- 18 Oct 18
Whether it's club nights, music venues or the finest cocktail joints in the city, Dublin 1 has you covered on every front.
Spreading musical joy at the foot of the Ha’Penny Bridge, the Grand Social is one of the capital’s busiest and most respected hubs of live music. The 300-capacity venue has gone from strength to strength since it opened in 2010. It boasts three event spaces that cater for a wide range of activities, including screenings, talks, comedy, quizzes, corporate launches and wrap parties. Its premium venue, The Loft, has hosted many memorable shows by local and international artists, including the likes of Primal Scream and Jake Bugg. Regarded nationally as being one of the best sounding venues in town, The Loft also offers its patrons and promoters a room with a different look and feel to any other in the city. Add into the mix the spacious rooftop beer garden adjacent to the performance space and it’s not hard to see why it was voted IMRO Dublin Venue of the Year in 2012, and nominated for National Venue of the Year four years running. Frank Gleeson of Townhouse Leisure has acquired the business and they have plans to develop and grow The Grand Social over the next two years.
Having opened its doors back in 2001, Sin É has been through many incarnations over the years, all the while establishing itself as one of the city’s most eclectic night spots and alternative live music venues. Now offering free admission seven nights a week for local and international touring bands, Sin É is also noted for its huge selection of specialist craft ales, draft beer and top shelf liquor to please all tastes.
For years, Panti Bliss, aka Rory O’Neill, was an underground celebrity. She then became a national icon and, finally, a national treasure. And now, her Capel Street hot-spot has become a magnet for LGBTQ+ activity in Ireland. Saturdays are when you’ll catch Panti onstage – if you’ve never seen the show, you’re missing out on one of the funniest nights in Dublin – but there’s nearly always something going on. Open seven nights a week, there’s relaxed pints and chats, ‘80s music on Thursday and a “tea dance” on Saturday afternoons.