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The Point Theatre, Dublin's largest indoor music venue, closed its doors in the summer of 2007 to undergo a complete overhaul and rebranding as The O2,...

East Link Bridge



The Ambassador was a theatre, then a woefully underused cinema. As a rock venue, it keeps many of its old trappings: decor, balcony and a large stage. It's...

Top of O'Connell Street

Andrew's Lane


Formerly one of the few playhouses on Dublin's south side, Andrew's Lane reopened recently as a music venue. Theatre-lovers' loss has been music fans' gain,...

9-17 Andrew's Lane

Ballroom of Romance


This monthly alternative live music club, taking place in an old man's pub, has showcased talented new indie acts. It's a pick 'n' mix - you could get the...

The Lower Deck, 1 Portobello Harbour

Bewley's Café Theatre

Critics' choice
Cabaret & circus, Music, Theatre

Dublin's only year-round venue for lunchtime drama, this café theatre is an elegant and intimate space that has a reputation for staging exciting,...

78 Grafton Street

Bleu Note


A new-ish live music venue, with the main floor completely dedicated to jazz, Bleu Note is a welcome addition to the city's live music scene. The second...

61-63 Capel Street


Critics' choice

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

Button Factory


The Button Factory is the rebranded and refurbished version of what was once the Temple Bar Music Centre, a home to hard rock bands where sound quality and...

Curved Street


Bars & pubs, Music

Owned and run by Eamon Doran's - the same crowd that looks after the Dice Bar - Carnival is the top spot on the Camden Street 'strip' if you like your bar...

11 Wexford Street


Bars & pubs, Music

The musicians' corner downstairs attracts traditional players whom you would pay to see elsewhere, and the paying venue upstairs rarely books a duff band...

77 King Street North



Overlooking the vast square at Smithfield, this is an old-fashioned, friendly boozer that hosts trad music in its back bar. Upstairs is a surprisingly...

77 King Street North


Critics' choice

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


Art, Comedy, Dance, Music, Restaurants & cafés, Theatre

This well-appointed suburban theatre also has studio space, an art gallery, a handy bar and a brand-new café. Like the Civic, Draiocht acts as a receiving...

Blanchardstown Centre

Eamonn Doran's


Eamonn Doran's replaced the once-famous Rock Garden when its star dimmed in the late '90s. Owner Dermott Doran kept the metallic decor in the basement venue...

3A Crown Alley


Music, Theatre

The Gaiety is a lovely Victorian chocolate box-style theatre that hosts the Christmas pantos and the spring opera season. It also caters for classic Irish...

King Street South
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