Nightlife Tour, Part 2, Dublin (Self Guided)

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 2 Map

Guide Name: Nightlife Tour, Part 2
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: Xena
The Academy

1) The Academy

An expansive club and live music venue, the Academy is outfitted with several rooms providing the perfect space for its various events. The Main Room is where all the biggest shows take place, as well as its weekly club night where the crowd packs the dance floor. This room can hold over 800 guests between the floor and balcony areas. Academy 2, which can be found on the basement level, holds just over 200 guests and host up-and-coming local acts, including live bands and DJs in a more intimate setting. The Green Room holds a maximum capacity of 450 guests and also hosts a variety of acts from DJs and bands to other engagements. Past guests to have graced the stage at the Academy have included the Killers, the Buzzcocks, Lily Allen, and more.

Operation Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 am - 5.30 pm
The Church

2) The Church

Located inside the former St. Mary’s Church, the Church is a fabulous multi-purpose venue that serves as a bar, restaurant, club, live music venue, and private party space all under one roof. Featuring five distinct rooms covering four floors, guests to the Church can enjoy expertly-crafted cocktails and great casual dining any day of the week here. The Gallery Restaurant on the mezzanine level overlooks the main bar downstairs where traditional Irish music is performed throughout the week. The Cellar Bar is where a bevy of great local DJs get the party going on the weekends spinning commercial house, R and B, dance, and other club anthems to get down to on the dance floor into the wee hours.

Operation Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10.30 am – 11.30 pm; Friday - Saturday: 10:30am–1:30am; Sunday - 11:30am–11pm.

3) Pantibar

Pantibar is colourful, loud, and positively flaming bar with the roomy interior, comfortable seating and a plentiful events programme on offer. The latter is extremely diverse, and features fundraisers for various LGBT causes, Brazilian crazy parties, and a Thursday drag show starring Panti herself. Pantibar is a great place to chill out with friends and enjoy some truly good music.
The Workman's Club

4) The Workman's Club

Located in the heart of the Temple Bar district of Dublin, the Workman’s Club is one of the city’s top live entertainment venues which also hosts frequent and very popular club nights throughout the week as well. Entertainment on its stage can include anything from live music to comedy acts, book readings, multi-media performances, and more. Occupying three floors as well as an outdoor garden area on the roof, the Workman’s Club features several rooms to break up the space for more intimacy when guests want it. Known for its expertly-crafted cocktails, drink prices here are also considered reasonable compared to other Dublin clubs.

Operation Hours: Monday – Sunday: 5 pm – 3 am
Club Button Factory

5) Club Button Factory

A popular club and live entertainment venue visited by both tourists and locals alike, Club Button Factory can be found in the heart of Dublin’s cultural hub, the Temple Bar district. Renovating the former space of the Temple Bar Music Centre into a more modern and appealing design, entertainment runs the gamut here to include anything from house, and hip hop, to indie, salsa, traditional Irish music, and more depending upon the night. Popular evenings found at Club Button Factory include Nighflight on Fridays playing funk, house, and techno, Transmission on Saturdays serving up great pop and indie music, and Thursday night Club NME playing rock, indie, and electro beats to get the crowd going on the dance floor.

Operation Hours: Monday – Sunday: 5 pm – 3 am
Club M

6) Club M

Located in the thriving Temple Bar district, Club M brings over a decade of experience to partygoers in Dublin. Featuring relaxing lounge areas downstairs with a more chilled out vibe, Club M also includes two galleries overlooking the main floor where all the action takes place. The mezzanine is where the VIP section and champagne bar can be found. Club M provides a fashionable and sophisticated night of partying to its guests without the pretentiousness of other upscale Dublin clubs. Entertainment includes resident and guest DJs spinning an eclectic mix of beats, as well as live music performances, pumping through a state-of-the-art sound system with high-end lighting equipment accompanying the music.

Operation Hours: Friday – Saturday: 11 pm – 3 am

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.
Old City Walk

Old City Walk

After the 1950s, Dublin went through a series of reconstruction and remodeling. Old buildings were taken down to make way for modern architecture. Despite the trend, the Old City area was preserved to keep the cultural legacy of Ireland’s history alive. Take this amazing tour to discover some of the most important venues in the Old City of Dublin.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 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: 1.8 km
Nightlife Tour, Part 1

Nightlife Tour, Part 1

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 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: 2.7 km
A walk along Liffey River

A walk along Liffey River

Take a walk among the places where Irish history was made and is kept alive for the generations to come. This part of town is a place where the past meets the present and the future is defined. There is no better place in Ireland for a tourist to learn more about Irish culture and its rich, colorful history. Don't hesitate to spend a few hours exploring the banks of Liffey River in the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 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.