We think we speak for everyone when we say our bodies can’t possibly take any more abuse after all the festive indulgence. And it will be a fair while before we can even look at another drop of alcohol! But just because we’re trying to keep it dry this January, doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun along the way.
So we’ve found a few things for you to try out this month in order to inject a little excitement into your new year.
1. Try Escape
You may have tried an escape room before, but have you tried a virtual escape room? We think not. Strap on an Oculus Rift and be transported to a computer generated outer space environment where you have to solve a series of puzzles in order to win your freedom — all the while experiencing an uncanny feeling of zero gravity. You’ll find Escape VR at Corn Exchange Place with tickets ranging from €20 per person.
2. Have Art Tea at The Merrion Hotel
It’s afternoon tea, but elevated to a fine art. Literally. This lavish experience includes a selection of sweet treats that have been carefully crafted to evoke the works of JB Yeats, William Scott, Louis Le Brocquy and others. Art Tea is served daily at The Merrion Hotel with seats ranging from €31-€50
3. Catch a Movie at The Stella Theatre
We can think of no better date night than a trip to this newly reopened cinema. Stella originally opened its doors in 1923 and only became open to the public again last October. The luxurious setting retains the glitz and glamour of the ‘20s, with its mosaic lobby floor, gilded chandeliers and comfy sofas designed for two. You’ll find Stella Theatre on Rathmines Road and standard tickets are €19.
4. Take the Ericsson Skyline Tour
Why not see the city as you never have before? Take a trip to Croke Park and ascend to the 17-storey structure’s top level to take in the breathtaking sight of Dublin and the mountains beyond. Also worth noting over the coming months the Sky High Yoga Classes will be returning where you can reach entire new levels of zen, whilst breathing in the incredible city views. Unfortunately these classes won’t be running until May, however due to their popular demand, early booking is advised.
5. Float in an isolation tank
Start your New Year off as relaxed as you can be. Step into the back room at Harvest Moon Centre and you’ll find a large tank filled with water containing high levels of salt that will make you float effortlessly. You enter a state of deep relaxation within the tank, in total darkness and devoid of sound, as your senses deprived of nearly all input. It makes for a bizarre and invigorating experience. Harvest Moon Centre is found on Baggot Street and an hour-long floating session is €60.
6. Browse Trinity College Library
Walk among the stacks at Trinity College and take in the grandeur of this Harry Potter-esque setting. Every self-respecting bookworm in the city needs to pay this place a visit at least once.
7. Hang out at The Clockwork Door
In the mood to see friends in the evening but want to avoid the temptation of eating out or going to the pub? Then this ‘time house’ is just the thing you need. It’s essentially a pay-as-you-go flat (8c per minute) where you have access to comfortable rooms, unlimited tea or coffee, biscuits, wi-fi, board games and video games. You can find The Clockwork Door on Wellington Quay.
8. Zipline at Tibradden Wood
Exchange a chemical buzz for an adrenaline rush this January. Journey up to Zipit at Tibradden Wood to experience this high wire adventure park for yourself. Climb far above the forest floor and zipline your way from treetop to treetop. We promise you won’t get bored. Zipit is just 15 minutes from Dundrum Town Centre and costs €30 per adult.