For many, Dublin’s vibrant nightlife is one of its biggest draws. Ireland’s capital was named the third best city in the world to visit in 2016 by the Lonely Planet, in large part because of the ongoing 1916 centenary commemorations, but also because it was described as a place that ‘pulsates with youthful vibrancy.’ Here are some of the best city-centre nightclubs in which to experience that vibrancy.
Started to raise funds for Ireland’s Gay Community News (GCN) magazine, this Saturday night gay club has been called one of the top five clubs in Ireland by The Irish Times newspaper. Loved by people of all sexualities who enjoy good music, Mother focuses on ‘a retro and modern synth-pop dance-floor fusion’ that has been heartily embraced by Dublin clubbers. Having hosted people like Irish electronic musician Shit Robot and America’s LCD Soundsystem, each year its organisers also run a Mother club night at the Electric Picnic festival.
Mother, The Hub, Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 67 07655
The Grand Social
The Grand Social’s dedicated downstairs Ballroom area hosts regular club nights, as does The Loft upstairs – a circus-themed performance space that welcomes musicians of all varieties. Conveniently located close to Temple Bar but on the north side of the Liffey River, this large, adaptable space has won the IMRO award for Dublin’s Best Live Music Venue in the past and attracts the best local DJs, who spin ’90s R’n’B, hip-hop and neo-soul tracks among others. It also has an inviting rooftop beer garden.
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1, Ireland, +353 1 874 0076
Copper Face Jacks
More infamous than famous, Copper Face Jacks is a Dublin institution that has to be experienced at least once. Affectionately referred to as ‘Coppers,’ it seems like everyone in Ireland knows this Harcourt Street nightclub, whether they like it or not. Visitors learn about it too – Amy Schumer’s support act at her recent Dublin show mentioned having been there, although he was most likely joking. Opened in 1995, this club doles out gold cards to loyal members, entitling holders and their friends to free entry and the right to skip the queue.
Copper Face Jacks, 29-30 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 425 5300
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