Copper Alleym Exchange Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar,Dublin
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Dublin’s fair city is awash with great pubs from Temple Bar to the Village District. For our gay visitors to Dublin you’ve probably already heard that Dublin is one of the hippest, trendiest and most fun European cities to enjoy a weekend in. From our keenly priced 4 and 5 star city centre hotels, to fine dining early bird menus to evening entertainment ranging from clubbing to cabaret evenings and bingo (hosted by Ireland’s best loved drag queens) there’s no lack of choice. To narrow down your search the Dublin Visitor Centre brings you the Top Gay bars in Dublin.
The George is probably best loved and most well-known gay bars in the capital. Situated at the start of the trendy George’s Street, a great place to grab a bite before hitting the town for the night, the George can have queues out the door on a Friday or Saturday night, so get in early to enjoy live music and a drag show. Sundays afternoons are always popular at the George for the bingo so again get there early!
The Front Lounge on Parliament Street, skirting the edge of Temple Bar, is a more relaxed affair with funky DJ’s and a cool understated ambience. Depending on the night the entertainment is served by a local DJ, jazz band or karaoke session but most of the time, during the day especially, it’s just a quiet comfortable bar. The Front Lounge serve up a good lunch menu too so stop by to get away from the hustle & bustle of busy Temple Bar.
Jack Nealon Pub - Mixed Bar -With its gilt ceiling and ornate woodworking, the handsome Jack Nealon Pub (165 Capel St., 1-872-3247), which occupies a brightly painted red 18th-century building just across lively Capel Street from Pantibar (see below) is a favorite spot for drinking and conversation among all Dubliners. The proximity to Pantibar does lead to there being plenty of LGBT folks on many evenings. The bar keeps here are particularly friendly.
McDaids Pub - Mixed Bar - It's unfussy and easygoing, and with a great location fringing the fashionable Grafton Street shopping district, but McDaids Pub (3 Harry St., 1-679-4395) greatest claim to fame is that it's been since 1779. If you're looking to enjoy a pint away from the sometimes excessively jubilant crowds of Temple Bar, this is an ideal spot.
The Panti Bar on Dublin’s Capel Street is run by well-known Dublin drag queen Miss Panti. With the stage sitting in the heart of this bar it’s a venue of theatre and entertainment. Panti Bar’s night schedule includes drag performances, karaoke, make-and-do and movie nights. The Panti show on Saturday is a blast. A word of warning – though deservedly popular, Panti Bar might be a bit full-on for the more conservative of our visitors.
Oscars Cafe Bar - Mixed Bar and Restaurant - Something of an institution thanks to its extraordinary owner, the great diva, LGBT activist, and drag icon Rory O'Neill, Pantibar (7 1, 8 Capel St., no phone) opened in 2007 and is located in a brightly colored space in Dublin's inner Northside, just a short stroll across the River Liffey via the Grattan Bridge - it's an easy walk from the city's other gay bars. The pub is a great place to chat with locals and meet new friends. There are, of course, drag shows, but even when there's nothing going on in terms of entertainment, this is a super-friendly spot for drinking, and the crowd is extremely eclectic - women and men of all ages and styles. Rory O'Neill has been the subject of a documentary and plenty of great news coverage over the years, and many have seen her efforts as central to Ireland's steady acceptance and even embrace of the LGBT community.