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 2nd June 2023

The Academy

If you're looking for some international talent or the latest superstar, you can start at The Academy. The Middle Abbey Street plot puts on regular gigs, with past acts ranging from cult favourites Bowling For Soup through to Indie kids You Me At Six.

The Porterhouse Temple Bar

An iconic spot for a pint in the city, the original Porterhouse also likes to keep it lively with traditional Irish 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.

Kehoes Pub

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, which make for the perfect for a date night if you're snuggled up in one of their wooden clad booths.

The Temple Bar

If you're more about the fiddle than EDM, The Temple Bar is the place for you. A stalwart on Dublin's 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.


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. 

The Workmans Club

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 Father John Misty crooning. When it's not cranking out live music, the bar is keeping you entertained with poetry readings, comedy and more.

Button Factory

Set in Temple Street, The Button Factory puts on shows 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 live music in Dublin, this venue promises to deliver.