Dublin: Gay and Lesbian Dublin

INTRODUCTION:

Despite the late decriminalization of homosexuality in Ireland in 1993, the gay scene has always been vibrant in Dublin. You will, however, find that segregation or gay ghettos do not exist in Dublin. The gay scene spills over into straight venues and vice versa. For a good time, you will inevitably have to go to straight venues as well as gay ones. Attitudes in Dublin are exceptionally relaxed with very little hassle. Due to the 'mix and mingle' style of Dublin, the gay scene has not developed into 'extremes', for example exclusively camp or fetish venues. Unlike other scenes in different countries, the scene in Dublin is mixed and both gay men and gay women generally go to and socialize in the same pubs and clubs with little or no segregation.
While the gay scene can be quite expensive it is fun and vibrant and one of the only pub and entertainment sectors in Ireland that are thriving at the moment. Like most scenes, it can seem intimidating at first but once you give it a try the people on it can be incredibly friendly. All the venues are in the city center and can be reached on foot within a 10/15-minute radius.

PUBS:

The biggest gay bar is Dragon (closed Januray 2015) on South Great Georges Street, a massive venue on two floors with dance floor and outside smoking area on the second floor. This gets very busy on weekends. Dragon has recently started to charge 10 Euro on Saturday nights. This is just a cover charge and does not include a free drink.

On the same street couple of doors down is Dublin’s oldest gay bar The George (owned by the same company). The George attracts a slightly younger crowd. After 10 pm entrance is via the laneway around the corner and a cover charge applies. The George also has another part to it, which operates completely separate from the rest. The locals call it Jurassic Park, largely due to its older clientele.

On Parliament Street, you will find the Front Lounge, a large airy bar with changing exhibitions. Lesbians mainly take up front area, Gays clientele at the back. The Front Lounge is a welcoming and very popular and trendy bar. It mainly attracts a professional crowd over the age of 21 and is very busy on the weekends. Also, the Front Lounge has a karaoke night on every Tuesday, everyone is welcome.

Across the river, on the northside, you will find the Pantibar, a restyled gay bar. 7-8 Capel Street, Dublin 1. The bar attracts the over 25s and increasingly gayer women, but everyone is welcome. Nights events - see website for further details- Pantibar.com There are drag shows on every Thursday and Friday night in Pantibar and there is a comedy night on Mondays. Pantibar is free in every night.

Dublin has a new Bear group called, Nealonssimply, Dublin Bears. The group holds monthly club and pub events UpsNealonand Downstairs @ Copper Alley.  The annual event, Béar Féile takes place every March shortly after the St Patrick's Festival and includes the Mr Bear Ireland Competition.

 Also, there has been a recent increase in the amount of nights for queer women and their friends....currently there are 4-5 lesbian nights on every month, see Queerid.com, GCN Magazine or Facebook for details!  The nights include FaKe, Diva, Miss Match and Revival.

Currently there a few dedicated gay clubs in Dublin but the Dragon and The George have dance floors (alternatively check out the parties below for dancing). Also more recently there are much more independant gay and lesbian nights on. See GCN Magazine for details.  

CLUB NIGHTS:

There are a number of monthly/weekly parties, which are worth checking out:

Mother - Very popular weekly electro, indie and 80's night, every Saturday in Copper Alley, behind the Front Lounge, 11.00 pm till very late! See Mothers Facebook group for details. 

Spice Dragon Bar, Georges St, Dublin 2 - every Friday, 3 rooms, gogo dancers & themed nights.

Glitz at Dandelion,  St. Stephen's Green, slightly camp mid week night out, every Tuesday. 

Fake - a night for women and their friends, on in the Academy, 1st Friday of the month, see Facebook for details.

Miss Match for women - a night for women over the age of 25, see Facebook for details.

Bukakke at 4 Dame Lane (formerly Purty Kitchen on Essex Street), Bank Holiday Sunday nights only.(Generally a gay scene here most Sunday nights, too)

 Please check facebook or the links on this page for up to date information on these nights as they may have changed since the time of this posting.  

OTHER:

Dublin has two gay saunas: Boilerhouse (Dublin’s biggest) on Crane Lane and The Dock Sauna (Upper Ormond Quay).

Two B&Bs market themselves to the gay market, however gay/lesbian travellers are welcome at all hotels in Dublin

The Nua Havan Gay B&B offers 4 star (self styled) bed and breakfast. (worth reading reviews)

Almara B&B Dublin http://www.almarabb.com/ has been a popular luxury accommodation choice for Gay visitors for over 24 years

The Dublin section of Hidden Dublin has up to the minute links

As in any other city anti-gay crime does exist in Dublin, though maybe not on a large scale. Travellers are advised to be vigilant and report any incident to the local police who are increasingly being trained to deal with homophobia.

 

Gay Dublin

Gay Dublin  Hotels

 

Blooms Hotel

 

6 Anglesea Street Temple Bar, Dublin City Centre, Dublin, Ireland

Centrally located, Blooms Hotel allows for easy access to Dublin's popular tourist and retail hot spots. It is located a brief stroll from Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, and O'Connell Street.

This modern hotel provides luggage storage, a currency exchange, and meeting rooms. Welcoming and helpful team members are available 24-hours a day. The hotel also has its very own nightclub, Club M.

 

Generator Hostel Dublin

 

Smithfield Square, Dublin City Centre, Dublin, Ireland

Conveniently located, Generator Hostel Dublin allows for easy access to Dublin's best hot spots. A short stroll from Smithfield, it provides comfortable rooms equipped with wireless internet access.

This contemporary hotel offers a tour desk, meeting rooms and a 24-hour reception. A wireless internet connection is also provided.

Generator Hostel offers 106 comfortable rooms that are ideal for backpackers on a budget.

 

Ashling Hotel

 

Parkgate Street, Dublin City Centre, Dublin, Ireland

Conveniently located in the middle of the city, this 4-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Dublin. It provides views of River Liffey and offers modern rooms.

There are a variety of amenities available to guests of Ashling Hotel, including express check-in/check-out, 24-hours room service, and car hire. The front desk operates around the clock and t

 

Academy Plaza Hotel

 

10-14 Findlater Place, off Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin City Centre, Dublin, Ireland

Situated in Dublin, Academy Plaza Hotel provides stylish, 3-star accommodation close to St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral. It is conveniently located in the city center.

 

 

Ripley Court Hotel

 

 

37 Talbot St, Dublin City Centre, Dublin, Ireland

Set in the center of Dublin, Ripley Court Hotel is situated near Connolly Railway Station and provides easy access to local bars and eateries. It also offers meeting rooms, a coffee bar, and a 24-hour reception.

Ripley Court features spacious rooms equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, cable/satellite channels and a flat-screen TV. They all offer an en suite bathroom with a bathtub and a shower.

 

 

Gay-popular bar on Parliament Square. The Front Lounge serves delicious cocktails and a nice selection of drinks.

Often packed in the evening. Special events with DJ or karaoke take place on occasions – check their Facebook page for the latest updates.

PantiBar

 

Home to Ireland’s most famous drag queen, Panti. This gay-popular bar is open 7 nights a week.

Expect outrageous dances and cabaret shows as Panti lights up the stage. Don’t miss her fabulous show every Saturday night.

 

 

 

 

Temple Bar Hotel

 

Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin City Centre, Dublin, Ireland

Set in the heart of the city, Temple Bar Hotel provides easy access to Dublin's main sightseeing and retail areas. Only a short walk from O'Connell Street, it offers modern rooms equipped with a coffee maker, a telephone, and a desk.

This modern hotel provides a number of amenities, such as a coffee bar, meeting rooms, and a 24-hour reception. There is off-site parking for those traveling by car. Just moments from nearby clubs and bars, this 3-star hotel also allows guests to easily discover the best of the local nightlife.

Jurys Inn Christchurch

 

 

Christchurch Place, Dublin City Centre, Dublin, Ireland

Only two minutes from Christ Church Cathedral, Jurys Inn Christchurch is set in the heart of Dublin. It is moments from Dublin Castle, restaurants and nightlife options.

This relaxed hotel provides a coffee bar, a 24-hour reception and an express check-in and check-out feature. Also available for guests are luggage storage, limited hours room service, and a currency exchange.

Each relaxed room at Jurys Inn Christchurch has its own private bathroom with complimentary toiletries. All offer a radio and a telephone.

 

The Westbury Hotel

 

Grafton Street, Dublin City Centre, Dublin, Ireland

Conveniently situated, The Westbury Hotel offers easy access to Dublin's popular tourist attractions. It provides 5-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

Guests can soak up the sun on the terrace or have a beverage at the bar. Multilingual staff can assist with reservations or dining recommendations, and an express check-in/check-out facility is offered.

Dublin Gay Dance Clubs

EUPHORIA @ Button Factory

Billed as the largest monthly gay club night in Ireland. EUPHORIA party (launched in 2014) takes place at Button Factory in Temple Bar, featuring two rooms of crowd-pleasing house music.

Check their Facebook page for details of next event.

 

STEAM @ The Boilerhouse

STEAM is a monthly men-only after-hours gay club night with guest/resident DJ’s, taking place at The Boilerhouse sauna.The party starts around midnight until very late. Check their Facebook page for upcoming parties.

 

Mother

 

Mother is one of the best gay dance parties in Dublin, taking place every Saturday at Copper Alley on Exchange Street, behind The Front Lounge.

DJ plays a mix of retro, synthpop and electronic music, from Annie Lennox to La Roux. The dance floor has plenty of eye candy. Entry 10€. Over 21’s only.

 

Academy Plaza Hotel

10-14 Findlater Place, off Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin City Centre, Dublin, Ireland

Situated in Dublin, Academy Plaza Hotel provides stylish, 3-star accommodation close to St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral. It is conveniently located in the city center.

This modern hotel offers facial treatments, a hair salon, and massage services. Welcoming and professional staff are available 24-hours a day.

 

Dublin Gay Saunas

The Boilerhouse

Popular gay sauna over 5 floors in the Temple Bar area, close to all the gay bars and clubs. Opened in 1997, The Boilerhouse replaced the former sauna ‘The Gym’ which had been in business since 1979.

 

The Dock

 

 

The relatively small local gay sauna that is located within the same building as the Inn On The Liffey gay guesthouse. Facilities include a sauna, steam room, TV lounge, dark room and a few private cabins.

Tea, coffee and soft drinks available. Open 24 hours at the weekend.