5 Best Venues in Dublin to Experience LIVE MUSIC

Some say every Irishman can sing. Perhaps that’s why so many Irish artists have climbed up the ladder of popularity and rising stars continue to do so. If you can’t imagine your life without music, Dublin offers many different and exciting places to see it live. No visit to Ireland’s capital would be complete without attending a great gig that would make your trip even more remarkable!

5. 3Arena

Formerly the O2 is Ireland’s biggest and most prestigious indoor venue, built as an amphitheater. If you want to see the biggest stars live in concert, this is the place to be. The seating plan is well-elaborated and you can see well from anywhere. Plenty of bars and bathrooms inside (not necessarily in that order) and the venue is easy to get to.

4. The Grand Social

New addition to the nightlife of the “Fair City” (launched in 2010) has already earned a superb reputation of offering great facilities to either performers or the audience. Voted IMRO Dublin Music Venue of the Year in 2012 and nominated for National Venue of the Year 4 years in a row.

3. Whelan’s

One of the legendary venues of Dublin. By day a cosy place where you can have a tasty pint or see a trad session. Acts like Jeff Buckley, The Frames, Nick Cave or Kíla played here over the years. Scenes from the movie P.S.I Love You took place here as well. What starts with an early pint, usually ends in the early morning hours the next day. The venue is always packed and that – considering the amount of places with live music in the city – speaks for itself.

2. The Olympia

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With its stunning interior, this place makes seeing a gig even more special. Big acts are looking forward to performing there. Due to its not extremely big size, it gives you the intimate feeling and if you add the friendliness of the staff, what else do you need?

1. Vicar Street

One of the biggest Irish venues for seated gigs. Think of any star on the Irish music scene and you can be sure they played here. Finest venue in the city is quite big but you feel comfortable in there and the experience you are going to take home is priceless.

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