Dublin nightlife: renowned for its traditional pubs and excellent beer, including the famous Guinness, the Irish capital offers a young and sparkling nightlife. Here is the must-have guide to Dublin nightlife, the best nightclubs and where to go out at night.
Dublin is a young and very lively city (half of the population is under 30 years old) and, not surprisingly, for many years now it has become an obligatory stop for many young people who decide to take a few days' trip abroad.
As far as nightlife , Dublin has nothing to envy to other major European capitals, on the contrary, when night falls, the city becomes very lively and offers many options for nightlife even during the week. As for partying, the Irish know how to do it: in Dublin there are countless clubs and nightclubs open every evening , including the inevitable and typical pubs that represent a point of reference for Dublin's nightlife . In fact, throughout Ireland, the pub is a real tradition, and it is possible to find one in every street or crossroads, from the ancient and historic pubs to the more modern and trendy ones.
Nightlife in Dublin starts early, usually from 18.00 which is dinner time for the Irish, and is marked by very specific times. Pubs are usually open until 11.30pm, as are restaurants, while discotheques close around 2.00-2.30am. The only exception is represented by the clubs located on Leeson Street , which stay open until 5.00 on weekends and get crowded when other places close.
During the week, Dublin's clubs and pubs are mostly frequented by local young people who are always very open and willing to socialize with tourists. In fact, a sociable and informal atmosphere always reigns inside the various clubs in Dublin, capable of putting everyone at ease. During the weekend, however, Dublin is filled with tourists who flock to the pubs and clubs of the Irish capital. One thing you will notice are the numerous groups of women only, not only Irish but also foreign, who gather in the various places to drink and have fun.
Dublin's nightlife districts
Dublin's nightlife takes place mainly in the city center and above all in the area south of the River Liffey, called the South Side , where there is the greatest concentration of nightclubs.
Below you will find a list of areas where to go out at night in Dublin :
The heart of Dublin's nightlife is certainly Temple bar , a district dotted with pubs and discos, but also typical and ethnic restaurants, as well as exhibition and cultural centres. Temple Bar is in fact the artistic and entertainment center of the Irish capital , and every evening it attracts a large crowd of young and old in search of fun. Here you will find a wide range of pubs with live music, especially of the Irish folk genre, but also rock music concerts, performances and shows by street artists: the cultural district of Dublin has seen the birth of many international rock bands, among which U2 , the Hothouse Flowers and Boyzone . Wandering around Temple Bar, it's always easy to make friends with some Irish people, perhaps while sipping a good Guinness , Dublin's famous beer!
The area around Dame street and George's street is instead quieter than Temple Bar and is characterized by the presence of small restaurants and gastro pubs, with higher quality food and cheaper prices. Besides the restaurants, there are many trendy cocktail bars and pubs.
Along Harcourt Street there are some of the most famous clubs in Dublin (the Dicey's Garden and the Copper Face Jacks ) and other clubs and bars with commercial music and mostly crowded by the Irish. The environment is more elegant than the average of Temple Bar clubs and the average age varies according to the evenings.
The other areas of Dublin's nightlife are Camden Street , the less famous sister of the London street of the same name, and Leeson Street , where you will find some discos that stay open until late at night.
The events not to be missed in Dublin: St. Patrick's Day and Tradfest
If you decide to visit Dublin in the winter, don't miss the world-famous St Patrick's Festival which takes place around the 17th of March every year. During St. Patrick's Day , the whole city turns green and the beer literally flows freely! The streets of Dublin, in fact, are filled with people dressed in green cloaks and faces, and you can see huge parades, performances with street artists and, of course, lots of drinking.
Another important event in Dublin is the Tradfest , a music festival that takes place in Temple Bar at the end of January, which sees the participation of many Irish artists and which literally transforms the city into an open-air stage.
Clubs and discos in Dublin
The Button Factory
(Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin) Located in the heart of Temple Bar , the Button Factory is one of Dublin's busiest nightclubs . This club. which combines evenings with live music and DJ sets, always has a busy program of events and concerts. The dance floor is constantly crowded with young music fans, students and revelers of all stripes. It hosts indie concerts, techno DJs and Irish folk music depending on the night, and is one of the favorite clubs for tourists looking for a place to dance in Dublin . Student nights feature excellent drink deals and musical programming ranging from indie to hip-hop.
(Cope St, Temple Bar, Dublin) Open Friday & Saturday 11pm - 3am.
A true institution of Dublin's nightlife for more than 20 years, the Club M is a Temple bar with an elegant and trendy setting that offers theme nights, with music ranging from chill out rhythms to Dance and R'n music 'B. Admission is free before 11.30.
(21-25 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin's, Dublin) Open daily 4-4pm.
Located on the very busy Harcourt Street , the Dicey's Garden is the favorite disco of university students in Dublin. Always very busy, this large club has several rooms offering various musical genres. Every Sunday and Tuesday, drinks cost only 2 euros! It goes without saying that parties at Dicey's are always full and fun is guaranteed. The club is also known for the presence of many South American girls.
Copper Face Jacks
(29-30 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin's, Dublin) Open daily 11pm-3.30am.
Located near Dicey's Garden , the Copper Face Jacks is a very popular club, especially among the Irish who live outside Dublin. This place has the reputation of being a good place to hook up in Dublin and, on weekends, it transforms into a real carnage, with lots of guys and girls drinking, dancing and having fun. Entrance costs 10 euros on weekends, while it is often free during the week.
(1-2, Adam Court, Grafton Street, Dublin) Open daily 11pm-3am.
Frequented by many celebrities and entertainment, the Lillie's Bordello is one of the most exclusive nightclubs in Dublin , characterized by an elegant and refined, with music that varies according to the evening. Worth mentioning are the excellent cocktails and the Victorian-style furnishings. Dress well.
(Junction of Mary St & Jervis St, Dublin) Open Monday - Wednesday 10.30am - 11pm, Thursday 10.30am - 11.30pm, Friday & Saturday 10.30am - 2.30am, Sunday 11.30am - 11pm.
Located inside a church, The Church is a pub that turns into a disco at night. The DJ station is located in place of the altar. The place is very interesting, full of atmosphere and frequented by many beautiful girls: it is worth a visit.
Howl at the Moon
(7/8 Lower Mount Street, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin) Open Wednesday 5pm to 2.30am, Thursday 4pm to 2.30am, Friday 4pm to 3am, Saturday 8pm to 3am.
The Howl at the Moon is a three floor club with a different genre of music in each floor. In the numerous bars located inside the club there is an interesting offer on cocktails (2 drinks at the price of 10 euros) and on the top floor there is a beautiful terrace where you can chat and get some fresh air. Great on Wednesday nights when there's free entry until 8pm and all drinks are €2.50!
3Arena (formerly The O2 Dublin)
(N Wall Quay, North Dock, Dublin) Housed in a former theater building, the 3Arena is one of Dublin's best concert venues, with an excellent program of top-class events level.
The Sugar Club
(8 Lower Leeson Street, Saint Kevin's, Dublin) Open Monday to Thursday 11pm to 2am, Friday to Sunday 8pm to 3am.
Located along Leeson Street , the Sugar Club is a nightclub that offers evenings with different music every day of the week for all tastes.
(25 Wexford St, Dublin) Open daily 5pm - 3am.
Active for more than 25 years, Whelan's is a veritable temple of live music in Dublin . This club alternates a mix of evenings with live music and DJ sets and mainly offers indie-rock music concerts: an infinite variety of different artists have followed one another on its stage, from small local bands to international musicians.
(89 South Great George's Street, Dublin) Open Monday to Friday 2-2.30pm, Saturday 12.30-2.30am, Sunday 12.30-1.30am.
Active since 1985, the George is known as the first gay club opened in Dublin and, to this day, continues to offer fun evenings with lots of music and lots of beer.
The Wright Venue
(South Quarter, Airside Retail Park, Crowscastle, Swords, Dublin) Open Thursday to Saturday 10pm to 4am.
The Wright Venue is one of the largest clubs in Dublin and is internationally famous. The disco is spread over three large floors, with luxurious and modern environments, and with a musical selection so vast as to satisfy every taste and every age. The club often hosts internationally renowned DJs.
(D2, 28 Dame St, Dublin) Spread over three floors, the Mercantile is a club that offers music of various kinds depending on the evening, music that can range from rock to Latin American. It is rumored that the place is often frequented by Irish MILFs.
4 Dame Lane
(4 Dame Lane, Dublin) Open Tuesday and Wednesday 5pm to 11.30pm, Thursday to Sunday 5pm to 3am.
Located along the homonymous street, the 4 Dame Lane is a trendy club frequented by an average age clientele around 30 years.
(21/22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin) Open Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 3am, Sunday 12pm to 2am.
Spread over 5 floors in Temple Bar, the Fitzsimons is an obligatory stop in Dublin's nightlife . There's always partying every night of the week: you can't go wrong.
(21-25 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin's, Dublin) Open Friday and Saturday 11pm-3am.
The Krystle has won the award for 'best nightclub in Ireland' on several occasions and is a permanent fixture of Dublin's nightlife . There is a fully heated roof terrace with bar which is always very popular and busy. Downstairs there are other bars and areas to dance. Dress well if you want to enter.
(Powerscourt Townhouse, S William St, Dublin) Open Sunday to Thursday 12.00 to 2.30, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 3.30.
Hidden in the basement of the Powerscourt Townhouse Center , the Pygmalion is a bar that turns into an exciting club at night, with renowned international DJs and a small but always full dance floor. Excellent atmosphere.
(57 Abbey Street Middle, North City, Dublin) The Academy is one of the largest concert halls in Dublin with extensive performance space and dancers. While there are usually a range of artists and bands playing live music, the weekends are usually dedicated to club nights, with music that suits more alternative musical tastes. The atmosphere is electric and the dancefloor is very spacious.
The Grand Social
(35 Liffey Street Lower, Dublin) Open Monday to Wednesday 4pm to 11.30pm, Thursday and Friday 4pm to 2.30am, Saturday 12pm to 2.30am, Sunday 3pm to 11pm.
The Grand Social has recently become a mecca for live music and heavy drinking. The club is very large and has been voted the best live music venue in Dublin , gaining great popularity, mainly thanks to the presence of a list of concerts and DJs.
The Workman's Club
(10 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin) Open daily 5pm - 3am.
Located on the docks and overlooking the River Liffey, the Workman's is both a live music club and a rarely empty disco. It can feel a bit labyrinthine at times, as it occupies three floors and a roof garden, each with many different rooms and areas. The music is great and the cocktails are lethal – definitely one of the cheapest nights out in Dublin . The ground floor stage doubles as a grand ballroom with plenty of room to dance.
Bars and pubs in Dublin
Pubs are a true icon of Dublin and Irish nightlife (there are more than 800 in the capital alone). Most of them are simple places where the locals gather after work to sip a good pint of Irish beer and make friends, chatting or listening to live music. In addition to the excellent beer, you can also taste some typical Irish dishes such as beef steak ( Irish Steak ), stew with sausage, called Dublin Coodle , or lamb stew ( Irish Stew ). Bear in mind that Dubliners dine quite early and therefore most pub kitchens close around 8pm.
(3-5 Old Dunleary Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin) Open Monday to Thursday 12.30 to 23.30, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 00.30, Sunday 12.00 to 24.00.
Located a short distance from the port of Dún Laoghaire (in the south of Dublin), the Purty Kitchen is an old pub dating back to 1728 with a welcoming atmosphere that combines good food with live music (from folk music to disco music) . The music takes place upstairs, in the loft: there's generally an admission fee, which varies by event. The food is very good, with a wide choice of fish (try the hake with parmesan) and you can bring your own wine. It is advisable to book a table in advance if you want to find a place to sit.
(20 Lower Bridge St, Merchants Quay, Dublin) Open Monday 10.30am - 12.30am, Tuesday - Thursday 10.30am - 11.30pm, Friday & Saturday 10.30am - 12.30am, Sunday 12.30pm - 11.30pm.
Dating back to 1750, the Brazen Head is the oldest pub in Dublin and represents a real piece of history of the city. Historical frequenters of the pub include Robert Emmet , who led the rebellion of 1803, and Daniel O'Connell , one of the most important Irish political figures of the 19th century.
(16-18 Parliament St, Dublin) Open Monday to Wednesday 11.30am to midnight, Thursday 11.30am to 1am, Friday and Saturday 11.30am to 2am.
Located on the edge of Temple Bar , the Porterhouse is a brewery that offers excellent home-brewed craft beers. The variety of beers ranges from 3 blondes, 3 reds and 3 stouts. As well as beer, the pub also offers a good food menu and live music every night. Even if it is very touristic, the place is worth a visit for the quality of the food and its beers. Additionally, there are two other Porterhouses located north of the river.
(St James's Gate, Ushers, Dublin) Open daily 9.30am - 5pm.
During your trip to Dublin, you cannot miss a visit to the Guinness Storehouse , where you can taste the famous Irish stout and also witness the various stages of its preparation. A mandatory stop even if you are not a beer lover.
(18 Camden Street Lower, Saint Kevin's, Dublin) Open Monday to Thursday 10.30am to 11.30pm, Friday and Saturday 4pm to 12.30am, Sunday 4pm to 11pm.
The Anseo is a popular alternative pub on Camden Street , quite small but always packed with young people in their 20s and 30s. The place often organizes DJ sets, concerts and various events, including exhibitions and book presentations. During the day, the bar is a calm and relaxing café.
(8 Harry St, Dublin) Open Sunday to Tuesday 9.30am to 1.30am, Wednesday to Saturday 9.30am to 2.30am.
The Bruxelles is a loud and crowded bar with live rock and metal music.
(8 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin) Open Sunday to Thursday 12.00 to 23.30, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 2.00.
The Octagon is one of the most elegant bars in Temple Bar and is often frequented by celebrities, including U2 themselves. The peculiarity of the bar is its octagonal-shaped counter, immersed in an elegant lounge with armchairs, Art Deco-style windows and wood paneling. The bar is renowned for its excellent cocktails, even if they are quite expensive.
The International Bar
(23 Wicklow St, Dublin) Open Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 11.30pm, Friday to Sunday 10am to 12.30am.
Easy-going, traditional-looking pub offering live music nights, blues and soul in particular.
Doheny and Nesbitt
(5 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin) Open Sunday to Wednesday 9am to 12.30am, Thursday 9am to 1.30am, Friday and Saturday 9am to 2am.
Dating back to 1867, the Doheny and Nesbitt is another historic pub in Dublin, characterized by a welcoming atmosphere and classic wooden furniture. Entering here, you will feel like stepping back in time.
(9 South Anne Street, Dublin) Open Monday to Thursday 9am to 1.30am, Friday and Saturday 11am to 12.30am, Sunday 12pm to 11pm.
The Kehoe is an old-fashioned pub and little frequented by tourists, but mainly by musicians and writers. Here you can sample some of Ireland's best stouts.
(3 Harry St, Dublin) MacDaid's is characterized by its decor made up of photos of writers, trunks and old books hanging on the walls. This pub has seen some of Ireland's most famous poets and writers pass by, such as Brandan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh and Brian O'Nolan. There is live jazz every Sunday evening.
(8 Poolbeg St, Dublin) Open Monday to Thursday 10.30am to 11.30pm, Friday 10.30am to 12pm, Saturday 10.30am to 12.30am, Sunday 12.30pm to 11pm.
Open since 1782, Mulligan's is a pub with blackened walls and worn floors that retains the authentic atmosphere of yesteryear. Now, the pub has become a popular meeting place for Dublin workers and Trinity College students. Even James Joyce used to frequent this place!
(12 Lower Bridge St, Merchants Quay, Dublin) Open 9am-1am daily.
Pub frequented mainly by Dubliners and decorated with old photos and newspaper articles hanging on the walls. Every evening you can try your hand at dancing to traditional Irish music.
(1 Dame Ct, Dublin) Open Monday to Thursday 11.00 to 00.30, Friday and Saturday 11.00 to 1.30, Sunday 12.00 to 24.00.
The Stag's Head has been a popular pub in Dublin for many generations, and is characterized by its Victorian décor, with wooden walls, stained glass windows and, above all, a large real stag head hanging on the wall above the bar . The pub dates back to 1895 and has become a magnet for tourists in recent years, as well as a meeting place for students from nearby Trinity College . But don't let that put you off: the atmosphere of the place is very authentic and the food on offer is exquisite.
(81 Talbot St, North City, Dublin) Open Sunday to Thursday 10am to 11.30pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 12.30am.
Located north of the river, the Celt is a nice little pub frequented mainly by locals. Recommended if you want to immerse yourself in the authentic Irish atmosphere, as this pub often organizes traditional evenings.
The Long Hall
(51 South Great George's Street, Dublin) Open Monday to Thursday 12.30 to 23.30, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 00.30, Sunday 12.30 to 23.00.
Located near Dublin Castle , the Long Hall is an old pub frequented by locals and a few tourists. Inside, the pub is furnished in a Victorian style, with high mahogany ceilings, beautiful cornices, brass lamps and red carpets, as well as a clock over 200 years old. In the evening the Long Hall is always full and it is difficult to find a seat.
The Morgan Bar
(10 Fleet St, Temple Bar, Dublin) Open Monday to Wednesday 12.00 to 23.30, Thursday 12.00 to 24.00, Friday to Sunday 12.30 to 2.30.
Located at the hotel of the same name, the Morgan bar is a chic and trendy place where young Dubliners come to be seen and have a drink. Usually there is always music with live DJ sets and dancing.
(6 Camden Street Lower, Saint Kevin's, Dublin) Open Monday to Friday 11am to 2.30am, Saturday 3pm to 2.30am, Sunday 3pm to 2.30am.
Flannery's is another popular pub in Dublin. Although very large, on weekends this place is so crowded that it looks like a nightclub.
(11-12 Richmond St S, Dublin) Open Monday to Thursday 7.30am to 12pm, Friday 7.30am to 12.30am, Saturday 10am to 12.30am, Sunday 1pm to 11pm.
The Bernard Shaw is a quaint pub that is very popular with foreigners. The internal courtyard, which serves as a smoking area, houses an old bus used as a pizzeria, ideal for eating a snack while sipping a good beer. The bar offers DJ sets with music ranging from House to funky, up to disco and groove music.
(23-24 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin) Open Monday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-24.
The Mezz is a disco bar that offers concerts with live rock music and DJ sets. Occasionally the bar hosts Brazilian nights.
The Market Bar
(14A Fade St, Dublin) Open Monday to Thursday 12.00 to 23.30, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 1.30, Sunday 12.00 to 23.00.
Characterized by a large and high ceiling, the Market Bar is both a restaurant and a bar, quiet during the day and crowded in the evening. The restaurant mainly offers a tapas menu.
La Cave Wine Bar
(28 South Anne Street, Dublin) Open Monday to Saturday 12.00-2.00, Sunday 17.00-2.00.
Opened in 1989, La Cave has grown into a busy wine bar offering numerous vintage lists and serving wine until 2am. It is an underground refuge of the world: steep steps lead to a small room with soft red walls, and alive thanks to the glitter of bottles and polished glass. La Cave offers a nice selection of wines by the glass, with Austrian, Hungarian, Lebanese and Greek names, Chilean reds and a galaxy of French labels, among which it is possible to choose one of the fifteen different champagnes on offer. The bar also serves excellent dishes.
Against the Grain
(11 Wexford St, Dublin) Open Monday to Thursday 12.00 to 23.30, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 00.30, Sunday 12.00 to 23.00.
Against the Grain adds some great brews to the city's boozy landscape. Run by the Galway Bay Brewery , this pub has carved out its niche with an impressive range of hundreds of beers from around the world, as well as a short everyday menu. Its interior is also very characteristic and is dominated by the large blackboard on which the various types of beers are written.
(77 King St N, Smithfield, Dublin) Open Monday to Thursday 4pm to 11.30pm, Friday 4pm to 12.30am, Saturday 1.30pm to 12.30am, Sunday 1.30pm to 11pm.
Located in a building that once housed the city's horse market, the Cobblestone is an old pub with red walls papered with photographs and polished wooden furnishings, which offers traditional Irish music in the evenings.
The Black Sheep
(61 Capel St, Rotunda, Dublin) Open Monday to Thursday 12.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 1.00, Sunday 12.00 to 23.30.
With two dozen craft beers on tap and dozens in bottles, the Black Sheep is one of Dublin's best and most interesting breweries. It's located at the north end of Capel Street , but it's also worth a visit for the simplicity of the place, the large windows, the bright interior, the light wood furniture and the bottles that sparkle and drift around the bar.
57 The Headline
(56-57 Clanbrassil Street Lower, Merchants Quay, Dublin) Open Monday 4-11.30pm, Tuesday-Saturday 3-12.30pm, Sunday 1-11pm.
Pub offering excellent craft beers (try the Red Rebel or the Five Lamps lager ) and a selection of whiskeys and specialty cocktails. Don't miss the ever-growing artisanal menu, a house specialty. No music, no television, but plenty of newspapers, plenty of space and a great dinner menu - I recommend the excellent hake with fries and beer.
Cafe en Seine
(40 Dawson Street, Dublin) Open Monday and Tuesday 12.00 to 24.00, Wednesday to Saturday 12.00 to 3.00, Sunday 12.00 to 23.00.
Cafe en Seine decorated bar with a charming atmosphere, ideal for a bite to eat by day and for drinks and dancing at night.