May's monthly 9 giveaways have dropped! And this month we've got a nautical-themed hotel stay, loads of restaurant experiences, a hamper, a wine tasting, even a coffee making course. Being automatically entered into our monthly giveaways is just one of the perks of being signed up to ATF Insiders - our premium service that allows us to operate independently, with no #ad, #collab or #invite across any of our channels.
Everyone signed up to ATF Insiders by midnight on Wednesday 17th May will be entered into the draw, and winners will be picked and notified on Thursday 18th May. Here's what you could win this month...
1) An overnight stay with dinner at the Titanic Hotel, Belfast
The multi award winning Titanic Hotel Belfast is giving one lucky ATF Insider the chance to experience the historic hotel, including the Heritage Tour. You'll be taken back in time to when the Drawing Offices housed the designers of some of the world's most impressive ocean liners of their time, and transported to the telephone exchange where the call of RMS Titanic's fate was taken. You'll enjoy dinner in the Wolff Grill Restaurant, eating from a menu created by Nigel Mannion (named Yes Chef 'Chef of the Year' just last week), and before you check out and have the opportunity to explore Titanic Quarter, you'll enjoy a Titanic sized breakfast.
(Transport to and from Belfast is not included. Dates subject to availability and prize can be claimed between Sunday and Thursday.)
2) Dinner for four with drinks at Juno, Drumcondra
When we asked our readers about the best things they've eaten recently, Juno in Drumcondra came up again and again. From the same crew as Happy's on Aston Quay, the bar and restaurant in Dublin 1 has a menu we'd struggle to choose from, including a black pudding and thyme battered sausage, bacon and cabbage arancini, and a hot fish sandwich with jalapeño tartar and pink pickles. Their cheese and onion fries with Cashel Blue crema, pickled and crispy onions also got special mention. We've got dinner for four at Juno to give away this month, with a €50 bar tab so you can dive into their cocktails and craft beers too.
3) A €100 voucher For Okky
New opening Okky on Aungier Street (formerly Lucky Tortoise) is Ireland's first Okonomiyaki bar. As well as the Japanese savoury cabbage pancake, they serve tamagoyoki (Japanese omelette), gyoza and sides, with recipes coming from their Japanese chef Haru, whose grandparents were one of the first Japanese people to bring Okonomiyaki to Brazil in the 1960s. They're hoping to add more unique Japanese dishes like Omurice and Onigiri to the menu in the future, but for now they've given us a €100 voucher so that one of our Insiders can visit and try it all.
4) A table for two at Café en Seine's FORAGED dinner
Café en Seine is hosting a special FORAGED dinner with Glendalough Irish Gin on Friday 2nd June, and we're sending one of our Insiders off with a guest to experience three courses of wild and foraged foods from head chef Stephen Gibson. They'll be paired with carefully curated gin cocktails from Glendalough, whose gin is made using wild botanicals collected by their full-time forager. Tickets are €58pp (excluding booking fee), with two sittings at 17:30 and 20:30, and can be bought here.
5) Dinner for four with drinks from Kinara Group
Now in its 22nd year of business, the Kinara Group comprises three of Dublin's leading Pakistani and Eastern restaurants - Kinara Clontarf, Kinara Kitchen in Ranelagh, and Kajjal in Malahide, and their early bird is one of the best ways to experience maximum flavour for minimal spend. At €29.95 a head for three courses, it's available from 4pm to 7pm every Wednesday and Thursday, and we've got an early bird table for four to give away including two cocktails each, worth €220.
6) A 'Best of Bakestone' hamper
Bakestone Café & Pantry in Cork (Carrigtwohill and Fota House) have just celebrated 10 years in business, offering an all-day menu with a focus on high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients, in their buttermilk pancakes, French toast, salads and quiches. The 'Bakehouse Pantry' sells products from over 150 Irish producers, as well as homemade chutneys, jams, pickles and relishes, and we've got a hamper full of Bakestone treats worth over €100 to give away this month including their brand new coffee blend with Badger & Dodo - Common Grounds.
7) A Cool Hand Coffee Class For Two
Cool Hand Coffee Roasters now have three locations in Dublin to discover coffee from around the globe, explore flavours, and create your own bespoke blends, and they've just launched three new coffee workshops, perfect for beginners. Their ‘Brewing’, ‘Latte Art’ and ‘Roasting’ classes (€50 - €75) are a mix of facts and hands on experience, and are a great grounding in all things coffee. Workshops are on every Saturday at 12pm in their Baggot Street location (places can be booked here) and this month one of our Insiders is going to win a class of their choice for them and a friend, plus coffee to take home.
8) An Urban Brewing x Estrella Galicia tasting menu for two
Urban Brewing is teaming up with Estrella Galicia for a tasting menu featuring local, seasonal ingredients cooked by head chef Dan Keane (see the menu here), paired with Estrella Galicia beers, including some special bottles you might not have come across before. The dinner takes place on Saturday 27th May from 18.30, priced at €65 for all food and drinks, and tickets can be bought here, but we've got two to give away to one lucky Insider this month.
9) Two Tickets to The Corkscrew's Sauvignon Blanc Showdown
On Monday 12th of June, The Corkscrew are holding a "Sauvignon Showdown, Loire Valley V New World" wine tasting, upstairs in Amuri restaurant. They'll be pitting Sancerres and Pouilly Fumés from the Loire Valley against some of South Africa, New Zealand and Napa Valley's best, and it will be up to the tasters to award points and crown the champion. It starts at 18:30 and tickets (€55) can be bought here or over the phone, but we've got two to give away, so if you're a Sauv Blanc fan cross your fingers.
Everyone signed up to ATF Insiders for May (new and old) will be automatically entered into the prize draw - you don't need to do anything. If you're not signed up yet join here before midnight on Wednesday 17th May. You'll be supporting independent content in Dublin and beyond, and be able to get answers to all of your burning questions about eating out, here and abroad, directly from us.