No vacation to the Emerald Isle would be complete without visiting the capital city of Dublin and its numerous cultural and historical attractions. The city also has a vibrant nightlife but it is most known for its abundance of bars and pubs. At last count, it was estimated that there were over 600 of these establishments to choose from, not to mention the numerous clubs that are available for a lively night on the town.
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Although the Temple Bar Area is renowned by locals as the place to go for bar-hopping and pub crawls, Dublin bars, pubs, and nightclubs are broken down into three areas – north and south city, and the city center areas. Here are a few to consider when visiting the city.
Traditional Irish Bars and Pubs
Peadar Kearney’s – located next to the Olympia Theatre, this establishment caters to a livelier younger crowd because a number of up-and-coming traditional Irish bands play a wide range of live music to delight the crowd.
Frank Ryans – a favorite watering hole with Blackhall Place students, this is one of the more quaint pubs with a traditional Irish feel. The friendly servers and the mixed crowd of college students, law types, locals, and trendies make this a great spot to enjoy a few drinks and listing to tunes on the jukebox.
The Cobblestone – if you are looking for the epitome of the traditional Irish Pub, the Cobblestone is the place to go. Smithfield Square’s north end is the location has attracted just about every Irish Trad band come through here.
The Academy – by changing its theme from the old school Hot Press Hall Of Fame to a Spirit nightclub, The Academy now doubles as a dance club and live music venue. The sign outside the club advertises current and upcoming events.
Twisted Pepper – located two doors down from the Academy, this establishment is a mix of swish bar and underground nightclub. The club caters to students throughout the week while electronic music aficionados frequent the Twisted Pepper on the weekends. If you enjoy disco, funk, house, reggae, soul, or techno, it’s all here for you to enjoy.
The Palace – packed on Fridays and Saturdays with college students, you may want to shy away from The Palace if younger, noisy crowds aren’t your thing. However, during the week you’ll fit right in with the locals, professionals, and tourists that frequent the club. One way or the other, get here early if you want to find a place to sit for the evening.
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