Whether You Go For The Music, The Atmosphere Or The Black Stuff, Dublin Has Something For Everyone

While the recession has hit the Dublin nightlife hard -causing the closures of some of our best music venues- it has by no means quashed the creative and musical side of the city that has continued to flourish regardless. Whether you're looking to sample some live Irish music, Indie bands or spend the night dancing to some of Europe's finest DJs there is something for everyone in Dublin clubs. Venues such as The Twisted Pepper and Whelan's have kept up a consistent standard of showcasing great music sourced from both around the world and our own isle. Meanwhile, if you like to concentrate more on what you are imbibing than what you're listening to make a beeline for Against the Grain or The Porterhouse and fill your glass with delicious craft beers. If you're looking for a taste of the country without having to travel for hours then simply hop upon the shuttle bus to Johnny Fox's in the Dublin Mountains. You'll be taken to Ireland's highest pub and back after last orders without a care in the world and you can sample the fresh air and the traditional music and dance as if you're deep in Connemara. Dublin pubs are renowned for having some of the best ambiance in the world, whether it's the music, the locals, the beer or the location there is bound to be something that catches your eye.

This brewing gem opened the doors of its first branch in 1989 and hasn't looked back since. Sourcing some of the best beers from the continent as well as brewing their own, The Porterhouse now boasts five premises in Dublin, London and New York...  Read More

Airport - Dub

Situated on Dawson Street the outside of this famous building doesn't give away what's in store for you on the inside. Café En Seine is an institution of the Dublin pub scene and the interior is a feast for the eyes. A three-story atrium filled...  Read More

Outside the city
Johnny Fox's
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If the hustle and bustle of Dublin's city centre is getting to you and you would prefer to take your Guinness with a scenic panorama then head up to Ireland's 'highest' pub, Johnny Fox's in the Dublin mountains. The drive is about half an hour...  Read More

Whelan's is a sprawling pub and music venue that's but a hop, skip and a jump away from Anseo. The interior is real old school Irish pub fare with a carved wooden bar and the 'Stone Man' a life size, drinking statue propped up against the bar....  Read More

Anseo is one of those pubs that makes you feel at home. It's cosy, with shelves of books should you wish to spend an afternoon drinking Guinness and slowly becoming unable to read coherently. The upstairs also plays host to the Laugh Out Loud...  Read More

But a stone's throw from The Workman's Club, over the other side of the Ha'penny Bridge is The Grand Social. This club has recently become a mecca for live music and heavy drinking and it boasts a very impressive size. Voted Dublin's Best Live...  Read More

Situated on the quays and overlooking the Liffey, The Workman's Club operates as both a venue for live music and comedy as well as a rarely empty club space. It's at times a little labyrinthine as it occupies 3 floors and a roof garden, each...  Read More

If you're looking for a more relaxed atmosphere and you consider yourself somewhat of a beer and ale aficionado then look no further than Against the Grain. This bar serves a wide range of ales, lagers and whiskeys, showcasing an impressive...  Read More

The Bernard Shaw
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'The Shaw' as it's known to its young, trendy clientele is the Dublin equivalent of London's Shoreditch pubs. Seemingly compact and indistinguishable from other pubs from the outside it's the sprawling beer garden inside where all the excitement...  Read More

The Twisted Pepper
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Dublin has suffered some unfortunate losses in the club department but The Twisted Pepper has remained at the top its game. Consistently booking the some of the best, most hyped acts on the electronic music scene as well as supporting Dublin's...  Read More


Meet Emily Carson

Emily grew up in Dublin, and studied French and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. During her university years, she lived in both Scotland and France, but traveled around Europe...  More About Emily

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