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Living for the City: Dublin’s cafe society

Banter’s autumn/winter season kicks off with a look at what’s cooking in Dublin’s new-school cafes

147 on Parnell Street in Dublin 1

Tue, Aug 19, 2014, 16:32


It’s been a while since we did a Banter in our spiritual home on Middle Abbey Street. After two back to back Banters in May – check out the podcasts from our lively discussion on Dublin media and the Frank the film special here – we decided to take a breather. Having done 30 Banters between May 2013 and May 2014, it was time to recharge the Bantering batteries and do some planning.

Over the summer, we did two sweet Banters at Limerick’s Make A Move festival (the first Banter to provoke a letter to the editor in the Limerick Leader) and Macroom’s Mountain Dew Festival (the first Banter to feature an onstage costume change). And we’re heading to the Electric Picnic next week with our good friends at Other Voices.

We already have some smashing line-ups to come in September. We start with a return visit to CultureTECH in Derry on September 19 with Jamie Byng, John Leland, Steve Carson and Hannah Donovan. We then return to Kinsale for the Kinsale Arts Festival on September 27 and 28 with Rory O’Connell, Mary Reynolds, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Pat Collins, Sully from Cully & Sully, Kieran Murphy from Murphy’s Ice Cream and Nuala O’Connor. We’re also heading back to Kilkenny in October for our inaugural visit to the Savour Kilkenny Food festival (more on this to come).

But if it’s September, it’s time to return too to the Twisted Pepper. Our first engagement for the autumn, the latest in the ongoing Living for the City series on living, working and playing in the capital, is a look at the city’s new-school cafes. A huge number of cafes have opened in the city in the recent while and it seems as if more are opening or expanding with every passing week. Where has this growth come from, what’s behind it and what’s next as taste buds get more adventurous?

Our panel of cafe fanatics are Maisha Lenehan (Bibis), Barry Stephens (147), Aisling Rogerson (The Fumbally) and Ketty Elisabeth (French Foodie In Dublin). You can check out Ketty’s photos and reviews of these cafes and dozens more in the city here.


The Fumbally

The small print: Banter on Dublin’s cafe society takes place on Wednesday September 24 at the Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1). Doors open at 6pm and the Bantering gets underway at 6.30pm. There is a limited free guestlist available and you can sign up for it here.