Entertainment

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 programme events (expect anything from opera to murder mystery nights, puppet shows and Shake…
Live Music in Temple Bar

Workman's Club

A 300-capacity venue and bar in the former workingmen'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 …
Live Music in Dublin

Bowery

With its burnished wood, intricate chandeliers and ship-shaped stage, this music venue is one of the best-looking bars in the city. It features live performances every night of the week, from ska to disco to reggae,…
Cinema in North of the Liffey

Light House Cinema

The most impressive cinema in town is this snazzy four-screener in a stylish building just off Smithfield Plaza. The menu is strictly art house, and the cafe-bar on the ground floor is perfect for discussing the mer…
Club in Temple Bar

Mother

The best club night in the city is ostensibly a gay night, but does not discriminate: clubbers of every sexual orientation come for the sensational DJs who throw down a mixed bag of disco, modern synth-pop and other…
Live Music in Grafton Street & Around

Devitt’s

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.
Cinema in Merrion Square & Around

Happening Open Air Cinema

Grab a blanket and take a seat on the grass of Merrion Sq for a summer screening al fresco.
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…
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…
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…