If clubs were animals The Sugar Club would be a chameleon. This very slick theatre-style venue hosts events from music to comedy to classic film-themed nights to cabaret and even the odd table quiz. From 23:00 the venue opens as a nightclub with the sounds of funk, soul, hip-hop, electro and more playing on different nights. With such variety we strongly recommended checking online in advance to see what will be the night’s entertainment. Live events run 20:00 – 23:00. Ticket prices vary.
Some Dublin pubs are especially good for sitting at the bar, and this is one of them. This pub has been here for over 300 years… in Medieval times it was beside the Viking Parliament and more recently – with the Irish Parliament on College Green – has seen its share of politicians. Michael Collins used to drink here and sometimes hold meetings during the War of Independence. A keen sporting pub, hence the name, the Sam Maguire Cup (GAA) and rugby trophies have accompanied successful teams to the premises. Serving quality, hearty food that’s very popular with pre-theatre diners, we advise you get here pretty early to nab a seat (7.30pm on a Saturday evening should do the trick).
History-steeped – the premises have been licenced for over 300 years – and right across the road from Dublin’s biggest tourist information office, O’Neill’s is very much a Dublin pub. The convivial crowd is a nice mix of local Dubliners of different ages to out-of-towners and tourists. Lively on weekends, but never in your face, you’ll always find a nice corner or snug. Chow down to the award-winning Trad Irish carvery (daily 10:30 – 22:30), and kick up your heels to some Trad Irish music every Sun and Mon night. Sports fans should make a beeline for the bar on match days and imbibe the impassioned atmosphere with fellow fans. With several floors, and more than its share of nooks and crannies, if you’re meeting friends there, bring your phone.