Dublin offers a wide range of late night bars and clubs for night owls who are not ready to go home yet. From swish cocktail bars to underground discos there is a club for every taste and occasion. Clubs and late night bars in Dublin typically stay open until 2:30am. Dublin's club scene is fast moving and new venues open all the time, following the changing nightlife trends. Here you find reviews of some of the most popular and well established clubs and late night bars in Dublin's city centre.
There are live DJs every night of the week at this sleek bar and restaurant at the top of Dublin’s newest entertainment mile of Wexford Street/Camden Street. The Village pulls a buzzing crowd into its long minimalist lounge bar. If you can't decide whether you want to go dancing or just have a late night drink, then the Village is a great choice with its cosy booths and spontaneous party crowd.
26 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
The brand new and very swish Academy offers something for everybody with two separate dance floors and quiet lounge areas. Hip Hop, R&B, Indie and more vie for dancers' attention. Or just sit back and watch the action from the balcony, which sports its own bar and cosy booths. This plush club attracts a trendy 30-something crowd. The Red Luas line stops practically in front of the Academy (Jervis stop).
57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1
During the week the Button Factory puts the hippest Indie acts onto its stage. On Fridays and Saturdays, this chic venue turns into a plush but cutting edge disco. The young and hip audience flocks here particularly on Saturdays to dance the night away to top DJs. Many legendary names from the Disco scene have graced the decks at the Button Factory: Francois Kevorkian, Greg Wilson and more.
Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
A late night cocktail bar that's popular with an after-office crowd as well glitzy revellers from all over town. From smart casual to bling, if you like to dress up to go out, the Capitol is worth checking out.
18 Lower Stephen's Street
On Fridays and Saturdays, Club Nassau turns into Dublin's longest running and very popular 1980's disco. A mixed crowd loses all inhibitions on the dance floor to 80's oldies from Wham to Spandau Ballet and more. Curiously, the club also attracts many younger revellers who were certainly not around when these hits were made.
1-2 Nassau Street, Dublin 2
Leeson Street Clubs And Late Night Bars
Dublin's traditional locale for late night clubbing is Lower Leeson Street with its many late night bars and discotheques. For many years before the relaxation of late night licensing laws, Leeson Street has been the last harbour for late night clubbers looking for a drink. Once home to a myriad of tiny wine bars selling overpriced plonk by the bottle, Leeson Street has smartened up its act and gone with the times. Entering one of the crop of current late night bars still means heading down a few rickety steps into what would have been the servant’s quarters and kitchens of the grand Georgian townhouses above. The clubs here are usually small and attract a mixed, slightly older crowd with the odd celebrity having been sighted among the clubbers. Some of the more established late night bars on Leeson Street include Cats, Leggs, Rio's, and Buck Whaley's.
Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
A long running basement club that packs a party crowd into its labyrinth of vaults every weekend. Disco, Funk and House are the typical fare at the RiRa. The club hosts an Oldies night on Mondays. If you come early, enter through the Globe pub on Great Georges Street, which is part of the same complex as the RiRa. The Globe always boasts a younger, trendy crowd warming themselves up for a long night.
Dame Court, Dublin 2
The Spy Bar is located in a glorious former 18th century townhouse and boasts a design straight out of Stanley Kubrick's Clockwork Orange. Funky House keeps clubbers buzzing in the two spacious drawing rooms with their impressive fireplaces and chandeliers. The crowd is dressed to impress, so put on your glad rags when you come out to play here.
Powerscourt Town House
South William Street, Dublin 2
If you are looking for a classic night club rather than a blaring disco, check out The Sugar Club. From the Burmese Teak panelled walls and velvet seats to the well stocked cocktail bar, the Sugar Club could have seen Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack coming in for a late one in the swinging 1960’s. DJs typically play soulful music and The Sugar Club often hosts stylish cabaret and burlesque shows.
8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
Dublin's largest disco is located in a disused former train station. The Tripod is the place to go to hear international big name DJs like Carl Cox, Sasha, Armin Van Buuren and more. House, Trance, Techno and the occasional Hip Hop and R&B gig get the crowd going in this 1,300 capacity mega club. The Green Luas line stops right outside the entrance to Crawdaddy (Harcourt Street stop).
Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
The Twisted Pepper
Dublin’s newest night club, the Twisted Pepper, boasts a mellow vibe and a booking policy that brings the best underground DJs and from around the world into its two booths. The big and airy main room is given over to funky House and other party sounds. The basement at the Twisted Pepper is a darker, cutting edge venue, revered among Dublin clubbers for its bass heavy sound system and intimate vibe. Expect hard Techno and heavy Dubstep downstairs.
Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1
Underground @ Kennedys
The basement of Kennedy's traditional Irish Bar hides one of Dublin's most cutting edge clubs, The Underground. Thursdays and Fridays are the big nights here and you will often catch super hot international DJs rubbing shoulders with the local talent behind the decks. The Underground is at the cutting edge of music trends: Nu-Disco, Techno and Dubstep rule the dance floor. The club starts going after midnight, but you can while away the time upstairs at Kennedy's regular bar or the nearby Pavilion bar on the Trinity College campus. Better known as 'The Pav', this is strictly speaking a student’s bar, but it is also a popular watering hole for Dublin clubbers who never went to a lecture at Trinity.
30-32 Westland Row, Dublin 2
The Wax night club is located in the basement of the Spy Bar and caters for clubbers who are out to dance the night away. The intimate vaults and small dance floor get crowded very fast and will stay busy until closing time with trendy dancers moving to Electro, Techno, Deep House and other current trends. Thursdays and Fridays always draw an interesting crowd here.
Powerscourt Town House (basement)
South William Street, Dublin 2
You are always guaranteed a crowd at this popular club which draws its audience from the Rock and Indie concerts Whelan's hosts earlier in the night. Arrive after 23:00 and you will find a young Indie crowd from all over Dublin as well as trendy locals from Dublin’s newest nightlife strip, Wexford Street/Camden Street.
25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Clubs At Dublin's Theatres
Many Dublin theatres turn into night clubs on Fridays and Saturdays. The most popular and longest running of the theatre night clubs is located at the 19th century Gaiety Theatre at the southern end of Grafton Street. The Gaiety nightclub opens every Friday and Saturday after the last performance. The disco at The Gaiety enjoys some of the latest opening hours in Dublin. Other popular choices are the Tivoli and Andrews Lane.
South King Street, Dublin 2
Andrews Lane Theatre
The Andrews Lane Theatre is hidden in a narrow lane between Dame Street and Grafton Street. The Graffiti on the facade gives the game away: This is the spot to come to if you are looking for some more underground sounds, with DJs typically coming from the Indie Rock and Electronica scene.
12/16 Andrews Lane, Dublin 2
The Tivoli’s 3:00 am licence makes it one of the few late night venues to the west of Christchurch Cathedral. Many international top DJs from the Techno and House scenes guest on the decks at this plush venue.
Francis Street, Dublin 8