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Academy

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Clubs

Formerly Spirit nightclub, the new-look Academy on Abbey Street Middle has been reborn largely as a live venue. Still, there is much to love here for...

57 Abbey Street Middle

Bruxelles

Critics' choice
Music

The musical quality here can vary, but even so, this is a great pub: you'd do well to pop in for a drink anyway. Local blues acts play upstairs early in the...

7-8 Harry Street

Crawdaddy

Critics' choice
Music

Medium-sized Crawdaddy is an exciting new venue that meets the demand for live music with an impressive roster of contemporary jazz, world music and rock....

Hatch Street Upper

JJ Smyth's

Critics' choice
Music

One of the city's oldest jazz and blues venues, Smyth's does good music every night bar Wednesdays. There's an acoustic open-jam session on the first...

12 Aungier Street

Olympia

Critics' choice
Music

The Olympia is one of Dublin's old music halls. It's a fabulous place, with red velvet seats and theatre boxes on either side of the stage; the design is...

72 Dame Street

Pravda

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Clubs

One of the more consistent spots on the north side of Dublin's River Liffey, this Russian-themed bar has comfy seating and a fine selection of vodkas, all...

35 Lower Liffey Street
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Village

Critics' choice
Music

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...

26 Wexford Street

Voodoo Lounge

Critics' choice
Music, Restaurants & cafés

Voodoo Lounge, owned by Huey Morgan of US one-hit-wonders The Fun Lovin' Criminals, is a NY-style booze emporium - cavernous and yet strangely pokey -...

39-40 Arran Quay

Whelan's

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Music

Dublin's miniature music institution has recently been refurbished to include a 200-capacity venue upstairs. By doubling its number of gigs, Whelan's has...

25 Wexford Street

Whelan's

Critics' choice
Music

One of the city's most prestigious venues, Whelan's has built an unassailable reputation among Dublin music fans. It's the stomping ground for most of the...

25 Wexford Street