Pictures of Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran and other past performers line the walls at Whelan’s. Tourists may know it as a filming location for “P.S. I Love You,” but locals know it as the best place to catch a show. Featuring a range of emerging local bands and top international talent, there’s live music nearly every night. Wooden interiors, enthusiastic patrons, and approachable staff contribute to the famed dive atmosphere. With three floors and two separate stages, you can always find what you’re looking for – whether that’s an active dancefloor or a charming nook away from the crowd. Gigs are well-priced but expect city centre prices when it comes to the bar.
Time Out tip: If you’re looking for late-night fun on a weekday, check if Whelan’s is hosting a silent disco in their upstairs space. Held regularly, the event is free of charge.
Iveagh Gardens: For some peace and quiet in a seemingly private park
Bunsen: For juicy burgers, crispy fries, and creamy shakes in a quirky, compact space
Against the Grain: To watch sports and sip craft beer from around the world