With its youthful population, a general love of chat, and a pub on almost every street corner, Dublin has a booming nightlife scene. From traditional musical performances to pub crawls, here are a few ways to make the most out of a night in the Irish capital.
‘Good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub’ said Leopold Bloom in James Joyce’s Ulysses. And he had a good point. The streets of Dublin are replete with pubs, but deciding which one to visit can be a challenge. Join a pub crawl to visit several in one go and get the inside scoop on drinking culture; some crawls focus on specific areas, such as the pub-packed Temple Bar, while literary pub tours visit the haunts of Dublin’s best-known writers.
Irish Dance and Music Shows
Traditional Irish music and dance still thrive in Dublin. Performances often take place in pubs or hotels, and many include a traditional Irish dinner—think Dublin coddle (a stew-like dish of bacon, sausages, and potatoes), Guinness stew, and soda bread. While you’re free to sit and simply observe, there’s often the opportunity to get involved and learn a few steps yourself.
Thanks to the arrival of many new restaurants and distilleries in recent years, Dublin’s food scene has gone from strength-to-strength. If you’re a food-obsessed traveler with limited time to explore, a tasting tour allows you to sample a range of restaurants and food venues in one swoop. Likewise, a whiskey tasting tour ensures you get to the best-stocked bars to taste both classic and contemporary blends.