Enjoy Dublin’s Nightlife

If you are thinking about a girlfriends getaway – party style – then read as Jim Dean gives us the scoop on Nightlife in Dublin.  There are plenty of fun activities and places to enjoy during your stay in Ireland.  

Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin, Ireland.


Dublin has one of the best nightlife scenes in all of Europe, perhaps because of its youthful student population and the constant influx of adventurous travelers. This city is quickly becoming one of the best weekend destinations in Europe, and there is always a new and exciting nightclub to check out in Dublin.

The pub is an important center of Irish culture, as it is the meeting place for the community to talk, catch up on gossip, eat, drink, and generally have a great time. There are many friendly and comfortable local pubs where you can enjoy a relaxed pint in an unpretentious atmosphere with perhaps some live music. Later in the night, there are also glitzy nightclubs where you can dance the night away.

Live Music

Many bars and pubs throughout Dublin will feature live music so that you can rock out to some great tunes while you are enjoying your pint of Guinness. Whelan’s is a popular music venue, as well as The Village, and both have regular gigs on most nights of the week. If you head down before 10 pm, the cover charge is usually free.

If you want to kick up your heels and dance to some lively traditional Irish music, head to The Cobblestone where authentic musicians perform local favorites almost every night. You will also find many local buskers along Grafton Street filling the night air with their rhythms, so bring along a few coins to drop into their guitar cases.

Temple Bar

This is the area of town to see and be seen while you are on a night out in Dublin. The Temple Bar area stretches from the Bank of Ireland to Christ Church Cathedral and its cobblestone streets are absolutely packed with some of the best bars, restaurants, and nightclubs in the city. This part of the city has a funky “alternative” vibe and is youthful and exciting, with centers for music, multimedia, and photography.

Check out Fitzsimons, a massive four-story bar and nightclub with live bands every night and big screen plasma TVs. Another great place to enjoy the classic Irish bar atmosphere is Cassidy’s which features live Jazz, a piano bar, and traditional food. Sure, the food is not as refined as in, for example, Indonesia, but for Irish standards more than acceptable.

Nightclubs of Dublin

When you want to get your groove on, there are many hip and happening nightclubs where you can lose yourself in the thumping bass of a great rhythm and dance until morning. Club M has an excellent dance floor and is located right in the middle of the Temple Bar neighborhood. Another great club is Switch, which is fashionable and hip and offers several fun themed events throughout the week.

The Button Factory is also a great place to go dancing, because it has an amazing sound system, crazy lighting, and features many excellent DJ’s from all over the world. If you are into indie music, soul and fun, you might want to check out RiRa Nightclub on Dame Street.

When heading out to the nightclubs in Dublin, be sure to dress smartly. Average cover charges at most clubs will be between 5 and 15 Euros, and will usually be more if there is a big name DJ spinning or it is a holiday. Clubs will open from 10 pm until 2:30 or 3 in the morning.

Have a fantastic time partying in youthful and exciting Dublin!

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