Copper's is something of a Dublin institution and is truly an experience to be reckoned with. Expect to find an eclectic crowd of young and old all on a mission to have a good time and drink the place dry. As a result, the Copper's dance floor is an entity to be reckoned with. Expect mad dancing, romance blossoming and at any point a rousing rugby chant or old Irish air can break through the chart tunes and bring the club to a stand still as everyone stops to join in the song.
Local Expert tip: Expect drunken debauchery of the highest order here along with chart tunes galore
Enter Krystle and expect to see some of the big names on the Dublin social scene, be it rugby players or models/socialites. This club is all about dressing up to the nines and dancing in sleek bar surrounded with a fashionable interior. The music policy is mixture of chart, r'n'b and funky house with accompaniment from live percussionists that service some of London's trendiest clubs. Booths and tables are also available for reservation at no extra cost and with no minimum spend required so you can enjoy your night in style.
Local Expert tip: Make sure to dress up and arrive early to avoid disappointment, Krystle's door policy becomes more strict as the night wears on.
Hidden away in the basement of the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Pygmalion is a cool, stylised bar that morphs into an exciting club at night. Exposed stone walls, high bronze bathroom doors, a vintage photo booth and plenty of nooks and crannies sets this club apart from the crowd and is commonly packed. Young up and coming Irish acts share the decks with renowned international DJs and the dancefloor, albeit small, has an excellent atmosphere and acts as Lost Society's cooler, older brother.
Local Expert tip: Pygmalion is nearly always free in so make use of this to enjoy a great club night without the cover charge.
Lost Society is an impressive club and bar spanning over several floors of an 18th Century town mansion. The interior is filled with vintage armchairs and sofas and the high ceilings are covered with ornate cornices. Despite this grandeur however, this club knows how to kick off. The basement often plays house to DJ's that have the place pumping and the clientele covered in sweat. Meanwhile, the main dance room on the second floor has ample space to dance and enjoy the usually vintage-indie vibes.
Local Expert tip: The cocktail deals here are good value and are a cut above many other club cocktails.
Situated on Dublin's trendy Wexford Street, you'll be sure to see The Village hopping at weekends. It combines many floors and operates as both a nightclub, bar and live music venue. As a result you'll always find an eclectic group of people and a dancefloor that's packed to the brim. A plethora of varied club nights and gigs mean you can dance here from everything to electro-house to indie to bollywood.
Local Expert tip: Check ahead to see what's on here as there can be a wide range of nights on that may suit your tastes or be the direct opposite.
Smack bang in the centre of Dublin's tourist and cultural hub, The Button Factory is a music venue and club that draws in a constant crowd of music lovers, students and regular clubbers alike. It plays host to indie gigs, techno DJ's and Irish folk music depending on which night you choose and is one of the first ports of call for many tourists looking for a dancing venue. Student nights mean excellent drinks deals along with music policies ranging from indie to hip-hop.
Local Expert tip: To avoid a younger crowd, give Thursdays and Saturdays a miss.
The Academy is one of Dublin's biggest dedicated venues that includes vast space for performes and dancers alike. While there is usually a range of artists and bands taking to its stage, the weekends are usually dedicated to club nights that take their music seriously and cater to more alternative music tastes. The atmosphere is electric and the dancefloor is spacious and well ventilated - you might find it hard to leave.
Local Expert tip: Check in advance to see whether there is a ticketed event on.
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 Music venue last year, the popularity of The Grand Social has gone from strength to strength and features excellent gig and DJ set listings. The main stage has an amazing draped ceiling above it, almost as if you're dancing under a psychedelic marquee. The beer garden also provides some quick food vendors to give you some sustenance before you continue raving.
Local Expert tip: Make sure you keep a hole of whoever you go with because it's easy to get lost in this club.
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 with many different rooms and areas and sometimes resembling a townhouse sitting room that's been overrun with people. The music is great, the cocktails are lethal and it's definitely one of the more affordable nights out in Dublin. The ground floor stage doubles as a great dance floor and the club as a whole has plenty of space for dancing.
Local Expert tip: Have one of their Red Room cocktails and then try to remember what happened the night before.
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 music scene and putting on events to suit almost everyone's musical persuasions. The venue itself is over 3 floors and often fills each of its stages with different acts every Friday and Saturday. Its newest addition, The Rum Bar, offers a variety of delicious cocktails and a wide range of specialist rums to get the evening off to a great start.
Local Expert tip: Head to the ground floor stage for some respite from the often-sweaty basement dancefloor.