This guide was last updated: December 2016.

Venues map

A regularly updated guide to Dublin clubs, pubs and venues. For visitors and locals alike. See the weekly guide here.


Clubs & late spots

These are places which are set up for dancing so you are pretty much guaranteed DJs, local or international most nights of the week.

Wah Wah Club @ Great Strand Street, Dublin 1)
The Grand Social is a three-floor venue that turns into a club space from Thursday to Saturday with Hidden Agenda promoting international and local DJs there across two main rooms. International electronic guests like Erol Alkan, Romare Kiasmos, Leon Vynehall and local DJ crews include Sim Simma, This Greedy Pig, Welcome.

Wigwam @ 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1)
Used to be Twisted Pepper and hosted a lot of international house and techno guests. Now, more local nights take the basement.  Also houses an amazing coffee shop called Vice and a barber downstairs called Boxcutter. Run by Bodytonic.

Yamamori Tengu – Great Strand Street Dublin, Dublin 1)
Japanese bar at the back of a restaurant with the friendliest crowd and the nicest bar staff in Dublin. Two floors for DJs and some limited live acts. Regular promoters include our own Lumo, Telephones, Out To Lunch and Discotekken. Entrance via the back of the building but past Wah Wah’s entrance. Main room capacity 250 or 400 across two floors.

South William @ South William Street)
Re-opened bar and basement with DJs on Fridays and Saturday nights. Nialler9 plays there fortnightly on Fridays, with more house and techno DJs downstairs. Free into the bar.

District 8 (Francis Street, Dublin 2)
Dark big room for high capacity dance events from various promoters Hidden Agenda, Subject and Abstract included. Recent guests Pantha Du Prince, Dimitri From Paris, Ben Klock, Blawan, Jeff Mills, Ejeca. House and techno.

The Workman’s Club (10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2)
 Bound to be a DJ or a band on here at any time of the night. There’s a venue downstairs with DJs playing til late after local and international bands and a bar adjacent. Upstairs, there are two rooms featuring DJs. Their styles run the gamut from alternative, indie, R&B disco, house, pop and whatever is listed here. Smoking garden is always packed. Stays open til 4am.

Whelan’s (25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2)
Mostly known for its live music reputation which has seen many a indie and rock band play but also Ed Sheeran and pop acts too. Two venues, one main room and an upstairs room which goes late for gigs. The clubs most nights of the week in the bar and/or main venue are stalwarts if you like indie and rock music. The crowd have been known to berate the DJ if he plays anything that doesn’t fit with the ethos in the past.

The Sugar Club (Lower Leeson Street)
Live gigs in main seated room with emphasis on rap, soul, R&B and jazz early with DJs going late in a couple of spaces. Lots of film screenings too.

The Sound House (Eden Quay)
Newly rebranded venue in The Wiley Fox pub and bar (formerly The Pint), a new strain of live gigs and club nights are currently establishing themselves here. See current events for details. 250 capacity.

Opium Rooms (Wexford Street, Dublin 2)
A big main venue for headline guests and a smoking garden for DJs. Usually live or DJ international guests with promoters like Abstract. Recent guests Gerd Janson, 2ManyDJs, Ben Pearce/

The Pygmalion @ South William
Bar, Restaurant and Venue in Powerscourt Townhouse is always busy even during the week. International guests of note lately include Nicky Siano, Fort Romeau and Simian Mobile Disco.

Hangar (St Andrew’s Ln, Dublin 2)
House and techno guests with various promoters: Techno and cans, Strictly Deep, Millhouse and more. The site is earmarked for hotel development.

Button Factory (Wexford Street, Dublin 2)
A mix of live bands and late DJ guests with promoters like Sense on Saturdays doing house and techno.

The Academy (Middle Abbey Street)
Modelled on the UK equivalent, this is a live venue first with headline acts of all types but ones that can fill a 600 capacity venue. At the weekend late, it opens up into a multi-room club space featuring music for all with nights like Neon Neon and Circus.


Club Nights – Current: Weekly / Monthly

If you want to submit a club listing you can email [email protected].

Mondays

  • Song Cycle  @  Whelan’s Bar (Free)
    Singer-songwriter night
  • Jazz Jam  @  The Grand Social (Free)
    The only free open weekly Jazz Jam session in Dublin

Tuesdays

  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyles (€6, 9pm, weekly)
    Long running folk and acoustic night.
  • C U Next Tuesday[email protected] Rooms (€4/€6, weekly)
    R’n’B, hip hop, pop etc – student crowd

Wednesdays

  • Somewhere? Club @ The Workman’s Club –  (Free before 11pm, €5 – weekly)
    Hip to House, bass to electro – always busy. Voted Best Club in the Nialler9 Poll 2014.
  • Silent Disco @ Whelan’s   (Free, weekly)
    2 DJs – 2 playlists
  • Bruce Willis Club @ Hangar (€5-€7, 10:30pm, weekly)
    House, techno and hip-hop.

Thursdays

  • Prhomo @ 4 Dame Lane  (weekly)
    Pop & Charts tunes upstairs, with Disco & Electronic downstairs. “Good tunes, Cheap Booze & lots of gays”.
  • Reflektor @  Whelan’s (Weekly).
    Indie club.
  • Watermelon @ The Chelsea Drugstore
    Jazz, funk and beats.
  • DJs @ The Workman’s Club (Free, weekly)
    First Floor: House and Disco sounds
  • Good Name @ The Bernard Shaw (Free)
    Indie/ Electronic/Alternative vibe
  • Toast @ Opium Rooms 
    Everything from the classic party tunes and disco being played in the heated smoking area under our Tiki Hut to raw House and Techno upstairs in the Techno Loft. Every week.

Fridays

  • Sim Simma @ Wigwam (6pm, Free)
    Reggae, dancehall & afrobeat DJs. Also featuring Reggae Yoga, Ping Pong Tournaments and Auto-tune Karaoke. Soundcloud mix.
  • Scribble: All City Records @ The Bernard Shaw (Free, 7pm – weekly)
    All City Records, is a store and label based in Dublin’s own Temple Bar. Playing electronic, hip-hop, beats and more
  • DJs  @ The Workman’s Club   (10pm, Free)
    Indie, house and disco across the various floors.
  • Indie/Rock Club  @ Whelan’s (weekly, 10:30pm – 3am, €10)
    Long running DJ club night. An institution.
  • Neon Neon @ The Academy   (11pm )
    House music, decent pop and timeless floorfillers all night. Disco room with Ciara Brady.

Saturdays

  • Hidden Agenda @ Wah Wah Club  (weekly, 11pm)
    International electronic guests like Erol Alkan, Romare Kiasmos, Leon Vynehall and more with great local DJs like Sim Simma, This Greedy Pig, Welcome.
  • Mother  @ The Hub (€10, weekly)
    Gay club with the best disco/dance music around. Recently moved to The Hub.
  • Motel @ Wigwam  (10:30pm, weekly)
    disco, soul, funk, boogie and some house.
  • Lumo @ Bar Tengu (Monthly €6/€10, 10pm)
    Resident DJs Nialler9, Simon Roche and Gavin Elsted (Adultrock). It’s a house party in a club vibe with no restrictions on genre. See 2016 dates.
  • Telephones @ Bar Tengu (Monthly €6/€10, 11pm)
    A monthly night time party in Tengu and occasional day time parties in the charming old school yard of Pallas Studios. Big Parties, Small Spaces. from the people who bring you Discotekken & The Locals.
  • Out To Lunch @ Bar Tengu/ other venues (Monthly €6/€10, 11pm)
    Experimental-leaning electronic music guests of international persuasion.
  • The Building Society @ Hangar (weekly, 11pm, €10-€15)
    International dance guests in house, techno, disco and more. Recent guests include The Field and Greg Wilson. Strictly Deep in the smaller room playing techno.
  • Groovement Soul @ various venues (last Saturday of the month, 11:30pm)
    Not doing a rehular night currently. Disco, Soul, roots and more.
  • Sense @ The Button Factory (weekly, 11pm)
    International guests in house and techno.
  • Burnin’ Up  @ The Grand Social (11pm, Free, First Friday of the month)
    Disco, nu-disco and edits hosted by TXFM’s Kelly-Anne Byrne in the Loft.
  • DJs  @ The Workman’s Club   (10pm, Free)
    Indie, house and disco across the various floors.
  • Circus @ The Academy   (11pm )
    Circus and aerial performers, firebreathers and DJs.
  • DJs  @ The Workman’s Club   (10pm, Free)
    Indie, house and disco across the various floors.
  • Indie/Rock Club  @ Whelan’s  (weekly, 10:30pm – 3am, €10)
    Long running DJ club night. An institution.
  • Division  @ The Pygmalion   (Weekly, 10pm)
    “A slice of Berlin in Dublin every Saturday night in Pygmalion. House, Minimal, Techno straight from the worlds capital of electronic music.”

Sundays

  • Soda @ The Bernard Shaw (4pm , Free)
     HOME once a month – disco, electrofunk, soul + Cold beers, Hot Bar hand warmers, mugs of coffee, Big Blue Bus Pizza, kitchen adventures, mixed drinks, jockied discs, hair cuts, pool, pets, party.
  • Sonntags @ Whelan’s (Weekly)
    House, disco and techno.
  • Saucy Sundays  @ The Grand Social (Weekly, 6pm, Free)
    New musical acts from around the country.
  • Discotekken DJs @ The Chelsea Drugstore basement (weekly)
    Sunday club vibes with R&B, soul and disco. Occasional visiting guests.
  • Shelter @ Hangar (Weekly)
    House, Disco & Classics, weekly with Kaily + guests..
  • Pyg Sundays  @ The Pygmalion   (Weekly, 10pm)
    From Tim Sweeney to Mark E to Aeroplane.

Live Music

Check the Gig Guide for what’s on this week.

Best pubs / bars

The Long Hall (51 North Great George’s Street, Dublin) – Mmmmmmm. Carpets and Guinness. During the week, the perfect place for sneaky pints. It’s an old school pub with no music. manky toilets, but the atmosphere is all good. You can’t miss the red and white exterior.

The Bernard Shaw (11 – 12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2) – Also by Bodytonic, a great pub, bar and hangout spot. DJs most nights with some live music, exhibitions, a big smoking area out the back with a big bus serving pizza.

Grogans – 15 South William Street, Dublin 2 – Best place in the City Centre for Guinness and on-street bums on seats. Always full of weirdos, artists and bums. Try the ham and cheese toasties with a pint.

The Cobblestone (77 King Street North, Smithfield, Dublin 7) – Old-time boozer with live Irish music a little bit outside the main city on the Northside. Worth a trek.

Pantibar – Capel Street – Best gay bar in Dublin. Friendly, always lots of cool things happening regularly.

Other Dublin resources

I Can Has Cook’s Guide to eating in Dublin

District’s Weekend Guide.

Totally Dublin: Restaurant reviews

Totally Dublin event listings

Irish Times Meal Ticket: Cafés.

Legless In Dublin: Wheelchair-accessible information on venues, cafés, festivals and spots.