Theatre in Temple Bar

Smock Alley Theatre

One of the city’s most diverse theatres is hidden in this beautifully restored 17th-century building. It boasts a diverse program of events (expect anything from opera to murder mystery nights, puppet shows and Shak…
Live Music in Temple Bar

Workman's Club

A 300-capacity venue and bar in the former working-men's club of Dublin. The emphasis is on keeping away from the mainstream, which means everything from singer-songwriters to electronic cabaret. When the live music…
Theatre in Temple Bar

Project Arts Centre

The city's most interesting venue for challenging new work – be it drama, dance, live art or film. Three separate spaces allow for maximum versatility. You never know what to expect, which makes it all that more fun…
Club in Temple Bar


The best club night in the city is ostensibly a gay night, but it does not discriminate: clubbers of every sexual orientation come for the sensational DJs – mostly local but occasionally brought in from abroad – who…
Theatre in Temple Bar

Olympia Theatre

This lovely Victorian-era theatre specialises in light plays and, at Christmastime, pantomimes. It also hosts some terrific live gigs.
Theatre in Temple Bar

New Theatre

This small theatre's location above a left-wing bookshop should be a guide to the kind of thinking that informs most of the performances taking place on its small stage. It's all about having a social conscience, wh…
Live Music in Temple Bar

Button Factory

A multipurpose venue where one night you might be shaking your glow light to a thumping live set by a top DJ, and the next you'll be shifting from foot to foot as an esoteric Finnish band drag their violin bows over…
Comedy in Temple Bar

Chaplins Comedy Club

A regularly changing line-up of up-and-coming and local talent look for laughs at this all-seater club; failing that, there's always pizza and craft beer to guarantee a decent night out. Shows start at 9pm.
Comedy in Temple Bar

Ha'Penny Bridge Inn

A traditional old bar that features local comics on the rise upstairs at the Unhinged Comedy Club on Sunday, and Irish music downstairs on Sunday and Wednesday.
Cinema in Temple Bar

Irish Film Institute

The IFI has a couple of screens and shows classics and new art-house films. The complex also has a bar, a cafe and a bookshop.