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Dublin Gay Bars

Dublin is a city full of character and uniquely Irish charm, and in recent years it's started to emerge as a European queer capital. Same-sex marriage was legalised here in 2015, and since then the city and its people has only become more accepting. You'll find plenty of opportunity to explore the history of the LGBTQ+ community in Dublin, notably archives of classic queer literature and traditional gay-friendly Irish pubs. Take advantage of regular events, including the International LGBT Film Festival and annual Pride Parade, plus a selection of lively nightlife venues that are open all year round.




Euphoria is relatively new on Dublin's gay scene but is already super popular as the largest gay club night you can find in Ireland. This large and lively party takes place once or twice a month, with guest DJs providing all your favourite house music. This isn't just a club, it's an experience with the best music and the wildest crowd who love to dance well into the early hours.

Jack Nealons

Cosy, Gay Friendly, Pub Vibes

Established in 1905 and the building dates back to the 18th century. Authentic Georgian architecture and a large open fire create an ambience suited to conversation. A diverse and varied crowd gather here to unwind, drawn to the first class cocktail lounge upstairs. Your favourite drinks are prepared by talented bartenders, who also serve premium spirits and a selection of rare whiskeys and scotch.



Mother opened in 2010 to offer a unique experience to the queer community of Dublin. Music and emerging talent are at the heart this weekly queer clubbing venue seeks to be the home of live music in the city. Late club nights feature some of the country's best DJs who play electro and disco music to keep the party going into the early hours


Cocktails, Drag

This cosy little watering hole is full of personality as you'd expect from the bar owned by the queen of Dublin drag. This friendly and flamboyant space acts as a meeting place for city's diverse queer community. All sorts of people hang out here during the week for a quieter drink, while come the weekend there's always a party with themed events, live performances, and a mix of music from pop to rock.



Owned by the same iconic drag queen as PantiBar, Pennylane offers a lightly more relaxed (but equally queer and fun) alternative to the other LGBTQ+ bars and clubs in the area. A stylish interior and chilled out vibe make Pennylane perfect for drinks with friends or a hangout after work. You can start your evening here if you're feeling sophisticated before heading across the road to PantiBar for a dance.


Lesbian, Dancing

This monthly party is held on the rooftop of Bad Bobs, focussed on the lesbian community and meeting new people. It's held on the 3rd saturday of every month, drawing crowds from across the city. The rooftop space is kept warm and cosy by heat lamps so you can enjoy your night in a unique spot. All the DJs are women, providing the best party music in the area and keeping the fun going late into the night.

Street 66

Lesbian, Cosy, Pub Vibes

Tucked away in the heart of trendy south Dublin, close to Dublin castle, Street 66 is a live musical bar. The interior is beautifully designed with rustic yet warm decor so you can relax and feel at home, making this is one of the most loved bars in the city. Music ranges from reggae to soul and jazz, so if you're looking for a uniquely and stylish space, good music, and even better drinks, this is the place to be.

The George

Dancing, Drag

The George has been heavily involved in Dublin's LGBTQ+ scene since it opened over 36 years ago, offering a safe and fun space to dance the night away. Today it features nationally recognised drag acts, plus a huge dance floor and a bar that's open throughout the day. Switching from afternoon drinks to after dark parties, The George hosts the ultimate late night clubbing experience.

The Hub

Gay Friendly, Dancing

The Hub is a mixed nightclub venue rather than a dedicated queer space, but it hosts some of the best gay nights out in Dublin. Even when there isn't a specific event on, this place is one of the best places in the city to meet fellow queer people for a dance. The dance floor is located in the darkly lit basement where music is constantly playing to keep the fun going.

Recommended gay friendly hotels in Dublin

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Tours & Experiences in Dublin

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