This month we’ve headed to the Emerald Isle. Here’s the low down on Dublin.
Dia duit! Killian here – token Irishman at TicketWeb towers. UK mates – make sure you go to a gig when visiting Dublin; I promise you the crowd will be incredible, regardless of how good the show is. Irish kin – listen… I realise I’ve left out loads of great spots, artists and stories. It’s tough to fit them all in and at the end of the day, rain or shine (mostly rain), when the Guinness is flowing, you can’t go too wrong in Dublin.
Where to catch some live music.
This place has been facilitating live music in Dublin since 1989 and it has been one of the city’s most popular pubs since God knows when. Shows are put on in the main venue space as well as on smaller stages in the front bar, the parlour and upstairs. The best show I’ve seen here was in March 2014. Hozier played his first show since breaking the internet with Take Me To Church. He showcased the songs that would later be released as part of his debut album, this was a special gig.
One of the funkiest looking venues in the city, there’s Burmese Teak wooden panels covering the walls for FU&$ sake! This has been an important venue for showcasing up and coming Irish talent, as well as putting on groovy club nights and hosting lesser known international Hip Hop, Soul and alternative acts. Capacity=350
This 1240 capacity music venue doubles as a theatre. The interior makes it a really cool place for a gig. This is typically where an act would play when they are not quite big enough for an arena show. Here’s a photo of Yannis Philippakis; Foals frontman, about to leap off one of the viewing balconies on to his adoring fans in the pit….
*Disclaimer: Here at Ticketweb we do not condone this sort of behaviour*. It was some show though.
Another institution for live music in Dublin, there’s a number of rooms in this place and there’s nearly always a band or DJ playing in one of them. There’s a cool rooftop terrace where delicious food is served. Royal Blood played their first Irish show here (it was mental) and Andre 3000 filmed some scenes here for the Jimi Hendrix movie. There’s always an energetic buzz til late.
Yep, just like the Academy venues in the UK. The main room holds 600 people and there are two more levels with separate rooms, including the Academy 2; a 150 cap basement. You know the drill here – the spot to see your favourite artists before they graduate to arenas and festival headline slots.
A top tip would be to hang around the back of the venue after the show. You may catch a glimpse of the performer as they make their exit. Here’s me with New York rapper Action Bronson. Starstruck much?
FKA The Point – it’s the Irish equivalent of the O2 arenas in the UK.
Where to wet your whistle.
There are countless haunts here that will give you the real authentic Irish pub experience. Bar hop between a few and you’re bound to encounter a traditional Irish band pumping out songs you can’t help but jig to.
52 South William street has a cool vibe and a consistently fun crowd. Check it out on Thursdays for some top-notch live music provided by their resident musician Robbie Doyle.
I suppose we can consider this a “hipster” bar. It’s an awesome space, great for a casual pint as well as late night antics and some occasional live music. There’s also a double decker bus in the smoking area slingin pizzas like it’s nobody’s business.
Where to carry on the party.
This place has frequent club nights til late, as well as live acts and the occasional band. It’s got an epic sound system and a nice upper tier to escape the manic of the pit.
AKA Grand Social; hosts international DJs and club nights every week from Thursday to Sunday. This three-floor venue is absolute bedlam when it wants to be. You really have to try hard to NOT have fun.
The old Tivoli theatre in Dublin 8 is now a haven for live House and techno music. This wide venue space frequently books international DJ’s and will always facilitate a late one for all you night owls.
You can’t talk about Dublin nightlife without mentioning Coppers. Marketed as “Dublin’s Best Nightclub” it’s open every night til the break of dawn. Definitely worth checking out if you’re not from Dublin, I pray you like B*witched…
Where to fill your stomach.
Bunsen – Straight up burgers, perfect for before a gig.
Any hidden gems.
The Fat Fox is tucked away on Camden Row, it does deadly brekkie and lunch, power coffee and always has a friendly atmosphere. Pop in mid-week.
Local acts, you need to hear.