Dublin is renowned for its classic pub music scene. As you stumble down the cobblestone streets, it’s often the strum of a guitar from a nearby pub that pulls you in. There’s nothing more Irish than a group of strangers gathered together, united by the pints in their hands and the music in the air.
- Whelan’s, Wexford Street
For the P.S. I Love You fans out there, this is the place to be. Whelan’s is the ideal pub to see gigs. A wide range of artists plays, from indie to rock to alternative bands. Different up-and-coming bands take to the stage in this cosy Irish pub. It’s a well-known spot in the city centre for being a reliable live music venue and has proved popular throughout the years, with even Ed Sheeran stopping by for a quick warm-up before he took on Croke Park.
- The Hairy Lemon, Stephen Street Lower
Playing live music 7 days a week, there is never a dull moment in this classic Irish venue. They post their line-up on their social media, so you can gauge what you’ll be listening to before you go. Each night offers different things; for example, on Sundays, you can listen to their popular trad sessions, while other nights offer acoustic performances from local artists.
- The Cobblestone, Smithfield
Just a short walk outside of the city centre, this iconic Dublin pub has fought for its rightful place, leaving music fans delighted at the decision to keep it open in the face of closure. It’s one of the county’s most famous venues for traditional music, offering live tunes seven nights a week, both day and night. The music here ranges from country to folk to sing-along tunes, providing a little bit of something for everyone.
- Devitt’s, Camden Street
Located a short walk from an array of clubs, Devitt’s offers a change from the techno scene. This traditional Irish pub also plays live music seven days a week, dabbling between old sing-a-longs and newer contemporary tunes. At times, the entire pub erupted in lyrics, singing along while cradling a pint.
- Frank Ryan’s
For something a little different, this Smithfield pub hosts not just traditional Irish music nights, but also blues, rock and jazz shows too. As well as this, every Thursday the band Left, Right & Center put on a great show for the crowd. This cosy venue offers a great atmosphere to enjoy tunes and a pint.
This short and sweet list doesn’t even begin to cover the extensive range of pubs that Dubliners and tourists alike take to when they want to enjoy the warm feeling of sipping their drink while listening to a guitar play. In order to discover the true extent of traditional live music bars, it’s best to get out and about!
Written by Ria Wells