The non-clubbers guide to clubbing in Dublin
So you've been roped into going on a clubbing night out - what's the best one to suit your tastes?
* THE AFTER WORK CREW
The Liquor Rooms and 4 Dame Lane – Admission free
It’s Friday evening and the chain gang is free of their swivel chairs, suspension files and bothersome reminder post-its. It’s that time of the week when the office crew let loose their inner-beast and prove that away from the water cooler this seemingly innocent bunch of stapler pushers are in fact sexy wild things.
Boisterous fun-lovin’ office goers should try either of these two buzzing city centre venues: The Liquor Rooms – a boutique style space with vintage surrounds – or the New York loft feel of 4 Dame Lane
4 Dame Lane
. With hopping dance floors and lively atmosphere you really can settle into a night of binge boozing, boss bashing and shaking that booty to the best chart hits.
* THE CELEBRITY
Lillies Bordello - Admission: €10 on weekends and The Black Door (Admission: free)
We’re pretty certain that if Bono walked into Lillies – which he does on occasion – he wouldn’t be expected to dig into his trouser pocket and whip out a tenner for the admission fee. However, if you want the chance to ogle over famous faces then show us the money baby. From washed up reality TV stars, to bona fide celebrities such as Eva Longoria and Donnie Wahlberg, Lillies is still the nightspot to be.
Another fashionable Dublin haunt for celebs of course is The Black Door, a sophisticated late-night club with a strict door policy. This elegant Georgian nest of Ireland’s rich and famous also offers live music and is renowned for its delish customised cocktails. A definite must for the celebrity who wishes to avoid being accosted by drunken selfie-lovin’ loons.
* THE HOT MESS
Usually the abandoned member of the work crew – deserted after knocking over every drink on the table – the slobbering Hot Mess will still carry on into the night regardless of no bag, no phone, no wallet and, at the worst of times, no shoe. Where, though, in this incoherent state, could she (or he) possibly stumble into before the ensuing black out?! Hmmm… see below… (Bouncers decision dependent on entry)
* THE STAG OR HEN
Copper Face Jacks. Sundays – Thursdays €5, Friday and Saturday nights €10
Ah yes, Coppers. Copper Face Jacks publicises itself as Dublin’s best hen and stag venue, offering hen party packages that include a cocktail master class with chilled bubbly and chocolate dipped strawberries and cream upon arrival. Meanwhile, the stags are awarded a bucket of ice-cold beer. Wigs, hot pink boas, willy straws and L-plates all make up the accepted dress code policy here.
* THE RAVER
District 8 (€13/€20) and Twisted Pepper (€12/€15) prices dependent on the music act
Ravers unite, welcome to District 8 where it’s the accepted norm to wear shades in the dark, ince, ince, ince to your heart’s content, shake a magic glow stick, and massage a sweaty stranger’s back. Nuttin’s gonna wreck the buzz in here man. Nuttin: not even the hot drunken mess knocking over your table of energy drinks. With a world-class sound system and mind blowing visuals this club is bangin’ man – bangin’.
Also a regular haven for clubbers who never want the party to end is Twisted Pepper. Featuring Europe’s best DJs from the deep house, techno and electronic music scene, your mind will inevitably feel a little twisted after spending a few hours absorbing the rapturous DJ mixes in here.
* THE STUDENT
Thursdays: The Palace, Camden Street, €8, and Cheesy Wednesdays @ Tamangos, €5
It’s Dublin’s biggest student night, and we all know what that means: drink promos galore. A trek to Tamangos in Portmarnock could be worth it if the alcoholic beverages are priced at an incredible €3.
Meanwhile Dublin’s original student night happens in The Palace on Camden Street every Thursday, and with promotional drinks also €3 it’s a real student magnet. Expect cheesy chart and commercial house hits.
* THE HIPSTER
House, Leeson Street (€10) and XICO – Admission is free Monday to Thursday; Friday and Saturday it’s €10 after midnight.
Although House boasts its own Red Room, we can assure you no sexually deviant 50 Shades behaviour is allowed or encouraged in this Georgian sanctuary of chandeliers and velvety chairs. Music savvy hipsters, with distinct fashion sensibilities, will appreciate the opulent décor, intimate dance floor and vibrant tunes. (In other words: no squares are welcome here.) There is something equally sexy too about the interior of underground cavern XICO, with its cosy nooks and crannies this Mexican styled hide out on lower Baggot Street is fast garnering a reputation for championing tequila, taquitos and carousing. After midnight is when the party really gets going...
THE CLUBBER WHO HATES CLUBBING
The Bernard Shaw
House on Leeson Street (€10), The Bernard Shaw (admission: free)
What to do? The gang all want to go clubbing but you’d rather sit in the pub nursing a pint and enjoy an actual conversation – and dancing? C’mon now; sure that’s for prats. If you don’t want to be left in the pub on your own though, then House on Leeson Street (as mentioned above) or The Bernard Shaw are the music hubs for you. Experience a truly alternative vibe in The Bernard Shaw’s bustling courtyard area, equipped with a pool table and a blue bus that serves up delicious fresh pizza. Plus, the bar sells specialty beers and Buckfast – so if you do require Dutch courage to venture onto the dance floor Buckie is the recommended drink to inspire some unbelievable dance moves. Music here can vary from house to drum and bass to roots reggae to disco.
House too shares an outdoor retreat, a garden with olive and citrus trees, and also a glass house, wine room, and library – so plenty of stylish areas to escape the nightclub if you’d prefer not to unleash your inner dancing queen on unsuspecting clubbers.