Traditional music is one of the most exciting and rich elements of Irish culture. It is really not old-men game as you may think. It’s exciting, ever-evolving, embraced by modern musicians who added pop, rock, dance and electronic components, experimented with new rhythms and generally had lots of fun. Today, a new wave of acts continue to develop this unique genre, and when in Ireland, you should absolutely visit one of this pubs, even if just for a little bit!
Our choice of the best pubs to see Traditional Irish Music in Dublin:
Hear the magic of traditional Irish music and songs at probably the best-known pub in Dublin for trad music, The Cobblestone in Smithfield. Some of Ireland’s finest musicians, lead traditional Irish music sessions in the bar seven days a week. The music is not put on for show. Musicians and singers hand on songs, tunes and skills that keep the tradition alive. Cobblestone has a great vibe about it, and you can see young and old musicians joining in and enjoying the music. We love it there! You can walk over in 15 min, or grab LUAS to Smithfield.
Sink a pint of the black stuff at O’Donoghues in Merrion Row, a landmark of musical heritage where The Dubliners began performing in the 1960s. This is wonderful, cosy pub, full of music and history. At O’Donoghue’s the music is live. Seven nights a week, musicians from all over Ireland come together to share their love of Irish traditional music in one of Ireland’s most famous bars. If you are lucky enough to be in Dublin when Rugby is played, this is the pub to watch the excitement in.
It would be amiss from us to leave our next door neighbors – Temple Bar Pub! Known for their amazing entertainment, they have trad music playing most of the time! It is no wonder that Temple Bar Pub is one of the main venues of Temple Bar’s Tradfest in January. This pub knows how to party and is an absolute must when in Dublin!
Where are you off to tonight?