Live Music, Dublin
This place is fantastic downstairs was Irish folk music with traditional Irish dancing & upstairs the bar played cheesy pop. Some people were drinking some were dancing & some were just watching.
We had a good time upstairs with a good mix of ages, locals & tourists.
At 1am a nightclub opens downstairs entry costs Euro 6 but entry into the bar & downstairs before 1am is FREE
Dress Code: anything goes
This is where the VT meeting finally concluded in the wee hours of the morning. The Viper Room is a pub, but a more upscale and modern one than most in the city. Dave, Orla, Gabby and I were the last four standing and we decided to go here since most other places were closed. I wasn't really paying attention to the guy in this picture, so I can't tell you how good the music was, but the overall atmosphere was lively and the craic was good!
Went to Doyle's three times during the week I was in Dublin, and it was the only pub to receive a threepeat. Twice when we went (on Thursdays), we ensconced ourselves on the 3rd floor for some great DJ'ing. They have traditional music and singer/songwriter nights which I've heard are amazing.
Check out the website for more details. It is open later than most pubs and has a great location.
Dress Code: Doyle's is very relaxed. Wear whatever. You'll probably need clothes.
Every time I visit Dublin, I visit Harry Street at least once, to 'pay homage' to the statue of Phil Lynott that stands outside Bruxelles bar/Restaurant. I'd hardly given Bruxelles a second glance, judging from the well heeled clientele, that this was a pricey Belgian themed restaurant/bar specialising in Moules and frites and with a selection of Belgian beers.
Hmmmm, how wrong was I! I can't believe that Bruxelles hadn't registered with me as having played such a huge part in the birth of the Irish music scene. To Skid Row, then Thin Lizzy, this became their second home around the late 1960's-early 1970's.
The Zodiac Bar (named because of the astrological tiles in this underground bar), was the 2 roomed bar in the basement of The Grafton Mooney (1886 to 1973), changing its name to Bruxelles in 1974, when Ireland joined the European Economic Community (EEC), whose HQ was in Brussels (Bruxelles).
By 1974, Thin Lizzy had become successful enough to re-locate to further their international career in London, they had made Ireland and Irish music Cool, and in doing so, inspired others to take up their instruments, or have their songs heard.
Rock acts from England, Europe and the USA came to Dublin and played in the basement, which was extended and named Flanders.
There have been some notorious 'jamming sessions' and the list of who's supped or played here reads like a Who's Who from the Rock and Pop artistes of the 20th/21st Century
CLICK HERE for the History of Bruxelles and Who's been spotted here Yes, Bruce Springsteen is one of the many!!!
Our visit was a quick decision, as it was starting to rain quite heavily, we were heading to Bewleys, but Bruxelles was nearer. We thought that it was closed at first as no one was seated outside. Well, it was a Monday, early afternoon.
We ordered a pot of tea and were told that there were seats in 'The Snug' - a small offshoot room at the end of the bar. (Until the 1960's pubs were strictly male only venues, where 'nice ladies didn't venture' The snug was a place where women could sit 'hidden' from view and enjoy a drink in private). The Zodiac bar was quite forward thinking in Ireland, encouraging females to enjoy a drink in comfortable surroundings.
While I was waiting for my tea, I noticed a framed article entitled A Statue for Philo...An interview between the artist Paul Daly and Dermott Hayes I took a photograph, so that I could re-read this later, but there was too much reflection - So this is the link.
The last sentence caught my eye- a bronze maquette of Phil on one of the shelves of the bar???
Well it took me a while to spot it (pic 4) and it's a bit blurred, as there were people drinking at the bar, so I had to snatch a quick shot.
The toilets are downstairs, so I thought that this would be a chance to glimpse the famed basement bar. Nope- the doors were all closed. Well next time I'm in Dublin, I might get to hear some live music.
So, Bruxelles..... The pot of tea was fairly average - Well it was 2 pots of tea - we asked for a pot of tea for two, but were given 2 pots. The female who served us was probably the least friendly and welcoming that we had encountered during our weekend break, and it was quite off putting to have one of the young bar staff, who was obviously trying to look as if he was busy, put his head into our room, every 5 minutes or so, looking to see if he could clear our pots away. I'm afraid there was very little customer service here. Now this doesn't usually bother me too much - being used to indifferent waiters/waitresses/bar staff/ shop staff back home, who see customers as an inconvenience, and anyone over 30 as invisible; but the service we'd had at other bars, cafes etc this weekend had been noticibly good, so this stood out as unusual.
I wasn't sure whether to put this under Restaurant tips, as it wasn't night time, and I didn't actually hear any live music, but it is a pub that can be visited Day and Night (as most pubs/bars in Europe are)
Dress Code: Don't think there was a dress code - at Lunch time, there was a mix of clientele, wearing business attire to casual
It's where most bands start from - even U2 began their career here. it's a little cosy tiny place hidden well inside an alley - and has music 7 night a week. Sometimes there are also some bands quite known, but the Baggot Inn is basically the place to go discover new talents. I remember seeing Fatima Mansions and Hothouse Flowers before they became famous - and Hazel O'Connor while she was already famous.
Riumours have it that it is temporarily closed - so call ahead and check, please
Dress Code: as casual as you can
Very nice pub with traditional music. A group of 6 (older) people were making music and the were really enjoying it. It's nice to see people having so much fun in what they do. Visitors from the pub were also allowed to get on stage and sing a song. People of all ages visit this bar.
Dress Code: Dress whatever you like. That's nice about this bar. Just be yourself and dress what makes you comfortable. I saw people in T-shirts, sweaters, but also with suit and tie.
One of the better bars in dublin, and it has more than its fair share, where you'll meet
interesting people, free live music every night. Late license, always packed and with a good selection of drinks not to mention all the simpson posters on the walls to give you a giggle.
seriously though if you want to see what the locals do rather than the touristic 'diddily ei di di'
that you will come accross it is oneof the better bars in dublin. Live Acoustic or alternative music, a fun bar staff and locals and in city center but positioned so you have to know to look for it. i recommend "Sin E" in english it means thats it and that is it its just a cool bar.
Dress Code: not too messy
Phantasm is on in Whelans of Wexford St....I LOVE the music they play in there ..... Green Day,Linkin Park,Stone Roses, etc. It's on every Thursday night for a measly 6.50.
Now that I'm getting older & have work the next day, I dont go as often as I used to, but it still has a very special place in my heart :-)
Dress Code: Combats,Doc Martens,t-shirt with your fave band logo and you gotta have long hair soyou can mosh properly. ;-) Student crowd.
Very popular place with two floors. The club is narrow, but has a huge bar on the ground floor and a mini bar on the 1st floor.
The music seems to be rock related. We went to see "Juliette and the Licks", whos music touches Rock, Dance, and Punk, so do not expect any boy bands here "Yipee!!!"
Most of the seating is upstairs, but there are some seats along the edge and back of downstairs.
There appears to be a dance floor/standing area near the tage, but expect this to get packed.
The price of beer is about average.
Great atmosphere - and not a "You gave me a dirty look" in sight :O)
Also, not a wiff of smoke to be smelt... Mmmmmmmm snoke free :o)
Dress Code: None - but I don't think it will go down well if you are naked :o/
Although many of the pubs and bars in the Temple bar area are great, my favorite was Isolde's Tower
Fantastic live, acoustic music is played at this bar. If you enjoy modern pop/rock music this is a great spot. They also have a great beer selection and stay open later than most of the pubs close by.
Dress Code: anything
Whelan's is a great music venue to suit all tastes. traditional, rock, jazz, blues, everything. Check the listings to know who's playing, and turn up early for popular bands.
This music venue was originally a warehouse and the owner has made sure to keep the spirit of the place intact.
On the ground floor there are interesting murals reproducing the Book Of Kells.
Dress Code: informal... very informal!
The Merry Ploughboys are a Dublin based traditional Irish ballad band. They have been playing together since 1989. I know they lads well at this stage, so I'll be objective as I can! They own and run the Merry Ploughboy Pub and play there almost every night of the year. They sing the full range of Irish ballads, varying from the sentimental songs of emigration to rousing drinking numbers and even the occasional rebel song! There is a full dinner option at the show and also a great Irish Dancing interval performance. Anytime I have visitors, business or personal, this is where I bring them. Enjoy!
Dress Code: casual
if you want up and coming bands then try
for jazz and blues
or for some traditional Irish music
Hopefully not too late for you
This pub with its own microbrewery is one of the rare pubs where they only serve their own brew, so don't dare ask for Guinness!
With three floors and two mezzanine levels, the place is more spacious than it looks at first sight, and there are regular live performances.
Dress Code: Casual
the place for checking out groovy acts like mundy playing right now. great free session there every sunday afternoon in the front bar where loads of great irish musicians (famous and otherwise) show up and just like jam man! the business. get pissed now!
Dress Code: no dress code