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This shiny venue opened in 2003 on the same site as the underperforming Mean Fiddler. The good people at Whelan's took it on and gave it a thorough makeover; the redesign and revamped sound system made it a cosy and enjoyable spot. It now has some of the most interesting musical offerings in town - the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. It does, however, suffer from some frankly baffling layout decisions: the toilets are located behind the stage, which means you may well have to circumnavigate a mosh pit to get to them. A minor quibble, though, in a club that has become central to Dublin's nightlife. Its Songs Of Praise rock karaoke event, held every Sunday evening, is a must-do.

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26 Wexford Street,
Around St Stephen's Green

Area St Stephen's Green & Around

Transport Bus 16, 16A, 19, 19A/Luas Harcourt .

Telephone 475 8555

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Open 11am-2.30am Mon-Fri; 5pm-2.30am Sun.

Admission prices vary.