Yelp's Backyard Bizarre
"Imagine this. Warm sunshine, cook tunes playing and the smell of local delicacies wafting in the air, just waiting to be consumed. If you didn't think life got better; free beer and cocktails." Thanks Liat F. Yelp Dublin's Backyard Bizarre shindig at the Bernard Shaw could not have been described more accurately.
Throw in the mix a winged tiger greeting you at the door, alternative Angel cards read by the fantastical Paul Timoney, hilarious reviews by Merciless Margorie Olsen and magic tricks by Foley Magic. Then put yourself at the mercy of Jock Strong & his stunning assistant to win anything from a Magic Eye Book to a Rick Astley record, and boom, bizarre all up in yo face!
Of course it wasn't all crazy - guests were able to ease their way into the day with some smooth coffee from Coffee To Get Her, try one of several blends of herbal teas from Oolong Flower Power Tea Shop, and top it all off with a neck and shoulder massage, all accompanied by the sunny day dub and reggae beats by DJ, Niall Dunne. As Fabian T said; "All extremely recommended if your previous night was out of control..!"
Then there was the main attraction. The Food. The Big Blue Bus served their delicious brand of thin based pizza ('best Emilie A has had in Dublin'), J2 Grill & Sushi wowed the crowd with their 'sushi with a zing', and Staple Foods salad boxes with 'tasty tasty falafel that not only was organic vegan, but oven baked'.
The 'steaming hot pie and mash' from the Pieman Cafe lined the stomachs of the masses, 'really excellent' guacamole and chips came from Tolteca, and some refreshing ice cream samples from Murphy's Ice Cream washed it all down.
And the drink. Oh the drink. The 5 Lamps Brewery seemed to be a 'personal favourite' of most of the beer drinkers. As was the Smithwicks and their newest (and most delish) offering; Smithwicks Pale Ale. Then nice cool Becks in the inside bar for those who wanted to retreat from the sunshine, and 'the new love' of Maire B's life, Zaconey.
As if that wasn't enough, everyone in the door was in with a chance of winning a shedload of prizes from local and independent businesses. These included a choice of three t-shirts by Irish t-shirt designers Blu-boy. Brunch and 'reviver' cocktails from Ely Gastro Pub. Signed prints by local Icon Factory artists Aga Szot and Kevin Bohan.
So that's it boys and girls. If you were there, no doubt you had a blast. If you weren't, well, you missed out! Keep an eye out on our Yelp event page for more fun stuff coming up soon.
Oh and if you got spoilt by all the free stuff, I'd probably click here too. It lists all the discounts and freebies you will get from now on for using your Yelp app to 'check in' at all the businesses who came along on the day.
"The reggae pumping in the background set the tone for an afternoon of chilled R&R the likes of which are usually only seen in tv ads or on idyllic album covers, and oh, how we reveled in it. It was a brief time of well-orchestrated happiness and gone too soon, much like summer itself." - Rashel W
Thanks to the Bernard Shaw for hosting the event, to Dubshot Image for the photos, all the local businesses mentioned above, the fabulous performers and staff, and of course Mr Sun for turning up right on queue.
Emily C (Yelp Dublin Community Manager)