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!
Our choice of the best pubs to see Traditional Irish Music in Galway:
Galway has a vibrant traditional Irish music scene and a history of producing some of the most successful traditional Irish musicians. There are several trad festivals in the Galway’s area, but you should pop in to one of the pubs while in Galway to get a fell for the trad!
The Crane Bar is a traditional venue situated in the West End of Galway, very near to our Latin Quarter Hostel. Great news is that Traditional Music is on the menu 7 days of the week! This is often first port for music lovers in Galway, so don’t miss it out!
Just down the street from us, you must visit Tig Cóilí, on Mainguard Street. If you are looking for a traditional Irish pub, with trad music, great atmosphere and Irish “craic”, this is it! The music sessions are on every day, year round with local and travelling musicians joining in. You will likely see people enjoying a pint of good stuff in front of it on a sunny day. Or any other day.