Nightlife Tour, Part 1, Dublin

Dublin at night is a buzzing Mecca of nightclubs, restaurants, bars, and night-time attractions. If you want to have an unforgettable night out, this walking tour is definitely what you need! We offer you a walk around the heart of the Irish capital, with stops at some of the most popular clubs and bars in this fascinating city.
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Nightlife Tour, Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Nightlife Tour, Part 1
Guide Location: Ireland » Dublin (See other walking tours in Dublin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: max
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The George

1) The George

The George is a pub and nightclub on South Great George's Street in the city centre of Dublin, Ireland. Opened in 1985—eight years before homosexuality was legalised in Ireland—it is one of the nation's oldest gay bars and clubs. For many years it was the only large gay venue in the city, however the improved economy and liberalisation of Irish attitudes to homosexuality in the 1990s resulted in a diversification of the Dublin gay scene. This somewhat reduced the club's pre-eminence, though it is still a central fixture of gay nightlife in the city.

Operation Hours: Monday: 2 pm – 11.30 pm; Tuesday – Saturday: 2 pm – 2.30 am; Sunday: 2 pm – 1.30 am
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Pygmalion

2) Pygmalion

A casual and cozy place to relax by day, serving breakfast and lunch all week long during the daytime hours, Pygmalion heats up at night, beginning with its fantastic tapas menu in the early evening and leading up to the late night club atmosphere that gets the crowd dancing well into the night. Wednesday evenings invite local bands to play for the crowd, while other evenings host local and resident DJs, with occasional international heavy-hitters spinning an eclectic mix of beats that can include anything from house and techno, to hip hop, funk, and indie. Past guest DJs of note includes Pan-Pot, Soul Clap, Jamie Jones, Paco Osuna, and more.

Operation Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12 pm – 0.30 am; Friday: 12 pm – 1.30 am; Saturday: 12 pm – 2.30 am; Sunday: 12 pm – 0.30 am
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Lillie's Bordello

3) Lillie's Bordello

Lillie’s Bordello has gained popularity as a top-notch night spot. The club's name has long been associated with impeccable service, glamour and stylish appearance. Pretentious to its clientèle, the place offers fine cocktails and a good chance of spotting an Irish celebrity. Lillie's has an eye for emerging talents, which results in often quite good entertainment programme.
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Bruxelles

4) Bruxelles

Just round the corner from Grafton Street, Bruxelles is a music joint in Harry Street which attracts a very mixed crowd. On the ground floor it feels pretty much like a traditional Dublin pub with a laid-back atmosphere, friendly personnel and decently priced for the downtown area drinks. The room upstairs gives floor to Dublin blues bands on the weekdays, sometimes mixed with contemporary and classic rock & roll performances. Bruxelles stays open till 1.30am during the week and 2.30am on the weekend, which makes it a popular hangout in the centre of Dublin. If you show up early on a weekend night you might get a seat.
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Café en Seine

5) Café en Seine

A highly stylish pub and bar located in the Georgian Dublin district on Dawson Street, Café en Seine is a trendy establishment with an elegant interior heavily influenced by Art Deco design. Spanning three floors, large mirrors and beautiful murals line the walls, with brass chandeliers and other sophisticated adornments creating a gorgeous backdrop to an exciting evening at this bar. Its most unique features is its glass atrium which contains forty foot trees, Friday and Saturday evenings Café en Seine invites guest DJs spinning house, dance, and other thumping beats to get the crowd going on the dance floor.

Operation Hours: Monday – Tuesday: 12 pm – 11.30 pm; Wednesday – Saturday: 12 pm – 2.30 am
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Club Nassau

6) Club Nassau

Located across from Trinity College on the famous Nassau Street in Dublin, Club Nassau is a popular nightclub that is well-known for its barrage of classic tuned from the eighties heating up the dance floor on any given night. Club Nassau has brought back the “slow set” where guests can pair off and enjoy retro heart-melting favorites. In recent years the upstairs has been renovated to feature a relaxing chill-out area to take a break from the dance floor and enjoy cocktails and conversation with the friendly all-ages crowd. A great place to party with friends, Club Nassau forms part of a number of “hen” and “stag party” packages offered which include hotel rooms at The Kildare Street Hotel and amenities from other nearby businesses as well.

Walking Tours in Dublin, Ireland

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dublin is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Hidden Places Walking Tour

Hidden Places Walking Tour

You don't always find everything that's worth-while on a map, smaller and less famed sights are often omitted on tourist maps and brochures. However a trip off the beaten track can sometimes be the most rewarding. Take this tour and find some of Dublin's secret places, some of which even the locals aren't always aware of.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Nassau St. Gift Shops

Nassau St. Gift Shops

It would be a pity to leave Dublin without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts which are unique to Dublin and can be purchased in the wonderful souvenir shops along Nassau St.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 km
Places of Worship Tour

Places of Worship Tour

This tour will give you a glimpse of Dublin's religious life. There are many churches located in the old town of Dublin, a place unaffected by the city’s radical modernization of the 1960s. They are the guardians of Dublin’s spiritual side as well as architectural history. Take this tour to familiarize yourself with some of the city’s most holy places.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
City Center Souvenir Shops

City Center Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Dublin without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts which are unique to Dublin and can be purchased in the wonderful souvenir shops around the City Center.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Pub Crawl

Pub Crawl

Dubliners and the Irish in general are known for their passion for whiskey and beer. The Irish and the Scots are constantly at odds as to who makes the better whiskey and who could imagine St. Patrick's day without some famous Irish green beer ? Check out this amazing tour, that will guide you trough an area packed with pubs, and find out first hand what an Irish pub crawl means.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Daily Life Tour

Daily Life Tour

The real life of Dubliners is hidden away from the main tourist attractions. Those who live in Dublin and breathe its air daily, live an interesting and complex life. Take this tour to feel what it is like to be a Dubliner. Walk off the beaten track, shop alongside Dubliners, perhaps even go to an opera at The National Concert Hall.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Dublin for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Dublin has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Dublin's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Dublin Pass or Dublin Freedom Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple Dublin's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Dublin hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Westin Dublin, Temple Bar Hotel, The Morgan Hotel.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Dublin, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Dublin typically costs somewhere between US$20 and US$30 or more per person:

- A Historical Walking Tour is a must for a city like Dublin that wears on its sleeve a great deal of history spanning from the times of Viking settlement to modern days! This is more than just a sightseeing walk but a brief examination of the key periods of Irish history.

- Combine educational with recreational on the entertaining crawl through Dublin's pubs that have inspired great Irish writers. This walking tour is a great introduction to Dublin's rich literary heritage complete with a chance to enjoy a few pints along the way.

- A good story and glass of whiskey is the combination hard to beat! And to learn the story of Jameson Whiskey' rich heritage is what one may definitely want to do, whilst in Dublin, on a tasting tour of Jameson Distillery, the home of Ireland's best-selling whiskey.

- If you feel like partying, why not throw yourself into a traditional Irish house party for a deeper understanding of Dublin's culture with a great deal of fun in a warm and friendly atmosphere! Good food, lively and lovely music to dance and listen to are all added to the equation.

- If you love for music commands you to go out, feel free to do so and discover Irish music in the traditional pubs of Dublin on a 2.5-hour pub crawl through historic Temple Bar. Let professional musicians take the lead and reveal to you the story of Irish music in the most suitable Irish pub setting!

- Pedal your way around Dublin on a guided bike tour to feel the city's energy and unique atmosphere, see its great sights while stopping at some of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city's history and distinguished citizens from a knowledgeable group leader.

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Dublin, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Northern Ireland, Kilkenny and Glendalough, or Titanic Belfast Visitor Experience and Giant’s Causeway. For as little as circa US$40+ to US$80+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites including famous rock formations, castles, caves and cloisters, discover the best of Ireland’s dramatic coastline with cliffs, historically significant monastic settlements, gain insight into Irish folklore and history, relive the tragic yet captivating story of the Titanic, and see many other landmark sites worth visiting. For any of these tours you will be picked up straight from your hotel in Dublin and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach/minibus to the destination of your choice and back again.