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11th Sep 2019

Dublin Culture Is Still Strong – Here’s 10 Spots That Deserve Our Love

Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

After the grim news that The Bernard Shaw, a beloved Dublin institution, is closing its doors after thirteen years, locals are feeling pessimistic about the future of our capital city.

Places where endless memories were made and many pints were consumed are forced to close their doors to become building sites for new developments. Dublin locals took to twitter over the week to express their remorse:

As terrible as this news this, there is still some amazing culture in Dublin that shouldn’t be forgotten about.

It’s important to keep these places thriving and show them some love so that they don’t meet the same unfortunate fate.

Here are some of my favourite cultural hubs in Dublin:

1. The Cobblestone

Being the most Irish person I could possibly be, my perfect night in Dublin includes a live trad session in The Cobblestone with a bag of crisps and a pint.

This truly is a hub for Irish music and it has been for more than five generations.

There are trad sessions seven nights a week so you can literally call in any time. The best part though is that the people playing are literally just doing it because they adore it, they aren’t there to entertain you or put on a show, they’re just there to play (and they are unbelievably talented). It really is Irish culture at its finest.


The Irish Museum of Modern Art can be found on the grounds of The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham and is known as the finest 17th-century building in all of Ireland.

And by just catching a quick glance of the architecture, surroundings and statues – it’s not hard to see why.

A place that will stun, excite, entertain and inspire.

3. Lucky’s

With vegan pizzas and rotating art exhibitions, this Meath Street spot is undeniably cool.

And you can see why. Lucky’s has a great vibe – stylish but not too try-hard, with bunches of fresh flowers, simple wooden tables and vintage schoolhouse chairs.

This is such a deadly spot to hang out with friends.

4. Atelier Maser

The home of popular Irish artist Maser’s works.

Located on Charlemont Street, this gallery acts as a space for Maser to create his iconic original work as well as allowing friends to run their own exhibitions within.

He said:

“I get excited when I see the promising talent and want to show young artists that success comes in many forms, and to ultimately help them achieve that success.”

5. Hen’s Teeth

The Hen’s Teeth is a gallery, studio, art and lifestyle store that has become a huge part of the Dublin culture scene.

It commissions limited edition, affordable and contemporary art prints from a specially curated roster of Irish and international artists, and also be stocks a range of beautifully designed journals, ceramics and clothing from designers around the world.

6. Conradh Na Gaeilge

Being a Gaeilgeoir I often get frustrated when I see people talk about culture in Dublin and they forget about places like Conradh na Gaeilge.

A few years back I was in Club Chonradh na Gaeilge on St Patrick’s Day, a day I’d usually avoid Dublin at all costs, but it was about two in the morning, everyone around me was drinking pints, taking turns to sing and song and speaking Irish, not a bother to them. It doesn’t get better than that.

That is a moment I’ll hold close to my heart always and I wish everyone could experience it.

Bain úsáid as do chuid Gaeilge agus téigh chug Club Chonradh na Gaeilge!

7. The IFI

This hip hangout has three cinema screens showing arty and independent films, plus book store, café and bar. The IFI is known for being one of the best places in town for arthouse cinema, as well as for its delectable brunch offerings.

Great alternative date night idea!

8. Street 66

This chill bar has lots of character.

It’s the ideal spot to sink into a comfy couch and have an intimate catch up. On the weekends, expect LGBTQ+ anthems as Dublin drag queen Pixie Woo is on the decks.

During the week, it’s a more relaxed vibe with board games and G&Ts. It’s also dog-friendly which is a huge plus. They also occasionally hold markets during the day, so you can pop in and find a few quirky bits.

9. The Back Page

Head North into the lovely Phibsborough and you’ll come across The Back Page, a neighbourhood staple.

Inside, it looks like your typical pub: cosy, dark and drinks flowing. Not only is this a deadly spot for a drink, but they also have a game room, complete with ping pong (they host weekly tournaments!), darts, foosball, snooker, FIFA, a PS4, a Nintendo Wii, and an Xbox One and an indoor crazy golf course for your entertainment.

the Back Page has some truly spectacular food, made all the more delicious by their extremely reasonable prices.

10. Blackbird

The trendiest bar in town, with an impressively good beer menu. Blackbird is atmospheric, with gorgeous decor and genuinely good fun.

They have Jenga there. JENGA.

There’s also loads of room for loads of fun, but plan your trip wisely – this place fills up fast.

Cheers to that!