DUBLIN JUNE 2011 by jianghongl


JUNE 2011
  Welcome to the June issue                                                                    contents
      of 2night magazine. This month’s special feature
     stemmed from a conversation at 2night towers –
 where will we go for our next office party? As some
     advocated passionately for a hip Thai restaurant,
     and others wanted to sample Italian delights, we
  were reminded of just how many great restaurants                                                        04
there are in Dublin serving a smorgasbord of cuisine                                                      Special Feature
                                                                                                          Tastes of the World
  from around the world. We still haven’t decided on
    a restaurant, but at least the long chat bore some
    fruit, as we’ve rounded up 30 of the finest restau-
        rants serving exotic cuisine in the city. You can
                                 check it out on page 4.
        You can also check out an interview with a ris-
      ing star on Dublin’s indie scene, Niall Holohan of                                                  Competitions
                                                                                                          Win tickets, meals and great
     Readers Wives, and have a gander at some great                                                       nights out with 2night!
 competitions, on page 16 and 11 – we’re giving away
  everything from cookery classes to concert tickets.

   And if you’re in the mood for going out, you’ll find
   our events listings invaluable – we’ve sized up the
     best gigs, festivals and more starting on page 18.                                                   The Front Row
   We’ve also cast a beady eye over the forthcoming                                                       Catch the major film releases
                                                                                                          in June
     cinema releases – including the first great block-
 buster of the summer – on page 12. Finally, our Best
   of Dublin section on page 31 profiles over 200 top
venues, so you’ll never be stuck wondering where to
                      go for drinks or dinner. Unlike us!                                                 16
                                                                                                          Readers Wives

                                                                                                          Find out what’s on in June
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                  2night profiles 30 restaurants
                  serving great global food                                                                                   Name Gav Linehan                        Name: Brian O’Neill
                  to Dubliners.                                                                                                           Age:33                      Age: 31
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                                                                                      What’s your favourite national cuisine, and why?                              What’s your favourite national cuisine, and why?
                  If variety is the spice of life, Dubliners seem to love a bit of    Cajun, which originated in Louisiana, and is a combination of American In-    I wouldn’t consider myself a connoisseur by any means but I’ve really taken
                  zing. Even as some restaurants around the country shut their        dian, African, French and Spanish cuisines. I’m a fan of hearty cuisine and   to tapas lately. The attraction comes from a short holiday in Zumarraga, a
                  doors, new eateries are arising, and many of them are shying        Cajun or Creole food tends to have a lot of intriguing herbs and spices.      small town in the Basque country. They’re called Pinchos there – little treats
                  away from the ‘modern Irish’ formula that all but guaranteed        Especially good if you’re really hungry!                                      in every bar you visit. When I came back to Dublin I had to search to find
                  success five years ago: instead, they’re offering flavours                                                                                        something on a par and thankfully I found it.
                  from around the world, adding new strings to our collective         Where’s the best place to enjoy it in Dublin? 
                  culinary bow.                                                       There is only one (I think) and it’s Tante Zoe’s in Temple Bar.               Where’s the best place to enjoy it in Dublin?
                  Crucially, it seems to work – restaurants are sticking to the                                                                                     I’ve tried a couple of tapas places and the best yet has to be Bar Pintxo on
                  wall that bit more often when they offer exotic tastes. Maybe       What’s your favourite dish from that style of cooking?                        Eustace Street in Temple Bar. The Port House on South William Street is a
                  that’s because the competition is a bit less intense when                                                                                         close second.
                                                                                      A starter of Creole Gumbo: A stew made with a selection of smoked fish
                  you’re one of few places offering South American fare. Or
                                                                                      and shellfish - you may have to wait a while before you can make room for
                  maybe it’s because Dubliners love to try something new.                                                                                           What’s your favourite dish from that style of cooking?
                                                                                      the main course.
                  We fancy it’s a bit of both, but we’re not complaining. Far                                                                                       The beauty of this style of cooking is that you can try up to five or six dishes
                  from it – instead, we’re celebrating 30 of the best restau-                                                                                       in one sitting. The Mejillones Al Horno – large Galician mussels on the half
                  rants offering tastes from around the world in this fair city.                                                                                    shell with rich tomato sauce and Mahon cheese – are exquisite. A sizeable
                  We’ve mixed the old with the new, the far Eastern with the                                                                                        portion only costs €5.25 too, and that’s one of the most expensive dishes
                  European, and just about every element we saw and loved.                                                                                          on the menu.
                  In other words, it’s a bit of a melting pot, rather like our res-
                  taurant scene – we hope you like it just as much.

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                  ACAPULCO                                                                   BUENOS AIRES GRILL                                                           D’VINE WINE BAR                                                               HAVANA
                  7, South Great George’s Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016771085                  Castle Way, Golden Lane – Dublin 8. Tel: 014759616                           Bachelor’s Walk – Dublin 1. Tel: 018720291                                    10, Georges Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 014005990

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                                                      ome cheaper Tex-Mex establish-                                             or far too long, Dublin diners have                                     t may have only opened its doors re-                                          f the name is too subtle a hint, don’t
                                                      ments have set up in the last few                                          been denied the rich flavours and                                       cently, but this welcoming little wine                                        worry – Havana’s Cuban spirit ex-
                                                      years, but Acapulco still has a few                                        hearty recipes of Argentina. Thank-                                     bar and Italian eatery has made an in-                                        tends from the staff (as welcoming and
                                              unique selling points – great service, an                                  fully, Buenos Aires Grill has arrived on                                    stant splash. Aside from a fine selection of                                  friendly as you could wish for) and lively
                                              intimate dining room, and super margari-                                   Golden Lane, its menu positively packed                                     wines to impress connoisseurs (including                                      atmosphere to the unpretentious food:
                                              tas, not necessarily in that order. They’ve                                with dishes from the pampas. We’d be                                        a few exclusive bottles), the place also of-                                  it’s colourful, lively, and interesting, rather
                                              also perfected the Mexican deep-fried ice                                  quick to recommend both the Argentine                                       fers platters of fine meats and cheeses in                                    like the décor that’s packed with Cuban
                                              cream: it may be the bane of cardiologists,                                fish stew and the half rack of lamb with                                    a cosy setting. The atmosphere is warm                                        memorabilia. The Havana Platter (a selec-
                                              but it isn’t half addictive.                                               minted wine jus, though there are vegetar-                                  and relaxed too, making it perfect for an                                     tion of cured ham, cheese, chorizo and
                                              Opening hours: Open Seven days a week,                                     ian options too.                                                            intimate evening.                                                             anchovies) and the Spanish meatballs are
                                              from 12:00 (1:00 Saturday and Sunday) to                                   Opening hours: Open Monday to Satur-                                        Opening hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday,                                        particularly worth trying.
                                              22:00 (23:00 Saturday, 22:30 Sunday).                                      day. Lunch served from 12:00 to 15:00,                                      from 13:00 to 00:00 (23:00 Tuesday and                                        Opening hours:Open seven days a week,
                                                                                                                         dinner from 17:00 to late.                                                  Wednesday).                                                                   from noon to late.

                  BALzAC                                                                     CAfé TOPOLIS                                                                 DIEP LE SHAKER                                                                KOISHI
                  35, Dawson Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016774444                               37, Parliament Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016704961                             55, Pembroke Lane – Dublin 2. Tel: 016611829                                  174, Pembroke Road – Dublin 4. Tel: 016688393

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                                                  n a valiant effort to recreate the ambi-                                        pleasantly intimate Italian spot just                                     his place offers Royal Thai cuisine                                           apanese places opening in the West
                                                  ence and glamour of the Parisian bras-                                          on the edge of Temple Bar, Cafe                                           at minor nobility prices – it’ll lighten                                      take one of two routes: some go
                                                  serie, the owners of Balzac have put                                            Topolis has had a laid-back feel                                          your wallet, but your belly should                                            for the modern bustle of contem-
                                              together a very handsome dining room for                                   any time we visit. Hearty Mediterranean                                     be sated. The menu also has a selection                                       porary Tokyo, while some strive to recre-
                                              this Dawson Street restaurant - provided                                   flavours, and interesting combinations of                                   of Bankok street food dishes, and the Diep                                    ate a more traditional experience. Koishi
                                              you don’t mind a hint of pink everywhere.                                  ingredients feature, particularly on the piz-                               group has received accolades from the                                         is firmly in the latter category: even if its
                                              We don’t, and were similarly impressed                                     zas - try the Capricciosa, with ham, mush-                                  Thai government for its authentic cuisine.                                    high-quality sushi and other dishes aren’t
                                              with the menu, mixing brasserie staples                                    rooms, anchovies, capers, and egg.                                          Opening hours: Open Monday to Satur-                                          pricey, there’s an elegance throughout that
                                              with some creative little dishes. Desserts –                               Opening hours: Open seven days a week,                                      day. Lunch served Monday to Friday from                                       makes it seem, somehow, more exotic.
                                              particularly the roasted plums with cinna-                                 from 12:00 (12:30 Sunday) to 22:00                                          12:00 to 14:30 (17:00 Friday). Dinner                                         Opening hours: Open seven days a week.
                                              mon and oatmeal crumble – are fantastic.                                   (23:00 Thursday to Saturday).                                               at 18:00 (17:30 Friday)to 23:00 (22:30                                        Lunch served from 12:00 to 1:30, Mon-
                                              Opening hours: Open Monday to Satur-                                                                                                                   Monday and Tuesday).                                                          day to Friday, dinner served from 18:00
                                              day, from 18:00 to 23:00 (23:30 Satur-                                                                                                                                                                                               to 23:30.

                  BAR PINTxO                                                                 CHEz MAx                                                                     ENOTECA DELLE LANGHE                                                          L’ECRIVAIN
                  12, Eustace Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016728590                              1, Palace Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016337215                                  Blooms Lane, Lower Ormond Quay – Dublin 1. Tel: 018880834                     109a, Lower Baggot Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016611919

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                                                     he cosy, candle-lit surroundings                                              ax Deleloubie’s original café                                             he T.D. for Wexford and developer                                             rguably Ireland’s finest chef fus-
                                                     here make Bar Pintxo a far cry from                                           restaurant is a slice of Parisian                                         Mick Wallace left a little gift for Dub-                                      ing continental and Irish cuisine,
                                                     some of the nearby paddy-whack-                                               elegance. You can venture in for                                          lin in Bloom’s Lane, a little strip of                                        Derry Clarke has started to pull
                                              ery of Temple Bar. This place specialises                                  strong coffee and croissants in the morn-                                   shops and cafés for anyone in search of                                       in the cash-strapped lunchtime crowd by
                                              in the Basque take on classic Spanish                                      ing, and there’s a lunch menu on offer too,                                 La Dolce Vita. You’ll find it at Enoteca Delle                                introducing a fixed price lunchtime menu,
                                              tapas: you’re free to choose from these                                    but you’ll get your best taste of the French                                Langhe, an authentic Italian wine bar with                                    charging €35 for two courses and €45 for
                                              pre-made options for a quick snack over                                    dining experience in the evening – the                                      an extensive list. Food isn’t entirely inci-                                  three. All the same, it’s worth saving up to
                                              a drink, or you can choose from the exten-                                 beef bourguignon is a treat.                                                dental here - tasty bruschetta and pasta is                                   make an evening visit.
                                              sive hot and cold menu.                                                    Opening hours: Open for breakfast from                                      on the menu - but the vino is a primary                                       Opening hours: Open from Monday to
                                              Opening hours: Open seven days a week,                                     08:00, Monday to Friday (11:00 Saturday                                     attraction.                                                                   Saturday. Lunch from 12:30 to 14:00
                                              from 17:00 (12:00 Saturday, 12:30 Sun-                                     and Sunday). Lunch from 12:00, dinner                                       Opening hours: Open seven days a week,                                        (excluding Saturday), dinner from 18:30
                                              day) to 21:30 (00:30 Friday and Saturday,                                  from 17:30 to 22:00 (23:00 Friday and                                       from 12:30 to 00:00.                                                          to 22:30.
                                              23:30 Sunday).                                                             Saturday).

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                  L’GUEULETON                                                                  LA DOLCE VITA                                                                 NyONyA                                                                     SALAMANCA
                  5, Fade Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016753708                                    5, Music Hall Cow’s Lane – Dublin 2. Tel: 017079786                           76, Dame Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016707200                                 38, Dame Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016719308

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                                                      his top notch French bistro has all                                          his modern place is a great spot for                                          welcome break from the pubs and                                          his little restaurant has done almost
                                                      the rustic fare one could wish for,                                          an authentic aperitif, with traditional                                       fast-food outlets of Dame Street,                                        as much as to introduce tapas to
                                                      along with a dose of indulgence:                                             Italian cheeses , salami, grilled                                             this Malaysian place has plenty of                                       Dublin-based foodies as Ryanair’s
                                              snails and foie gras battle for space on the                                 vegetables, authentic Italian sauces, cros-                                  stimulation in the decor – and the menu                                    cheap flights to Spain. It’s got a consider-
                                              menu with French onion soup, Toulouse                                        tini, biscuits, and melted chocolate bars                                    too. Many ethnicities and a rich tradition of                              ably nicer atmosphere too – you can enjoy
                                              sausages and a highly recommend help-                                        all tempting the senses. The décor is cool                                   trade with other nations are reflected in the                              a nice Sangre de Torro rather than a shot
                                              ing of slow roasted pork belly. The interior                                 and contemporary, the selection of wines                                     broad-ranging choice of dishes, and prices                                 of vodka in a foil packet – and the food
                                              also has a certain swishness that belies the                                 by the glass is tempting, while they also                                    are very keen for the high quality.                                        remains hearty and flavourful as ever.
                                              moderate price.                                                              run film screenings and other interesting                                    Opening hours: Open seven days a week,                                     Opening hours:Open seven days a week,
                                              Opening hours: Open seven days a week,                                       events too.                                                                  from 12:30 (14:30 Saturday and Sunday)                                     from 12:30 (12:00 Thursday to Saturday,
                                              from 12:30 (13:00 Sunday) to 22:00                                           Opening hours: Open seven days a week,                                       to 23:30.                                                                  13:00 Sunday) to 22:00 (23:00 Thursday,
                                              (21:00 Sunday).                                                              from 08:30 (10:00 Sunday) to 23:00                                                                                                                      00:00 Friday and Saturday).
                                                                                                                           (01:00 Friday).

                  LA MAISON                                                                    LA PALOMA                                                                     PEPLOE’S                                                                   SALON DES SAVEURS
                  15, Castlemarket Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016727258                           17, Adsill’s Row – Dublin 2. Tel: 016777392                                   16, Stephens Green – Dublin 2. Tel: 016763144                              16, Aungier Street –Dublin 2. Tel: 014758840

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                                                      astlemarket Street was once known                                            ou can’t judge a book by its cover,                                          arry Canny’s restoration of the                                             onrad Gallagher’s restaurant is in-
                                                      for the workers who’d dutifully line                                         or a restaurant solely by its loca-                                          now-beautiful vaults that house                                             novative, inviting, and excellently-
                                                      up for unpretentious French fare at                                          tion – otherwise, few people would                                           Peploe’s was, we’re told, a labour                                          run. The concept is simple: a
                                              lunchtime from the original La Maison des                                    go near this delightful Spanish restaurant.                                  of love involving the removal of other 350                                 selection of four tasting menus, ranging
                                              Gourmets. This sit-down restaurant retains                                   The menu makes a nod to the Irish love of                                    tonnes of reinforced concrete. Thankfully,                                 from €24 right up to €54, are on offer with
                                              the charm of the original, adding a little bit                               tapas by featuring a huge range of sides,                                    it hasn’t been such a struggle to establish                                complementary flavours and ingredients
                                              more polish, and the upstairs dining room                                    including the ubiquitous patatas bravas,                                     the continental restaurant on the Dublin                                   all adding up to a super meal. The influ-
                                              has a wonderfully intimate atmosphere.                                       croquettes and rustic dishes. However,                                       scene. The wine selection here is particu-                                 ences are mainly French, but drawn from
                                              Opening hours: Open from Tuesday to                                          heartier, more substantial courses are the                                   larly impressive.                                                          across Europe.
                                              Saturday. Lunch from 12:00 to 15:00, din-                                    culinary mainstay of the place.                                              Opening hours: Open seven days a week                                      Opening hours: Open Monday to Satur-
                                              ner from 18:00 to 01:00 (22:30 Tuesday                                       Opening hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday,                                       from 12:00. Lunch served from 12:00 to                                     day. Lunch served from 12:30 to 14:30
                                              and Wednesday).                                                              from 18:00 to 00:30.                                                         15:30. Small plates from 15:30 to 23:00.                                   (extra sitting Friday at 16:00). Dinner from
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dinner from 18:00 to 22:30.                                                17:00 to 22:00.

                  LANGKAWI                                                                     LE BON CRUBEEN                                                                RESTAURANT PATRICK GUILBAUD                                                THAI ORCHID
                  46, Upper Baggot Street – Dublin 4. Tel: 016682760                           81, Talbot Street – Dublin 1. Tel: 017040126                                  21, Upper Merrion Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016764192                        7, Westmoreland Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016719969

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                                                           ith 21 years to its credit, this                                   t’s French food without the fuss – and                                                 ith two Michelin stars to its                                         etween staples like the pad Thai,
                                                           restaurant serves deeply tradi-                                    a popular offering. Le Bon Crubeen has                                                 name, Restaurant Patrick Guil-                                        and more esoteric dishes including
                                                           tional Malaysian food. Speciali-                                   a modern but calming feel, with dark                                                   baud cultivates certain expec-                                        Neud Tod Krob (fried crispy beef
                                              ties from the Hosey household in Serem-                                      wood and solid-but-comfortable furnish-                                      tations from patrons as they walk through                                  in a honey chilli sauce with cashew nuts),
                                              ban fill an extensive menu: there’s a huge                                   ings. There’s plenty of flare in the kitchen                                 the door. Happily, it doesn’t disappoint.                                  there’s plenty of tasty fare to satisfy lov-
                                              range of flavour, from the spicy and tangy                                   too: the menu is dominated by gallic bras-                                   Particularly noteworthy dishes include the                                 ers of Thai cuisine at this very convenient
                                              Sambal dishes to the Masak Lemak, where                                      serie classics, though with a distinctly val-                                vegetarian-friendly Basque pepper terrine,                                 spot. Service is good, and prices have re-
                                              ginger, lemongrass, garlic and turmeric                                      ue-conscious edge – where else in town                                       and the Anagassin blue lobster with green                                  cently dropped.
                                              provides a milder kick                                                       can you get a fine pot roast guinea fowl or                                  apple and lime jus.                                                        Opening hours: Open Monday to Satur-
                                              Opening hours: Open seven days a week.                                       a grilled sea bass for €12.50?                                               Opening hours: Open Tuesday to Satur-                                      day. Lunch served from 12:00 to 15:00,
                                              Lunch served from 12:30 to 14:00, Mon-                                       Opening hours: Open seven days a week,                                       day. Lunch served from 12:30 to 14:14,                                     dinner from 17:00 to late.
                                              day to Friday. Dinner served from 18:00                                      from 12:00 to 21:30.                                                         dinner from 19:30 to 22:15.
                                              to 23:30.

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                  THE BLACKBOARD BISTRO                                                         TOWN
                  4, Clare Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016766839                                    21, Kildare Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016624800

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                                                      he Blackboard Bistro is a relatively                                         et in the old cellars of Mitchell’s
                                                      new addition to the restaurant                                               Wine Merchants on Kildare Street,
                                                      scene, but has already impressed                                             Town has a wonderfully intimate
                                              with French-influenced fare. The menu                                         atmosphere for a 100-seater dining room
                                              changes with the seasons, though there’s a                                    and an exceptional menu of high-end ‘New
                                              reliable emphasis on the rustic (their pou-                                   York Italian’ fare. If you’re not quite sure
                                              let Basquaise, a traditional hot pot from the                                 what that’s like, try their fresh and indul-
                                              Basque country, is great when it’s on) with                                   gent rib-eye. Snappy service is a bonus.

                                              a good spread of game, farm fare and fish.                                    Opening hours: Open seven days a week.
                                              Opening hours: Open Tuesday to Satur-                                         Lunch served from 12:30 to 15:00 (17:30
                                              day. Lunch served Tuesday to Friday, din-                                     Friday to Sunday), dinner from 17:30 to
                                              ner from 18:00 to 22:00.                                                      23:00 (22:00 Sunday).

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                  THE CHILI CLUB                                                                WAGAMAMMA                                                                     Cafe azteCa                  HerCules +                   ladytron                      tHe                           tHe Pains
                  1, Ann’s Lane – Dublin 1. Tel: 016773721                                      4, South King Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 014782152

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                                                       ublin’s first Thai restaurant is still                                       his hip noodle bar can still draw a
                                                                                                                                                                              This bustling little café-   love affair                  This Liverpool quartet        Mongolian                     of Being Pure
                                                       humming under the direction of                                               queue out the door, probably be-          cum-restaurant dishes        Already highly-touted        have released four al-        BarBeque                      at Heart
                                                       talented head chef Don Pia Kew.                                              cause the food is worth the wait.         up some of the best au-      within New York’s Vi-        bums over the past ten        This family-run restau-       Another success story
                                              The restaurant remains nice and intimate –                                    The model is drawn on the ramen bars that         thentic Mexican food in      brant disco scene, Her-      years, all blurring the       rant opened its doors         from New York’s indie
                                              all elegant shades of cream and classically                                   have been all the rage in Japan for some          the city, and then some      cules and Love Affair        line between rock and         14 years ago in Temple        scene, The Pains of Be-
                                              set tables – and the atmosphere still has a                                   years now: a selection of sides and mains         – in fact, they’re even      have set about conquer-      electro-pop – that may        Bar, and it’s still going     ing Pure at Heart have
                                              distinct buzz. The menu is still packed with                                  are delivered as and when they’re ready to
                                                                                                                                                                              teaching Dubliners how       ing the UK and Ireland       not sound particularly        strong, with its buffet       been exciting aficionados
                                              authentic Thai dishes too, and the green                                      ensure maximum freshness, so don’t be
                                              curry remains a highlight.                                                    polite while you wait on your friend’s meal       to dish up their very own    after releasing their sec-   radical now, but it was a     that allows diners to         worldwide since their
                                              Opening hours: Open Tuesday to Satur-                                         to arrive – just tuck in.                         quesadillas, sopes, mole     ond album, Blue Songs.       decade ago. Their fifth       pick and choose from a        self-released debut EP
                                              day. Lunch served Wednesday to Friday,                                        Opening hours: Open seven days a week,            or Tamales with Mexican      The new LP, according        effort lands this year,       large selection of meats,     emerged in 2007. Their
                                              from 12:30 to 14:30, dinner from 17:30                                        from 12:00 to 22:00 (23:00 Thursday to            cookery classes! Café        to main man Andy But-        and they’re hopping in        vegetables, spices and        self-titled debut album
                                              to 23:00.                                                                     Saturday).                                                                     ler, “is a softer record                                   sauces, before watching       broke into the top ten of
                                                                                                                                                                              Azteca’s classes run                                      the tourbus to promote
                                                                                                                                                                              from Monday to Friday        in some ways, and at         it. We’ve a pair of tickets   them cooked up by the         Billboard’s Heatseekers
                                                                                                                                                                              from 18:00 to 20:00,         other moments a more         to give away for their ea-    master of the grill. We’re    chart, and second album
                  THE ITALIAN CONNECTION                                                        yAMAMORI                                                                      and are a steal at €65       aggressive record too.   ”   gerly-anticipated Tripod      offering a three-course,      Belong landed in March.
                  95, Talbot Street – Dublin 1. Tel: 018787125                                  38-39, Lower Ormond Quay – Dublin 1. Tel: 018720003                           per person including         The album features Bloc      show on June 11.              all you can eat experi-       The hype bandwagon,

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                                                       cosy, possibly family-owned                                                   mix of the traditional Japanese ex-      the meal. What’s more,       Party’s Kele Orekeke as                                    ence at this fun and          therefore, will be gearing
                                                       restaurant with a passionate but                                              perience (witness the low tables         we’ve a free cookery         a guest vocalist, and the                                  friendly restaurant for       up when the band per-
                                                       unpretentious approach to food,                                               and long benches) and the mod-           class for two to give        group will be performing                                   two people.                   form at The Button Fac-
                                              The Italian Connection has been run by                                        ern (green lighting in the outdoor area,          away!                        at The Button Factory on                                                                 tory on June 1 – we’re
                                              the same husband-and-wife team in Talbot                                      hopping music in the background) works                                         June 10 – we’re giving                                                                   sending one reader and
                                              Street for some 15 years, and is one of the                                   well here. The sushi itself is similarly eclec-
                                              most consistently enjoyable restaurants in                                    tic, with a broad menu to choose from.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           away a pair of tickets!                                                                  a friend to the show!
                                              Dublin. Diners are guided through a menu                                      Even if the range fails to excite you, a
                                              covering the whole country’s cuisine with                                     menu of side dishes, ramens and popular
                                              that rare mix of friendliness and efficiency.                                 specials offers plenty.                                   HOW TO ENTER
                                              Opening hours: Open seven days a week,                                        Opening hours: Open seven days a week,                    entering our competitions is easy and free – simply sign up for membership (yes, that part’s free too!), head to the ‘free and promo’
                                              from 08:00 (10:00 Sunday) to 22:00.                                           from 12:00 to 23:00 (23:30 Thursday to                    section of our site and answer the question posed in our competition. We’ll select a winner, and make the announcement on our
                                                                                                                            Saturday).                                                facebook page. We’ll ask for your contact details to get in touch when you’ve won, but will respect your privacy – have a read of
                                                                                                                                                                                      the privacy policy on our site by all means.
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                                                                                                                                               It may sound odd to say about a film where her character
                                                                                                                                               rubbed semen into her hair, but There’s Something About
         June 3                                                              June 10                                                           Mary may well have been the peak of Cameron Diaz’s ca-
         X-Men: first Class                                                  Kung fu Panda 2                                                   reer – the actress has turned in some good performances
         Prequels rarely work, especially when they nominally offer          A wise-cracking animated panda named Po does kung fu              since, but never captured the ‘America’s Sweetheart’ vibe
         the back-story to a beloved series. For proof, just look how        – as a concept, it seemed more suited to daytime TV than          in quite the same way. For this comedy, she’s anything but
         reviled The Phantom Menace became – it was nothing spe-             a major feature. But thanks to the inspired casting of Jack       a sweetheart – instead, she’s a foul-mouthed and self-cen-
         cial, for sure, but hardly the monstrosity fans of Star Wars        Black, the original Kung Fu Panda was strangely winning,          tred junior high teacher who, dumped by a sugar daddy,
         made it out to be. X-Men: First Class, which looks at the           and did well at the box office too. Sadly, few people can         sets out to woo a colleague (Justin Timberlake) into pro-
         origins of Professor X and arch-rival Magneto, could easily         resist the lure of another ride on the cash cow. It becomes       viding for her, ignoring likeable gym teacher Jason Segel.
         have fallen into this trap, but instead feels like a positive re-   apparent a few minutes into this sequel that the bovine legs      We may be able to telegraph early on that she’ll become
         lief from the increasingly joyless interconnected superhero         of Kung Fu Panda are buckling, even as Po learns of a new         a bit less shallow, and perhaps see the charms of the gym
         flicks that Marvel are churning out. Part of that is at least       threat to the martial art that, as the Chosen One, he must        teacher she spurns, but there are plenty of laughs along
         down to the casting of James McAvoy as the young Charles            overcome. The jokes are running low and, even though the          the way, particularly from Segel’s character. Diaz does her
         Xavier, working together with Magneto (Erik Lehnsherr) to           action is flawlessly animated and several big names lend          bit too – along with Timberlake and a strong supporting
         prevent nuclear war in the middle of the Twentieth Century.         their voices to characters, the whole endeavour has an aura       cast – and this can be fairly described as a partial return to
         As fans of the series know, the pair were the best of friends       of cynical money-grubbing.                                        form for the actress.
         once upon a time, but – as these things do – it all started to
         go wrong. The breakdown of their relationship is managed
         well, even if it’s slightly hammy stuff, and the special effects    June 17                                                           CountdoWn to zero
         are top notch. This could be the first good blockbuster of                                                                            Anyone who cosily thought that the chances of nuclear
         the summer.                                                         green lantern
                                                                             He may come somewhere between The Silver Surfer and               war decreased when the Soviets called it a day was sorely
                                                                             Thor in the pantheon of superheroes here, but The Green           mistaken: according to the makers of this documentary,
                                                                             Lantern has a truly dedicated American following that made        the big bomb dropping is more likely than ever. Count-
         ProM                                                                a film adaptation inevitable. For this effort, Ryan Reynolds      down to Zero makes its case well – there are some 23,000
         In our day (groan), high school films were fun, dumb and            has been recruited to play Hal Jordan, a playboy test pilot       nuclear weapons around the world, we learn early on, and
         ever-so-slightly offensive – part of American Pie’s magic           drawn into the order of the Green Lantern Corps, a group          nobody knows where they all are – and brings some heavy
         was circumventing the risibly lax certification controls to         who protect peace and justice throughout the universe,            hitters in the intelligence world to cast a harrowing light on
         see it in the cinema, or watching it on DVD when the old            and need a human to defeat a new enemy called Parallax. If        the situation. The makers of An Inconvenient Truth man-
         pair were out. In the last few years, though, High School           Hal can overcome fear and defeat Parallax, the story goes,        age to get the blend of partisanship and moderation right,
         Musical showed studios that teen flicks could revert to             he can become the greatest Green Lantern of them all. If          rather like a well-footnoted, better spoken Michael Moore,
         the safe and saccharine, and make far more money from               you can overcome the fact that this film’s baddie is named        and Countdown to Zero is all the more chilling for that. As
         parents all too eager to bring their sprogs to something            after an optical illusion, this is plenty of fun – hardly pro-    a succession of trustworthy talking heads (and Tony Blair)
         wholesome. Blame the all-singing teen movie, therefore,             found, but a more than adequate adaptation.                       tell us what grave danger the world is in, and how we need
         for the fact that Prom doesn’t contain gross-out sexual mis-                                                                          to disarm, it’s somewhat tempting to leave the cinema and
         adventures. Rather, the movie follows a bunch of couples                                                                              go build a bomb shelter.
         and would-be couples as they gear up for the biggest social
         occasion of their young lives. The cast are likeable enough,
         even though they’re never called upon to do much, and
         what seems initially like a by-the-numbers teen movie turns                                                                                         WHere to see tHeM
         into quite a thoughtful film about the pitfalls of growing up.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    INTERVIEW FEATURE
                                                                                                                                                                               industry is changing, and we pride       but it’s a case of putting one foot      Sonic bids, or another publishing        that I was doing stuff on my own,
                                                                                                                                                                               ourselves on being different. So         in front of the other and hoping         company I heard of trying to take        acoustic stuff, early twenties. I
                                                                                                                                                                               we said ‘why not just put it out in      things come through. People in           bands on a flat fee to use their mu-     went to an event South by South-
                                                                                                                                                                               July?’, because that’s when we’d         Germany, Italy and Finland are           sic on TV. But it’s so anonymous         west in Texas, in 2004. At that was
                                                                                                                                                                               be most active, doing festivals and      very interested in us, but we have       – you don’t know who you’re deal-        Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips
                                                                                                                                                                               getting around the country. It’s         to go play the right places at the       ing with. If you’re new in the indus-    and Ani Difranco. They were all
                                                                                                                                                                               also fun going into the summer           right time. Ireland’s great, and         try you might have that feeling like     speaking about digital, which is
                                                                                                                                                                               and having things happening in           we’re aiming to put another album        “oh, I can go on TV and radio”, but      now common knowledge. They
                                                                                                                                                                               the summer.                              out very quickly after this one,         that doesn’t mean what it used to.       were talking about it as an industry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        because we’re writing like there’s       There are very clever businesses,        thing, and I realised that I’d need
                                                                                                                                                                               What would you consider to be            no tomorrow. But we reckon that,         and a lot of money is being made         to have some knowledge of it.
                                                                                                                                                                               your main influences for the al-         by this time next year, we’ll have       by artists trying to break into the      Some people can’t wrap their head
                                                                                                                                                                               bum?                                     made our mark in Ireland and we’ll       industry. More, probably, than is        around it, but I enjoy it almost as
                                                                                                                                                                               Well, it changes depending on            also be looking abroad. America’s        being spent trying to help them          much as the music. That kind of
                                                                                                                                                                               what you’re working on, and              way in the back of our minds. We’ll      into the industry. So they have          relates to how ambitious you are
                                                                                                                                                                               they’re different for everybody in       probably go to the south or south-       to be very clever, realise ways of       too – if you’re not ambitious, you
                                                                                                                                                                               the band, but I suppose it starts        west in a couple of years, but           making money and not be scared           won’t really care, you just want to
                                                                                                                                                                               for me with rock music – less indie      there’s no point going there unless      of spending that money to get            play. That’s cool, but this isn’t a fly
                                                                                                                                                                               rock, because indie tends to have        you’ve got guns blazing in Europe.       the next thing. That’s me with my        by night thing or a rite of passage.
                                                                                                                                                                               tiny drum sounds and I like a big-       We’re putting the feelers out in         ‘label’ head on, but I think I’ve        If you’re serious about things long
                                                                                                                                                                               ger sound. It’s not cool to say it,      Europe but, at the moment, we’re         become better at separating that         term, I don’t see how you can’t
                                                                                                                                                                               but I love Oasis! I’m big into punk,     making our mark in Ireland and           from the band. When the gigs are         take an active interest in it. If you

                                                                                                                                                                               but that’s kind of after the fact. The   getting over to London as much           on, and the tours, I’m not thinking      can’t wrap your head around it,
                                                                                                                                                                               main influence is late 90s Britpop,      as we can too. By the autumn we          about the label stuff – I’ve dealt       that’s one thing, and you can get
                                                                                                                                                                               but getting really into punk music       should be doing little tours in Italy,   with all that. By the time it gets to    somebody to help you. But I find

                                                                                                                                                                               has probably been the biggest            Finland.                                 that stage, all the business stuff is    that I do have a head for it. One
                                                                                                                            rs Wive
                                                                                                                                                                               influence on this album for me:          We’re independent, so we have            done.                                    thing I don’t like is the managing
                                                                                                       han of
                                                                                                                                                                               bands like The Modern Lovers, a          to cobble it together ourselves.                                                  people end of things. I don’t like
                                                                                                holo                                                                           proto-punk band from the 70s,            We’re on the label I run, mega-          And do you find it easy to sepa-         having a boss, which is one of the

                                                                     talks        to niall                                                                                     Iggy Pop, Generation X, all those        phone. The good thing about that         rate the two things?                     reasons why I’m a musician, and I
                                                              2night                                                                                                           bands that I just discovered.            is that we can choose who the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        people we work with are – if you’re
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 It’s taken a while. Either or can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 be frustrating, and both can have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          understand that other musicians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          don’t like it either. So I try to be
                                                                                                                                                                               Have you lined up your summer            on a major label, you’re stuck with      good days, so you have to strike a       ‘captain’s armband’ rather than
                                                                                                                                                                               festival plans?                          whoever you’ve got. If you’re a su-      balance. One thing I did, which was      the boss, telling people what to

                            ublin band Readers Wives     ready to go at the end of June.        line, and came to the attention of   maybe shepherded by me, or I              We’re still waiting on a couple of       per band and really popular world-       very simple, was to have a place in      do. I might have the final say, but
                            are enjoying a quick rise    There’s loads going on in the back-    people behind the scenes. We’re      was wearing the captain’s armband         big ones, but we’re definitely play-     wide, that’s grand. But if you’re a      my room that’s an office rather          there’d be input from across the
                            on the indie scene since     ground as well – we’re still in the    at the point where people know       – but much more of a band effort.         ing Temple House in Sligo, and           band where the A&R guy loves             than a studio. That just separates       board – and not just with the band.
                    forming in 2008. After releasing a   position where we’re creating op-      the name rather than the band –      The sound is much more together,          we’re definitely doing the Sham-         you in England but the German            it psychologically. If I’m spending a
                    strong debut album and a string of   portunities rather than it all being   we want to make the switch where     and it’s the strongest thing I’ve         rock in Cavan. There’ll be more          guy doesn’t care for you, it’s very      day doing business stuff, then I’m
                    EPs, the avant garde poppers are     offers – we haven’t gone over that     people know us from a song or        ever done musically.                      though!                                  uneven. That can be frustrating.         doing that and I don’t have to think     Readers Wives’ second Al-
                    launching second effort Rachel’s     hump yet. We’re still honest about     record.                              The album was meant to be out
                    Apartment this month. We chat-       where we’re at, that we’ve a lot                                            in March but we realised that, in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bands are getting signed, but it’s       about a lyric I didn’t get right. They   bum, Rachel’s Apartment,
                                                                                                                                                                               As far as creating opportunities,        not what it used to be, and we’re        do go together, though, if you’re        will be released on July 1.
                    ted to lead singer Niall Holohan     of work to do, but we’re excited       And have you changed over the        Ireland, the biggest opportunity          where do you start with that?            actively not looking for that. We’re     ambitious. But, when you’re in the
                    about why going indie is best, the   about the album.                       past year, musically?                to get around the country and for         It’s tricky! I tended, in the past       holding our rights and spreading         room with musicians, you don’t
                    band’s summer festival plans and                                            Definitely. The Readers Wives        people to see you is at festivals. It’s   couple of years, to take it all on       our wings in different countries,        have business discussions.
                    carrying the ‘captain’s armband’     Were you happy with how things         that made this album was a much      not really the done thing to release      myself. That’s comforting in one         working with the people we like.
                    for the band.                        went on your last few releases?        more focused affair. Everything      in the summer – the old industry          way, because you’re doing every-                                                  That’s quite rare – it seems a lot
                                                         Well, EPs are cool: they’re more       that was done before was much        thing was that there wasn’t space         thing yourself, but it’s more about      Would most working musicians             of bands find it hard to manage
                    How are things going with the        of a promotion tool as not many        more a case of me demoing songs      in magazines and that, because            spreading the net really wide.           you know have that view?                 the business end of things while
                    band?                                people are buying CDs anymore.         and bringing them to a band, but     they’d be covering the festivals.         There are people on the conti-           Well, so many people are mak-            still being creative.
                    Great, yeah. The album’s done,       But we were received well on-          this was four guys in the room –     But the reality is that the whole         nent that are really interested too,     ing money off musicians like             Well, what happened with me was

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                                                                                                                                                                                THe TALLeST MAn On eARTH                    a crystal clear voice and well-thought-     include I Can Do Anything, post           her second solo album, a mix of self-
                                                                                                                                                                                Otherwise known as songwriter Kris-         out songs. Her most recent album,           apocalyptic ballad Love 2012, and         penned tunes and covers of songs
                                                                                                                                                                                tian Matsson, this natural folk star is     Hadestown, tells the classical tale of      the throwback hit I Know What to          from a diverse range of artists. Who’d
                                                                                                                                                                                touring in support of well received         Orpheus and Eurydice transposed             Say. This over-14s show will have no      have thought that the voice behind
                                                                                                                                                                                album The Wild Hunt.                        into post-apocalyptic depression-era        alcohol served.                           Never Loved You Anyway would be
      Week June 1-5                                                                                       liVe musiC   CluBBing
                                                                                                          eating and drinking
                                                                                                                                  ongoing eVent
                                                                                                                                theatre     arts
                                                                                                                                                                                €24, 19:30
                                                                                                                                                                                Vicar Street. 57, Thomas Street –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            America and has been well received
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            by critics worldwide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        €21, 19:00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Academy. 57, Middle Abbey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  into The Velvet Underground and The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Nile?
                                                                                                                                                                                Dublin 8. Tel: 017755800                    €20.00, 20:00                               Street – Dublin 1. Tel: 018779999         €28, 20:30
                                                           June 4 and 5                                                                                                                                                     The Sugar Club. 8, Lower Leeson                                                       Vicar Street. 57, Thomas Street –

                                                           fORBIDDEN fRUIT fESTIVAL*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016787188                                                     Dublin 8. Tel: 017755800
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        THe BeAuTY Queen OF LeenAn*
                                                           The Royal Hospital in Kilmainham doesn’t usually arouse too much excitement: even though many of the                 June 2                                      THe DeAnS                                   After a highly successful 2010, Druid     THe IMPORTAnCe OF BeInG
                                                           IMMA exhibitions are well worth checking out, we reckon many people will be more energised by this two-                                                          Galway based trio the Deans promise         Theatre Company have returned to          OSCAR*
                                                           day festival from the folks behind Electric Picnic. Headlining Saturday night’s event, alt-rockers The Flaming       PHOSPHOReSCenT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            an Irish spin on folk and roots, and        the stage in style with a new produc-     Micheál Mac Liammóir may have
                                                           Lips will be joined by Wild Beasts, Erol Alkan, Jape, Aeroplane, Ham Sandwich and Colourmusic. Sunday                This indie-folk outfit have put the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            more if a review on the band’s Face-        tion of this black comedy by Martin       passed away, but his spirit still lives on
                                                           night will see a more electronic vibe, with Aphex Twin accompanied by Battles, Caribou, Jamie XX, Dan Le             pedal to the floor in recent months,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            book page is anything to go by. A re-       McDonagh. First staged in 1996,           in an entertaining tribute to another
                                                           Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Kormac’s Band and Solar Bears entertaining the crowd in a pretty sumptuous setting.            relocating to New York and unveiling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cent live show, we’re told, “was liquid     The Beauty Queen of Leenane tells         theatrical luminary and flamboyant
                                                                                                                                                                                new album Here’s to Taking it Easy last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sex, from which we the audience all         of Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old spin-     socialite, Mr. Oscar Wilde. The Impor-
                                                           €90 (weekend pass)/ €49.50 (day ticket), 14:00                                                                       year. Their latest LP, recorded with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            drank and were brought towards the          ster who takes care of her 70 year-old,   tance of Being Oscar blends excerpts
                                                                                                                                                                                outside mixing assistance from Stuart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            orgasmic climax that freed us all from      selfish and manipulative mother Mag,      from An Ideal Husband, The Picture
                                                           Irish Museum of Modern Art                                                                                           Sikes (White Stripes, Cat Power, Lo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            our minds for just a short while, all too   but sees a chance for late romance.       of Dorian Gray and The Importance
                                                           Royal Hospital                                                                                                       retta Lynn, the Walkmen), has critics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            short. Ahem.                                This is your last chance to see the       of Being Earnest, as well as Wilde’s
                                                           Military Road                                                                                                        gushing – Mojo, The Sunday Times
                                                           Kilmainham.                                                                                                                                                      €10, 19:30                                  play, which opened last month.            delightful poetry and selections from
                                                                                                                                                                                and the Independent made it album
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Crawdaddy. Old Harcourt Street Sta-         From €30,19:30                            his personal letters and diaries to give
                                                                                                                                                                                of the month and week respectively,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tion, Harcourt Street – Dublin 2. Tel:      The Gaiety Theatre. 46, South King        a rounded, interesting portrait of the
                                                                                                                                                                                while Q and Uncut also praised its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            014763374                                   Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016771717         playwright’s work and life. No pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                rich, infectious alt-country sound.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  duction can capture quite the same
                                                                                                                                                                                €18.45, 20:00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            KRAFTY KuTS                                 HuMAn +*                                  magic as Mac Liammóir’s original
                                                                                                                                                                                The Workman’s Club. 11, Wellington
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Martin Reeves has dabbled in dance,         A new exhibition fusing the worlds of     1960s tour, but Original Theatre
     June 1                                    their first seven singles make it into    proved the enduring popularity of                                                      Quay – Dublin 2. Tel: 016706692
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            general electronica, and a dash of          art and science, Human + attempts to      Company and Icarus Theatre Collec-
                                               the top five of the Billboard Hot 100     this surprisingly family-friendly tale                                                                                             backbeat to boot since unveiling de-        imagine what impact scientific devel-     tive’s 2009 revival came darn close,
     THe PAInS OF BeInG PuRe AT                chart. His career in the music industry   of brotherly betrayal, rising to power,                                                OLLY MuRS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            but album Freakshow in 2006.                opments will have on human society.       winning rave reviews and selling out
     HeART                                     since then has spanned almost thirty      and – eventually – being a bigger                                                      2009’s X-Factor runner-up arrives as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            €12.50, 23:00                               Will we ever be able to see ultraviolet   many performances. This comeback
     The indie pop quartet with the cum-       years, with several number one sin-       person. Little wonder, then, that Bill                                                 part of his first ever solo tour. The Es-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Village. 26, Wexford Street –           light? Will we be able to programme       for the production will run tonight and
     bersome name have released two            gles including Right Here, Waiting and    Kenwright has revived the musical                                                      sex singer jumped into the public con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dublin 2. Tel: 014758555                    our evolution, and what exactly does      tomorrow.
     albums since their formation in 2007,     Satisfied. These days, he’s showcas-      for a new touring production, featur-                                                  sciousness with an X-factor cover of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        a petunia plant combined with human       €15, 20:00
     including their latest release, Belong.   ing a rather mellow sound in his first-   ing Any Dream Will Do runner-up                                                        Stevie Wonder’s Superstition – even
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DNA look like? The exhibition features    The Helix. DCU, Collins Avenue –
     Belong still contains the vintage in-     ever acoustic album, Stories to Tell.     Keith Jack and all the popular songs                                                   Simon Cowell was impressed – and,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        many world-famous artists and will        Dublin 9. Tel: 01700700
     fluences of their debut, but with an      From €30, 20:00                           of the original, from Any Dream Will                                                   despite missing out to Joe McElderry        June 4                                      run until June 24.
     updated sound that some critics have      The national Concert Hall. 2,             Do to Close Every Door To Me and                                                       in the end, soon found himself with
                                                                                                                                    She is a favourite of music critics, win-                                                                                           Free (€5 suggested donation),12:00        nORMAn JAY
                                               Earlsfort Terrace – Dublin 2. Tel:        One More Angel. The show opened                                                        a record deal writing his own songs.        3OH! 3
     said is reminiscent of the Smashing                                                                                            ning the BBC Sound of 2010 Poll and                                                                                                 Science Gallery. Trinity College –        Not many DJs can claim an MBE, but
                                               014170077                                 yesterday evening and will continue                                                    This is an all-ages show.                   In addition to sending spell-checkers
     Pumpkins.                                                                                                                      winning the Critics Choice Award at                                                                                                 Dublin 2. Tel: 018964091                  this pioneer of the Warehouse scene
     €16, 19:30                                                                          to June 11.                                the BRITS. Her cover of Elton John’s        €39.20, 20:00                               around the world haywire, Sean
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  from the early 80s can. He also still
                                               JOSePH AnD THe AMAZInG                    From €20, 19:30                                                                        Vicar Street. 57, Thomas Street –           Foreman and Nathaniel ‘Nat’ Mottes
     The Button Factory. Curved                                                                                                     Your Song also reached number 2                                                                                                                                               has some magic behind the decks.
                                               TeCHnICOLOR DReAMCOAT*                    Grand Canal Theatre. Grand Canal                                                       Dublin 8. Tel: 017755800                    are making waves in the electro-pop
     Street, Temple Bar – Dublin 2. Tel:                                                                                            in the UK singles chart. This is a rare                                                                                                                                       €12.50, 23:00
     016709202                                 Andrew Lloyd Weber’s very first           Square, Docklands – Dublin 1. Tel:         chance for Irish fans to hear the song-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            world with a string of hit singles and      June 5                                    The Village. 26, Wexford Street –
                                               musical – originally performed as a       01 6777999                                                                                                                         well-received albums. The pair have
                                                                                                                                    stress.                                                                                                                                                                       Dublin 2. Tel: 014758555
                                               15-minute pop cantata at a London                                                                                                                                            already collaborated with Katy Perry,       AnDReA CORR
                                               School in the sixties – proved that,      eLLIe GOuLDInG
                                                                                                                                    €28, 19:30                                  June 3                                      Ke$ha and Gabe Saporta of Cobra             Moving on from her days as part of
     Chicago-born Richard Marx may not                                                                                              The Olympia Theatre. 72, Dame
                                               with a few catchy tunes, a story from     Since the release of her debut single                                                                                              Starship, while last summer’s LP            The Corrs with a little more panache
     be held up with the Jacksons and the                                                                                           Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016793323           AnAIS MITCHeLL
                                               the book of Genesis can become a          Under The Sheets,Ellie Goulding has                                                                                                Streets of Gold gave the pair plenty of     than wacky brother Jim, and fresh
     Beatles in the pop pantheon, but in                                                                                                                                        This folk singer has charmed her way
                                               Broadway show. Several West End           been one of the most talked about                                                                                                  room to show off their talents – they       from a strong Gate Theatre debut in
     fact was the first ever person to have                                                                                                                                     onto the American music scene with
                                               runs and international shows have         artists in the British music industry.                                                                                             didn’t disappoint. Standout tracks          Jane Eyre, the singer has unveiled
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                                                                                                                                                                              have his sometime collaborator back        when it comes to observational, dark       lebrity… was just one of many such        June 11
                                                                                                                                                                              in his life. ‘Perhaps you shouldn’t        humour, and there are few people bet-      showings as the former iconoclast
                                                                                                                                                                              have fired her in particularly un-         ter equipped to deliver a deadpan quip     went all mainstream. Somehow, his         JOuRneY AnD FOReIGneR
                                                                                                                                                                              pleasant circumstances, Damo, and          than he. Of course, his willingness to     re-emergence with the band that           Two of the biggest names in classic
                                                                                                                                                                              she’s better off anyway,’ was our          offend sometimes lands him in trou-        followed the Pistols seems rather
      Week June 6-12                                                                                       liVe musiC   CluBBing   ongoing eVent                                                                                                                                                              rock will be joining forces in a good
                                                                                                                                                                              response.                                  ble, but Jimmy Carr flying close to the    more acceptable – after all, they         week for big hair at the 02.
                                                                                                           eating and drinking   theatre     arts                             €21, 20:00                                 wire is often an impressive sight.         always had a poppier, accessible          From €49.20, 18:30
                                                                                                                                                                              Whelan’s. 25, Wicklow Street – Dub-        €33.60, 20:00                              edge. Their early work has been ac-       The 02 Arena. North Wall Quay –
                                                         June 9 to 12                                                                                                         lin 2. Tel: 014780766                      The Olympia Theatre. 72, Dame              knowledged as a huge influence by         Dublin 1. Tel: 018198888
                                                         TASTE Of DUBLIN*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016793323          modern-day trailblazers (including
                                                                                                                                                                              RYAn ADAMS                                                                            LCD Soundsystem, Franz Ferdi-             LADYTROn
                                                         To some, it’s a fantastic way to sample food from several different places for a fraction of the price. To others,   Several years after retiring with a        FRAnCeS & FRAnCIS*                         nand, and The Rapture) and, even          This Liverpool quartet have released
                                                         it’s a bake sale for posh people – or an indictment of everything that’s wrong with ‘middle Ireland’. Yes, Taste     chronic ear condition, the crown           Written and directed by Brian McAv-        though they wrapped things up in          four albums over the past ten years,
                                                         of Dublin is upon us once again, and will run at The Iveagh Gardens on what organisers hope will be a sunny          prince of Alt-country (and serial dab-     era, this play follows the life of ac-     1992, were held in plenty of esteem.
                                                         June weekend. Last year, the gardens were filled with restaurants offering samples of food and drink from their                                                                                                                                      all blurring the line between rock
                                                                                                                                                                              bler in other genres) is back in the       claimed Irish artist Francis Bacon,        That explains why, when the group         and electo-pop – that may not
                                                         menus, and this year is no exception: several thousand punters are expected over the festival, which will also       saddle with his first overseas dates       from his difficult childhood in war        reformed in December 2009 to
                                                         feature live music, demonstrations from celebrity chefs, and freebies aplenty.                                                                                                                                                                       sound particularly radical now, but
                                                                                                                                                                              since 2008. Adams is currently work-       torn Ireland, via his rise to fame,        play their first live shows in 17 years   it was a decade ago. Their fifth effort
                                                                                                                                                                              ing with producer Glyn Johns on his        to his legacy as one of the great          (including a storming Electric Picnic     lands this year.
                                                         €25, 17:30
                                                                                                                                                                              first collection of all new studio mate-   masters of modern art. Through             set), the music press hailed them as
                                                                                                                                                                              rial since 2008’s Cardinology, though      this prism, McAvera also looks at          the gigs of the year. Now Lydon, Lu
                                                         The Iveagh Gardens
                                                                                                                                                                              we fancy a few favourites from the         relationships between men and              Edmonds, Bruce Smith and Scott
                                                         Harcourt Street
                                                                                                                                                                              Whiskeytown, Cardinals and early           women, and Ireland and England             Firth are hitting the road again.
                                                         Dublin 2
                                                                                                                                                                              solo days may be dusted off at this        in a music hall style. This is the first   From €44.50, 19:30
                                                                                                                                                                              all-seater show.                           preview night of the play, which of-       Tripod. Old Harcourt Street Sta-
                                                                                                                                                                              €49.20, 20:00                              ficially opens on June 13 and will run     tion, Harcourt Street – Dublin 2. Tel:
                                                                                                                                                                              The Olympia Theatre. 72, Dame              to June 25.                                014763374
                                                                                                                                                                              Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016793323          €TBC, 19:30
     June 6                                    teeth and jazz hands. Others see it       June 7                                     roe and the haunting Tell Me It’s Not                                                Focus Theatre. 6, Pembroke Place –         TeMPLe HOuSe FeSTIVAL*                    €20, 19:30
                                               working in concert with the X-Factor                                                 True also help fill theatres for this     DeF LePPARD, ALICe COOPeR                  Dublin 2. Tel: 016763071                   Having won the ‘Best New Euro-            Tripod. Old Harcourt Street Sta-
     ASH                                       in its aim to bring the ‘real music’      JAn AKKeRMAn                               this new touring production that’s        AnD THIn LIZZY                                                                        pean’ gong at the European Festival       tion, Harcourt Street – Dublin 2. Tel:
     Almost twenty years after their for-      industry to its knees. Either way,        This uber-accomplished Duth gui-           wowed audiences from Glasgow to           It’s an arena rock triple-header as the    MATTHeW DeAR                               Awards, the music and arts extrava-       014763374
     mation, the Downpatrick rockers           Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester)         tarist has worked with artists as di-      Birmingham. Now, it’s Dublin’s turn,      spotted ones prepare to release a          Electronic avant-pop will fill the         ganza returns to Sligo. Something
     remain ahead of the curve. The band       has plenty of fans. He’ll be playing      verse as BB King, Charlie Byrd, Cozy       as the show runs at The Gaiety Thea-      brand new live album, Mirrorball, this     spiritual home of Irish indie when         Happens, The Saw Doctors, Andrew          THe ROCKY HORROR PICTuRe
     have enjoyed success in Ireland,          songs from his debut album, plus          Powell, Claus Ogerman and Ice-T (!)        tre to June 25.                           summer featuring a mix of live Def         this Texas born producer, DJ and           Strong, The Walls, Interference, DJ       SHOW SuMMeR SIZZLeR
     Britain and the United States but         mash-ups from the television show.        – that’s leaving aside his member-         From €25, 19:30                           Leppard classics and three brand new       Musician comes to town. We’re sure         Wool (aka Glen Brady), award win-         The Room may be challenging the
     released their last album, Twilight of                                              ship of Brainbox and Focus. Here,          The Gaiety Theatre. 46, South King        studio songs.                              many failed singer-songwriters are         ning poet Marty Mulligan and Ross         high-camp classic’s title as film of
     the Innocents, back in 2007. They’re                                                he plays with his regular solo band.       Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016771717         From €59.50, 18:00                         spitting venom.                            O’Snodaigh have all been confirmed        choice for midnight participation
     not splitting up, though – instead,                                                 €25.50, 20:00                                                                        The 02 Arena. North Wall Quay –            €18, 20:00                                 for the event, plus many more             cinema, but doesn’t quite have the
     reflecting new trends in music, they                                                Whelan’s. 25, Wicklow Street – Dub-        JuLIAn LYnCH                              Dublin 1. Tel: 018198888                   Whelan’s. 25, Wicklow Street – Dub-        guests. With a capacity of 5,000,         sing along magic of The Rocky Hor-
     have decided to release only singles                                                lin 2. Tel: 014780766                      The Pitchfork-friendly singer-song-                                                  lin 2. Tel: 014780766                      Temple House Festival offers a dif-       ror Picture Show – tempting as it is
     from now on.                                                                                                                   writer drops in for an intimate date.                                                                                           ferent festival experience to the         to imagine Tommy Wisseau singing
     €19.50, 20:00                                                                       BLOOD BROTHeRS*                            €16, 20:00                                June 9                                                                                norm, with a chilled-out vibe and         the timewarp, we’re happy with Tim
     Whelan’s. 25, Wicklow Street – Dub-                                                 It’s opening night for Willie Russell’s    The Workman’s Club. 11, Wellington                                                   June 10                                    intimate sets throughout.                 Curry as Frank-N-Furter. This Sum-
     lin 2. Tel: 014780766                                                               ever-popular story of twin boys            Quay – Dublin 2. Tel: 016706692           JIMMY CARR*                                                                           €TBC, 09:00                               mer Sizzler show promises much fun
                                                                                         separated at birth, only to be re-                                                   After a September run of his Laughter      PuBLIC IMAGe LIMITeD                       Temple House. Templehouse De-             and games.
     MATHeW MORRISOn                                                                     united by a twist of fate. Set against                                               Therapy tour – and an enthusiastic         When the Sex Pistols did their first       mesne, Ballymote, Co. Sligo. Tel:         €17.50, 20:00
     Most people have some sort of opin-                                                 the grinding poverty of Liverpool,         June 8                                    response to his planned return –           shambolic, shameless cash-in tour,         0719183329                                The Sugar Club. 8, Lower Leeson
     ion on the all-singing, all-dancing                                                 Blood Brothers explores friendship,                                                  Marmite-like comedian Jimmy Carr           die-hard fans were aghast – how                                                      Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016787188
     sensation that is Glee. Some see it                                                 love, loss, jealousy and the pain of       LISA HAnnIGAn                             has added a third date to his plans,       could the sometime firebrands fall
     as a witty, upbeat show sent to cheer     From €49.20, 20:00                        a mother carrying a dreadful secret.       Eyebrows were raised last year            and will perform from tonight to June      to the charms of filthy lucre? Very
     us up in these gloomy recession-          The 02 Arena. North Wall Quay –           Songs like the upbeat Bright New           when Kildare’s famous musical son         11. Since his emergence on the com-        easily, it turns out – frontman John
     filled times with bright outfits, white   Dublin 1. Tel: 018198888                  Day, the bittersweet Marilyn Mon-          Damien Rice proclaimed on a maga-         edy scene, Carr has been a dab hand        Lydon’s appearance on I’m a Ce-
                                                                                                                                    zine cover that he’d do “anything” to
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FIGHT nIGHT*                                Mama as they try to boost their own
If The Fighter showed that there was        cut of the estate. The beautiful but
more pathos and drama to be eked            desperate Maggie ‘the Cat’ (married
out of boxing than the Rocky fran-          to the alcoholic Brick) came from
chise may have led us to believe,           humble beginnings and will go to
then this solo play will reinforce
the point. Written by Gavin Kostick,
                                            any length to secure what is hers.
                                            From €25, 19:30
                                                                                        Week June 13-19                                                                                        liVe musiC   CluBBing
                                                                                                                                                                                               eating and drinking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ongoing eVent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     theatre     arts
Fight Night follows the comeback of         The Gate Theatre. 1, Cavendish Row
Dan Coyle Jr, a failed amateur boxer        – Dublin 1. Tel: 018744045                                                                       June 18 and 19
from a long line of accomplished
fighters. Living in the shadows of his
                                                                                                                                             BODy AND SOUL fESTIVAL*
                                                                                                                                             Some of the biggest names in electronic music including The Field, Lamb and Mount Kimbie will be perform-
overbearing father and his brother’s        June 12                                                                                          ing at this weekend festival. Organised by the folks behind Electric Picnic’s chill out area of the same name,
Olympic success, Dan lets his train-                                                                                                         the festival will feature holistic arts, green crafts, a secluded Soul Kids garden, art installations and hot tubs,
ing slip in favour of girls and booze.      SAFeTY LAST!                                                                                     as well as a Masquerade Ball on the Saturday night. More importantly, it will feature some of the most excit-
Then, an incident with his father           Legendary producer and actor                                                                     ing performers around, including Fat Freddy’s Drop, Darkstar, Arborea and Cloud Castle Lake. Swing hop
minutes before a crucial bout splin-        Harold Lloyd had many hit silent                                                                 from The Correspondents, acoustic folk from Arborea, and German act Brandt Brauer Frick will also feature.
ters the family and exiles Dan from         comedies under his belt when he
the ring. It’s not until the birth of his   passed away in 1971. However,                                                                    €TBC, 12:00
own son years later that his competi-       few matched the success of his
tive fire is reignited, and he takes the    seminal Safety Last!, which is the                                                               Ballinlough Castle
first tentative steps on his road to re-    oldest film on the American Film                                                                 Clonmellon
demption. This is the last day in the       Institute’s List of the 100 Most Thrill-                                                         Co Westmeath
play’s run, with the accomplished           ing Movies. The comedy is madcap,
Aonghus Óg McAnally in the lead.            with larger-than-life characters, fun
From €8, 13.15                              chases and a great performance
Bewley’s Café Theatre. 78-79,               from Lloyd itself. It’s also been digit-
Grafton Street – Dublin 2. Tel:             ally remastered, and is set to enjoy
016727720                                   its European premier tonight, with a
                                                                                       June 13                                   is right up there with hostility to the    June 14                                      quite a bit for a band that always billed
                                                                                                                                 English, Catholic guilt and booze.                                                      themselves as outsiders. The group,
                                            new orchestral score devised by Carl                                                 This play by My Left Foot screen-                                                       who’ve been blending elements of
                                                                                       eRASuRe                                                                              THe CuLT
PYGMALIOn*                                  Davis and performed live by the Irish                                                writer Shane Connaughton focuses                                                        pop, punk and even metal since the
                                                                                       Nowadays, no self-respecting pop-                                                    Following a successful European tour,
An impoverished flower girl, Eliza          Philharmonic.                                                                        on Philly, who lived and played for                                                     1970s, may also be one of the most
                                                                                       per or non-retro indie outfit takes                                                  which included several top-notch
Doolittle, is taken in hand by linguis-     €29.50 (€19.50 for under 18s),                                                       his team, the jersey, the parish, his                                                   covered bands of all time, and are
                                                                                       the stage without at least one synth                                                 showings at international festivals,
tics professor, Henry Higgins, and          20:00                                                                                friends – and the very pitch his en-                                                    now celebrating their 35th anniver-
                                                                                       in the background. However, this                                                     popular rockers The Cult are return-
turned into a lady for a bet in Shaw’s      Grand Canal Theatre. Grand Canal                                                     emies are now trying to take from                                                       sary together with a lengthy tour.
                                                                                       probably wouldn’t be the case if                                                     ing for a Dublin show. The band,
classic satire. This is the final night     Square, Docklands – Dublin 1. Tel:                                                   him to turn into a housing estate. The                                                  From €30, 20:00
                                                                                       keyboardist Vince Clarke and singer                                                  who have recently released a clutch
of a critically acclaimed production,       01 6777999                                                                           Moth Company are standing over this                                                     The Olympia Theatre. 72, Dame
                                                                                       Andy Bell hadn’t exploded onto the                                                   of recent recordings on the newly
which included Risteard Cooper as                                                                                                production, which opens tonight and                                                     Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016793323
                                                                                       music scene in 1985. The duo, who                                                    formatted ‘capsule’ collection, will be
Higgins, and Annabelle Comyn in                                                                                                  runs to June 18.
                                                                                       crafted intricate, highly emotive pop                                                playing new fare along with songs
the director’s chair.                                                                                                            €15 (€12 concessions), 20:00
                                                                                       songs along their way to becoming                                                    from across their career.
€TBC, 19:30
                                                                                       bona-fide gay icons, ruled the singles    The new Theatre. 43, East Essex            €42.50, 19:30                                June 16
The Abbey Theatre. 26, Lower Abbey                                                                                               Street, Temple Bar – Dublin 2. Tel:
                                                                                       charts with anthems including A Little                                               The Academy. 57, Middle Abbey
Street – Dublin 1. Tel: 018872200                                                                                                01670 3361                                                                              TOMMY TIeRnAn*
                                                                                       Respect, Sometimes, Victim Of Love,                                                  Street – Dublin 1. Tel: 018779999
                                                                                       Ship Of Fools, Always and more. Their                                                                                             Tommy seems to have toned down
CAT On A HOT TIn ROOF*                                                                                                           MR BIG                                                                                  his act in recent years – he’s probably
                                                                                       latest album, Total Pop!, has sparked a
It’s the final night for this produc-
tion, staged to coincide with the
                                                                                       marathon tour.                            The L.A. rockers fronted by Eric Mar-      June 15                                      due another storm of publicity. He’s
                                                                                       €39.50, 19:30                             tin are on a reunion kick, and unveiled                                                 performing as part of his Crooked
centenary of playwright Tennessee                                                                                                their first album in 10 years, What If,                                                 Man tour tonight and on June 17, 22
                                                                                       The Olympia Theatre. 72, Dame                                                        CHeAP TRICK
Williams’ birth. In his searing drama,                                                                                           early this year.                                                                        and 25.
                                                                                       Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016793323                                                    With more than 5,000 perform-
a wealthy family gathers to celebrate                                                                                            €28, 20:30                                                                              €35, 20:00
                                                                                                                                                                            ances, 20 million records sold, 29
Big Daddy’s 65th birthday. He is                                                                                                 The Button Factory. Curved                                                              Vicar Street. 57, Thomas Street –
                                                                                       THe PITCH*                                                                           movie soundtracks and 40 gold and
dying of cancer, which the family                                                                                                Street, Temple Bar – Dublin 2. Tel:                                                     Dublin 8. Tel: 017755800
                                                                                       When we’re looking for the kind of                                                   platinum recording awards, these alt-
decide to hide this from him and Big                                                                                             016709202
                                                                                       themes that inform Irish drama, land                                                 pop trailblazers have accomplished
     MOOneY TuneS                                  THe SHAZWAnDA uP THe DuFF                   Even if the results weren’t impres-        expect, they’ve taken certain liberties
     The immensely popular radio man               SHOW.                                       sive, we’d still come along for the        with the bard’s work. This is the final
     presents a concert of music chosen            OMFJ presents a northsider,                 spectacle.                                 night of a Project Arts Centre run.
     by listeners to Mooney on RTÉ Radio           Shazwanda, in all her frustrated, hor-      €16, 19:30                                  €20 (€16 concessions), 20:00
     1, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra,            monal, preggers glory in a night of         Whelan’s. 25, Wicklow Street – Dub-        Project Arts Centre. 2, Essex Street
     conductor David Brophy and special
     guests performing.
                                                   comedy and music at The Sugar Club.
                                                   It’d be nice if this turns out to be more
                                                                                               lin 2. Tel: 014780766                      East – Dublin 2. Tel: 018819613
                                                                                                                                                                                     Week June 20-30                                                                                      liVe musiC   CluBBing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          eating and drinking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ongoing eVent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                theatre     arts
     From €10, 19:00                               than just a sub-Katherine Lynch show                                                   PIeRCe TuRneR
     Grand Canal Theatre. Grand Canal              laughing at poor people. Being hon-         June 18                                    The self-styled heir apparent to Van                                                           June 21, 23 and 25
     Square, Docklands – Dublin 1. Tel:            est, though, we’re not optimistic.                                                     Morrison as poetic champion of
     01 6777999                                    €15, 19:30                                  GRInDeRMAn                                 Celtic soul (wonder what Van himself
                                                   The Sugar Club. 8, Lower Leeson             Nick Cave’s regular outfit, The Bad        thinks of that), has memorably been                                                            Since forming back in 1962, Scottish Opera has brought some of the most dramatic and engaging works to
                                                   Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016787188           Seeds, aren’t the sunniest of people       described as “Joyce with a voice, Yeats                                                        theatres around the British Isles with considerable flair. Now, they’re turning their attention to a true classic
     June 17                                                                                   – remember, this is a band that put        on skates” by the ever-enthusiastic                                                            in Rigoletto. Verdi’s towering opera tells a tragic tale. Rigoletto, a jester employed by a rich and dissolute
                                                   FRAMInG HAnLeY                              out an album entitled Murder Ballads       scribes of Hot Press. A pillar of An-                                                          Duke, is forced to keep his master well supplied with fresh conquests. As a web of court intrigue tightens
     MARY BLACK*                                   Fresh from a strong showing on the          – so it’s little wonder that the Aus-      glo-Irish literature skidding about the                                                        around him, Rigoletto finds himself the victim of a grave curse, but it is his carefully protected daughter Gilda
     Black’s ethereal take on traditional          Kerrang Tour, Tenessee rockers Fram-        tralian-born musician fancied doing        Whelan’s stage might be a bit more                                                             who is the one to suffer. Matthew Richardson directs, with baritone Eddie Wade stealing the show in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         title role. After a great showing with La Bohéme in 2010, the company are returning to Ireland with three
     folk has won her a following, not only        ing Hanley have announced plans to          something a little lighter. Of course,     entertaining, but the multi-instrumen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         dates at the Grand Canal Theatre.
     in Ireland but also abroad, particularly      return to Ireland and the UK with their     that’s all relative – to most people,      talist does have his devotees.
     in the United States. She’ll be per-          biggest headline shows to date. The         Grinderman (originally known as the        €20, 10:00                                                                                     From €35, 19:30
     forming tonight and tomorrow.                 five-piece will play Dublin before go-      Mini Seeds) play fairly heavy stuff, and   Whelan’s. 25, Wicklow Street – Dub-
     From €23, 20:00                               ing into the studio and working on a        Cave’s familiar lyrical obsessions with    lin 2. Tel: 014780766                                                                          Grand Canal Theatre
     The Olympia Theatre. 72, Dame                 follow up to their most recent release,     love, death, and violence all crop up.                                                                                                    Grand Canal Square
     Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016793323             A promise to Burn.                          €49.20, 20:30                              THe BLAnKS                                                                                     Docklands
                                                   €16, 18:30                                  Vicar Street. 57, Thomas Street –          The a Capella outfit made popular                                                              Dublin 2
     BLAZe BAYLeY                                  The Academy. 57, Middle Abbey               Dublin 8. Tel: 017755800                   from the hit TV series Scrubs plays a
     The former Iron Maiden and Wolfs-             Street – Dublin 1. Tel: 018779999                                                      second Dublin gig in two years.
     bane man will be rocking Fibbers at                                                       TAKe THAT *                                €20 (€15 concessions), 20:30
     the head of the Blaze Bayley Band,            DOn MCLeAn                                  Having managed to crash the ticket-        The Helix. DCU, Collins Avenue –
     who’ve released five studio albums to         Not many singer-songwriters can             master site thanks to demand for tick-     Dublin 9. Tel: 01700700
     date and three live LPs. Bayley, who          claim that PhD theses have been             ets to tonight’s concert (it sold out,                                               June 20                                  June 21                                     PARKWAY DRIVe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Australia’s top metal band are com-
     filled in admirably during Bruce Dick-        written about their work, but Don           predictably) the pop legends are per-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ing to Ireland for the first time this
     inson’s long hiatus from Iron Maiden,         McLean’s American Pie is much more          forming tomorrow as well. Even Rob-        June 19                                   PAuL SIMOn                               uPIGenIA In AuLIS*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         summer. Their third studio album
     has stuck to the same heavy metal             than drunken karaoke sing-along             bie Williams is back, and sixth studio                                               Though his work as one half of Si-       As superlatives are thrown around
                                                                                                                                                                                    mon & Garfunkel remains his most         about our economic meltdown and             Deep Blue has been rated as one
     furrow that he’s ploughed through a           fodder. Even leaving aside his eight-       album Progress landed in November.         GOMeZ
                                                                                                                                                                                    popular to date, Simon’s long solo       the misery that it’s caused, Classic        of the most successful metal LPs of
     long career and revealed in July that         minute, trippy masterpiece, he’ll have      From €70.70, 18:00                         One of the hottest English indie bands
                                                                                                                                                                                    career has seen him dabbling in eve-     Stage Ireland offer a bit of perspective:   2010 in their native Australia and
     his current effort, Promise and Terror,       plenty to draw on tonight, including        The 02 Arena. North Wall Quay –            of the nineties is still going strong,
                                                                                                                                                                                    rything from African native music to     when it comes to tragedy, nobody can        also in the UK. This gig is open to
     has been his best-selling release since       Vincent (which featured on 1971 al-         Dublin 1. Tel: 018198888                   having opened for Pearl Jam in their
                                                                                                                                                                                    synth-pop, with many genres in be-       beat the Ancient Greeks. Following on       people aged fourteen and up, and no
     going solo. Support is from Valedic-          bum American Pie), the original pop                                                    2009 tour and released an album,
                                                                                                                                                                                    tween – whatever you may say about       from their successful productions of        alcohol will be served.
     tion, Xerosun and Dead Label.                 incarnation of Rivers of Babylon, and       A MIDSuMMeR nIGHT’S DReAM*                 That Same Tide, in the same year.
                                                                                                                                                                                    his precisely put together pieces, you   The Bacchae and Oedipus The King            €25, 19:00
     €15, 20:00                                    more intimate love songs are old fa-        One of Shakespeare’s most popular          €26, 19:00
                                                                                                                                                                                    can’t claim he’s a one trick pony. His   comes the story of King Agamemnon           The Academy. 57, Middle Abbey
     Fibber Magees. 82, Parnell Street –           vourites.                                   comedies, A Midsummer Night’s              The Olympia Theatre. 72, Dame
                                                                                                                                                                                    latest album So Beautiful Or So What     and his decision to sacrifice his daugh-    Street – Dublin 1. Tel: 018779999           tus, with appearances on Jools Hol-
     Dublin 1. Tel: 018745253                      From €41, 20:00                             Dream has captured the imagination         Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016793323
                                                   The Helix. DCU, Collins Avenue –            and hearts of audiences worldwide.                                                   has a heavy bluegrass influence.         ter in order to appease Artemis and                                                     land’s touring show, the Royal Variety
     DJ HYPe                                                                                   But not, it seems, those of the Loose                                                 €81.25, 20:00                           allow the Greek army to sail for Troy.                                                  show and the BBC Electric Proms
     The Drum and Base founding father is
                                                   Dublin 9. Tel: 01700700
                                                                                               Canon Theatre Company. “Is it about                                                  Vicar Street. 57, Thomas Street –        Their production of Uphigenia in Aulis      June 22                                     helping the Londoner along.
     still doing his thing, playing live sets in   Tune-YARDS                                  fairies and pixies and the course of                                                 Dublin 8. Tel: 017755800                 will be running at Project Arts Centre                                                  €33.60, 19:00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             from June 17 until July 2, with a special   RuMeR
     tandem with his DJ work.                      New England native Merrill Garbus           true love not running smoothly?”                                                                                                                                                                                      The Olympia Theatre. 72, Dame
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             discount on tickets tonight.                Pakistan-born      singer-songwriter
     €12.50, 23:00                                 mixes on-the-spot drum loops, uku-          the company ask in their marketing                                                                                                                                                                                    Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016793323
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             €14, (normally €20, €16 conces-             Rumer has made an instant splash
     The Village. 26, Wexford Street –             lele, voice, and an electric bass played    blurb. “Or is it about getting off your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             sions), 20:00                               in her adopted homeland of great
     Dublin 2. Tel: 014758555                      by Nate Brenner – this latest tour,         face – so off your face that you end
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Project Arts Centre. 2, Essex Street        Britain. Debut album, Seasons of my
                                                   we’re told, will include a sax section.     up f**king a donkey… ?” As one might
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             East – Dublin 2. Tel: 018819613             Soul, has already achieved gold sta-
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     June 23                                   guy from Canada and I don’t write       €18 (€15 concessions). 20:00            TRAnSLATIOnS*                              June 25                                    June 27                                    cination with the walking dead. Or      June 29
                                               groove oriented-music, so I can’t ex-   Civic Theatre. Town Centre, Tallaght    More than thirty years since it was                                                                                              maybe he just bangs out a decent
     BRYAn ADAMS                               pect too much.” Twelfth album Long      Village – Dublin 24. Tel: 014627477     first produced, Translations is now        neIL DIAMOnD                               TOXIC*                                     tune when he’s so inclined. Latest      THe DALKeY TuDORS TOuR*
     He may have spent the last few years      Player Late Bloomer landed earlier                                              regarded as one of Brian Friel’s           He may have over 50 years and 128          This play by Gaiety School Of Acting       album Hellbilly Deluxe 2 landed in      The Deilg Inis Theatre Company per-
     pushing his own boundaries – from         this year.                              MOLLY SWeeneY*                          greatest plays, blending political         million album sales under his belt,        Graduates looks back at 2004, and          February.                               form daily from May 1 to October 31
     wearing eyeliner and dueting with         €25, 19:00                              Brian Friel has a long-running re-      drama, history, ruminations on lan-        but Neil Diamond still seems keen          how everything went wrong from             From €39.20, 19:30                      (excluding Tuesdays), giving visitors
     Nelly Furtado to enhancing his repu-      The Academy. 57, Middle Abbey           lationship with The Gate Theatre,       guage and a tender love story into         to impress new fans. The consist-          there, with a wild-eyed look at the        The Olympia Theatre. 72, Dame           to the Heritage town a new perspec-
     tation as a photographer – but the        Street – Dublin 1. Tel: 018779999       which continues with this play, tell-   three acts. As with many of Friel’s        ently-feted singer-songwriter is still     post-boom city. Toxic opens tonight        Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016793323       tive on the area’s history.
     public still knows and loves Bryan                                                ing the story of a woman who has        efforts, Baile Beag is the setting,        producing top-drawer albums like           and runs to July 2.                                                                €6 (€4 concessions), 10:00
     Adams as a conduit for slabs of solid                                             been blind since infancy but decides    though this play opens in late August      clockwork – Dreams, released last           €15 (concessions €12.), 20:00             SuMMeRJAM                               Dalkey Castle and Heritage Cen-
     guitar-driven pop-rock. His Bare          June 24                                 to undergo surgery to restore her       1833. At a hedge school in the small       October, is a collection of 14 inven-      Project Arts Centre. 2, Essex Street       It’s nice to see a concert that’s un-   tre. 4, Castle Street, Dalkey – Co
     Bones acoustic tour, supporting                                                   sight. Molly’s story is told mainly     Irish speaking village, the pupils         tive covers of Diamond’s favourite         East – Dublin 2. Tel: 018819613            apologetic about being for ‘fans of     Dublin. Tel: 012858366
     the album of the same name, was           MAN 1 – BANK 0                          through sometimes funny, some-          gather for their evening class. They       songs.                                                                                good commercial pop music’ – after
     highly successful. For his latest tour,   Still angry at the banks? Want to see   times poignant monologues from          worry about potato blight, gossip          From €65.70, 18:00                         PInCHInG FOR MY SOuL*                      a summer of high-concept strum-
     he’s been mixing up the ‘bare bones’      them get their comeuppance? Then        her husband, her surgeon Mr. Rice,      about a new baby’s father and make         Grand Canal Theatre. Grand Canal           Anew play by Elizabeth Moynihan            ming, something a little more ac-       June 30
     approach with a full band to play his     Man 1-Bank 0 is probably the show       and Moll herself. This production       fun of the Royal Engineers surveying       Square, Docklands – Dublin 1. Tel:         (pictured), Pinching for my Soul is        cessible is always handy. This year,
     biggest hits.                             for you. Patrick Combs once logged      at The Gate is directed by Patrick      the area. However, as goodwill and         01 6777999                                 set in a department store, where           Nashville singer/songwriter Ke$ha       CAROLIne MCCARTHY
     From €59.80, 18:30                        a fake junk mail cheque to the value    Mason, and opens on June 28, but        relationships with the English grow,                                                  punters can nick pants and pernod          heads a bill including electric hip-    eXHIBITIOn*
     The 02 Arena. North Wall Quay –           of $95,000 to his account as a joke,    lower priced previews start tonight.    hostility does too – with devastating      PeRVe*                                     under the same roof. Previews run          hop duo LMFAO and Alexis Jordan,        Crisps, toilet-paper, plastic bags, su-
     Dublin 1. Tel: 018198888                  and was shocked when the amount         From €20, 19:30                         consequences for the locals and the        It’s your last chance to see Stacey        tonight and tomorrow, with the offi-       with more artists to be announced.      permarket packaging, rubbish and
                                               actually cleared. The subsequent ef-    The Gate Theatre. 1, Cavendish Row      newcomers. Conall Morisson is in           Greg’s controversy-friendly play on        cial run from June 29 to July 16.          From €39.50, 19:00                      furniture all feature in artist Caroline
     LAuRA MARLInG                             forts of the bank to recover its cash   – Dublin 1. Tel: 018744045              the director’s chair for this new pro-     the Peacock Stage. Perve is centred        €TBC, 19:30                                The 02 Arena. North Wall Quay –         McCarthy’s latest exhibition, which
     The 21 year old has already estab-        fuel a rip-roaring one man show                                                 duction, which opens tonight on the        on 23-year-old Gethin, who’s just          Focus Theatre. 6, Pembroke Place –         Dublin 1. Tel: 018198888                opens today and runs until August
     lished herself as one of the most         that’s impressed critics.                                                       Abbey Stage.                               completed a film course and keen to        Dublin 2. Tel: 016763071                                                           30.
     innovative artists in English folk                                                                                        From €13, 19:30                            take on a daring project, one that will                                               JOHn MeLLenCAMP                         Free, 10:00
     music. As well as having her first                                                                                        The Abbey Theatre. 26, Lower Abbey         test his friendships, shatter his ideal-   June 28                                    For the first time in 19 years, John    Green on Red Gallery. 26-28,
     two albums nominated for the pres-                                                                                        Street – Dublin 1. Tel: 018872200          ism and turn his life and that of his                                                 Mellencamp is set to tour Ireland,      Lombard Street – Dublin 2. Tel:
     tigious Mercury Prize, she won the                                                                                                                                   family upside down.                        ROB ZOMBIe                                 the UK and Europe this summer.          016713414
     best British female award at the                                                                                          ATHeIST                                    From €13, 20:00                            It’s hard for outsiders to fully explain   The new No Better Than This Tour
     BRITS and Best Solo Act at the NME                                                                                        The Florida metallers are known for        The Abbey Theatre. 26, Lower Abbey         the enduring appeal of Rob Zombie.         is formatted as an “evening with” the
     awards. Support for this latest tour                                                                                      combining metal riffs with subtle          Street – Dublin 1. Tel: 018872200          Maybe it’s his willingness to dabble       blue-collar songsmith, drawing on
     comes from Louise and the Pins.                                                                                           Latin music arrangements and jazz                                                     in everything from music to comic          many hits from a 35-year career and
     €25, 20:30                                                                                                                fusion. It’s a weird trip, but a popular                                              books and even appearances on              newer material from latest album
     Vicar Street. 57, Thomas Street –                                                                                         one – despite two hiatuses (includ-        June 26                                    WWE wrestling shows. Perhaps it’s          No Better Than This, produced by T
     Dublin 8. Tel: 017755800                                                                                                  ing one from 1994 to 2006), they’re                                                   down to the public’s enduring fas-         Bone Burnett and released last year
                                                                                                                               going strong. Support comes from           RAGuS*                                                                                by Rounder Records.
     GILBeRT O’SuLLIVAn                                                                                                        Zealot Cult and the brilliantly-named      Having completed three summer                                                         From €59.80, 19:00
     Fear not, Gilbert Fans! If you missed                                                                                     Killface.                                  runs, one in Dublin’s Vicar Street                                                    Grand Canal Theatre. Grand Canal
     out on tickets to the diminutive                                                                                          €20, 19:00                                 and two consecutive years in the Ol-                                                  Square, Docklands – Dublin 1. Tel:
     songwriter’s sell-out March 10 gig                                                                                        The Button Factory. Curved                 ympia Theatre, the song and dance                                                     01 6777999
     you’ll have another chance tonight.                                                                                       Street, Temple Bar – Dublin 2. Tel:        spectacular has since spent the
     €41, 19:00                                                                                                                016709202                                  summer months touring throughout                                                      RIVeRDAnCe*
     The Olympia Theatre. 72, Dame                                                                                                                                        Europe, Asia and the U.S.A. Now, it                                                   The showcase of Irish dance and
     Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016793323                                                                                                                                    runs from May 1 to October at The                                                     music begins another tourist-friendly
                                                                                                                                                                          Burlington. A three-course dinner                                                     Gaiety Theatre run tonight, and will
     ROn SeXSMITH                                                                                                                                                         and Irish coffee come free with the                                                   play to August 28.
     The Canadian singer-songwriter has                                                                                                                                   show.                                                                                 From €20, 19:30
     raised gloom to a rare art form, and                                                                                                                                 €55, 20:00                                                                            The Gaiety Theatre. 46, South King
     won more praise from critics and                                                                                                                                     The Burlington Hotel. Sussex Street                                                   Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016771717
     fellow artists than commercial suc-                                                                                                                                  – Dublin 4. Tel: 016185600
     cess. Then again, as he admitted in
     a 1999 interview, “I’m a 35-year-old
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     events                                                                                                                                                                  C. u. neXT TueSDAY
                                                                                                                                                                             There’s more than just a naughty
                                                                                                                                                                             name to recommend this new club
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         THe SOnG ROOM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hamlet Sweeney presents this show-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         case of up-and-coming artists at The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dublin’s longest-running jazz session
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    is still going strong.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               too) and puppets makes for a very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               dramatic night.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Free, 22:00
      regular eVents                                                                                        liVe musiC   CluBBing
                                                                                                            eating and drinking
                                                                                                                                    ongoing eVent
                                                                                                                                  theatre     arts                           night – indie, electro, pop and dance
                                                                                                                                                                             tunes make a varied mix.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Free, 21:00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    €10, 20:00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JJ Smyths. 12, Aungier Street – Dub-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Pantibar. 7-8, Capel St - Dublin 1. Tel:
                                                                                                                                                                             €12/5, 23:00                                The Globe. 11, South Great Georges         lin 2. Tel: 014752565
                                                                                                                                                                             Crawdaddy. Old Harcourt Street Sta-         Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016711220                                                     TAnKeD uP
     MOnDAYS                                    entertains the crowd until the wee         FRee GAFF                               GenTLe TueSDAYS
                                                                                                                                                                             tion, Harcourt Street – Dublin 2. Tel:                                                 THe ODeOn MOVIe CLuB                       Dublin’s biggest student night in an
                                                hours. Admission free.                     There’s a new broom in the Thomas       The Mighty Stef and chums sing their
                                                                                                                                                                             014763374                                   THe ZODIAC SeSSIOnS                        Relax to classic films while being pam-    ideal location. You’ll find drinks pro-
     LOunGe LIZARDS                             Free, 22;00                                House, and a new night – Crackity       favourite songs on out-of-tune acous-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         An acoustic showcase featuring some        pered by a full bar and waiter service.    motions aplenty.
     The ever-popular Lounge Lizards sees       The Dragon. 64, South Great                Jones veterans bring this alternative   tic guitars.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         promising talent at Bruxelles.             To reserve seats or a table, e-mail        €5, 22:30
                                                George’s Street – Dublin 2. Tel:           club night to the table.                Free, 21:00
     guest DJs step up to the plate and spin
                                                014781590                                  Free, 20:00                             The Workman’s Club. 10, Wellington
                                                                                                                                                                             WeDneSDAYS                                  Free, 21:00                                hello@odeon.ie                             Tramco Brewery. 121, Lower
     their favourite tunes for lounging. Ex-                                                                                                                                                                             Bruxelles. 7-8, Harry Street – Dublin      Free, 20:00                                Rathmines Road – Dublin 6. Tel:
     pect a chilled-out evening with a sur-                                                Thomas House. 86, Thomas Street –       Quay – Dublin 2. Tel: 016706692
                                                                                                                                                                             THe WORKMAn ReSIDenTS                       2. Tel: 016775362                          The Odeon. Old Harcourt Street Sta-        014968050
     prise guest on occasion.                   HeFTY HORSe                                Dublin 8. Tel: 016772619
                                                                                                                                                                             Indie and Alternative sounds are on                                                    tion, Harcourt Street – Dublin 2. Tel:
     Free, 20:00                                A simple concept for a Monday night                                                GROOVALIZACIOn
                                                                                                                                                                             offer at the venue bar, while electro       SeVen DeADLY SKInS                         014782088                                  PARTY AnIMAL
     Solas. 31, Wexford Street - Dublin 2.      club - live music and bands playing        TASTe                                   Brazilian food and music fill this hop-
                                                                                                                                                                             predominates on the first floor.            Ignore the lame pun in the name,                                                      Gorillas with vodka guns, all drinks
     Tel: 014780583                             their own DJ sets to 02:30 - is made       Classics, Soul and more make for an     ping club every Tuesday.
                                                                                                                                                                             Free, 18:00                                 and focus on the musicianship of this      MASH                                       costing €3.50, and the hot and
                                                all the sweeter by cheap drinks and        easy Tuesday night.                     Free, 21:00
                                                                                                                                                                             The Workman’s Club. 10, Wellington          quality reggae cover band.                 Matjazz, Lex Woo, Baby Dave, Marina        sweaty Andrews Lane Theatre dance-
     KInG KOnG CLuB                             free admission. The line-up varies,        Free, 20:00                             South William. 52, South William
                                                                                                                                                                             Quay – Dublin 2. Tel: 016706692             €TBC, 21:30                                Diniz and friends spin late into the       floor – you guessed it, it’s a student-
     The top musical gameshow is now in         but the post-gig atmosphere is almost      Solas. 31, Wexford Street - Dublin 2.   Street - Dublin 2. Tel: 016725946
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Mezz. 23, Eustace Street – Dub-        evening at South William.                  friendly night.
     its third year, with free live music and   always rocking.                            Tel: 014780583
                                                                                                                                                                             LAuGH OuT LOuD                              lin 2. Tel: 016707655                      Free, 21:00                                €8 (€6 concession), 23:00
     an ongoing knock-out tournament to         Free, 22:00                                                                        THe RuBY SeSSIOnS
                                                                                                                                                                             A regular comedy night featuring MC                                                    South William. 52, South William           ALT – Andrew’s Lane Theatre. 9-17
     win a free recording session.              Whelan’s. 25, Wicklow Street – Dub-        THe IRISH BLueS CLuB                    This singer-songwriter night has been
                                                                                                                                                                             Aidan Killian and special guests.           InTeRGALACTIC                              Street - Dublin 2. Tel: 016725946          Saint Andrew’s Lane – Dublin 2. Tel:
     Free, 21:00                                lin 2. Tel: 014780766                      Rather like it says on the tin, these   on the go for over 10 years and fea-
                                                                                                                                                                             €7/€5, 20:30                                Indie and electro bliss is on offer at                                                016795720
     The Village. 26, Wexford Street –                                                     guys do great straight-up blues every   tures some great performers in an
                                                                                                                                                                             Anseo. 18, Camden Street – Dublin           the Whelan’s late club.                    MuZIK
     Dublin 2. Tel: 014758555                   MAKe AnD DO WITH PAnTI                     Tuesday night.                          intimate setting.
                                                                                                                                                                             2. Tel: 014751321                           Free, 23:00                                An unabashed student night, Muzik is       THe LITTLe BIG PARTY
                                                The queen bee of Dublin drag does          €8, 20:00                               €6, 21:00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Whelan’s. 25, Wicklow Street – Dub-        packed with upbeat indie and electro       DJ Brendan Conroy takes over the
     PISS uP WITH PeACHeS                       arts and crafts with her adoring fans.     JJ Smyths. 12, Aungier Street – Dub-    Doyles. 9, College Street – Dublin 2.
                                                                                                                                                                             SOnGS OF PRAISe                             lin 2. Tel: 014780766                      tunes, with plenty of drinks promo-        decks at Rí Rá, beneath the Globe
     A student-friendly gay night, with all     Free, 22:00                                lin 2. Tel: 014752565                   Tel: 016710616
                                                                                                                                                                             It’s karaoke, Jim, but not as we know                                                  tions to get the party going in earnest.   bar, every Thursday. An eclectic mix
     drinks €4 or less, and three Jager-        Pantibar. 7-8, Capel St - Dublin 1. Tel:
                                                                                                                                                                             it. This long-running DIY rock’n’roll       VOGue                                      €6, 21:00                                  of soul, indie and rock prevails.
     bombs for €10.                             018740710                                  AnDReW STAnLeY’S COMeDY                 WHITe CHOCOLATe
                                                                                                                                                                             night has moved to Wednesdays after         Pop, pop, and more fantastic pop –         The Button Factory. Curved                 Free, 23:00
     Free, 21:00                                                                           MISH-MASH                               Classic rock and modern covers are
                                                                                                                                                                             tiring of kicking everyone out early on     with lots of drinks promotions.            Street, Temple Bar – Dublin 2. Tel:        Rí-Rá. 11, South Great George’s St –
     The George. 87-89, South Great                                                        Comedy laissez faire with a laid-back   on offer from a soulful outfit.
                                                                                                                                                                             Sundays. Check out the full playlist        €8 (€6 with flyer), 23:00                  016709202                                  Dublin 2. Tel: 016711220
     Georges Street – Dublin 2. Tel:            TueSDAYS                                   evening of stand-up, sketches, songs,   €TBC, 21:30
                                                                                                                                                                             on www.therescuesquad.com/song-             ALT – Andrew’s Lane Theatre. 9-17
     014782983                                                                             messing about and free biccies host-    The Mezz. 23, Eustace Street – Dub-
                                                SHeBeen FLICK                                                                                                                sofpraise.                                  Saint Andrew’s Lane – Dublin 2. Tel:       OCTOPuSSY
                                                                                           ed by Comedy Cellar man Andrew          lin 2. Tel: 016707655
                                                A new film night showing much-loved        Stanley.
                                                                                                                                                                             Free, 21:00                                 016795720                                  Resident DJs, an 18-foot pool, twister,    FRIDAYS
     TASTe                                                                                                                                                                   The Village. 26, Wexford St – Dublin                                                   and charting hits recommend this
     Lady Jane takes over the Solas decks,      Irish films and some unseen work.          €TBC, 21:00                             JuICY BeATS
                                                                                                                                                                             2. Tel: 014758555                                                                      new club.                                  FRIDAYS AT MY HOuSe
                                                Each night has a short film followed       The International Bar. 23, Wicklow      The Village’s resident DJs churn out
     spinning soul classics and a few more
                                                by a full-length feature.                  Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016779250       the best of indie, rock, classic pop,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         THuRSDAYS                                  €8 (€4 early bird, €5 students), 22:00     The master room includes upcoming
     modern tunes.                                                                                                                                                           SPACe’n’VeDA                                                                           The Academy. 57, Middle Abbey              DJs Ray Shah, Keith Feely and Rafiq.
     Free, 21:00                                Free, 19:30                                                                        synth pop and electro music at this
                                                                                                                                                                             Veda Beaux Reeves and Davina De-            PHAnTOM 105.2 DJS AnD                      Street – Dublin 1. Tel: 018779999          €TBC, 23:00
     Solas. 31, Wexford Street - Dublin 2.      Shebeen Chic. 4, South Great               BATTLe OF THe AXe                       weekly Tuesday nightclub.
                                                                                                                                                                             vine rule the big gay roost at this club-   GARAGe BAR ReSIDenTS                                                                  Buck Whaleys. 67, Lower Leeson
     Tel: 014780583                             George’s Street – Dublin 2.                Looking to start in comedy? Look no     €5, 22:00
                                                                                                                                                                             cum-cabaret evening.                        Dublin’s favourite alternative music       THe PAnTI SHOW                             Street – Dublin 2.
                                                                                           further than this open-mike night at    The Village. 26, Wexford Street –
                                                                                                                                                                             Free before 22:00/€10, 21:00                station provides the tunes downstairs,     Pantibar’s fabulous proprietor takes
     DOLLY DOeS DRAGOn                          THe SOCIAL CIneMATIC                       the Ha’penny Bridge Inn.                Dublin 2. Tel: 014758555
                                                                                                                                                                             The George. 87-89, South Great              while 60s sounds are on the first floor.   to the stage in all her glory every
     This evening of €4 cocktails, candy,       A weekly cinema club, screening old        €7, 21:00
                                                                                                                                                                             Georges Street – Dublin 2. Tel:             Free, 18:00                                Thursday, with Bunny and some
     and fabulous tunes has been presid-        and new favourites.                        The Ha’penny Bridge Inn. 42,
                                                                                                                                                                             014782983                                   The Workman’s Club. 10, Wellington         special guests for support. A medley
     ed over by the inimitable Dolly since      Free, 19:30                                Wellington Quay – Dublin 2. Tel:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Quay – Dublin 2. Tel: 016706692            of music, dramatic reconstructions,
     2006. Together with DJ Lee, Dolly          The Grand Social. 35, Liffey Street –      016770616
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    connect 4 (yes, that one throws us
                                                Dublin 1. Tel: 018740076
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     LeCTROSOuL                                 InDIeTROnIC                                TRAnSMISSIOn                             SAuCY SunDAYS
     Richie Rock, Mark Kiernan and War-         DJ Eamonn Barrett promises the             This club night is on a mission to       A new weekly live music session run-
     ren Kiernan hit the decks from 23:00       soundtrack to your big Saturday            break down the barrier between guitar    ning in the loft venue.
     to 03:00, with a set from Marina           night out, mixing classic rock, indie      and DJ culture in the city. Good luck    Free, 14:00
     Diniz.                                     anthems and big beat electro tunes.        with that, we hear you say, but it’s     The Grand Social. 35, Liffey Street –
     Free, 23:00                                Free, 22:00                                made a great start thus far.             Dublin 1. Tel: 018740076
     The exchequer. 3-5 Exchequer Street        The Grand Social. 35, Liffey Street –      €12, 23:00
                                                                                                                                                                             AFTeR WORK                        BReWBAKeRS CAFÉ. 23, South          CAFÉ 7. 7, St Andrew’s Street       CARR & O’DOnneLL.
     – Dublin 2. Tel: 016706787                 Dublin 1. Tel: 018740076                   The Button Factory. Curved               SWInG nIGHT
                                                                                           Street, Temple Bar – Dublin 2. Tel:      The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra has a                                       Frederick Street – Dublin2. Tel:    – Dublin 2. Tel: 016792988. A       Bachelor’s Walk – Dublin 1.
     SHAKeDOWn                                  MICROFunK                                  016709202                                new home on Sunday nights in the         4 DAMe LAne. 4, Dame Lane         N/A. A very popular spot for        welcoming place with a great        Tel: N/A. Formerly known as
     A hot new Friday club with 70s-influ-      A hopping clubnight in the bowels of                                                Tivoli. A 17 piece big band plays from   - Dublin 2. Tel: 016790291.       a sandwich – the chicken and        selection of wines.                 Panama, this bar does just as
     enced rock’n’roll from original bands      this cavernous bar and club.                                                        21:00, and novices can enjoy a free      Yummy cocktails and great DJs     bacon effort is simply delicious.                                       busy a night-time trade as its
     playing lengthy sets. The line up varies   €5, 22:00                                  SunDAYS                                  lesson.                                  make this place a winner.                                             CAFÉ AROMA. 84, Middle              predecessor.
     from week to week.                         Pygmalion. Powerscourt Townhouse,                                                   €10, 20:00
                                                                                                                                                                                                               BRIAn BORu. 5, Prospect             Abbey Street – Dublin 1. Tel:
     Free, 23:00                                South William Street – Dubin 2. Tel:       PLAY!                                    The Tivoli Theatre. 135 – 138, Fran-
     Pacinos. 18 Suffolk St - Dublin 2. Tel:    n/a                                        DJ Ronan O’ does a mix of classic 80s    cis Street – Dublin 8. Tel: 014544472    ACCenTS COFFee LOunGe.            Road, Glasnevin – Dublin 9.         N/A. A very pleasant little         CHORuS CAFÉ. Fishamble
     016775651                                                                             and 90s tracks, drawing on disco,                                                 23, Lower Stephen Street -        Tel: 018304527. A welcoming         place just off O’Connell Street.    Street – Dublin 2. 7, Scarlett
                                                PROPAGAnDA                                 pop and feel-good tunes. Cocktails       DAnCeHALL STYLeS                         Dublin 2. Tel: 014160040. A       northside bar.                                                          Row, Fishamble Street – Dublin
     WAR                                        The legendary club night now has a         are available from €5.                   The button factory becomes Reggae        new place offering great coffee                                       CAFÉ uRBAnO. 4, Upper               2. Tel: 016167088. A bright
     The popular Spy club night relocates       Dublin colony in The Academy.              Free, 18:00                              Central on Sunday nights from 23:00,     from a handy spot - it works      BRuXeLLeS. 7-8, Harry Street        Abbey Street – Dublin 1. Tel:       little place to enjoy a quick
     to Andrew’s Lane. Drinks promotions        €10/8, 22.30                               The Odeon. Old Harcourt Street Sta-      with foundation reggae, dancehall
                                                                                                                                                                             for us!                           - Dublin 2. Tel: 016775362. A       018786823. Part of a popular        sandwich or salad.
     abound, and the first 40 people (and       The Academy. 57, Middle Abbey              tion, Harcourt Street – Dublin 2. Tel:   classics and contemporary Jamaican
     the first 40 to show up with dog tags)     Street – Dublin 1. Tel: 018779999          014782088                                music getting an airing.                                                   favoured indie/metal music bar,     new chain of coffee shops.
     get in free.                                                                                                                   €5, 23:00                                AGAInST THe GRAIn. 11,            this place gets packed out by                                           CITIBAR. 46-49, Dame Street
     €5 before 00:00 (€10 thereafter),          GOSSIP                                     M.A.S.S                                  The Button Factory. Curved               Wexford Street – Dublin 2. Tel:   18:00 most evenings.                CAFFe CAGLIOSTRO. Mille-            – Dublin 2. Tel: 016794455.
     23:00                                      Yes, the popular Spy club night has        Power FM curates a blessed-out night     Street, Temple Bar – Dublin 2. Tel:      014705100. A new bar with a                                           nium Walkway, Abbey Street          An enjoyable bar, club, and
     ALT – Andrew’s Lane Theatre. 9-17          moved – it’s still loaded with indie-pop   of music, arts, sights and sounds.       016709202                                host of craft beers on offer.     BuSY BeAn CAFÉ. Talbot Street       – Dublin 1. Tel: N/A. A decid-      hotel located right at the heart
     Saint Andrew’s Lane – Dublin 2. Tel:       and fun times though.                      Free, 19:00
                                                                                                                                                                                                               – Dublin 1. Tel: N/A. A fun café    edly authentic Italian café.        of things – their ‘Irish tapas’ is
     016795720                                  €TBC, 23:00                                Hogan’s. 35, South Great Georges
                                                ALT – Andrew’s Lane Theatre. 9-17          Street - Dublin 2. Tel: 016775904                                                 BIABAR. 30, Lower Stephens        that’s bustling without being too                                       also an interesting twist.
                                                Saint Andrew’s Lane – Dublin 2. Tel:                                                                                         Street - Dublin 2. Tel:           frantic. There’s a selection of     CAFÉ WeRBuRGH. 2, Lord
     SATuRDAYS                                  016795720                                  SunDAY SuSHI                                                                      014053653. Appealing food,        sandwiches and whatnot, plus        Edward Street – Dublin 2.           COPPeR ALLeY BISTRO. 2,
                                                                                           Jazz is dished up with a Far Eastern                                              great drinks on tap, and live     daily specials.                     Tel: N/A. A very welcoming          Lord Edward Street – Dublin
     THe MATInÉe BRunCH CLuB                    PenTAGOn                                   flavour.                                                                          music are on offer here.                                              little spot, and a great place to   2. Tel: 0167965000. Linked to
     Another Odeon film club, this time         Local residents and special guest DJs      Free, 19:30
                                                                                                                                                                                                               BuSYFeeT & COCO CAFÉ.               linger a while.                     the Harding Hotel, this place
     featuring more family-friendly movies.     play across five rooms of the Tripod       Yamamori Sushi. 38/39, Lower
     But then again, who wouldn’t like to       complex.                                   Ormond Quay – Dublin 2. Tel:                                                      BORDeRLIne ReCORDS. 17,           41-2, South William Street –                                            has a great menu which isn’t
     see Up over brunch with a pint?            €12, 23:00                                 018720003                                                                         Temple Bar – Dublin 2. Tel:       Dublin 2. Tel: 016719514. A         CAPITOL. 18/19, Lower               too pricey either.
     Free, 12:00                                Tripod. Old Harcourt Street Train Sta-                                                                                       016799097. One of the most        characterful little place with a    Stephen Street - Dublin 2.
     The Odeon. Old Harcourt Street Sta-        tion, Harcourt Street – Dublin 2. Tel:     COMeDY CRunCH                                                                     popular punky record stores       particularly nice atmosphere        Tel: 014757166. A popular           COFFee SOCIeTY. 2, Lower
     tion, Harcourt Street – Dublin 2. Tel:     014780225                                  Free comedy + free food = great night.                                            around, and deservedly so.        after dark.                         cocktail bar, particularly with     Liffey Street – Dublin 1. Tel:
     014782088                                                                             Free, 21:00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the younger crowd – we              014781064. A favourite coffee
                                                                                           Shebeen Chic. 4, South Great
     DADDY OR CHIPS                                                                        George’s Street – Dublin 2.                                                       BRAnnIGAnS. Cathedral Stre-       BuTLeR’S CAFÉ. 24, Wic-             think drinks for €5 may have        shop for many years now
     Techno, house and hip-hop are all                                                                                                                                       et - Dublin 1. Tel: 018725315.    klow Street – Dublin 2. Tel:        something to do with it.            among shoppers seeking a
     offered across three rooms at this                                                                                                                                      An old-school northside pub       016710599. Hot drinks, and                                              little refuge.
     new club.                                                                                                                                                               with a friendly welcome.          some of the best little choco-
     €8, 22:00                                                                                                                                                                                                 lates around: it’s a winning
     The Good Bits. 1, Store Street – Dub-
     lin 1. Tel: 018197635.

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     DAKOTA. 9, South William          tourists and curious Dubliners         InSOMnIA. 2, Lower                 InSOMnIA. Spar, Dame Street
     Street - Dublin 2. Tel:           about the city.                        Mayor Street – Dublin 2. Tel:      – Dublin 2. Tel: N/A. Got the
     016727690. This trendy                                                   016720320. This place dishes       shopping? Reward yourself
     place still packs them in on      enOTeCA DeLLe LAnGHe.                  up a much-needed caffeine fix      with a nice cuppa.                 THE
     Fridays – it’s just as nice for
     a lunchtime visit if you don’t
                                       Blooms Lane - Dublin 1. Tel:
                                       018880834. A welcoming and
                                                                              for docklands workers.
                                                                                                                 JACK neALOn’S PuB. 165,            ANGLER’S
     fancy a crowd.                    authentic Italian wine bar.            InSOMnIA. 40-43, Nassau            Capel Street - Dublin 1.           REST
                                                                              Street – Dublin 2. Tel:            Tel: 018723247. Nealon’s
     DAMe TAVeRn. 18, Dame             FITZGeRALD’S PuB. 22,                  017071582. Stuck for a place       traditional pub is a welcome       Strawberry Beds Knockmaroon Hill, Chapeli-
     Court – Dublin 2. Tel:            Aston Quay – Dublin 2.                 to rest just off Grafton Street?   – and welcoming - sight in         zod - Co Dublin
     016793426. A homely place         Tel: 016779289. A handy,               Look no further.                   these parts.                       Tel: 018208314
     for a relaxing pint.              welcoming place that’s just                                                                                  It’s worth journeying to the picturesque
                                                                                                                                                    northside village of Chapelizod to see that
                                       a little bit off Temple Bar’s          InSOMnIA. 51B, Dawson              JAMeS JOYCe CAFÉ BAR AnD           rarest of things: an Irish restaurant with a
     DAVY BYRneS. 21, Duke Stre-       beaten track.                          Street – Dublin 2. Tel: N/A.       uLYSSeS Venue. 52, Middle          traditional – and authentic – feel. Set in the
     et - Dublin 2. Tel: 016775217.                                           An excellent spot for people-      Abbey Street – Dublin 1. Tel:      shadow of the Phoenix Park, The Angler’s
     A literary pub with a great bar   FITZSIMOnS BAR AnD                     watching over coffee – grab        018728188. A lively and fun        Rest is welcoming on the ground floor, and
     food menu.                        HOTeL. 21-22, Wellington               the bay window if you can.         café bar with a great food         feels much like one would imagine the ideal
                                       Quay, Temple Bar - Dublin                                                                                    Irish local, with a roaring fire, a friendly wel-
                                                                                                                 menu and a tasty selection of
                                                                                                                                                    come, a good selection of booze and a good
     DAMe CAFÉ. Centra, Dame           2. Tel: 016779315. Even if             InSOMnIA. 9, Wexford Street        cocktails, plus regular gigs and   sense of solitude. There’s live music on oc-
     Street – Dublin 2. Tel: N/A.      you’re not looking for a room,         – Dublin 2. Tel: N/A. A branch     club nights.                       casion too, adding greatly to the atmosphere
     You might think that a café       the relaxing bar is a nice place       of the popular coffee chain on                                        – we reckon Mick Collins, a famous patron
     based in a convenience store      to spend an evening.                   Ireland’s premier gigging strip.   J MCneILL’S. 140, Capel Stre-      during his day, would feel right at home.
     wouldn’t be a nice place to                                                                                 et - Dublin 1. Tel: 018747679.     Upstairs, there’s a sleeker dining room,
                                                                                                                                                    with creams and elegant wooden furniture
     while away a few hours. You’d     GeRARD’S CAFÉ. 4, Lower                InSOMnIA. Custom House             Another popular bar on the         dominating, a stylish bar, and even a Victo-
     be wrong.                         Leeson Street – Dublin 2. Tel:         Quay, IFSC, Docklands –            perpetually-rocking Capel          rian ‘fainting couch’. It’s the ideal setting for
                                       016615703. It’s nice to see an         Dublin 1. Tel: 016720320.          Street Strip.                      enjoying great quality seafood – enjoy the
     DICeY’S GARDen BAR. 21-           independent little coffee shop         Another great place to grab a                                         platter for two if you really like your fish –
     25, Harcourt Street - Dublin      like this continue to thrive.          coffee near the Liffey.            KARMA STOne. 40, Wexford           and other fine dishes.
                                                                                                                                                    Opening hours: Open seven days a week,
     2. Tel: 014784066. There’s                                                                                  Street – Dublin 2. Tel: N/A.
                                                                                                                                                    from 12:00 to 21:00 (22:00 Thursday to
     nothing dicey about this          GRAInGeRS. 51, Talbot Street           InSOMnIA. Pembroke Street          Bracken’s Corner Stone             Saturday). Bar open to 23:30 (23:00 Sun-
     popular bar, which boasts an      - Dublin 1. Tel: 018363249‎.           – Dublin 2. Tel: N/A. A handy      has made way for this more         day).
     impressive beer garden.           A great place for a slightly-off-      location makes this place a        student-friendly bar.              Getting there: From the bridge at Chapeli-
                                       the-beaten-track pint.                 top spot among workers in the                                         zod, head north, taking the second left onto
     DuBLIn TOuRISM. O’Connell                                                nearby offices.                    KATe’S COTTAGe. 1, Amiens          main street. Follow the road for roughly ten
                                                                                                                                                    minutes on foot, before you come a sign
     Street – Dublin 1. Tel:           HOGAnS. 35, South Great                                                   Street - Dublin 1. Tel:            telling you to turn left for the Angler’s Rest.
     1850230330. Searching for         Georges Street - Dublin 2. Tel:        InSOMnIA. Spar, Capel Street       871315291. A traditional Irish     You’ll see the restaurant on your right soon
     something to do in Dublin?        016775904. The former jazz             – Dublin 1. Tel: N/A. Another      pub with a warm atmosphere.        after turning – the car park, if you’re driving,
     Look no further.                  club is beloved by the over-           branch of the popular coffee                                          is just a little further down the road.
                                       thirties, and rightly so: it’s still   chain that’s teamed up with a      KeOGHS. 9, South Anne
     DuBLIn TOuRISM CenTRe.            wonderfully mellow and the             convenience store.                 Street – Dublin 2. Tel:
     Suffolk Street - Dublin 2. Tel:   service is top-notch.                                                     016778312. A very popular
     1850230330. An excellent                                                                                    bar and lounge for old-school
     source of information for both                                                                              atmosphere.
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     KnIGHTSBRIDGe BAR.                 MCGOWAn’S. 18, Phibsboro          nATIOnAL COLLeGe OF               OLIVeR ST JOHn GOGAR-               nationally for both savoury              SABOTAGe. 14, Exchequer          SOuP DRAGOn. 168,                 SWeeneY’S. 2, Dame Street
     Bachelors Walk, O’Connell          Road, Phibsboro – Dublin 7.       IReLAnD. Custom House             TY’S. Fleet Street, Temple Bar      tarts and sweet treats. This is          Street – Dublin 2. Tel:          Capel Street - Dublin 1. Tel:     - Dublin 2. Tel: 016350058.
     Bridge – Dublin 1. Tel:            Tel: 018306606. This family-      Square, Lower Mayor Street -      - Dublin 2. Tel: 016711822.         the larger of the two twinned            016704789. A clothes shop        018723277. A great place for      The boutique hotel-cum-
     014970111. A welcoming             owned pub in Phibsboro also       Dublin 1. Tel: 014498500. A       A traditional pub that’s very       restaurants, and the original            with some refreshingly differ-   hearty and creative soups,        cocktail bar and Jazz club has
     traditional-style pub.             features a hopping nightclub.     well-regarded institution with    popular with tourists.              Queen of Tarts is based on               ent looks on offer.              as well as some indulgent         recently undergone a very
                                                                          a range of full and part-time                                         Dame Street.                                                              sweets.                           good revamp.
     LA BOuLAnGeRIe. 6, Cha-            MeRCAnTILe BAR AnD                courses.                          PeADAR KeARneY’S. 64,                                                        SHAKeS. 15, Dame Street –
     tham Court, Chatham Street         GRILL. 28, Dame Street – Du-                                        Dame Street – Dublin 2. Tel:        ReD ROSe CAFÉ. 23,                       Dublin 2. Tel: N/A. Dublin’s     SOuTH WILLIAM. 52, South          THe ARLInGTOn HOTeL
     – Dublin 2. Tel: N/A. A great      blin 2. Tel: 016707100. With      O’BRIen’S SAnDWICH BAR.           016753971. Looking on the           Dawson Street – Dublin 2.                very first milkshake bar has a   William Street - Dublin 2. Tel:   AnD LeGenDS. 16, Lord
     place for sweet treats with        a revamped food menu – plus       34, Lower Abbey Street – Du-      outside like any salty boozer,      Tel: 0863704873. A cosy,                 wealth of recipes to choose      016725946. Trendy club with       Edward Street - Dublin 2. Tel:
     your coffee fix.                   a cracking live venue – this      blin 1. Tel: 018747868. Sitting   Peadar Kearney’s actually           welcoming café has taken on              from and very efficient staff.   a pie-themed food menu,           016708777. A popular tourist
                                        place has enjoyed a new lease     right by the Luas line, this      attracts a reasonably young         the space once occupied by                                                extensive cocktails and varied    hotel with Irish dancing seven
     LA CORTe. Custom House             of life in recent months.         branch of the sandwich chain      crowd for some great music          an O’Brien’s sandwich bar.               SOLAS. 31, Wexford Street        club nights.                      nights a week.
     Square, IFSC – Dublin 1. Tel:                                        sees plenty of business.          nights.                                                                      - Dublin 2. Tel: 014780583.
     N/A. Whisper it – this little      MeSSRS MAGuIRe. 1-2,                                                                                    RHuBARB. 18, Upper                       A cocktail bar with a bit of     SuFI’S CAFÉ. 45-50, Lower         THe ABBeY THeATRe. 26, lo-
     place does some of the nicest      Burgh Quay - Dublin 2. Tel:       O’BRIen’S SAnDWICH                PORTeRHOuSe nORTH.                  Merrion Street – Dublin 2. Tel:          outsider charm – and a very      Stephen Street – Dublin 2.        wer Abbey Street – Dublin 1.
     Italian coffee in the area. And    018041205. A massive pub          BAR. Harbourmaster Place,         Cross Gunnes Bridge,                016767870. A bright and airy             nice lunch menu.                 Tel: 016798577. A continen-       Tel: 018962335. Ireland’s Na-
     in Dublin, for that matter.        set on many levels, with a        IFSC – Dublin 1. Tel: N/A. A      Glasnevin – Dublin 11. Tel:         coffee shop.                                                              tal-style café with a secluded    tional Theatre is well-furnished
                                        good bar food menu and            conveniently-located sandwich     018309922. Part of the grow-                                                                                  atmosphere.                       and has plenty going on.
     LASeR DVD. St Andrew’s             some excellent Messrs-            bar for IFSCers.                  ing Porterhouse chain of bars,
     Street – Dublin 2. Tel: N/A. A     brewed beers.                                                       Porterhouse North features all
     great place to pick up some                                          O’DOnOGHue’S. Suffolk Stre-       the craft beers and cocktails
     obscure or foreign movies.         MeTRO. 43, South William          et Dublin 2. Tel: 016770605.      that make the city centre

     LeMOn JeLLY. 11, Essex
                                        Street - Dublin 2. Tel:
                                        016794515. A coffee shop
                                                                          A very popular spot with
                                                                          people who want that ‘local
                                                                                                            establishments so popular.         DOYLE’S
     Street East - Dublin 2. Tel:       that feels like it’s been here    pub’ feel in Dublin 2.            PYGMALIOn. Powerscourt             9, College Street – Dublin 2
     016776297. Delicious crepes        for decades. Lovely expresso,                                       Townhouse Centre, South            Tel: 016710616
     and more are available at this     even lovelier leather seating.    O’neILLS. 2, Suffolk Street –     William Street - Dublin 2. Tel:    Even with the students away, this easy-going pub by day is still
     trendy café.                                                         Dublin 2. Tel: 016793656. A       014539890. This place has          hopping by night: DJs play an eclectic mix of sounds upstairs
                                        MunCHIeS. Harbourmaster           sprawling pub with oodles of      taken over Bar Mizu’s prime        and downstairs. There’s a spacious room available to hire for
                                                                                                                                               private functions, and some top-notch events including the
     LOTTS BAR. 9, Lower                Place – Dublin 1. Tel: N/A.       atmosphere and a mean selec-      location, and offers a great       long-running Ruby Sessions showcasing new songwriting talent
     Liffey Street - Dublin 1. Tel:     The IFSC branch of Munchies       tion of gourmet beers.            atmosphere.                        every Tuesday. Doyle’s is getting pretty popular outside student
     018727669. A mixed décor of        sees plenty of action, particu-                                                                        circles too, and it’s easy to see why.
     a traditional and modern café      larly at lunchtime.               O’SHeAS. 19, Talbot Street        Q-BAR. 1-2, Burgh Quay -           Opening hours: Open seven days a week, from 12:00 to 02:30
     bar, and a trendy crowd.                                             – Dublin 1. Tel: 018365670.       Dublin 2. Tel: 016777835.          (23:00 Sunday).
                                                                                                                                               Getting there: From the front gates of Trinity College (facing
                                        MunCHIeS. Lower Baggot            A veritable treasure trove of     One of the first places to serve
                                                                                                                                               onto Dame Street), turn right and follow the railings of the col-
     MCDAIDS. 7, Harry Street -         Street – Dublin 2. Tel: N/A.      a pub, with many cosy little      good-quality cocktails at prices   lege as you turn onto College Street. After about two minutes,
     Dublin 2. Tel: 016794395. A        With a perfect location, this     spaces.                           to compete with a pint, Q-Bar      you should see Doyles across the street on your left.
     haunt of no less than Brendan      branch of Munchies draws                                            is still a fun venue.
     Behan in its day, this is one of   queues of office workers.
     the oldest pubs in the city and                                                                        Queen OF TARTS. 3-4,
     one of the best.                                                                                       Cow’s Lane - Dublin 2. Tel:
                                                                                                            016334681. Known inter-
     Best oF duBlin

     THe BAGeL FACTORY. 34,              THe CLARenCe HOTeL. 6-8,             THe DuKe. 8-9, Duke Street        THe HARBOuRMASTeR.                   THe ODeOn. 57, Harcourt             coffee and watching the Dock-       WeST COAST COFFee.                  BOOJuM. Millenium Walkway,
     Lower Liffey Street – Dublin        Wellington Quay - Dublin 2.          - Dublin 2. Tel: 876764657.       Customs House Dock, IFSC             Street - Dublin 2. Tel:             lands traffic passing.              Bachelor’s Walk – Dublin 1.         Abbey Street – Dublin 1. Tel:
     1. Tel: 018782935. Shoppers         Tel: 014070800. One of the           A nice large traditional pub      - Dublin 1. Tel: 016701688.          014782088. With more                                                    Tel: N/A. A lovely little spot to   018729499. A great little
     surely appreciate this conve-       city’s best hotels and home to       with good service and a trad      Great coffee by day and a            room to breathe, you can            THe SWeeTeST THInG. 17,             enjoy good coffee while look-       burrito bar, which even offers
     nient place for grabbing bagels     both the Tea Rooms and the           evening on Sundays.               crackling atmosphere by night        appreciate the wonderfully          Bachelor’s Walk – Dublin 1.         ing out onto the Liffey.            frozen margaritas.
     on the go.                          Octagon Bar.                                                           make this a winner.                  restored décor of this place all    Tel: 018720233. It’s high time
                                                                              THe FLOWInG TIDe/                                                      the better – arrive before the      there was a dedicated choco-        WeST COAST COFFee. West-            BROADWAY PIZZA PARLOR.
     THe BAGeL BAR. Unit 1,              THe CZeCH Inn. Essex Gate,           nePTune BAR. 9, Abbey             THe HuT. 159, Phibsboro              late-night rush.                    late café in the heart of Dublin,   land Row – Dublin 2. Tel: N/A.      Unit 6, Custom House
     Custom House Square, IFSC           Temple Bar - Dublin 2. Tel:          Street Lower - Dublin 1. Tel:     Road, Phibsboro – Dublin 7.                                              we say. These folks agree.          Just a few minutes walk from        Square, IFSC - Dublin 1.
     - Dublin 1. Tel: 016739923.         016711535. Czech-themed              018744108. Very popular with      Tel: 018302238. A decidedly          THe PInT. 28, Aston Quay                                                Trinity, this place is a handy      Tel: 016721812. It’s always
     Great value bagels are served       bar with plenty to appeal to ev-     the post-theatre crowd, and       old school bar – in a good           - Dublin 2. Tel: 018745255.         THe TeA GARDen. 7, Lower            spot for a cuppa away from          buzzing at this place – taste
     with a smile at this Docklands      eryone, including an extensive       home to a comedy club that’s      way. Friendly service and a          Neighbourhood bar with a            Ormond Quay – Dublin 1. Tel:        the bustle.                         the pizzas or calzonés to find
     place.                              beer range.                          generating considerable buzz.     fine pint of Guinness are both       varied live music mix.              0862191010. A veritable oa-                                             out why.
                                                                                                                on offer.                                                                sis from noisy pubs and clubs       WRIGHT’S FInDLATeR
     THe BAGeL FACTORY. Lower            THe DARK HORSe Inn. 1,               THe GARAGe BAR. East Essex                                             THe PORT HOuSe. 64, South           in the city centre, this place      HOWTH. Findlater House,             BuRRITOS & BLueS. 2,
     Mayor Street, IFSC - Dublin 1.      George’s Quay – Dublin 2. Tel:       Street, Temple Bar – Dublin       THe LOnG HALL. 51, South             William Street - Dublin 2. Tel:     is ideal for enjoying gourmet       Howth – County Dublin.              Wexford Street – Dublin 2.
     Tel: 016119730. There’s plenty      016751862. Formerly known            2. Tel: N/A. 1930s style          Great Georges Street - Dublin        016770298. A gorgeous little        teas or shisha.                     Tel: 018324488. A striking          Tel: 014254022. Heading to
     of variety in the bagels from       as the White Horse Inn, this         petrol pumps, sawdust on the      2. Tel: 014751590. A popular         tapas bar with candlelight, and                                         outdoor facade offers a hint        a gig on this strip? This is a
     here, along with seating room if    old sea dog’s haunt has been         floor, and surprisingly good      pub with impeccable tradi-           some innovative dishes.             THe WORKMAn’S CLuB. 10,             at the stylish café bar that lies   great spot for a quick meal
     you want to eat in.                 transformed into a cool venue        cocktails.                        tional credentials.                                                      Wellington Quay – Dublin 2.         within.                             beforehand.
                                         for jazz and other live music.                                                                              THe PALACe BAR. 21, Fleet           Tel: 016706692. One of the
     THe BAGeL FACTORY. Nassua                                                THe GeORGe. 89, George’s          THe MARBLe BAR. The                  Street, Temple Bar - Dublin 2.      city’s newest – and best – live                                         CACTuS JACKS. Millenium
     Street. 2, Nassau Street –          THe DAWSOn LOunGe. 25,               Street – Dublin 2. Tel:           Westbury Hotel, Harry Street         Tel: 016717388. One of the          venues.                             DInneR                              Walkway, Middle Abbey Street
     Dublin 2. Tel: 016611806. A         Dawson Street - Dublin 2. Tel:       014782983. The grand dame         - Dublin 2. Tel: 016791122.          most welcoming traditional                                                                                  - Dublin 1. Tel: 018746198.
     conveniently-located branch of      016771487. An antidote to            of Dublin gay bars is as popu-    Just off Grafton Street lies one     pubs to survive in Dublin city      THOMAS ReADS. 1, Parlia-            101 TALBOT. 101, Talbot Stre-       Fun Tex-Mex spot with an
     the popular bagel chain.            the trendiness of the Dawson         lar as ever.                      of the most relaxing and best-       centre.                             ment Street - Dublin 2. Tel:        et - Dublin 1. Tel: 018745011.      outlet in Galway. Great
                                         Street strip, The Dawson lounge                                        staffed cocktail bars in the city.                                       N/A. Still a very popular bar       Fresh and contemporary              margaritas.
     THe BACHeLOR. 31, Bache-            claims to be the smallest pub in     THe GRAFTOn LOunGe.                                                    THe ReAL COFFee COMPAnY.            among clued-in people who           Irish, continental and African
     lor’s Walk – Dublin 1. Tel:         the city. We believe it.             Unit 2, Royal Hibernian Way,      THe MInT BAR. Westin Hotel,          Talbot Street – Dublin 1. Tel:      don’t fancy the full-on Temple      cuisine.                            CAFÉ AZTeCA. 19-22, Lord
     018731238. A popular bar                                                 Dawson Street – Dublin 2.         Westmoreland Street - Dublin         N/A. Like it says on the tin –      Bar night out.                                                          Edward Street – Dublin 2. Tel:
     right by the boardwalk.             THe DICe BAR. 79, Queen              Tel: 016796260. Opened            2. Tel: 016451322. This              real coffee, making a real treat.                                       ACAPuLCO. 7, South Great            016709476. Great burritos
                                         Street, Smithfield - Dublin 7.       where the popular Cocoon          underground bar has a cosy                                               TOSS’D. CHQ Building, Cu-           Georges Street - Dublin 2.          and more are on offer from
     THe BAnKeRS. 16, Trinity Stre-      Tel: 016746710. Part-owned           once stood, this has a rather     atmosphere and great drinks –        THe SeCReT BAR. 3, Fade             stom House Quay, Docklands          Tel: 016770733. Popular Tex         this informal restaurant.
     et – Dublin 2. Tel: 016793697.      by fun loving criminal Huey          more laid-back feel than its      try the elderflower Collins.         Street - Dublin 2. Tel:             – Dublin 1. Tel: 018291607. A       Mex establishment with quality
     A welcoming little bar with a       Morgan, this cool little bar has a   predecessor.                                                           017645681. The city’s worst-        great place for fresh noodles       ingredients.                        CAFÉ CARLO. 63, O’Con-
     great weekly comedy club.           lot of noo yawk charm.                                                 THe MORGAn HOTeL. The                kept secret doesn’t even need       and salads, Toss’d gets par-                                            nell Street – Dublin 1. Tel:
                                                                              THe GRAnD SOCIAL. 35,             Morgan Hotel, 10, Fleet Street       a name badge to draw in the         ticularly busy at lunchtime.        BAR ITALIA. 26, Bloom’s             018880856. You can get
     THe CHuRCH. Junction of Mary        THe DRAGOn. 64, South Great          Lower Liffey Street – Dublin 1.   - Dublin 2. Tel: 014757166.          punters.                                                                Lane, Lower Ormond Quay             more than just Italian stuff at
     Street and Jervis Street - Dublin   George’s Street - Dublin 2.          Tel: 018740076. Since taking      This place is very popular,                                              uKIYO. 7-9, Exchequer Street        - Dublin 1. Tel: 018741000.         this cosy, central spot – they
     1. Tel: 018280102. Excellent        Tel: 014781590. A relatively         over Pravda, this live music      and it’s easy to see why – the       THe STReAT. The Campshires,         - Dublin 2. Tel: 016334071.         An unpretentious Italian            do some mean Irish dishes
     pub-cum-restaurant-cum-club         new kid on the gay bar block,        bar – which hosts a range of      cocktails are frankly fantastic.     North Wall Quay - Dublin 1.         Karaoke, sushi and cocktails        restaurant with authentic, well-    too.
     that ticks all the boxes.           this pub has a packed event          other events has gone from                                             Tel: 016700073. A nice little       may be an unconventional            prepared ingredients.
                                         programme.                           strength to strength.                                                  café for grabbing a quick           recipe, but it certainly works.
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     CAFÉ DeS IRLAnDAISe. 12,           CARLuCCIO’S. 52, Dawson             book for sale if the recipes        even on weeknights. A great      HeLL. 36, Wexford Street –         KOKORO SuSHI BenTO. 19,           Le BOn CRuBeen. 81-82,            - Dublin 1. Tel: 018733455.
     George’s Street – Dublin           Street - Dublin 2. Tel:             appeal to you.                      place for a weekend brunch.      Dublin 2. Tel: 1890456666.         Lower Liffey Street – Dublin 1.   Talbot Street - Dublin 1. Tel:    The perfect spot for grabbing
     2. Tel: 017664567. So long         016333957. The first Irish                                                                               A recently opened gem of a         Tel: 018728787. A great new       017040126. A stylish and          a quick and healthy sandwich
     Cafebardeli, make way for this     branch of a popular UK chain,       Dunne & CReSCenZI. 16,              GOVInDAS. 83, Middle             pizza place, offering both eat-    place for reasonably-priced       (thank heavens) affordable        on your break.
     new French restaurant.             this venue blends a coffee          South Frederick St - Dublin         Abbey Street - Dublin 1.         in and take-away deals.            sushi.                            brasserie, and a welcome ad-
                                        shop, foodhall and Italian          2. Tel: 016773463. Popular          Tel: 018727463. Vegetarian                                                                            dition to the northside.          MYO. Lower Mayor
     CAFÉ De TOPOLIS. 37,               restaurant.                         Italian wine bar and restaurant,    restaurant with a varied menu.   HOneST TO GOODneSS.                KuDOS. Clarion Hotel, IFSC                                          Street, IFSC - Dublin 1. Tel:
     Parliament Street – Dublin 2.                                          with an extensive range.            Branches are also on Merrion     George’s Street Arcade,            - Dublin 1. Tel: 014338866.       LeMOn. 66, South William          016721031. Create your own
     Tel: 016704961. A wonder-          CHAPTeR 1. 18, Parnell                                                  Row and Aungier Street.          George’s Street – Dublin           The Clarion’s Kudos restaurant    Street – Dublin 2. Tel:           wraps, sandwiches or even
     fully atmospheric pizzeria and     Square North - Dublin 1. Tel:       FALLOn & BYRne. 2,                                                   2. Tel: 016337727. Simple          has considerable style.           016729044. Before a host          pizzas from a good buffet of
     Italian restaurant.                018732266. Quite possibly           Exchequer Street - Dublin           GReen nIneTeen. 19, Cam-         home-style recipes and                                               of pretenders started serving     ingredients at this innovative
                                        the best restaurant in this fine    2. Tel: 014721000. A mix of         den Street Lower - Dublin 2.     great ingredients are an ideal     KYLeMORe AT THe SPIRe.            crepes, there was this place,     new spot.
     CAFÉ IRIe. 11, Fownes Street       city. Top food at very competi-     wine bar, gourmet food hall         Tel: 014789626. Popular good     formula for a successful little    1, Upper O’Connell Street –       which is still dishing up sa-
     - Dublin 2. Tel: 016725090.        tive prices.                        and high-class restaurant,          value restaurant. All main       restaurant.                        Dublin 1. Tel: 018780498.         voury and sweet snacks from       nYOnA. 76, Dame Street –
     Indie-esque coffee shop and                                            this place is packed with little    courses cost €10.                                                   This Dublin institution has       South William Street.             Dublin 2. Tel: 016707200. A
     sandwich bar which shares a        CHATHAM BRASSeRIe.                  treats for yourself.                                                 IL POSTO. 10, Stephen’s            benefited greatly from a major                                      great place for truly Malaysian
     building with lots of intriguing   Chatham Street - Dublin 2. Tel:                                         GRueL. 68, Dame Street -         Green – Dublin 2. Tel:             sprucing-up.                      MAMMA’S PIZZA. 4, Talbot          cuisine.
     stores.                            016790055. A new new-york           FIRe. Mansion House,                Dublin, 2. Tel: 016707119.       016794769. Outstanding                                               Street – Dublin 1. Tel: N/A.
                                        style restaurant with a twist of    Dawson Street - Dublin 2. Tel:      Wilfully unpretentious and       Italian food is on offer here      LA CAVe. 28, Anne Street          Quick, hearty pizza on the go     O’BRIen’S SAnDWICH BAR.
     CAFÉ MAO. 2-3, Chat-               personality. Ideal for brunch.      016767200. Fire has food to         hearty food. The ‘roast in a     in a very atmospheric under-       South - Dublin 2. Tel:            will float anyone’s proverbial    Custom House Square, Doc-
     ham Row - Dublin 2. Tel:                                               do its beautiful setting justice.   roll’ is a lunchtime treat.      ground dining room.                016794409. Long standing          boat.                             klands – Dublin 1. Tel: N/A.
     016704899. An excellent            CHeZ MAX. 133, Baggot Stre-         The flatbreads are particularly                                                                         wine bar and restaurant with a                                      The sausage toastie from this
     Asian restaurant, with a           et - Dublin 4. Tel: 016618899.      worth a try.                        HARD ROCK CAFè. 12,              JuICe CAFÉ. 73, George’s           loyal clientele.                  MILAnO. 38, Dawson Street -       branch of the O’Brien’s chain
     branch in Dun Laoghaire too.       Max’s full-scale bistro is one                                          Fleet Street - Dublin 2. Tel:    Street – Dublin 2. Tel:                                              Dublin 2. Tel: 016707744. The     is hard to beat.
                                        of the nicest spots on Baggot       FLAnAGAn’S. 61, Upper               016717777. Dublin’s outlet       014757856. A great spot for        LA MAISOn. 15, Castle Mar-        first outlet of Milano’s (Pizza
     CAFe nOVO. The Westbury            Street.                             O’Connell Street – Dublin 1.        of the popular franchise does    veggie grub in the heart of        ket - Dublin 2. Tel: 01727258.    Express in the UK) to make it     ODeSSA. 13, Dame Court -
     Hotel, Harry Street - Dublin 2.                                        Tel: 8731388. A great family        well from both tourists and      the city.                          A dedicated French restaurant     over to these shores.             Dublin 2. Tel: 016707634. A
     Tel: 016463353. An elegant         CHeZ MAX. 1, Palace Street -        restaurant in the shadow of         temple bar revellers in need                                        opened where the much-loved                                         mouth-watering menu and a
     restaurant in one of the city’s    Dublin 2. Tel: 016337215. A         the spire.                          of a refuel.                     JuST OFF FRAnCIS. 78,              Maison des Gourmets once          MILAnO. 6, Excise Walk,           laid back atmosphere makes
     most-loved hotels.                 wonderful little French bistro,                                                                          Thomas Street – Dublin 8. Tel:     stood.                            Clarion Quay - Dublin 1. Tel:     this a perfect ‘unwinding’
                                        with an intimate atmosphere.        FXB ReSTAuRAnT. 2, Lower            HARRY’S MeDITeRRAneAn            014738807. A friendly restau-                                        016119012. A spacious and         restaurant.
     CAPTAIn AMeRICAS. 44,                                                  Pembroke Street – Dublin            CAFe & WIne BAR. 22,             rant serving a mix of Irish and    LA MeD. 22, East Essex            airy branch of the successful
     Grafton St - Dublin 2. Tel:        CIAO BeLLA ROMA. 25,                2. Tel: 016764606. A high-          Dawson Street - Dublin 2. Tel:   international cuisine – prices     Street – Dublin 2. Tel:           Milanos chain.                    One PICO. 5/6, Mole-
     016715266. Long-standing           Parliament Street - Dublin 2.       quality steakhouse that also        012808337. Popular post-         are great for high-quality fare.   016707358. This promises a                                          sworth Place - Dublin 2. Tel:
     American style cookhouse           Tel: 016770004. A great place       does a mean bit of seafood          work café bar with a branch in                                      bit of sunshine and delivers      MOnGOLIAn BBQ. 7,                 016760300. A delightful little
     and bar.                           for a late night, sit-down pizza    and offers great value.             Dun Laoghaire.                   KOH. 7, Jervis Street,             with a selection of Italian and   Anglesea Street - Dublin 2.       restaurant, that knows it’s a
                                        that’s fresh and authentic.                                                                              Millenium Walkway - Dublin         international dishes.             Tel: 016703802. An all-you-       little bit special. Great French-
     CASA nOSTRA. 85, Malbo-                                                GOTHAM CAFÉ. 8, South               HAVAnA. Georges Street -         1. Tel: 018146777. This Thai                                         can eat restaurant with fresh     influenced food.
     rough Street – Dublin 1. Tel:      CORnuCOPIA. 19 Wicklow              Anne Street - Dublin 2. Tel:        Dublin 2. Tel: 014005990. An     restaurant and cocktail bar has    LAGOOnA. Mayor Square,            Mongolian fare cooked in
     018728143. A relatively new        Street - Dublin 2. Tel:             016795266. A menu packed            unpretentious tapas bar with a   a constant hum of activity.        IFSC - Dublin 1. Tel:             front of you.                     PABLO PICAnTe. Pembroke
     Italian kid on the block.          016777583. An all-vegetarian        with delicious salads, innova-      Cuban twist.                                                        017918928. A burger and                                             Market – Dublin 2. Tel: N/A.
                                        restaurant with lots of tricks up   tive pizzas and other treats                                                                            a pint from here is an unex-      MunCHIeS. Millenium               Top-class burritos just off
                                        its sleeve. Also offers a cook-     ensures Gotham is packed out                                                                            pected delight.                   Walkway, Middle Abbey Street      South William Street.
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     PACInO’S. 18, Suffolk Street       SHeRIe’S CAFÉ. 3, Lower          predominant theme at this            food menu using Irish-sourced
     - Dublin 2. Tel: 016775651.        Abbey Street – Dublin 1. Tel:    easy-going restaurant.               ingredients.
     A very lively Italian restaurant   018747237. A welcoming café
     and club just off Grafton          bar that’s open conveniently     THe BAD ASS CAFÉ. Temple             THe FARM. 3, Dawson Street
     Street.                            late.                            Bar Square, Temple Bar - Du-         - Dublin 2. Tel: 016718654.
                                                                         blin 2. Tel: 016712596. There        This organic-themed restaurant
     PASTA FReSCA. 2, Chatham           SIAM THAI. 14-15, St             are great pizzas to be tasted,       also has a pleasant little cocktail
     Street - Dublin 2. Tel:            Andrew’s Street – Dublin         along with plenty of unpreten-       menu.
     016792402. Good value,             2. Tel: 016773363. Fresh,        tious fare at this spot in Temple
     fresh Italian food in the heart    healthy and enjoyable Thai       Bar Square.                          THe ITALIAn COnneCTIOn.
     of the city.                       cuisine is served amid stylish                                        95, Talbot Street – Dublin 1.
                                        surroundings.                    THe CeDAR TRee. 11, St               Tel: 018787125. A lovely,
     PICHeT. 14-15, Trinity Street                                       Andrew’s Street - Dublin 2.          wholesome restaurant with a
     – Dublin 2. Tel: 016771060.
     A popular restaurant and café
                                        SuSHI KInG. Baggot Street
                                        - Dublin 2. Tel: 016449836.
                                                                         Tel: 016772121. An authentic
                                                                         Lebanese restaurant with a rich
                                                                                                              cosy dining room.                     KENNEDY’S
     with a modern dining room.         Cheap – and tasty – sushi will   and intriguing décor. An early       THe ITALIAn CORneR. 23,               31, Westland Row - Dublin 2
                                        always appeal to tastebuds.      bird menu also offers good           Wellington Quay – Dublin              Tel: 016799077
     RuSTIC STOne. 17, George’s         This smaller Baggot place is     value.                               2. Tel: 016719114. One of             Between the club downstairs and
     Street – Dublin 2. Tel:            ideal for grab-and-go.                                                Temple Bar’s favourite Italian        the more traditional main bar up top,
     017079596. Dylan McGrath’s                                          THe CHILLI CLuB. 1 Anne’s            joints.                               Kennedy’s should have something for
                                                                                                                                                    anyone. The ground floor an old-school
     new place has an emphasis on       SuSHI KInG. 13, Daw-             Lane, South Anne Street -                                                  place, with good Guinness, plenty of
     straightforward, healthy fare.     son Street - Dublin 2. Tel:      Dublin 2. Tel: 016773721.            THe MILL STOne. 39,                   wooden furniture, a relaxed vibe, some
                                        016752000. You can grab          Reportedly Dublin’s first Thai       Dame Street - Dublin 2. Tel:          of the best pub grub in town – trust us,
     SABA. 26-28, Clarendon Stre-       a seat at this outlet from the   restaurant, and still a popular      016799931. An intimate, warm          you’ll have to sneak out early to grab
     et - Dublin 2. Tel: 016792000.     increasingly-popular Sushi       choice.                              restaurant with some surpris-         a table. A particularly warming bang-
                                                                                                                                                    ers and mash makes our day, as does
     One of Dublin’s coolest Thai       King.                                                                 ingly creative pizzas.
                                                                                                                                                    the friendly service too. By night, The
     restaurants, with an award                                          THe COFFee CO. 13, Dame                                                    Underground venue brings part animals
     winning cocktail bar to boot.      SWAI. Unit B, The Campshires,    Street – Dublin 2. Tel:              THe PAnTRY. 64, Talbot Street         and rising DJs to enjoy late nights in a
                                        North Wall Quay - Dublin 1.      016797141. This place does           – Dublin 1. Tel: N/A. This hid-       cool industrial.
     SALAMAnCA. 1, St Andrew’s          Tel: 018561633. A modern         exactly what it says on the tin: a   den gem does one of the best
     Street - Dublin 2. Tel:            Malaysian restaurant set with    great cup of the black stuff.        breakfasts in the city.
                                                                                                                                                    Open Monday to Saturday from 12:00
     016774799. A fantastic long-       views over the Liffey.                                                                                      to late. Nightclub open Friday and Sat-
     standing tapas restaurant.                                          THe ePICuReAn FOOD HALL.             THe PIG’S eAR. 4, Nassua              urday from 23:00 to 02:30.
     Doesn’t usually take reserva-      TASTe. 39, South Wil-            Corner of Liffey Street and          Street - Dublin 2. Tel:               Getting there: From Pearse Street DART
     tions.                             liam Street – Dublin 2.          Middle Abbey Street – Dublin         016703865. An excellent new           station (facing onto Westland Row),
                                        Tel: 016798475. Simple,          1. Tel: N/A. You’ll find a great     little bistro, with hearty fare       turn left and head up the street towards
                                                                                                                                                    Merrion Square. Kennedy’s will be on
     SAMSARA CAFÉ BAR. 35,              straightforward-but-tasty food   selection of food from across a      and charming views of Trinity
                                                                                                                                                    your right.
     Dawson Street - Dublin 2. Tel:     served up by friendly staff.     range of traditions at this hall.    College.
     016774444. Thai food café
     bar, with a strong cocktail        THe AnGLeR’S ReST.               THe eXCHeQueR. 3-5, Ex-              THe STePS OF ROMe. 1,
     menu.                              Strawberry Beds, Castlek-        chequer Street - Dublin 2. Tel:      Chatham Street – Dublin 2. Tel:
                                        nock – County Dublin. Tel:       016706856. Brilliantly restored      016705630. A great place for
                                        018204351. Elegance is the       hotel bar with a very strong         hot slices of pizza to go.
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     THe unICORn. 12, Mer-              016775545. The famous                AnSeO. 18, Camden                   DYLAnBAR. The Dylan Hotel,         HAIRSTYLe. 12, South             OLeSYA’S WIne BAR. 18,            0876402448. A great place for       THe BOAR’S HeAD. 149,
     rion Row - Dublin 2. Tel:          restaurant for a special             Street Lower - Dublin 2.            Eastmoreland Place - Dublin        William Street – Dublin 2.       Exchequer Street - Dublin 2.      a rustic, Italian-style aperitif.   Capel Street - Dublin 1. Tel:
     016624757. Established long        pre-theatre meal is still going      Tel: 014751321. A very              4. Tel: 016603000. A stylish       Tel: 016706202. Want a chic      Tel: 016724087. Well-stocked                                          014752705. A very popular
     ago and still going strong, the    strong.                              old-school music bar that also      cocktail bar that’s worth the      haircut? Just hop in here.       wine bar with a mix of Irish      THe BAGGOT Inn. 143, Lower          spot for lunch and a pint, this
     Unicorn repays Dubliners’                                               features a regular comedy           journey out to D4.                                                  and continental fare.             Baggot Street - Dublin 2. Tel:      is also fun to visit after work.
     continued affection with hearty    uRBAn PICnIC. George’s               club.                                                                  KenneDY’S. 31, West-                                               016618758. A much-loved
     Italian fare.                      Street Arcade, George’s                                                  eLY. CHQ, IFSC, Docklands          land Row – Dublin 2. Tel:        PAnTIBAR. 7-8, Capel Street       older pub that’s received a         THe BRAZen HeAD. 20,
                                        Street – Dublin 2. Tel: N/A. A       BOWeS BAR. 31, Fleet Street         - Dublin 1. Tel: 016768986.        016611124. You’ll find this      - Dublin 1. Tel: 018740710.       successful renovation in recent     Bridge Street - Dublin 8. Tel:
     THe WInDInG STAIR. 40,             wilfully unpretentious spot for      – Dublin 2. Tel: 016714038.         Another branch of the suc-         place packed out at lunch-       The fabulous Panti presides       years.                              016779549. Apparently the
     Lower Ormond Quay - Dublin         cheap eats.                          An old-school pub, with a           cessful Ely wine bar chain.        times – they do some of the      over this popular gay bar.                                            oldest pub in Dublin, this
     1. Tel: 018726576. The                                                  warm welcome and a fine                                                best pub-grub in town, and                                         THe BAILeY. 2, Duke Street -        place does great food and has
     restaurant above this well-        Venu. 2, Anne’s Lane, South          collection of whiskeys.             eLY WIne BAR. 22, Ely Place        have a hopping late club too.    PeTeR’S PuB. 1, John-             Dublin 2. Tel: 016773055. This      friendly staff.
     loved bookshop has gone all        Anne Street – Dublin 2. Tel:                                             - Dublin 2. Tel: 016768986.                                         son Place – Dublin 2. Tel:        hip place also serves a nice
     upmarket in recent years, with     016706755. This brasserie-           CAFÉ en SeIne. 40, Dawson           Ever-trendy wine bar with          LA CuVÉ. Burton Hall, Mayor      016778588. A surprisingly         little food menu.                   THe CeLT. 81, Talbot Street –
     considerable success. Some         cum-cocktail bar is nothing if       St - Dublin 2. Tel: 016774017.      a hearty food menu and an          Square, IFSC - Dublin 1. Tel:    cool little city-centre bar.                                          Dublin 1. Tel: 018788655. A
     great value lunch deals are        not stylish, with both the food      The club-cum-restaurant is as       impressive range.                  016054912. A renamed and                                           THe BAnK. 20-22, College            welcoming, traditional pub.
     on offer.                          and cocktail menus having            enjoyable as ever.                                                     revamped wine bar in the         ROn BLACK’S. 25, Dawson           Green - Dublin 2. Tel:
                                        plenty of appeal.                                                        FIXX COFFee HOuSe DAW-             heart of the docklands.          Street – Dublin 2. Tel:           016770677. This lovingly-           THe CLARenDOn. 32,
     THunDeR ROAD CAFÉ. Fleet                                                DAnDeLIOn. St Stephens              SOn STReeT. 17, Dawson                                              016728231‎. A still-chic          restored bank building now          Clarendon Street - Dublin 2.
     Street, Temple Bar - Dublin 2.     WOLFeS. 153, Capel Street            Green West - Dublin 2. Tel:         Street – Dublin 2. Tel: N/A.       LA DOLCe VITA. 5, Music Hall,    cocktail and champagne bar.       houses a very popular bar and       Tel: 016170060. A stylish bar
     Tel: 016794057. A big restau-      - Dublin 1. Tel: 018749570.          014760870. A popular club           A great place to enjoy award-      Cow’s Lane – Dublin 2. Tel:                                        restaurant.                         with some nice grub during
     rant with big portions and big     This lovely little food and          with cheap cocktails, celeb         winning coffee.                    017079786. A wonderful little    RuSH BAR. 65, South                                                   lunchtime and early evening.
     rock’n’roll playing.               wine store has a cosy feel and       appearances and contempo-                                              café and wine bar just away      William Street – Dublin 2.        THe BeRnARD SHAW. 50/51,
                                        plenty of treats - it’s now serv-    rary music.                         GILBeRT & WRIGHT,                  from the bustle of Temple Bar.   Tel: 016719542. It’s not as       South Richmond Street -             THe COnFeSSIOn BOX.
     TOSCAnA. 3, Cork Hill              ing dinner too.                                                          MALAHIDe. 1, Ross Lane,                                             frantic as the name suggests,     Dublin 2. Tel: 0857128342.          Malborough Street – Dublin 1.
     Dame Street - Dublin 2. Tel:                                            DARKY KeLLYS. The Harding           Malahide – County Dublin. Tel:     MADIGAn’S. 4, Lower              but that’s no criticism of this   Imagine an old-man bar on           Tel: N/A. Don’t be put off by
     016709785. Authentic Tuscan        YAMAMORI SuSHI. 38-39,               Hotel, Fishamble Street –           018456580. There’s a hint of       Abbey Street – Dublin 1. Tel:    well-run bar.                     powerful hallucinogens. It’s        the genuinely teeny interior.
     food served in very-pleasant       Lower Ormond Quay - Dublin           Dublin 2. Tel: N/A. The official    70s retro chic at this stylish     018745456. A traditional pub                                       better than you think.              Staff is efficient, and it’s great
     surroundings.                      1. Tel: 018720003. Excellent         bar and bistro of the Harding       bar in a seaside village.          with a good pint to offer.       SHeBeen CHIC. 4, South                                                fun here once the trad session
                                        spot for sushi from the same         Hotel.                                                                                                  Great George’s Street - Dublin    THe BLeeDInG HORSe. 24,             gets going.
     TOTO. 8, Talbot Street – Dublin    folks behind the George’s                                                GIn PALACe. 42, Middle             MunCHIeS. 2, South               2. Tel: 016799667. Don’t let      Camden Street Upper - Dublin
     1. Tel: N/A. A surprisingly nice   Street restaurant.                   DOHenY & neSBITT’S. 5,              Abbey Street - Dublin 1. Tel:      William Street – Dublin. Tel:    the shabby décor fool you –       2. Tel: 014752705. One of           THe FOGGY DeW. 1,
     restaurant and pizzeria.                                                Baggot Street Lower - Dublin        018748881. Obviously a             018733455. The original          this is a very happening bar      the oldest pubs in the city,        Fownes Street - Dublin 2. Tel:
                                                                             2. Tel: 016762945. The clas-        place for some gourmet gins,       Munchies restaurant, this        and restaurant.                   this place is spacious, grand       016779328. A traditional bar
     TOWn BAR & GRILL. 21,              AFTeR DInneR                         sic local-for-a-listers is a lot    but you’ll find a lively bar and   place has recently started                                         and lively.                         that’s retained its atmosphere
     Kildare Street - Dublin 2. Tel:                                         bigger than it used to be, but it   some nice tapas here too.          serving late night tapas.        SIMOn’S PLACe. 22, South                                              through modernisation. Still
     016624800. A fun New York          AMIR’S DeLIGHTS. 5,                  still consistently packs out.                                                                           Great George’s Street - Dublin    THe BLOODY STReAM. 14,              great for a singsong on special
     style eatery, Town’s strong        Bloom’s Lane, Ormond Quay                                                GRAnD CenTRAL. 10/11,              O’DOnOGHueS. 15,                 2. Tel: 016797821. A bohe-        West Pier, Howth – Dublin           nights.
     menu and service ensures it        – Dublin 1. Tel: 0863536404.         DOYLeS. 9, College Street -         O’Connell Street - Dublin 1.       Merrion Row - Dublin 2. Tel:     mian café with lots of charm      13. Tel: 018395076. A cosy
     packs out most evenings.           Excuse the pun, but this is a        Dublin 2. Tel: 016710616.           Tel: 018728658. A Dublin           016607194. A legendary           and delightful cheesecake.        pub that makes the most of its
                                        delightful little place for enjoy-   A traditional bar by day and        landmark, this place is packed     trad music pub that was loved                                      setting, just a few short yards
     TROCADeRO. 3, St Andrew’s          ing Turkish coffee or shisha.        student mecca by night.             out by post-work drinkers          by The Dubliners, and is still   TASTe OF eMILIA. 1, Lower         away from the picturesque
     Street – Dublin 2. Tel:                                                 Opens late at weekends.             most evenings.                     popular today.                   Liffey Street – Dublin 1. Tel:    Howth Harbour.
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     THe FROnT LOunGe. 33,             extensive pub with plenty of       pub with plenty of character       THe TuRKS HeAD. Junction          WeST COAST COFFee. 21,             now with a full bar license and    DAY’S Inn. 95-98, Talbot            very handy place to kip just off
     Parliament Street - Dublin 2.     nooks and crannies for a quiet     and some interesting design        of Parliament Street and Essex    Lower Camden Street – Dublin       late opening.                      Street – Dublin 1. Tel:             the edge of Dame Street.
     Tel: 016704112. A relatively      conversation.                      features.                          Gate, Temple Bar - Dublin 2.      2. Tel: 014756144. Whether                                            018749202. A handily
     quiet – but nonetheless fun                                                                             Tel: 876764657. Criminally        you’re sobering up – or just       CAMDen COuRT HOTeL.                located hotel, particularly for     HARDInG HOTeL. Fishamble
     – gay bar.                        THe InTeRnATIOnAL. 23,             THe PLOuGH. Lower Abbey            underrated nightspot with         trying to stay awake – this cof-   Lower Camden Street – Dublin       02 concert-goers.                   Street, Christchurch - Dublin
                                       Wicklow Street - Dublin 2. Tel:    Street – Dublin 1. Tel: N/A. A     lashings of atmosphere and a      fee shop is mighty handy.          2. Tel: 014759666. Good                                                2. Tel: 016796500. This
     THe FXB BuLL & CASTLe.            016779250. Home to the leg-        cosy and charming pub that         fun crowd.                                                           accommodation at a competi-        DTWO nIGHTCLuB. 60,                 place has all the benefits of a
     Christchurch Place - Dublin       endary International Comedy        reopened its doors to a grate-                                       WHeLAnS. 25, Wexford Street        tive price.                        Harcourt Street – Dublin 2.         location just on the edge of
     2. Tel: 014751122. A huge         Club and a very nice little bar    ful public in 2008.                THe VILLAGe. 26, Wex-             - Dublin 2. Tel: 014780766.                                           Tel: 014764603. A popular           Temple bar, but without all the
     gastropub with a great range      in its own right.                                                     ford Street - Dublin 2. Tel:      A long-standing indie music        CeLTIC LODGe. 81-82,               bar and nightclub for hard-         noise you’d get right in the
     of craft beers.                                                      THe PORTeR HOuSe. 16-18,           014758555. A worthy addi-         pub, this place is increasingly    Talbot Street – Dublin 1. Tel:     pressed office workers.             centre of it.
                                       THe MARKeT BAR. 14a,               Parliament Street - Dublin 2.      tion to the Camden/Wicklow        featuring innovative live acts.    018788810. Great facilities,
     THe GAIeTY THeATRe. South         Fade Street - Dublin 2. Tel:       Tel: 016798495. You’ll find a      Street Strip, this place has                                         bars and restaurants nearby,       GILBeRT & WRIGHT,                   HOTeL ISAACS. 1, Store
     King Street – Dublin 2. Tel:      016139094. No piped music,         breathtaking array of beers at     booze, music and atmosphere                                          and a spot by the Luas are all     Dun LAOGHAIRe. 128,                 Street – Dublin 1. Tel:
     016771717. This stately old       a tapas menu, and a surreal        this massive pub/brewery.          in abundance.                     LATe nIGHT                         in this establishment’s favour.    Lower Georges Street, Dun           018134700. A handy little ho-
     theatre is host to some inno-     decorative display of foot mea-                                                                                                                                               Laoghaire – County Dublin.          tel for anyone in the O’Connell
     vative shows and musicals.        sures. You can’t accuse it of      THe PuRTY KITCHen. 34,             THe WOOLSHeD. Unit 4,                                                CITI HOTeL. Dame Street. 46-       Tel: 016636148. One of the          Street area, with a great live
                                       being unoriginal!                  Essex Street East - Dublin 2.      Parnell Centre, Parnell Street    ABBeY COuRT HOSTeL. 29,            49, Dame Street – Dublin 2.        newest additions to the Dun         venue in The Good Bits.
     THe GInGeRMAn. 40,                                                   Tel: 016770945. A large pub        - Dublin 1. Tel: 018724325. A     Bachelor’s Walk – Dublin 1.        Tel: 016794455. Sitting within     Laoghaire social scene has
     Fenian Street - Dublin 2. Tel:    THe OLD STAnD. 37,                 and club with live music.          popular sports bar with many      Tel: 018780700. Good budget        a stone’s throw of the Central     drawn new nightlife-lovers to       HOWL AT THe MOOn. 7-8, Lo-
     016766388. Inspired by            Exchequer Street - Dublin 2.                                          drinks promotions on quieter      accommodation by the Liffey        Bank, this place is hard to top    the seaside town.                   wer Mount Street - Dublin 2.
     the JP Dunleavy novel, this       Tel: 016777220. Apparently a       THe QuAYS. 11-12,                  nights.                           with free wifi.                    for location.                                                          Tel: 016345460. A spacious
     place has a strong literary       favoured haunt of Michael Col-     Temple Bar – Dublin 2. Tel:                                                                                                                GRAFTOn CAPITOL HOTeL.              club with many levels – and
     theme and a warm, moody           lins in the day, you’ll see why    016713922. Get over the            THe VAuLTS. 1, Harbourma-         ALeXAnDeR HOTeL. Merrion           CLuB nASSuA. 1-2, Nassua           Lower Stephen Street – Dublin       lots going on most evenings.
     atmosphere.                       from a visit to this traditional   griping about Temple Bar           ster Place, IFSC - Dublin         Square – Dublin 2. Tel:            Street - Dublin 2. Tel:            2. Tel: 016481100. Good
                                       pub.                               being a tourist trap, and you’ll   1. Tel: 016054700. This           016073900. A handy place to        016794388. The ‘home of            rooms, great rates, and helpful     ICe BAR. Four Seasons Hotel,
     THe GLOBe. 11, South Great                                           find this pub very nice for a      sprawling venue features a        stay just off Nassau Street.       the slow set’ plays old school     staff – it’s all anyone really      Simmonscourt Road - Dublin
     Georges Street - Dublin 2. Tel:   THe OLYMPIA THeATRe. 172,          night out.                         restaurant, bar, and late night                                      hits from the 1980s and other      needs from a city-centre hotel.     4. Tel: 016654000. You can
     016711220. Also home to the       Dame Street – Dublin 2. Tel:                                          club at weekends.                 BOOMeRAnG’S BAR AnD                decades every week.                                                    now get top-drawer sushi at
     popular student night Rí-Rá,      016793323. The popular live        THe STAG’S HeAD. 1,                                                  nIGHT CLuB. 13, Fleet Street                                          HARCOuRT HOTeL. Harcourt            this stylish cocktail bar – we’re
     the Globe is a consistently-      venue and theatre still heaves     Dame Court - Dublin 2. Tel:        THe TeMPLe BAR HOTeL.             – Dublin 2. Tel: 016773333. A      COPPeR FACe JACKS. 29,             Street. 60, Harcourt Street         amazed nobody thought of the
     packed bar with a friendly vibe   with action on gig nights.         016793701. Space is at a           13-17, Fleet Street, Temple Bar   popular late spot in the heart     Harcourt Street - Dublin 2. Tel:   – Dublin 2. Tel: 014783677.         combination before.
     all round.                                                           premium here but it’s worth        - Dublin 2. Tel: 016773333.       of Temple Bar.                     867816251. Many a romance          Tired after a night on the tiles?
                                       THe ORMOnD WIne BAR. 6,            persevering – once you sit         Handy, centrally-located hotel                                       has begun (and ended) in this      Rest your head here.                KRYSTLe. 21-25, Harcourt
     THe GOOD BITS. 1,                 Ormond Quay Upper - Dublin         down, this old-school pub is       with some good last-minute        BROOKS HOTeL. 59-63,               heaving Dublin club.                                                   Street - Dublin 2. Tel:
     Store Street – Dublin 1. Tel:     7. Tel: 018749778. A recently-     impossible to leave.               deals.                            Drury Street – Dublin 2. Tel:                                         JACOB’S Inn HOSTeL. 21,             014784066. A club clearly
     018197635. Formerly known         opened gem, this place has                                                                              012788093. A boutique hotel        CRAWDADDY. Old Harcourt            Talbot Place – Dublin 1. Tel:       aiming for the high-class, high-
     as Radio City, this live venue    frankly stunning décor and a       THe TeMPLe BAR. 2,                 TGI FRIDAYS. St Stephens          just off Grafton Street, you       Street Train Station, Harcourt     018555660. A welcoming,             spending market, and hitting it
     remains hugely popular.           great range of wines.              Temple Bar - Dublin 2. Tel:        Green West - Dublin 2. Tel:       say? Yeah, we’ll take that.        Street - Dublin 2. Tel:            youth-orientated hostel.            right on the button.
                                                                          016725286. A consistently          014781233. Cheap cocktails                                           014780225. An intimate live
     THe HAIRY LeMOn. 42,              THe PeMBROKe. 31-32, Lo-           packed tourist pub, this of-       and a consistently-lively         BuCK WHALLeYS. 67, Lower           venue downstairs at the POD        KInLAY HOuSe HOSTeL.                LILLIeS BORDeLLO. Adam
     Lower Stephen Street -            wer Pembroke Street – Dublin       fers live music and plenty of      atmosphere make this a handy      Leeson Street - Dublin 2. Tel:     complex.                           2-12, Lord Edward Street –          Court, Grafton Street - Dublin
     Dublin 2. Tel: 016797724. An      2. Tel: N/A. A handily-located     atmosphere.                        hangout for the young.            016334200. Popular wine bar,                                          Dublin 2. Tel: 016796644. A         2. Tel: 016799204. The
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     playground for the super-rich      within a short walk of the city   Sitting close to the heart of       TRInITY LODGe HOTeL. 12,
     is increasingly letting in the     centre.                           the city, this is a lively hotel    South Frederick Street – Du-
     hoi-polloi. Just don’t try ap-                                       with some delicious food on         blin 2. Tel: 016170900. A ho-
     proaching the celebs.              Rí-Rá. 11, South Great            offer too.                          tel with excellently appointed
                                        Georges Street - Dublin 2. Tel:                                       rooms in a great location.
     MeZZA. 13, Parliament Street       016711220. A hugely popular       THe MeZZ. 23, Eustace Street,
     - Dublin 2. Tel: 016706424.        student nightclub.                Temple Bar - Dublin 2. Tel:         TRIPOD. Old Harcourt Street
     Late night Lebanese cuisine is                                       016707655. Formerly the             Train Station, Harcourt Street
     understandably popular.            RIPLeY COuRT HOTeL. 37,           mezzanine bar, this Temple          - Dublin 2. Tel: 014763374.
                                        Talbot Street – Dublin 1. Tel:    Bar club is winning many new        One of the best clubs and
     MOLLOY’S. 59, Talbot Street –      018365892. A new three-star       converts.                           live venues in the city, Tripod
     Dublin 1. Tel: 018550017. An       hotel based in the centre of                                          hosts some top international
     old-school Irish pub.              the city.                         THe SuGAR CLuB. 8, Lower            acts along with more offbeat
                                                                          Leeson Street - Dublin 2. Tel:      artists.
     nORTH STAR HOTeL.                  SIn. 17-19, Sycamore Street       016787188. An intimate live
     Amiens Street, Dublin 1. Tel:      - Temple Bar - Dublin 2. Tel:     venue with comfy seating,           VAnILLA nIGHTCLuB. 19-21,
     018363136. A convenient            016334232. Uber-popular           a pleasant bar, and a strong        Morehampton Road – Dublin
     location makes this an ideal       Temple Bar nightclub with a       event line-up.                      4. Tel: 016739805. A stylish
     place for travellers by bus.       mixed music policy.                                                   boutique club with great
                                                                          THe TWISTeD PePPeR. 54,             private booths.
     O’CALLAGHAn DAVenPORT              THe ABBeY HOTeL. 52, Mid-         Middle Abbey Street - Dublin
     HOTeL. Fenian Street – Dublin      dle Abbey Street – Dublin 1.      1. Tel: 018734038. This venue       WRIGHTS CAFÉ BAR. The
     2. Tel: 016073900. A great,        Tel: 018728188. Good quality,     gives a welcome stage to            Plaza, Swords – County
     cosy hotel bar makes this          good value accommodation          some cutting edge electronic        Dublin. Tel: 018406744. One
     place a winner.                    right on the Luas line and in a   musicians and DJs. Regular          of Ireland’s original superpubs
                                        central location.                 club nights Pogo and Mud are        remains a fun place both for a
     O’SHeA’S HOTeL. 19,                                                  also great fun.                     cocktail (try the Wright Flirt) or
     Talbot Street – Dublin 1. Tel:     THe ACADeMY. 57, Middle                                               good Irish food.
     014568901. A hotel promis-         Abbey Street – Dublin 2. Tel:     THe WRIGHT Venue. Airside,
     ing great food, drink and fun      014751895. A cool club and        Swords - Co. Dublin. Tel:           WYnnS HOTeL. 35-39, Lower
     within walking distance of         live venue that makes the         018900099. A gigantic,              Abbey Street – Dublin 1. Tel:
     O’Connell Street.                  most of its space.                Miami-style club. Buses are         018745131. A very comfort-
                                                                          available as transport to the       able hotel that still manages to
     PARAMOunT HOTeL. Par-              THe BuTTOn FACTORY.               venue from the city centre.         have a lovely historic feel.
     liament Street & Essex Gate,       Curved Street, Temple Bar -
     Temple Bar – Dublin 2. Tel:        Dublin 2. Tel: 016709202.         TRAMCO BReWeRY. 121,                ZAYTOOn. 14-15, Parliament
     014179900. This Temple Bar         The refurbished and revamped      Lower Rathmines Road -              Street - Dublin 2. Tel:
     Hotel is just as lively as you’d   Temple Bar Music Centre is a      Dublin 6. Tel: 014968050. A         016773595. One of the best
     expect.                            great place for smaller gigs.     purveyor of craft beer by day       kebab places in Dublin, and
                                                                          and hip student club by night,      just off Temple Bar. Enough
     RADDISSOn BLu HOTeL.               THe DRuRY COuRT HOTeL.            this place ticks two very differ-   said.
     Golden Lane – Dublin 2. Tel:       28-30, Lower Stephen Street       ent boxes very well.
     N/A. A very impressive hotel       – Dublin 2. Tel: 014751988.
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