Dublin’s music scene isn’t just confined to busking on Grafton Street! The city offers a wide and diverse variety of music venues to suit all tastes. Whether you’re interested in rock n’ roll, pop, folk music, country music, classical music or jazz you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice as Dublin has an ever-expanding list of venues.
Here’s a list of some of Dublin’s most popular live music venues.
Whelan’s Pub is located on Wexford Street, Dublin 2, in the heart of Dublin city centre. Not only is it one of Ireland’s most popular and renowned live music venues but it’s also one of country’s famous public houses. It’s extremely popular with both locals and tourists and is a must visit when in Dublin. Over the years Whelan’s has played host to many legends such as Christy Moore, Nick Cave, Mike Mills from REM to name but a few. In recent years Whelan’s has hosted concerts for new and upcoming stars such as our very own Damien Rice, Artic Monkeys and the Magic Numbers. It’s a venue that musicians from all over the world consistently request and dream of performing in and return to again and again.
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The Blue Note Bar and Club…
For all you jazz lovers, or those that appreciate good jazz music, the Bleu Note Bar and club will not disappoint. Open seven nights a week with a host of many jazz and blues musicians, it’s located on Dublin’s northside on Caple Street, Dublin 1.
Find out more about The Bleu Note Bar and Club.
The Gaiety Theatre…
The Gaiety Theatre stages live bands and dance into the small hours, on all of its three floors, in Victorian glory. Recently refurbished to the highest of standards this is a well renowned venue that introduces new bands and DJ’s every month. It’s located in Dublin city centre on South King’s Street, Dublin 2, and plays host to many big acts, always attracting massive crowds.
Find out more about The Gaiety Theatre.
The National Concert Hall…
The National Concert Hall (NCH) is indeed one of Europe’s finest Concert Halls located in Dublin city centre on Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 1. The Concert Hall plays host to many visiting national and international artists and orchestras, as well as jazz, traditional Irish music and contemporary music.
Find out more about The National Concert Hall.
The Point Theatre – The O2…
Dublin’s Point Theatre will reopen id December 2008 under the new name The O2. Over the years it was one of Ireland’s largest music venues and played host to many major national and international musicians. Located in Dublin city centre at North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 it will have seating for 13,000 people as well as top of the range sound, lighting and facilities.
Find out more about The Point Theatre.
Some of Dublin’s most popular theatre venues include:
The Abbey Theatre…
The National Theatre of Ireland comprises of the world famous Abbey and Peacock Theatres. Established in 1966 The Abbey is the probably the best known in the country and you’ll find it on Lower Abbey Street in Dublin 1. For all theatregoers or those looking for an entertaining night out in Dublin, it’s a must.
Find out more about The Abbey Theatre.
The Olympia Theatre…
The Olympia Theatre is one of Ireland’s oldest theatres. Over the years thousands of people have been entertained by some of Ireland’s and the world’s finest actors and theatre companies. The Olympia Theatre also plays host to many concerts, musical shows, plays, sporting events, exhibits and much more.
Find out more about The Olympia Theatre.
The Samuel Beckett Centre…
Established and purpose built in 1992 the Samuel Beckett Centre can be found within the Trinity College Dublin complex. It’s located right in the heart of Dublin city centre next to Saint Stephens Green, Dublin 2. Regular major events that take place at the Samuel Beckett Theatre include The Dublin Fringe Festival, The Dublin International Theatre Symposium, work of the school, and the Dublin Theatre Festival.
Find out more about the Samuel Beckett Centre.
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