Dublin may not be the clubbing destination of Europe, nor does it have never-ending curfews that leave loose-legged revellers to spill onto the streets as dawn breaks.
What it does have, however, is great energy for a good dance, fine banter and a small city atmosphere as the ideal staging ground.
Whether you’re looking for a chic club to dance the night away at whilst wearing your finest glad rags, or a loose dive bar to get loose at, here are five of the best nightclubs and late bars you must visit in Dublin.
Hidden beneath a Japanese restaurant that operates as is by day, this speakeasy-style Asian cocktail bar is quite the haunt by night.
Small in size and usually packed to capacity, this is one of Dublin’s more overlooked nightclub. With low-lighting and the hum of a hundred revellers out for a night on the town, the atmosphere in Izakaya can be electric.
A bar serving prime cocktails from in-house mixologists may take some time to get to, but the drinks are worth the wait.
You’ll need them to cool down after giving it all on the dancefloor, which is throwing out old school, disco and electronic beats.
Izakaya usually has no cover charge but can garner quite a line, due to its popularity and limited capacity.
Location: Izakaya, 12/13 South Great George’s Street, Dublin, Ireland | Phone: +353 1 645 8001
4. The George
This Dublin institution has been making bodies rocks for over 35 years and has become a place of celebration and diversity, being Dublin’s only LGBTQ nightclub.
With a fantastic energy that spills onto George’s Street as crowds of eager beavers wait in line, it seems impossible to ignore the draw of The George.
There is also a stunning line up of performers, drag queens and stage legends who are always on hand to give your night that extra oomph.
Expect Cher and Madonna; expect to dance all night; expect this to be a night to remember.
The George is free Monday – Thursday. Weekend prices depending on the time of entry and line-up apply. This place is definitely one of Dublin’s best nightclubs and late bars.
Location: The George, 53 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, Ireland | Phone: +353 1 478 2983
3. Button Factory
This live music venue and nightclub located in Dublin’s “Cultural Quarter”, Temple Bar, is one which has been a firm favourite of locals, at one stage or another throughout their youth.
Button Factory hosts an array of all-star performers, ranging from rock legends to up-and-comers. It is also a versatile private hire space and a disco in its own right, with music collectives and DJ duos hosting nightclub events on a regular basis.
This spot is centrally located and more than popular ensuring a decent line is to be expected – as is the ticket prices depending on the night in question. Saying that it is a Dublin experience not to be missed.
Follow Button Factory online to be inundated with notifications of upcoming nights and gigs, all bound to rock your socks off.
Location: Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland | Phone: +353 1 670 9202
Whelan’s is a pillar of the Irish music community. It has been around for over 25 years and has firmly established itself as the ultimate live music venue and nightclub in Dublin.
Set on Wexford Street in Dublin city, the busy venue with multiple live music spaces is dimly-lid and moody, with living room style décor and cosy nooks to hide out in.
With an endless array of performers taking to the stage nightly, you really must see its program online to believe its breadth and diversity.
Tickets are priced according to performance and should always be booked in advance; safe to say this place is pretty popular seven nights a week.
Address: 25 Wexford St, Dublin, D02 H527, Ireland | Phone: +353 1 478 0766
1. The Workmans Club
This late bar (not really a nightclub) is the perfect place to go for a proper dance in a large venue with lots of like-minded people, without going to a proper nightclub, if you get what we mean!
Workmans is essentially a large two-floor bar with a live music venue area, DJs, dance floors, many rooms, lots of tunes and a massive smoking area.
It is the ideal space if you want to run around, with lots of different vibes under one roof and is chilled enough that if you want to sit and chat, you can do that, too.
To top things all off, it also has a WOW Burger upstairs ensuring your bellies will be filled whilst your feet take a rest.
Address: 10 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 VX36, Ireland | Phone: + 353 (0) 1 670 6692