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For its size, Dublin nightlife contains more night clubs, bars, lounges and pubs per capita than anywhere else in the world. As you might have guessed, most of the action revolves around the Dublin pub scene. A literary pub crawl isn’t a bad place to start and you’ll find everything from ornate Victorian bars, to hip lounges, grungy dive bars and everything in between as you go. During summer there are lots of gigs and comedy festivals outdoors in places like Dublin Castle, Marlay Park and the Iveagh Gardens.

Button Factory (The)

Neighborhood: Temple Bar  

Opened in 2007 on the site of the former Temple Bar Music Centre (the building once housed a sewing factory), the revamped music venue is well known for its hold on Dublin nightlife with its state-of-the-art production facilities and schedule of music acts from Tegan & Sara to Mudhoney. Expect to see up-and-comers and rising rock stars in this comfortable venue. It’s there on a cool pedestrian street in Temple Bar that holds about 700 patrons between its downstairs hall and seated mezzanine. Between spotlighted gigs catch a variety of indie club nights from Thursday to Sunday and on Saturday afternoons the street, oddly enough, becomes a hangout for the city’s teen Goths.

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Grand Canal Theatre

Neighborhood: Docklands

Dublin’s spectacular new worldclass 2,111-seater theatre was designed by Daniel Libeskind and has already become top Dublin attraction as a landmark building in the snazzy new Grand Canal plaza—part of the city’s emerging docklands area. Now, for the first time in Dublin, you can experience Broadway shows, ballet, opera and top-tier Dublin theatre productions with razor-sharp acoustics, perfect sightlines and super plush seating. The Russian State Ballet opened the theatre in March 2010 and since that time Ray Davies of the Kinks, Rufus Wainwright and ‘Hairspray’ have all staged productions here.

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International (The)

Neighborhood: South Great Georges Street

Find the smallest, most atmospheric and best Dublin lounge for nightlife comedy at the International Bar. The Comedy Cellar (actually a tiny upstairs lounge) has long been the favorite stage for new acts and old hands trying out new material. Expect a mixed bag of acts from deadpan standup to comedy burlesque in a tiny unkempt bar space.

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Tripod

Neighborhood: Camden and Wexford streets

Part of a big warehouse complex that was once a train depot and is also home to the Chocolate Bar and smaller sister spot, Crawdaddy, Tripod packs ‘em as one of the best Dublin clubs and spaces for big name music acts. With exposed brickwork, high ceilings and ironmongery, it still feels like a warehouse—in a good way—and the addition of a wide stage, great sound system and balcony seating have made it a choice venue for gigs such as Chic, Cat Power, Gil Scott-Heron and the Pointer Sisters who recently wowed audiences. Tripod’s savvy owners also run Ireland’s coolest music festival, the Electric Picnic, so rest assured they know a thing or two about what electrifies a crowd.

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Bernard Shaw (The)

Neighborhood: Camden and Wexford streets

For the last two years, the GB Shaw has been the best Dublin bar of the moment among the city’s young scenesters. An enduring moment obviously. Once a local old man’s pub, it was given a funky facelift by the Bodytonic DJ collective and … boom!—all the beatniks, art students and musicians can’t pack in enough time in this place. Pretty much keeping with the tradition of a “flock carpeting and tongue-in-groove” walled pub they just added a cool young staff, creative cocktails and a cheap eats menu. There’s always something on here—revolving art exhibitions, weekend car boot sales and nightly DJs.

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