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the best dublin concer venues

  • Vicar Street
  • Whelans
  • Olympia Theatre
  • The Button Factory
  • The Grand Social
  • The 3Arena
  • Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Vicar Street

Vicar Street is a nicely sized venue and holds over 1500 people during standing gigs. regularly hosting brilliant artists, Vicar Street has had the iconic Bob Dylan, Christy Moore and Prince grace the stage.

Vicar Street is a very popular venue amongst Dubliners but confuses some as it is it not actually located on Vicar Street, but Thomas Street. there are always good acts gracing the Vicar Street Stage so make sure to check out the upcoming schedule and head along! it’s great for comedy shows too.



when it comes to Dublin gigs, Whelan’s is always the first venue that comes to mind, especially for Dubliners. it is a brilliant location for intimate gigs because it isn’t all that big with standing room only available!

Whelan’s can accommodate 570 people in total spread over two floors. some big artists too have played here include Arctic Monkeys, Ed Sheeran, and The National to name but a few. they also love showcasing Irish acts like The Academic, Hozier and the Republic Of Loose.

Whelan’s is just an all-round great place to listen to live music and have a drink or two in the heart of the city.

Olympia Theatre

this Dame Street venue is a very well-known building and has a soft spot in the heart of Dubliners. this venue is iconic not only for hosting gigs, but plays, musicals and comedy shows too. so many incredible acts have performed at The Olympia such as Adele, REM, David Bowie, Radiohead, The Killers and even the late Charlie Chaplin!

the inside is decorated with beautiful Victorian styled balconies and proscenium arches. it truly is one of the nicest venues to watch your favourite artists or comedians

The Button Factory

The Button Factory is a venue for concerts and also houses Ireland’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum on the premises. it’s a popular spot for a night out as well and has a separate little bar and stage for other events called the Crowbar. it’s also located in the middle of Temple Bar so you’ll be sure to have a great time.

Temple Bar is known for its brilliant atmosphere and lively nights. make sure you head down to this venue at least once, it’s something you wouldn’t want to miss. the buzz never really dies down in this area so make a night of it!

The Grand Social

The Grand Social has been regarded as the best sounding venue for live music in Dublin by Dubliners. it is a brilliant location for live music and carries a brilliant atmosphere and style in each of its edgy rooms. you have the loft which offers a boho circus feel, then you have the ballroom which acts as a regular club, then there is the garden outside area and finally there is the parlour which is the most cosy spot. the venue has a room for every mood.

it has a spacious rooftop beer garden that is also used for gigs… located right beside the Ha’penny Bridge it’s a convenient location to travel to and from any show.

The 3Arena

formerly known as the Point (and still known as the Point to Dubliner’s), the 3 Arena is the largest indoor venue in Dublin. it can hold a capacity of over 13,000 people and is one of the Top Five arenas in the world! so many amazing acts have played here as part of their European tours. some of the most incredibly talented artists have played there like Rihanna, Bob Dylan, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, The Who and so many more.

unlike other music venues in Dublin, The 3 Arena offers a premium type of membership which allows you to enter a private part of the building and also attend any concert or show you want throughout the year even if they are sold out! if you’re flying into Dublin for a show, the Airlink Express stops right outside and is a great option for getting straight to the show without the worry of finding an expensive parking spot!

Bord Gais Energy Theatre

if musicals and plays are more your thing then the bord gais theatre is sure to have something you will enjoy! just across the river from the hotel and a 20 minute walk, the theatre is hard to miss with it’s impressive architectural frame and public plaza.

over the years it has hosted Swan Lake, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Wicked and many more. artists who have performed there include Gavin James, The beach Boys and Janet Jackson.

make an evening of it, get dressed up have a meal beforehand and then sit back and enjoy a show in this wonderful venue.