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Nights Out in Dublin: Eight Venues

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Dublin is a great place to eat, drink and be merry year-round! Read on to find some of our favourite haunts for food and drink, comedy and music, and everything in between. Get ready for a great Dublin night out...

Nights Out in Dublin: Eight Venues

1. Pantibar

Run by the inimitable Pantibliss (aka Dubliner drag queen and gay rights activist Rory O’Neill), Pantibar is one of the Dublin LGBT scene’s favourite spots. If you’re in the mood to dance, you’ve come to the right place. That’s not all though, Panti hosts fun make-and-do crafts nights and movie screenings within the bar too; see Panti's Facebook page for upcoming events. [Picture: Instagram @pantibliss]

2. International Bar

Enjoy the cream of Irish and overseas comedy at the International Bar’s Comedy Cellar, showcasing top talent since 1988. From improv on a Monday, the Talk Talk Panel Show on Tuesdays to various other events during the week, you’ll find something on there every night that will make you laugh ‘til you cry. The resident MC at the venue is Aidan Bishop, little brother of Des, and is equally as hilarious in his own right. Famous faces like John Bishop, Eddie Izzard and even Zach Galifianakis have made appearances in the past. With admission to the club starting at just €5, what are you waiting for?

3. Ukiyo

Offering the irresistible combination of Japanese food and karaoke, Ukiyo’s private karaoke booths stay open ‘til late, meaning you can wow your friends with ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ well into the wee hours!

4. Whelan’s

Legendary Dublin bar Whelan’s is one of the city’s best venues for live music. Having recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, the Whelan’s stage has played host to the likes of Jeff Buckley, Nick Cave and Arctic Monkeys over the years. A certain Mr. Ed Sheeran filmed VH1 Storytellers Live in front of 400 lucky ticket holders in recent times too. Keep an eye on upcoming gigs at this live music institution. 

Nights Out in Dublin: Eight Venues

5. Bagots Hutton

This relaxed, friendly tapas and wine bar is located in a cosy downstairs nook on very trendy South William Street. Its central location makes it the perfect spot for a glass of vino and bite to eat before hitting the town. [Picture: Instagram @bagotshutton].

6. Vintage Cocktail Club

For a truly atmospheric night out, check out Vintage Cocktail Club in the cultural quarter of Temple Bar. Harking back to the glitzy Prohibition 1920s era, the door to VCC is unmarked – being ushered inside and climbing its mysterious stairs is always something of an adventure for the newcomer! Once inside though, you won’t look back. Enjoy delicious cocktails in the gorgeous surroundings of this vintage bar and restaurant.

Nights Out in Dublin: Eight Venues
Nights Out in Dublin: Eight Venues

7. The Stag’s Head

If it’s a cosy living-room style setting you’re after, look no further than upstairs at the Stag’s Head. The bar was established back in 1894 and retains a wonderful old-school charm, with rich mahogany snugs, stained glass windows and ornate tiled floors. However, step out onto the street and you’ll join hundreds of happy punters enjoying live music and soaking up the atmosphere of the surrounding ‘Dame District’. [Picture: Instagram @m_pharroh]

8. Peruke & Periwig

For a hearty menu (be sure to sample the Weekend Roast every Saturday and Sunday) and a tasty array of craft beers and cocktails, it has to be Peruke & Periwig. Set in the Victorian surrounds of a three-story Georgian house on Dawson Street, this bar boasts quirky, vintage décor, but still feels homely. The perfect place to while away a lazy afternoon. [Picture: Instagram @annamagsmurphy]

Nights Out in Dublin: Eight Venues