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The exterior of Xico club in Dublin
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The 10 best clubs in Dublin

Getting ready to go out? These are the best clubs in Dublin, from LGBTQ+ institutions to massive venues with big-name DJs

By Éadaoin Fitzmaurice
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When in Dublin, a night on the tiles is a must. There’s something for every type of clubber here: student nights, international parties, Insta-friendly venues, LGBTQ+ pubs and bars, and, of course, our very own institution, Coppers (that’s Copper Face Jacks, FYI). To be honest, you don’t even need to narrow down your going-out choices all that much here: this city’s so compact that you can walk between pretty much every major venue... even in heels. Whether you’re after hip hop, techno or mainstream pop, our pick of the best clubs in Dublin can deliver.

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Best clubs in Dublin

Sasha live at Opium Club in Dublin
Photograph: Jack Farrell

1. Opium Club

For what’ll feel like three nights in one, head to this versatile club on Wexford Street. Spanning three floors, each playing a different genre, the recently renamed Opium Club will keep you dancing to the likes of deep house, nu-disco and ambient techno into the wee hours. They also host live music and themed nights like Tiki Thursdays. The quirky, vibrant décor has the feel of a Manga novel.

The George club in Dublin
Photograph: Andrew Witkowski

2. The George

Bang in the centre on George’s Street, this is Dublin’s most iconic LGBTQ+ venue. The George has been going for 36 years, and threw its symbolic weight behind Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum in 2015. The huge space boasts an array of dance floors with particularly dazzling light displays. Expect gay anthems, drag nights, live music and (lots of) karaoke. The place to come to be yourself and meet like-minded locals and travellers.

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The DJ decks at Izakaya basement bar at Tengu
Photograph: Tengu

3. Izakaya

Tucked in the basement of a Japanese restaurant, Izakaya plays techno, EDM and house in a very simple setting. With a bar at the top, a dance floor in the centre, the DJ at the far side and a cosy smoking area out back, it’s certainly cosy. But frankly, the music’s so good you could spend hours on end here and never want to leave.

Copper Face Jacks club at Jackson Court Hotel
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4. Copper Face Jacks

There aren’t many clubs with musicals named after them. But Dublin’s Copper Face Jacks – or ‘Coppers’ – is one. Best known for its cheesy tunes and exceedingly late licence, Copper Face Jacks contains multiple dance floors, an array of seating and smoking areas, and it even has its own hotel. Avoid Temple Bar, and head to Harcourt Street – this is where you’ll find a real local institution. Open until 3.30am.

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The exterior of Workman’s Club in Dublin
Photograph: Workman’s Club

5. The Workman’s Club

The old townhouse setting (complete with vintage wallpaper) makes Wellington Quay’s the Workman’s feel more like a house party than a club. Downstairs, you’ll find a large bar and stage which hosts regular live gigs and open karaoke nights on Sundays. The upper level boasts another bar and two dance floors. Come for the €5 Zaconey and Coke and stay for the alternative and rock DJ sets.

The exterior of Xico club in Dublin
Photograph: Flickr / Heinz Bunse

6. Xico

If you like wearing sombreros, drinking margaritas and dancing on tables, Xico is your new fave hangout. This Baggot Street hot spot puts on serious fiestas with regular live music including a band that blends saxophone, drums and live scratching. The subterranean, Mexican-themed club spans three floors and plays feel-good tunes all night. One of the best places to let loose in the city.

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A crowd at Dicey’s Garden club in Dublin
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7. Dicey’s Garden

This is one of those clubs that fills up every night of the week – mostly because it’s easy on the wallet and is also serious craic. Set in a Georgian hotel, Dicey’s stretches out across two dance floors and a large beer garden. You’d struggle to find cheaper drinks anywhere else in the city. Pints, bottles and glasses of wine come in at about €2. The crowd is international, and there’s a live DJ every night. Sets range from pop to rap. And if you’re feeling peckish, there’s a deadly BBQ area serving all items for €2 after 10pm. For a swisher vibe, head to the high-end Krystle club upstairs.

A DJ at Mother club in Dublin
Photograph: Mother

8. Mother

Mother started out as a night raising fund for local gay culture mag GCN. Now, it’s easily one of the capital’s coolest clubs. For synth-pop and disco, there’s nowhere better. Don’t expect flashy design or light displays: the focus here is on good times only. Its over-21 age policy means the crowd’s slightly older (which is great if you fancy a break from Temple Bar’s other, relatively student-y clubs).

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The bar at Tramline club in Dublin
Photograph: Alex Sapienza

9. Tramline

Most clubs in Dublin close at 2.30am, but Tramline gives you that extra hour hour to carry on dancing until 3am. This New York-style club on D’Olier Street hosts some of the city’s best live DJs, including Marcus O’Laoire and Dan Duffy, who play house, techno and hip hop on Mondays. Selected drinks cost €2 – making this a particular popular night among students.

Pygmalion club and beer garden in Dublin
Photograph: Pygmalion

10. Pygmalion

You can’t walk through Dublin city centre without at least hearing the Pyg beer garden – come rain or shine, it’s always packed. Just off South William Street, this is the perfect place to chill with mates in summer... before heading into the club and dancing (and drinking) the night away. The clientele is a mix of hip students and yopros, and the soundtrack mainly house. Don’t miss the two-for-one ‘Pygtails’.

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The exterior of Mulligan’s pub in Dublin
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