Clarion Hotel Dublin Liffey Valley
Liffey Valley Complex
Phone: (353) 1 6258000
Fax: (353) 1 6258010
Mansion Nightclub is as grand it's name. Hip and happening, Mansion plays host to some of the most glitzy clubbing activities in the city. Frequented by a crowd that knows how to party, this club features interesting themed nights and DJ specials regularly. Apart from a raging clubbing scene, Mansion lends it's space for a host or private parties and exciting events all year round. Gigs by upcoming artists and established musicians are also on the charts here.
Given the fact that the Smithfield Square area is currently undergoing a major facelift at the moment, it's quite likely that the Cobblestone will become extremely popular in the not-too-distant future. At present, however, the pub offers traditional music in an authentic Dublin setting, featuring live music at the weekends. The upstairs venue also plays host to a variety of traditional, folk and rock acts. It's always worth a visit, particularly on a Saturday night when the spectacular gas lamps in the adjacent Smithfield Square are burning brightly.
Chief O'Neill's is at the heart of a renewal scheme for Smithfield, one of Dublin's most interesting and vibrant inner city neighbourhoods. This large venue features a late bar during the weekend and hosts the best in traditional Irish music. The setting wonderfully combines a modern freshness with a sense of Irish culture which is still vibrant today. Combined with Ceol, its other venue, this bar/auditorium hosts some of the best St Patrick's Day gigs as well as keeping the sessions going all year round.
Located a little out from the city center, this spacious bar is certainly worth a visit if traditional music's your thing. Featuring live music most nights, the pub has quite a reputation for its impromptu set-dancing sessions that attract a wide cross-section of Dublin punters. The bar stays open late on certain nights.
McGowan's is a great place to go for a no-nonsense, fun night. You're likely to meet someone from every part of Ireland. The pub seems to be somewhat of a home away from home for lonely students and younger workers. The pub's sheer size means that there are many areas to mingle or sit, and a huge dance floor upstairs means that you won't feel cramped despite the large crowd. The dress code is relaxed. Entry is free before 11p but you need to shell out IEP3 after.
Strictly ladies only, this intimate and refreshingly innovative venue is ideal for women seeking a relaxing night out in Dublin. The staff are exceptionally friendly and there are three small floors, each with their own DJs. If the city as a whole is not always as tolerant as it should be, Stonewallz is gaining a reputation as an attractive oasis, and is a welcome addition to Dublin's burgeoning gay scene.
May be you know this and maybe you don't, but this hotel took center stage in James Joyce's Siren's chapter. The basement night-spot in the Ormond Hotel has hosted many different club nights throughout the years. At the moment it is as popular as ever, offering a selection of dance sets throughout the week. Tuesday night is a student-orientated club with drinks promos and alternative dance music. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays host the popular Paradise Lounge with resident DJs playing a good selection of house and garage. Admission is free before 11pm.
Gubu, which lies just across the river from Temple Bar, now quirkily describes itself as "straight friendly". Stylish and funky, with a long bar, velvet curtains and atmospheric lighting, the bar seems popular with both a gay and straight crowd alike, and the music is provided by a surprisingly well-stocked jukebox. Like most of Dublin's trendier bars, it can get very busy at the weekend; so if you want seats, get there early. Gubu also hosts live jazz bands early mid-week and on Sunday afternoons.
Rather like its hotpotch architecture, the Turk's Head is a real mixed bag when it comes to atmosphere. It is almost always packed out, and invariably attracts a diverse but distinctive crowd, all crowding in for a late drink, and the occasional spot of belly-dancing. Top twenty hits and skimpy dresses are the order of the day here, but if that's your sort of thing, you'll have fun. This place is open till 2.30 PM.
Located in the Old Harcourt Station, Pod is a popular live music venue that has many prestigious awards to its name. For ten years the venue has hosted the best nights and concerts that has earned it the repute of being the best clubbing destination. With dark tones, excellent music and comfortable seats, the venue is chic and great for a night out with friends. The drinks served at the bar are in plenty and well priced. Pod rents out its premises for various private and social events too.
Located on Dame Street, this pub was previously a lounge-like place called Rogue. You will mostly find youngsters hanging out at this place where mainly indie music plays in the background. Club nights and drinks keep the crowds coming back for more.
One of the newer venues in Dublin's nightlife strip, Switch has garnered a strong reputation amongst clubbers, presenting some of the most hard-hitting techno and drum 'n bass nights in town. Easy access and a trendy crowd ensures that the pace is kept up all week. Admission ranges from EUR6-12.