Live Music in Dublin

From inspiring international artists through to waxing lyrical, Dublin is one song-filled city, with bars and pubs soundtracked nightly with a whole host of genres. Whether it's jigging to Irish trad at a backstreet pub or moshing at a rock gig, we've rounded up some of Dublin's best live music bars, pubs, clubs and venues for when Spotify just won't cut it.

Last updated on 18th September 2020




The Grand Social

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The Grand Social has got live music in Dublin down. Dedicated to bringing you the best and the brightest talent, the bar has a hot line-up throughout the week. When you're not listening to the hottest new thing, head up to the roof terrace for a drink or check out the weekly quiz.

A real Dublin live music experience, Kehoes Pub is keeping things low key with ale, trad music and original decor. Stop by on a Tuesday for acoustic tunes, perfect for a date night snuggled up in one of their wooden clad booths.

Set in Temple Street, The Button Factory puts on live music five nights of the week, whether that be an EP release or a rock band trying out their electric guitar. If you're looking for a place to see some of the best in the music industry, this venue promises to deliver.

Whelan's is a legendary live music venue in Dublin. Having hosted some biggest names in the business over its 25+ years in the city, you know this place is going to impress with its regular performances and club events, plus the affordable drinks at the bar make it that much better.

One of Dublin's rowdier spots, The Workmans Club has hosted some huge names, including the likes of Cillian Murphy on the DJ decks, and Kodaline strumming away. When it's not cranking out live music, the bar is keeping you entertained with poetry readings, comedy and much more.

An iconic spot for a pint in the city, the original Porterhouse also likes to keep it lively with traditional music over the weekends. Head to this Temple Bar joint as they serve craft beer, Irish ale, and lively tunes to see you into the wee hours.

If you're more about the fiddle than EDM, The Temple Bar is the place for you. A stalwart on Dublin's live music scene, this pub hosts a live band every darn night and has even been named 'traditional Irish music pub of the year' 10 years in a row.

Bad Bobs

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A venue of many talents that never seems to sleep, Bad Bobs hosts live music every single day. Check out the multi-storey venue for local acts, which over the weekend are followed by DJs and saxophonists, and delve into their cracking cocktail menu.

Opium is a cracking Dublin live music venue, club, bar and restaurant all rolled up into one. A relaxed restaurant serving the finest in Asian cuisine by day, this place transforms into a fun-loving party bar and raucous gig space when the night rolls in. 

Whether it's boozy brunches or a good ol' fashioned boogie you're in the mood for, Wigwam has got plenty to keep you entertained. The cool Middle Abbey Street bar is up and partying all week, from the downstairs room of ping pong and karaoke, to the upstairs eatery and music venue.