10 Dublin clubs for students to try
Dublin is renowned for its party atmosphere and varied selection of nightlife venues. In this post, we’ve compiled a list featuring 10 of the best club nights in Dublin, where you can find pop, indie, techno and everything in between.
The Button Factory
The venue space at the refurbished Temple Bar Music Centre plays host to a wide range of live music and club nights and is the home of Saturday night’s Scene session, which puts house and techno front and centre.
Closest accommodation: The Tannery, New Mill and Kavanagh Court (just a short 20 min walk away).
The back of a trendy sushi bar may not be the first place you’d expect to find one of Dublin’s hottest clubs, but that’s exactly the case with Tengu. The intimate club space is open Fridays and Saturdays, playing a mix of house, techno and disco.
Closest accommodation: Kavanagh Court, and Dominick Place, only a 15 minutes stroll straight from your front door.
A safe space for all sexualities, Mother started as a fundraising venture for Gay Community News magazine, before going on to become one of Dublin’s most loved and respected club nights, even hosting US dance superstars LCD Soundsytem.
Closest accommodation: The Tannery
It’s known primarily as a live music venue, but Whelan’s has its own club space at the back where the two resident DJs spin a party-starting mix of indie and electro hits. And on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, there’s a free silent disco.
Closest accommodation: The Tannery and New Mill, taking just over 10 minutes to walk over - you’ll be busting some moves in no time!
The Grand Social
Circus-themed? Right near the Liffey? What’s not to love. The Grand Social is split across two areas - The Ballroom and The Loft - where you can find regular club nights with local DJs playing R ‘n’ B, hip hop and soul.
Closest accommodation: Kavanagh Court, just 15 minutes away, and Ardcairn House, a cool 20.
This Dublin institution calls itself “the heart of LGBT Ireland” and the iconic venue offers up party entertainment most nights. From hosting DJ nights, live music, karaoke, bingo, to being a leading voice in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum, there’s little this place hasn’t done.
Closest accommodation: The Tannery (16 minutes), and New Mill (17 minutes).
The Workman’s Club
Every night is a club night at The Workman’s Club, where there are parties seven days a week. The music selection is varied, changing depending on what night you rock up, and Sundays feature a laidback Karaoke Club with 80, 90s and 00s hits.
Closest accommodation: Dominick Place, The Tannery, and New Mill, taking an average of just 15 minutes to head over.
If the likes of Shanti Celeste, Moxie, Paul Woolford and Paranoid London are up your street, head to Pygmalion, which regularly puts on sets from touring DJs at its Red Pyg club night. The venue celebrates its 11th birthday in 2020.
Closest accommodation: New Mill is just 17 mins away by foot.
This place has one of the later licenses in the centre of Dublin and regularly stays open till 3am. Here, you’ll find house, techno and hip hop spun by some of the city’s favourite DJs, including Dan Duffy and Marcus O’Laoire.
Closest accommodation: It’ll take you just 14 minutes to walk over from Kavanagh Court.
This Jam Park-located spot burst onto the scene as a dedicated club space “where people of all backgrounds can enjoy themselves, free from judgement, in a fun loving, responsible and respectful way.” It’s the place for catching sets from the uber cool likes of Hannah Wants, Horse Meat Disco and Bicep.
Closest accommodation: Our Highfield Park is technically the closest, but this must-visit club is a short half an hour taxi ride away from all our Dublin accommodation.