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
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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
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
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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.
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
S F I I
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).
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).
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
C Y B C
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
W I W B
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.
THE BLACKBOARD BISTRO TOWN
4, Clare Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016766839 21, Kildare Street – Dublin 2. Tel: 016624800
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
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,
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
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CatCH tHe Major filM releases in june WitH 2nigHt!
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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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
influence on this album for me: We’re independent, so we have done. thing I don’t like is the managing
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
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
Vicar Street. 57, Thomas Street –
America and has been well received
by critics worldwide.
The Academy. 57, Middle Abbey
into The Velvet Underground and The
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
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
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.
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
Whiskeytown, Cardinals and early women, and Ireland and England Firth are hitting the road again.
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
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
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.
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
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
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-
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
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
regular eVents liVe musiC CluBBing
eating and drinking
theatre arts night – indie, electro, pop and dance
tunes make a varied mix.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Best oF duBlin
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-
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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
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
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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
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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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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
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THe TWISTeD PePPeR. 54, private booths.
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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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