Clubbing in Dublin

Welcome New Year 2013 in one of Dublin’s top nightspots

If you’re looking for a different place to welcome in the new year to your usual haunt, but aren’t sure where to go, I definitely think Dublin should be at the top of your list. The Irish capital is famous for its nightlife, and December 31st 2012 looks to be a fantastic one.

As you might expect, Dublin is very popular at this time of the year, so I’d recommend booking flights, accommodation and car hire now. If you decide to rent a vehicle, you can find some of the best deals here. This will save you having to work out when public transport is running over the seasonal period.

Once all that is done, it’s time to get tickets for one of the city’s biggest nightclubs, or simply decide which pub to relax in. Below is my guide to some of the best.

Clubbing in Dublin

Doyle’s, 8/9 College Street

Doyle’s is a popular bar that opens every night of the week, and my advice is to come here for your evening meal. Not only is the food fantastic, but it also means you’re well placed to bag a cosy spot for you and your friends – you might decide not to move all night!

Downstairs is where you want to be if you want to enjoy conversation over a few drinks, while the dancefloor upstairs is perfect for showing off your moves. Doyle’s is on College Street, so you are close to the NYE Dublin Countdown Concert at College Green if you’ve booked tickets.

Central Hotel Library Bar

If you want a festive beverage in stunning surroundings, get yourself to the Library Bar at the Central Hotel. Located on Exchequer Street, the bar has certainly proven its worth after taking the Best Hotel Bar title in 2012 at the National Hospitality Awards.

This is the place to come for a nightcap or pre-dinner drinks, or simply if you would prefer to see in 2013 somewhere peaceful and elegant from the comfort of an armchair infront of a fire.

Alchemy Club and Venue

Located on Fleet Street, Alchemy Club and Venue is one of Dublin’s newest nightspots, and you can reserve sections for your group in advance should you want to be guaranteed a place to rest your feet after hitting the dance floor.
This year, the club is hosting the Black & Gold Masquerade Ball, with tickets getting you entry, a reserved space and a glass of the fizzy stuff.

If you want to visit some other events ahead of going to a nightclub, Dublin has a packed itinerary. The NYE Dublin Countdown Concert starts at 20:30 local time and runs all the way through to 01:00, and you can enjoy performances from the likes of Imelda May. Hosted at College Green, there’ll be a 3D projection of a countdown to 2013 projected on to Trinity College.

There’s also The Big Bang fireworks display at St Stephen’s Green at 20:00, which will follow the spectacular People’s Procession of Light. Thousands of people line the streets to watch a torchlight parade through the city centre, and you’re encouraged to bring glowsticks. In fact, you can take them into one of the clubs with you afterwards!
If you live in Dublin, or have holidayed in the city over the festive period before, leave your top tips below as to the best hotspots to visit.

The Temple Bar pub in Dublin

A Beginner’s Guide To Dublin’s Pubs

The Temple Bar pub in Dublin

A visit to Dublin wouldn’t be complete without sampling a local pint in a genuine Dublin pub. The city is host to some one thousand pubs, which are a stamping ground for writers, musicians, politicians, locals, and, of course, tourists. Pubs in Ireland are places to talk and to laugh. You can while the hours away watching the world go by or let yourself be entertained by live sport on flat-screen TVs. Whether you’re up for a large night out or a quiet, relaxed chat with mates, drinking in Ireland is always a social affair. And, in stark contrast to the misleading notion of all Irish people being drunk, you’ll see many people just drinking tea or coffee.

Temple Bar

If you’re planning to go for a pint or two, the vibrant Temple Bar area is an obvious choice. Situated a few minutes’ walk from Grafton Street, this cultural and artistic centre of Dublin has much to offer. Its medieval layout has been preserved, and traditional pubs are plentiful. There are also many tourist-oriented nightclubs, restaurants and bars, making the area a centre for the city’s nightlife.

Temple Bar pubs

The local pubs all bustle with life, especially after dark. The Oliver Street St. John Goherty has literary connections, The Foggy Dew fuses tradition with a contemporary feel, and The Porterhouse was opened as Ireland’s first pub brewery.

The Merry Ploughboy

Many pubs in Dublin offer other attractions apart from the usual pub grub and drinks. The Merry Ploughboy is owned and managed by traditional musicians who have made it a top venue for Irish music and dancing. It has also been voted “Best event/dinner entertainment in Ireland”.

The Brazen Head

The Brazen Head, dating back to 1198 and officially declared Ireland’s oldest pub, is just a short walk from Christchurch cathedral and The Guinness Brewery. Apart from an award-winning restaurant and a superb bar menu, it offers live music every night, as well as evenings of Irish folklore and storytelling.

Fitzgerald’s Bar

Fitzgerald’s Bar on Aston Quay has an old time feel with comfy chairs and a Victorian style bar. It’s the perfect place to watch sporting events of all kinds and to listen to live music at the weekends.

Grogan’s Pub

Despite being one of the least touristy places in Dublin, Grogan’s on South William Street has an unmatched traditional Irish pub feel, while the staff take pride in pouring some of the best Guinness in town.

Guinness Storehouse

This brings us to the famous Guinness Storehouse of St. James Gate, where you can embark on a magical journey into the heart of the Guinness Company. On the building’s seven floors you’ll explore the company’s rich heritage and learn about its history from when it started up until the present day. Follow the ‘master brewer’ and learn all about the ingredients and brewing process, before finally being awarded a certificate once you’ve mastered the art of pouring the perfect pint!