobile crêperie pride themselves on serving authentic French gluten-free galettes, usually from the back of a refurbished silver 1970s Citroën HY van. But for the next several weeks, fans of the crêpe can pick one up at the brand’s temporary pop-up in the Henry Street window of the iconic Arnotts department store. Sweet and savoury versions are available, as well as artisan roasted coffee.
📍 Arnotts, 12 Henry St, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland, +353 87 248 8884
📅 Open daily until further notice
The Remus Uomo pop-up can be found at an enviable location just off St Stephen’s Green, right in the centre of Dublin. The brand, which brought home Menswear Brand of the Year at 2016’s The Drapers Independents Awards, stocks slick formal wear and casual wear for fashion-savvy men. The temporary store has been open since November, ahead of opening a larger outlet in the city sometime in 2017.
📍 12 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland, +44 28 9332 7828
White & Green
📅 Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–5pm
Wicklow-based White & Green organic cotton bedding company ran their first pop-up in Dún Laoghaire last summer, before popping up again at the end of 2016 in the nearby suburb of Monkstown.
Luckily, business is booming, and the Monkstown store has stayed open into the new year, giving customers a chance to browse their luxurious organic Fairtrade cotton sheets, bed throws, baby blankets, and scarves, plus ethically made peace silk pillowcases (where the silkworm is allowed to live and turn into a butterfly, in contrast to conventional silk production). The store is also about to launch a new line of athleisure clothing in the next two weeks, which Culture Trip predicts will be a huge hit.
📍 18A The Crescent, Monkstown, County Dublin, Ireland, +353 1 239 0665
London Consumer Goods Pop-Up Shop
📅 Monday, February 20th – Sunday, March 5th
The UK’s Department of International Trade is organising a two-week pop-up for small- and medium-sized consumer goods companies based in London to take place in Dublin from late February to early March, inviting enterprising people like Catherine Piddington of luxury artisan jam company Piddington Jam to sell their wares to customers in the Irish capital. Located on the ground floor of the Arnotts department store, the event will encompass 30 companies from across the realms of food and drink, fashion, beauty, gifts and homewares. As well as Piddington Jam, featured businesses will include Connie Gray candles, MARMOR Paperie and Sevin London wellbeing products.
📍 Arnotts, 12 Henry St, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland, +353 1 805 0400
April and the Bear
📅 Opening Wednesday, March 1st
It’s always great to hear of a pop-up going permanent. Having run many successful short-term shops in the city – most recently a sell-out 10-day Christmas event at Thirty Four café in Portobello – the much-loved Irish interiors and lifestyle e-store April and the Bear are set to open up their first forever home in the appropriately arty area of Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar at the beginning of March. The new brick-and-mortar store will stock the same cutting-edge homewares that made the website a major success, as well as promising to introduce ‘exclusive Irish collaborations’ throughout the year – watch this space.
📍 1 Music Hall, Cows Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, Ireland