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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

Olympia

Comedy, Music, Theatre

This old-style variety theatre - it was Dublin's first music hall - retains its physical characteristics (many of them authentically worn) but has largely...

72 Dame Street

Opera Ireland

Music

Founded in 1941, Opera Ireland is as close as Ireland gets to a national opera company. Guest performers have included Placido Domingo, José Carreras and...

The Schoolhouse

Opera Theatre Company

Music

Founded in 1986, this company is the national touring company of Ireland. In addition to producing four tours a year, it also runs the Opera Theatre Studio,...

Opera Theatre Company

Music

Founded in 1986, this company is the national touring company of Ireland. In addition to producing four tours a year, it also runs the Opera Theatre Studio,...

Temple Bar Music Centre, Around Temple Bar

O'Shea's Merchant

Music

This sprawling pub and restaurant hosts live trad music and set dancing every night. It can be good fun with the right crowd but tends to attract large...

12 Bridge Street Lower

Project Arts Centre

Critics' choice
Art, Dance, Music, Theatre

A conglomeration of custom-designed theatre and performance spaces as well as a gallery, Project (as it is known locally) was founded back in the 1960s but...

39 East Essex Street

Project Arts Centre

Art, Dance, Music, Theatre

PAC began 40 years ago as a visual arts project in the foyer of the Gate, before settling into these refurbished premises in 2000. The building's three...

39 Essex Street East

RDS Concert Hall

Music

This overly large but fairly serviceable hall is set in Ireland's main showjumping arena. In its favour, the venue is large enough to accommodate a modestly...

Royal Dublin Society Showgrounds

RDS Showgrounds

Music

One of the city's main sites for festival-size concerts, these sprawling grounds have hosted the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the re-routed Lisdoonvarna...

Ballsbridge

Sugar Club

Music

One of Dublin's most stylish venues, the Sugar Club has the feel of a hip US jazz bar. The audience gazes down on the musicians from tiered seats with...

8 Leeson Street Lower

Thomas Read

Bars & pubs, Music

Opposite the grandeur of City Hall sits Thomas Read, a bustling modern bar offering a varying choice of scenes. The main bar is trendy and modern, while...

1 Parliament Street

Vicar Street

Critics' choice
Comedy, Music

A modern venue with an old-style feel, Vicar Street has comfortable seating, sensitive lighting and a great sound system. It was recently expanded to hold...

99 Vicar Street

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

Village

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Music

The Village is one of Dublin's newest and best music venues, catering to a wider and more diverse crowd than Whelan's next door. The success of its nightly...

26 Wexford Street