Staying in or heading out, here’s what’s on this weekend

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Whether you’re heading out for the night or just grabbing a bite, here’s what’s on

Hession Hairdressing salon in Malahide, Dublin

It’s looking to be a brighter weekend this week than last, now that Storm Eunice and co have passed through. Let the pros take care of your hair or breakfast, see Irish enterprise in action, or prepare for the Big Day with what’s on this week.

Wedding bells

If you’re recently engaged, planning a pandemic-postponed wedding, or bitten by the nuptials bug in our love issue, head to Cork’s Marina Market this weekend. The Wedding Expo takes place over two days, from Saturday 26 February at 10am. The event comes to a close on Sunday at 6pm. There’ll be vendors covering menswear, bridalwear, flowers, music and more. While weddings can be pricey affairs, entry to the showcase is free all weekend.

Brunch basics

Chicken’n’Waffles brings Hip Hop and House bottomless brunch to Dublin city’s The Jar this weekend. On Saturday, 26 February, while away an afternoon of brunch, bottomless mimosas, and music. Tickets start at €38 and include a brunch meal and one hour of bottomless mimosas.

Waffles at The Jar

Brunchy goodness doesn’t end there, as Brother Hubbard opens its fourth Dublin door in Ranelagh. Earlier this week, the café that originated on Capel Street opened a new branch in the centre of Ranelagh. Opposite SuperValu, you’ll find the sage green exterior, and inside awaits good food, good coffee, and good vibes. Open 9-5 all weekend!

Get creative

DCCI’s showcase

On Sunday 27 Feb, Ireland’s Creative Expo and Awards comes to the RDS in Dublin. The showcase is an annual destination for retail buyers from Ireland and more than 20 other countries, all keen to see the latest designs from Ireland’s top brands and craft producers. The fair is a launch pad for the 300 Irish designers, manufacturers and craftspeople who unveil their new collections across fashion, jewellery, home and giftware. This year, they’re expecting 300 retailers and 4,000 visitors, for a triumphant return to an in-person event. For those looking for a digital experience, the new digital marketplace, Showcase Connect, features all exhibitors, fully accessible to registered buyers.

Pour a glass

Mizunara whiskey, Glendalough (€85)

For a weekend tipple, try the Glendalough Distillery 7-year-old Irish single malt aged in very rare Japanese Mizunara casks. Sourced from the island of Hokkaido, Japan, the vibrant whiskey is one with a story, and it’s a delicious one at that. Ideal for a housewarming gift or just a weekend treat. Find a bottle in O’Briens (Nationwide), Celtic Whiskey Shop (Dublin), The Vineyard (Belfast), Carry Out (Killarney), Kelly’s Off Licence (Clontarf) and all good independent off licences priced at €85.

Let your hair down

If you’re heading out on the tiles this weekend and fancy a new ‘do or a bouncy blowdry beforehand, Hession Hairdressing opened their third salon in Malahide. The new salon was designed by interior designer, Kari Rocca, who is also responsible for bringing her vision to the Hession salons in Clontarf and Drumcondra. You’ll find eight styling stations, three wash stations, and a lavish feel to the place.