Jam Park Announces Closure

Jam Park Announces Closure

A sad day for Dublin as Jam Park announces its closure, cancelling hundreds of bookings as well as a pilot event for the reopening of nightclubs. The venue had only been open for 9 months pre pandemic and was home to District 8, one of Ireland’s leading club promoters.

Operators Bodytonic released this statement – 

Howdy folks,

Unfortunately we’ve got some bad news: we are closing our site at Airside in Swords for good. We’ve tried our best to come to an agreement regarding our lease since the Covid pandemic forced us to close, but no dice. So we are now left with no choice but to close in Airside and look for somewhere else. 

From the very start of Jam Park we had a saying: ‘play the long game’. Like any project we’ve done, we knew it would take us at least 2-3 years to make this set of notions work, but the truth is we barely got out of our own half!

When we opened in summer 2019, games, live music shows, club nights, Eatyard food vendors, markets, talks, film screenings, bingo, big screen & sound sports, fitness classes, and even a rooftop farm were all part of the Jam Park gameplan.  However we only had a chance to be open for 9 months before Covid hit. It’s ironic that during the time of closure is when we began to find our feet with the place. Between building a great team, streaming weekly online games events, delivering overflowing pints of dodgy Guinness, resetting our outside areas with a summer festival feel, growing fruit & veg on the rooftop, not to mention hundreds of incoming table bookings and events, we had developed a great sense of optimism about the future. It’s amazing how fit you can get when you’ve 15 months of pre-season training!

All of that is now gone. To be told this news one week before we reopen is a bitter pill to swallow, maybe if we’d have been told 6-12 months ago it would have been easier to accept. But the game is the game. Now we need to find somewhere else to play. 

To everyone who has booked in with us this summer, we are very sorry to say we will have to cancel. We will be sending out cancellation notices shortly, but nonetheless thank you for having booked with us, maybe we’ll see you somewhere else in the future.

To all of the amazing team we have working in Jam Park, we thank you so much for your tireless work, energy and belief in the project. We’ll be aiming to source alternative employment for you all.

A huge thanks go to the whole District 8 crew, you are absolute legends and Dublin needs you. No doubt you’ll press on and continue the amazing clubbing machine you have created.

To everyone who had pencilled dates for live music shows, record fairs, markets, bingo & games events, exhibitions, talks etc, unfortunately consider all dates null and void at Jam Park.

We all had big plans for here, loads of ideas hatched over last 12 months, ready to go, all in vain. Hopefully some iteration of Jam Park will pop up again somewhere else. If you know of any free spaces, get in touch !

Until then it’s….game over.


Jam Park.

Roe & Co Distillery Launch D-8TE, A Global Cuisine Summer Showcase

Roe & Co Distillery Launch D-8TE, A Global Cuisine Summer Showcase

Roe & Co Distillery is located at the iconic former Guinness Power Station, in the heart of Dublin’s buzzing Liberties district. This summer, their industrial-chic cocktail village will once again play host to some of Dublin’s best restaurants.

Spitalfields, Pickle, Bahay, Nightmarket, Matsu and Lil Portie will be serving up mouth-watering set menus with big flavours, vibrant colours, exciting and playful dishes. Each menu will feature a unique curated Roe & Co whiskey cocktail pairing inspired by the variety of dishes. D-8TE is set to become this season’s must-visit destination for the ultimate reunion with family and friends. Fun and flavour are at the centre of every aspect of the Roe & Co Distillery experience and D-8TE is no exception!

Food writer Ali Dunworth,  revealed she has been working on the curation of D-8TE, the new project at Roe & Co Distillery featuring 6 local Dublin restaurants, each celebrating a different flavour from around the world.

The summer festivities kick off on June 10th with Spitalfields, the only pub in Dublin and Ireland to have been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in the 2021 Michelin guide. Expect a picnic like you have never experienced before, as Chef Stephen McAlister serves up potted shrimp with devilled eggs and Goatsbridge trout roe on soda bread. 

June 24th will welcome multi-award winning chef Sunil Ghai and his pungent north Indian dishes from Pickle. Since it’s opening in 2016, Pickle has become widely regarded as some of the best Indian food in the country. Their Goat on Toast is a dish with them since day 1, and Roe & Co guests will get a chance to experience why people have been flocking Camden Street over the last 5 years. 


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Bookings for the filling up fast for the first two residencies with future releases coming soon. Here are the dates you need in your calendar.

Spitalfields – 10th – 13th June & 17th – 20th June
Pickle – 24th – 27th June & 1st – 4th July

Bahay – 8th – 11th July & 15th – 18th July – Chef Richie Castillo brings big, bold, zingy flavours to this new Filipino pop-up.

Nightmarket 22nd – 25th July & 29th – 1st August – The Ranelagh hotspot will feature a exciting regional Thai menu by Chef Jutarat Suwankeeree.

Matsu Ramen – 5th – 8th August & 12th – 15th August – A real taste of japan from Ken Komatsu, expect the very best Sushi Moriawase and most flavoursome Ramen.

Lil Portie – 19th – 22nd August & 26th – 29th August – Nico Reynolds closes out the summer with his excellent Caribbean Kitchen.

Six amazing restaurants to try, a different one each fortnight, offering set menus priced at €40 per person, with the opportunity to explore curated Roe & Co whiskey cocktail pairings at €30 per person. Expect to see lots of Dublin Social content, we are already booked for the first two residencies!


Have you checked out? – Dublin’s New Evening Food Market

New Evening Food Market Launches Today

New Evening Food Market Launches Today

Camden Yard is the latest food market venture by Village Markets, the people behind the popular markets at Waterways, Mespil Road,Sandyford and Wren’s Nest.

Located at the 4-star Camden Court Hotel, is the new street food destination in the city centre. Operating every Friday from 5pm to 9pm, this is the perfect weekend stop off to test out some of the best foodtrucks in the city.

Outdoor diners will rejoice in the wonderful selection of vendors at Camden Yard including,

Kerala Kitchen, delicious authentic Indian food, cooked in tandoori ovens imported from Delhi.

Bullet is a Hong Kong BBQ and Dumpling restaurant. Experienced chefs hailing from mainland China and Hong Kong, using the very best in Irish produce to roast in their especially imported Bullet ovens. Every dumpling is hand-made from start to finish.

Papa’s Falafel’s, this Middle Eastern offering caters for all tastes including vegan, halal and vegetarian. Check out their delicious falafel wraps with bursting flavours from their Lebanese heritage.

Pincho’s offers the most unique, tender and tasty pork peril sandwiches straight from Venezuela. Check out this incredible special from our recent visit.


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Camden Yard opens today from 5pm and can be found at Camden Court Hotel, Lower Camden Street, D02W086

Have you visited the new Cluck Yard in Dublin 12?

The Cluck Yard Is Your New Chicken Destination!

The Cluck Yard Is Your New Chicken Destination!

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to The Cluck Yard of course! Cluck Chicken have moved across the road from their old location and their new yard is impressive to say the very least.

Cluck Chicken opened their now famous big yellow egg on the 30th of October last year and what a whirlwind 6 months it has been for husband and wife team, Ian and Elaine Ussher. Cluck started a fried chicken craze that took over Dublin and as regular visitors to Cluck’s Walkinstown location, Dublin Social knows why.


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Ian once claimed the prestigious title of Euro-Toques young chef of the year back in 2007 and has since worked in a number of high-end restaurants including The Greenhouse, which currently holds two Michelin stars. It 2020 when he convinced wife Elaine to plough the savings into Cluck Chicken and with queues recently hitting over an hour, the initial investment looks like a good one.

The Cluck Yard is designed to reduce that queuing time drastically with a tailored kitchen for faster orders without losing the Cluck Chicken high standards. The yard will be open fully for “dine-in” on June 7th once restrictions are lifted, with a range of seating including large pods to keep the whole family dry in the unpredictable Irish summer. A pager system has been introduced for efficiency and will buzz when your order is ready for collection.


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There is even some new menu items including delicious Kung Pao Chicken Wings, which we demolished during our visit! Clucking & Trucking every weekend Thursday – Sunday located just across the road from the old spot on The Greenhills Road, Eircode – D12K7F4


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New Mother and Daughter Run Coffee Shop, Creates A Surge Of Excitement In Clontarf

New Mother and Daughter Run Coffee Shop, Creates A Surge Of Excitement In Clontarf

Surge Coffee is finally here. 56 Clontarf Road was once home to the much loved Ebb & Flow and after a partial change in ownership and some stylish renovations, Clontarf has a new coffee shop. 

Partial change in ownership? Ebb & Flow regulars will be delighted to know former co-owner Fiona Fitzgerald is still at the reins but is now joined by Naiose, for what is Clontarf’s new mother and daughter ran hotspot , Surge Coffee.

The leading ladies have drafted in some coffee expertise in head barista Eoghan Newman, previously of Two Boys Brew and 3fe roasters. Surge is a movement of a wave and Naoise says not only does the name fit due to their coastal location, but the name really grasps her personality, as she likes to get things done fast. Naoise tells Dublin Social, “It’s been a year of hard work, but we are so happy to be finally open. It is great to see old customers and new, and so many dogs which we love at Surge! The support in the community has been great so far and we look forward to welcoming more friendly and furry faces throughout the summer.”


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It is not just the locals that are queuing up, last week Surge got a phonecall from a lady in Dalkey asking could she hold two of their sought after Coconut and Dulche De Leche Croissants

Those croissants are from the brilliant Medialuna and we highly approve, after scoffing the delicious Prosciutto, Gruyere & Tomato version topped with black olive tapanade.

Coffee comes from Belfast roasters Root & Branch and is brewed in their futuristic looking machine, The Slayer. Naoise proudly informs Dublin Social “It is the only one I’ve seen in the Ireland! They are a barista led machine which gives more control to the person making the coffee”


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Greenville Sandwiches are appearing ever more regularly in cafes across the city and it’s for good reason. We get stuck into ‘The Tandoori Chick’ – marinated tandoori chicken, roasted plum tomatoes, pickled red cabbage, peppery rocket and a zesty garlic mayo on organic sourdough. An excellent lunch and we promise ourselves to try the ‘Brisket & Chimichurri’ on our next visit.

Fiona and Naoise are no strangers to the community, running Salon 56 from the same address for the last 8 years. Also on site, The Barber Shop @ 56, Clontarf’s No.1 location for a Turkish hot towel shave I am informed.

The renovations include a shop front with large open inviting windows and a little bench for customers and dogs too. A black and white colour scheme creates a modern and stylish facade but with their super friendly staff, there is none of the coffee snobbery you might have experienced elsewhere.

Surge Coffee is open 8am – 5pm daily and is also a member of Squid Loyalty.


Duck Doughnuts & Desserts! Treehouse Treats Review – The New Food Truck You Must Visit This Weekend

Duck Doughnuts & Desserts! Treehouse Treats Review – The New Food Truck You Must Visit This Weekend

Dublin Social has visited Treehouse Treats and can now confirm, Duck Doughnuts are everything we dreamed of!

Treehouse Treats operates from an impressive airstream foodtruck and is located at Knocknashee Estate, Goatstown, a couple of minutes from the popular Airfield Farm & Gardens.

Dan Hannigan (Mister S, Richmond, L’ecrivain, Food For Thought), Luke Murphy (Wishbone, DPC, Hey Donna) and David Keane (Gregan’s Castle, Richmond, Brookwood) have combined their creative juices to bring an incredible line up of delectable desserts and savoury snacks to the ever growing Dublin streetfood scene.


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Dan Hannigan, most recently head chef at Mister S, is one of the best young chefs in the country and is doing incredible work with his charitry fundraiser, Food For Thought. He told Dublin Social, “We use sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients to produce our dishes. We wanted to bring some restaurant quality food to our airstream while being fun and casual with our customers. Our big sellers are our hazelnut choux buns, duck doughnuts and the chocolate, raspberry and whipped caramel tart.”


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It is the Duck Doughnuts that have been causing quite a stir on the socials though. Soft brioche doughnuts are stuffed with confit duck leg and pickled beetroot, served with a seasonal rhubarb hoisin on the side. The Doughnuts have a golden exterior, the duck melts in the mouth and the rubarb hoisin is a delcious sweet and sour sauce for dipping generously.

Choux buns are appearing ever more regulary on our feeds and long may this trend continue. Treehouse Treats choux is a feather light pastry encasiong a large cavity that is filled with a wonderful hazelnut cream. At firast glace, it might be reasonable to think these buns simply have a dollop of filling in the centre. Less dollop, more resevoir would be a sounder descirption as that delicious hazelnut cream comes oozing out at ever crack.

The Vanilla Panna Cotta with Lemon Curd is rich with vanilla flavour and the three mini meringues on top add to a lovely combination of textures. Also on the menu, Brown Butter Cookies, Eton Mess and a selection of Sourdough Sandwiches from Jack Rabbit. Dublin Social will be back very soon to try out that incredible looking raspberry and whipped caramel tart.

Vegan desserts are on the way and opening hours are 8-4 Monday to Friday and 10-6 Saturday and Sunday.