Live Music in Grafton Street & Around

JJ Smyth's

There's live music in the upstairs room of this old bar every night, from country rock to jazz, performed by some extraordinary players. Check the website for listings.
Theatre in Temple Bar

Olympia Theatre

This theatre specialises in light plays and, at Christmastime, pantomimes. It also hosts some terrific live gigs.
Live Music in Kilmainham & the Liberties

Vicar Street

Vicar Street is a mid-sized venue with a capacity of around 1000, spread between the table-serviced group seating downstairs and a theatre-style balcony. It offers a varied program of performers, from comedians to s…
Live Music in Grafton Street & Around


Devitt’s – aka the Cusack Stand – is one of the favourite places for the city’s talented musicians to display their wares, with sessions as good as any you’ll hear in the city centre. Highly recommended.
Theatre in North of the Liffey

Abbey Theatre

Ireland’s national theatre was founded by WB Yeats in 1904 and was a central player in the development of a consciously native cultural identity. Its relevance has waned dramatically in recent decades but it still p…
Comedy in Grafton Street & Around


The basement room of this decent bar hosts two nights of comedy: the Craic Club on Fridays and the usually excellent Stand Up at the Banker's on Saturday nights. There's decent talent on stage – some of whom have ma…
Theatre in North of the Liffey

Gate Theatre

The city’s most elegant theatre, housed in a late-18th-century building, features a generally unflappable repertory of classic Irish, American and European plays. Orson Welles and James Mason played here early in th…
Comedy in North of the Liffey

Laughter Lounge

Dublin’s only specially designated comedy theatre is where you’ll find those comics too famous for the smaller pub stages but not famous enough to sell out the city’s bigger venues. Think comedians on the way up (or…
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…
Cinema in North of the Liffey


The Savoy is a five-screen, first-run cinema, and has late-night shows at weekends. Savoy Cinema 1 is the largest in the country and its enormous screen is the perfect way to view really spectacular blockbuster movi…