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Introduction

Dublin is widely regarded as one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, especially during weekends when the Guinness flows freely. There are pubs, bars and clubs to suit every taste, although traditional establishments are gradually being pushed aside by trendy designer bars. The Irish capital boasts an eclectic music scene, with everything from rock and pop, jazz, soul and blues to classical and opera. For entertainment listings, check out the free publications, In Dublin (website: www.indublin.ie) and Totally Dublin, which can be picked up at many bars and cafes. Friday's edition of the Irish Times has a pull-out gig guide. Tickets for many events can be purchased from Ticketmaster (website: www.ticketmaster.ie) or HMV outlets.

Nightlife
Most of Dublin's nightlife centres on the famous Temple Bar district. One of the best traditional pubs is John Mulligan's (8 Poolbeg Street), which is reputed to serve the best Guinness in the country. Sean O'Casey's (105 Marlborough Street) and O'Donoghue's (15 Merrion Street) are a couple of excellent pubs for live music, while Dice Bar (79 Queen Street), co-owned by Fun Lovin' Criminals singer Huey, is one of Dublin's trendy late night bars.

Nightclubs in Dublin usually open about 10pm and close around 3am. One of the best-known clubs in the city is Tripod (website: pod.ie), which is actually three venues in one. Other popular nightclubs include the exclusive Lillie's Bordello (website: www.lilliesbordello.ie) where celebrities often hang out, and the long established Ri Ra (Dame Court), which incorporates the chilled-out Globe Bar.

Theatre
Ireland's national theatre is the Abbey Theatre (website: www.abbeytheatre.ie), set up in 1904 by WB Yeats to promote Irish literature. Also within this complex is the smaller Peacock Theatre which specialises on experimental works. The famous Gate Theatre (website: www.gatetheatre.ie) to the north of the River Liffey is where James Mason and Orson Welles began their acting careers.

Music
The National Concert Hall (website: www.nch.ie) is Dublin's premier classical music and opera venue, while The Point (website: www.thepoint.ie) is the city's biggest arena for pop and rock concerts. The latter is where you can sometimes see ballet or the famous Riverdance. Other venues include Crawdaddy (website: www.pod.ie) and Whelan's (website: www.whelanslive.com) which is popular amongst singer-songwriters. If you prefer more intimate surroundings Dublin has many live-music pubs.

Cinema
Dublin's biggest cinema complex, with 10 screens, is Cineworld in Parnell Street, while the oldest is The Savoy (Upper O'Connell Street). For art-house films and international classics, the multiscreen Irish Film Institute (6 Eustace Street) is a good option. Dubliners are avid cinemagoers so it's advisable to book in advance if you want to avoid the queues.

Events
Dublin's main annual event is the St Patrick's Day parade on March 17th, although the celebrations actually take place over a four-day period. Chamber music aficionados will appreciate the AIB Music Festival during the first two weeks in June, while the first couple of weeks of October sees the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Dublin Cinemas
Most of the cinemas are in O'Connell Street

Dublin Theatres
Abbey Theatre

Ireland's national theatre. Lower Abbey Street.

Gaitey Theatre
South King Street.

Irish Film Centre
6 Eustace Street, Dublin. (01 679 5744).

Olympia
Dame Street

Project Arts Centre
East Essex Street.

The Gate Theatre
Parnell Square.

Dublin Night time
A lot of night clubs are at Leeson Street and at Temple Bar.

 

 
 

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