Dublin is best for...
Live music: Temple Bar, Merchant's Arch Bar and O'Donoghue's are lively spots with local acts playing every night
Whiskey: Sample Ireland's finish whiskeys at the Palace Bar and head to Old Jameson Distillery to learn about their famous drink
The Temple Bar A must-visit for anyone in Dublin, The Temple Bar will get you in the mood for a great night out
Language: The language spoken in Dublin is English
Currency: The currency used in Dublin is the Euro
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There is plenty of Dublin nightlife to be enjoyed, centred on good old traditional Irish pubs and live music into the early hours. Temple Bar is the home of authentic Irish music, while Dublin’s oldest pub, the Brazen Head, dating back to 1198 is perfect for those seeking a good ole Irish knees up and soaking up 800 years of history. If you fancy a more hands on experience, then the Guinness Brewery provides tours and tasting sessions of one of the world’s most popular beers.
Fancy experiencing some of Dublin’s other finest exports? Then head to the Palace Bar for refined Irish whiskey, or the Jameson Distillery for an informative tour of how it’s made, accompanied by a few samples. And you can’t leave Dublin without drinking a pint of ‘the black stuff’. Head to any of the friendly bars and restaurants to join the locals in their favourite tipple.
Dublin nightlife has many different bars to suit everyone’s tastes, the Stag’s Head is an exciting Victorian-style bar with mosaic floor and mahogany bar, popular with both tourists and students, and is the ideal spot to get the party started. If hunger strikes, then a Guinness beef pie is not to be missed. Once you’ve spent the day shopping in Grafton Street, Neary’s is a superb choice for an old-time traditional pub full of local charm. The Confession Box is an iconic Dublin hangout offering a cosy and homely feel that is traditional and Bad Bobs is a must for dancers and performers looking to boogie the night away with an array of dance floors and a cool rooftop terrace.
If you’re seeking the best live music in the city then look no further than the famous Temple Bar area for some of the best Irish music in Dublin. With Irish classic tunes, happy hour and fantastic singalongs, it’s a must on any Dublin city break. Merchant’s Arch Bar and O’Donoghue’s are also popular live music hubs, while the Celt Pub attracts locals to its live music recitals from local artists. If Jazz and Blues is more your thing, then classy JJ Smyths presents live tunes in swanky surroundings. For a bit of everything, head to Bruxelles offering two floors of diverse music and low price drinks. Downstairs is a hive of pop, rock and punk while upstairs is a place to chill out and chat.
If you’re looking to get away from the tourists and see the real Dublin then head to the Cobblestone, popular with locals, serving a wide range beers and Guinness within a lively atmosphere. If you are planning a long stay then historic Oliver St John Gogarty has music all day long and into the night, so there is no need to go anywhere else.
Whether you’re looking for a traditional Irish bar with live music and a singalong, micro-brewery, Art Deco bar or ultra-trendy club, Dublin nightlife has something for all tastes and desires.