Dublin city has so much to offer visitors whether it’s day or night. The city’s warm welcome, vibrant nightlife and unique culture make it the perfect spot to enjoy a great evening on the town. From foodie hotspots to cultural gems, a night in Dublin is always one to remember. Here’s our quick guide to Dublin by Night.
A Night of Theatre
Soak up some culture while you are in our capital city. Dublin boasts a great selection of theatres from the grand venues to independent gems. Ireland's national theatre, the Abbey became the centre of the Irish literary renaissance when it was founded by poet W. B. Yeats in 1904, and is still a hub for new writing. A visit is a wonderful opportunity to see classic Irish plays in the theatre in which they were first conceived. For something a little bit different, stop off at the Smock Alley Theatre, a real hidden gem in the city. The Smock Alley Theatre was built in 1662 and offers a varied programme of theatre, comedy, music and dance. And if it’s a big show you are looking for head down to the ultra modern The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre located in the cosmopolitan Grand Canal. While you are in the area why not enjoy a pre show dinner in one of the many great restaurants in the Square.
Dine in Dublin
Dublin city is fast becoming widely known as a foodie paradise, with the New York Times recently publishing a top review of Dublin’s exciting new restaurant scene. For first time visitors to the city, there are a number of Irish restaurants not to be missed including the wonderful Hatch & Sons located on St. Stephens Green, this newly opened restaurant celebrates the Irish classics. In the Temple Bar area, stop off on Gallagher’s Boxty House for an authentic Irish experience and for a top table experience; Chapter One is a must. Sample the culinary delights on offer in The Pigs Ear where you can enjoy top quality Irish food while overlooking the picturesque grounds of Trinity College. Find more about Dublin’s eateries here.
For Music Fans
Dublin is bursting with talent and music is a huge part of the city’s charm. From busking on the streets to open mic sessions in the bars, there’s a huge offering to suit all tastes. Whelan’s on Wexford Street is one of Dublin’s most popular venues for music fans with a host of local and international musicians playing weekly. If you fancy something a bit more alternative, stop off in one of Dublin’s hippest pubs, The Bernard Shaw located on the south side of the city is a buzzing creative space and offers some of the biggest and best music nights in Dublin. Closer to the city centre, just off the Ha’Penny Bridge is The Grand Social another of the city’s hotspots. This hip bar hosts many gigs, unique club nights and is also home to one of Dublin’s best beer gardens.
Love a Laugh?
If you are a comedy fan then Dublin is the perfect spot for you. There’s comedy almost every night of the week in many different venues across the city. Located just off the Ha’Penny Bridge, The Ha’Penny Bridge Inn is home to one of Dublin’s most popular comedy clubs with open mic nights taking place every Tuesday and Thursday. The International Comedy Club is the only bar in Ireland which offers comedy seven nights a week and has been visited by many upcoming Irish comedians over the years. Another comedy hot spot in the city is The Laughter Lounge which is conveniently located just off O’Connell Street and is one of the biggest comedy venues in the city and home to some of the biggest names in comedy. Check out what else is on offer here.
There’s nothing like seeing a live traditional Irish Music session, and in Dublin there is no shortage of them available. Wherever you are in the city, you’ll find a session close by. O’Neills pub located just off Dame Street is always a popular haunt with visitors to the city and is the perfect place to enjoy a lively music session. In the heart of Smithfield, you’ll find The Cobblestone bar where you can enjoy music seven nights a week. If you are in the Temple Bar area, stop off in The Oliver John Gogarty or The Temple Bar pub for a lively atmosphere and great music.
Off The Beaten Track
Dublin has its share of hidden gems, all waiting to be discovered. First stop has got to be a pint in Dublin’s smallest bar, The Dawson Lounge on Dawson Street. Love cocktails? The Bar with No Name on Fade Street, serves up some of the best cocktails in the city. If you fancy a quiet tipple in a luxurious environment and a nice view to watch the world go by, pay a visit to the Library Bar at Central Hotel, located just off South Great George’s Street. Or why not chat with the locals and characters in Grogans Castle lounge which is just a stone’s throw from Grafton Street, you’re sure to hear a few tales and maybe even a song or two.
Dublin Ghost Tour
Looking to see a different side of Dublin? Take a unique tour of Dublin after dark; book yourself onto the Dublin Ghost Bus Tour where you will get a great history lesson as well as a few well-timed frights. The host is a well-known Dublin actor and the stories are great if a little ghoulish. Tourist and local alike will enjoy the unusual sights and learn a lot about the more 'devilish' side to this ancient city.
Now that we’ve got your nights out covered, plan out your days in Dublin here.