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Temple Bar, the large maze of riverside streets just to the south of Ha’penny, Millennium and Grattan Bridges, tends to be the first port of call for visitors, thanks largely to the proliferation of sizeable tourist-focussed pubs.
You’re almost guaranteed to find plenty going on here at any time of the week. However, the area can be extremely busy at weekends, so venturing further afield is never a bad idea, particularly if you’re after a more authentic experience.
Top places for traditional live music include O’Donoghue’s (Merrion Row) and The Cobblestone (King Street North), although there’s infinitely more to today’s nightlife scene than accordions and tin whistles.
There are various clubs to choose from, most of which require entry payment, although, on the plus side, big-name DJs are often on the bill.
Don’t forget the relatively new craze in bars dedicated to craft beers and spirits. For visitors who take their drink seriously, there’s a whole world to explore beyond Guinness and Jameson.
Dublin is also a dynamic cultural hub and a great place for catching theatre and other live performances.
The most notable options include the 19th-century Gaiety Theatre (South King Street) and the stylish new Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (Grand Canal Square).
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