Where to go for some pul­sat­ing dance­floor ac­tion

Whether you’re in the mood for techno, R&B, hip hop or house, Ire­land has clubs to suit all tastes.

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Bush­mills Road, Portrush, Co. Antrim Tel: (028) 7082 6611 lush.kellysport­rush.co.uk

The big­gest night­club in North­ern Ire­land for over 20 years, Lush just keeps bring­ing in the heavy hit­ters. Up­com­ing events in­clude Third Party, Aly & Fila and Scot Project, while the list of names that have graced the club in the past reads like a ver­i­ta­ble who’s who of dance le­gends. Pete Tong, David Guetta, Fat­boy Slim, Tiesto, Carl Cox and Calvin Har­ris have all made their way to the venue voted 24th Best Club in the world by DJ mag­a­zine.



96 Done­gall Street, Belfast Tel: (028) 9031 6060 krem­lin-belfast.com

Es­tab­lished in 1999, Krem­lin al­most sin­gle­hand­edly car­ried the Belfast club scene into the 21st cen­tury. Long seen as a party Mecca for the gay com­mu­nity, the club’s open out­look means you can ex­pect top en­ter­tain­ment ve nights of the week. It is also in­dis­putably the best North­ern spot to hit of a Sun­day evening.


The Mer­chant Ho­tel, 35-39 War­ing Street, Cathe­dral Quar­ter, Belfast

Tel: (028) 9023 4888 ol­liesclub.com

With a state-of-the-art light­ing and sound sys­tem that com­pares with any­where else in the North, Ol­lie’s is one of the most lux­u­ri­ous and en­joy­able clubs in which to while away a Belfast night. Part of the Mer­chant Ho­tel, it’s a notch above other late rooms in the city, with a mod­ern, fresh feel that dis­tin­guishes it­self from its com­peti­tors. If you want a chilled evening mix­ing with a cool clien­tele, this is the place to be.


1 Bankmore Square, Dublin Road, Belfast Tel: (028) 9023 8700 facebook.com/thep­alm­house­club

One of Belfast’s newer night­clubs, the Palm House can num­ber it­self as one of the few venues that suc­cess­fully mar­ries high qual­ity drinks with good mu­sic. A hub for the city’s cre­ative com­mu­nity, it con­sis­tently brings in a se­lec­tion of the nest lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional DJs and artists. Up­com­ing acts in­clude Octo Octa, Or:la and Hec­tor Oaks.



13 Carey’s Lane, Cork facebook.com/dal­icork

Al­though it’s not yet a year old, Dali has al­ready gained a rep­u­ta­tion as one of Cork’s nest techno and house spots. The club is based in­side the for­mer Pavil­ion venue, where the likes of Kanye West and Franz Fer­di­nand played over the years. Al­though it re­tains parts of the build­ing’s orig­i­nal 1920s in­te­rior de­sign, in­clud­ing an in­cred­i­ble ceil­ing, Dali boasts a state-of-the-art setup, in­clud­ing the big­gest Void soundsys­tem in Ire­land. Look out for up­com­ing events fea­tur­ing Un­der Black Hel­met and Dusky.

HA­VANA BROWNS Hanover Street, Cork Tel: (021) 465 8100 ha­vanabrowns.ie

The long­est-run­ning club in the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic, Ha­vana Brown’s has been at the top of party peo­ple’s lists since 1998. Boast­ing sep­a­rate bars in­clud­ing The Purple Bar & The Red Room, and one of the most note­wor­thy VIP ar­eas in the coun­try, some of the big­gest Euro­pean names in dance can of­ten be found bounc­ing sub­lime sounds off the LED wall. With a strong reg­u­lar cus­tomer base, it’s a prime lo­ca­tion for grown-ups, mean­ing you’re unlikely to stum­ble upon messy teenagers on the dance oor. The Se­cret Gar­den, just be­side Ha­vana, is a tran­quil, lit­tle-known spot that is a big hit with Corko­ni­ans too.


74 Oliver Plun­kett Street, Cork Tel: (021) 427 0074


A rel­a­tively new club in Cork that has es­tab­lished it­self on Oliver Plun­kett Street over the past few years, Voodoo is re­ly­ing on a laid­back, chilled at­mos­phere to en­tice pun­ters. It’s worked a treat thus far. The two oor venue with a fan­tas­tic open-top roof area should be your go-to stop-off if you’re look­ing for a well-judged and ex­pert­ly­poured cock­tail. The friendly door pol­icy and em­pha­sis on en­sur­ing that you can ac­tu­ally en­joy a con­ver­sa­tion with your group rather than be­ing blared out of it with mu­sic will make this a favourite of dis­cern­ing pun­ters.



33 Har­court Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (087) 976 9619 everleigh.ie

Cen­trally lo­cated on Har­court Street, Everleigh pro­vides the per­fect back­drop for a night out. A sleek and chic in­te­rior cou­pled with an air of so­phis­ti­ca­tion com­bine to make this one of the favoured haunts of Dublin’s elite. With famed DJs who play ex­pertly to their au­di­ence and a se­lec­tion of top tip­ples, this hotspot has all the re­quire­ments for a mem­o­rable night on the tiles.


Curved Street, Tem­ple Bar, Dublin 2 Tel. (01) 670 9202 but­ton­fac­tory.ie

The But­ton Fac­tory is a fan­tas­tic late night party haven. With a cool mod­ern dé­cor, up­stairs smok­ing area and a large stage that of­ten dou­bles as a sec­ond dance oor, it’s the per­fect place to en­joy a drink or two – and also throw a shape or two. Its lo­ca­tion, right in the heart of bustling Tem­ple Bar, means there’s al­ways a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere, and it has a well-de­served rep­u­ta­tion as one of the city’s pre­mier night spots. Look out for up­com­ing events fea­tur­ing the likes of Astrix, GZA, Chris­tian Löf er and Aly & Fila.


29-30 Har­court Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 475 8777 cop­per­facek­jacks.ie

The num­ber one hook-up spot in the cap­i­tal, Cop­per’s is more than a club. Some­thing of a life­style choice for the coun­try’s bright young things and tourists in search of a mem­o­rable evening, it’s full to the brim seven nights a week. Cop­per’s serves un­til very late – the party there is of­ten just get­ting started when the rest of town is wind­ing down. And the clien­tele are al­ways up for a laugh or three.


5 Welling­ton Quay, Dublin 2 Tel: (087) 339 3688 theliquor­rooms.com

A base­ment bar just be­tween the Clarence Ho­tel and the Work­man’s Club, the ex­pert and per­son­able bar staff com­bined with ne dé­cor, sump­tu­ous cock­tails and a dis­cern­ing door pol­icy mean the Liquor Rooms is one of the most re­li­able and classy clubs in the cap­i­tal, ef­fort­lessly thread­ing the line be­tween com­fort and ex­clu­siv­ity.


37 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 902 2908 37daw­son­street.ie

This city cen­tre spot is a sanc­tu­ary for Ire­land’s most glam­orous so­cialites. In­deed, for­mer Best Of Ire­land cover star Vogue Wil­liams ac­knowl­edges that she “al­ways has a good night in 37” – and you won’t nd too many peo­ple ar­gu­ing against that. With dis­tinct char­ac­ter, it’s open late through­out the week and al­ways pro­vides scin­til­lat­ing dance oor ac­tion.


40 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 677 4567 cafeen­seine.ie

The great and good of Dublin’s arts and me­dia scene adore this spot, and now it’s an all-en­com­pass­ing pub, club and live mu­sic venue that you will never want to leave. Once you walk through the im­pres­sive en­trance of Cafe En Seine and mar­vel at the char­ac­ter and Parisian ar­chi­tec­ture of the place, you’ll know why. Paris has never been more alive with mu­sic, art, fashion and fresh ideas, and Cafe En Seine’s am­bi­tion is to be just as vi­brant. With avour­some food, ne wines, sea­sonal sig­na­ture drinks and an ar­ray of cock­tails to en­joy, there’s plenty to keep you en­ter­tained.


The Hub, Eus­tace Street, Tem­ple Bar, Dublin 2 moth­er­club.ie

The na­tion’s loud­est and proud­est LG­BTQ bash, Mother is the most fun you can pos­si­bly have on a Satur­day. A vi­brant and in­clu­sive night, it turns The Hub in Tem­ple Bar into a fes­tive won­der­land from 11 to late, as the likes of Peaches and Grace Jones ood the playlist and Dublin’s most stylish par­ty­hunters ood the dance oor. Reg­u­lar DJs in­clude Ruth Ka­vanagh, Kelly-Anne Byrne and Rocky T. Del­gado.


26 Wex­ford Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 526 7711 opium.ie

Af­ter a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment, Opium, one of the key driv­ers of Dublin’s colour­ful nightlife, re­opened with a new state-of-the-art night­club, IRO. Fea­tur­ing LED screens and a

huge dance oor, the club, with a ca­pac­ity of over 700 peo­ple, has taken on a manga novel aes­thetic, in­spired by the neon glow of Tokyo. The space also features Opium’s pan-Asian restau­rant, spec­tac­u­lar Cock­tail Lounge and tran­quil Botan­i­cal Gar­den.


Pow­er­scourt Town­house, 59 South Wil­liam Street, Dublin 2

Tel: (01) 633 4522 facebook.com/Pyg­malionDubl­in

Cel­e­brat­ing its ninth birth­day in 2019, it’s fair to say Pyg­malion has changed the face of club­bing in Dublin, bring­ing a plethora of big dance names to the cap­i­tal. Even when there’s not a gig on, this might be one of the coolest hang­out spots in the coun­try.

Top DJs are reg­u­larly on hand to sup­ply the bang­ing tunes, and its un­beat­able club nights have made it a stu­dent favourite. Among the up­com­ing high­lights are sets by Jen­nifer Car­dini, Honey Di­jon, Luke Solomon and tINI.


54 Mid­dle Abbey Street, Dublin 1 (01) 873 4020 wig­wamdublin.com

Lo­cated in the space for­merly oc­cu­pied by Twisted Pep­per, Wig­wam is one of Dublin’s most in­no­va­tive and en­er­getic night­clubs. The base­ment venue – a ping pong club by day – is packed ev­ery Fri­day and Satur­day night with an ir­re­sistible se­lec­tion of funk, disco, afrobeat, house and ev­ery­thing in be­tween – all played on a killer Void soundsys­tem. It also boasts a bril­liant drink se­lec­tion, stock­ing over 100 rums and an ex­ten­sive cock­tail list. Look out for up­com­ing events from Horse Meat Disco, Bobby Ana­log and Hid­den Spheres, as well as Krys­tal Klear’s four-week res­i­dency in April.



19-21 Eglin­ton Street, Gal­way Tel: (091) 449 204 car­bon­gal­way.ie

Lo­cated just off Shop Street, and less than a cou­ple of min­utes stroll from Eyre Square, Car­bon is one of the best late night op­tions if you nd your­self in the heart of the

City of the Tribes. A pocket-friendly spot that is a no-non­sense favourite with the fa­mous Gal­we­gian stu­dent pop­u­la­tion, they of­fer en­tic­ing pro­mo­tions and a heav­ing dance oor, as the best of house, techno and ev­ery­thing else EDM pumps out.


36 Up­per Abbey­gate Street, Gal­way Tel: (091) 565 976 Facebook.com/Elec­tricGal­way Elec­tric Gal­way opened its doors six years ago, an ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to a city al­ready jam-packed with cre­ative en­ergy. While the venue has pre­vi­ously played host to a di­verse se­lec­tion of big name guests – in­clud­ing Hunee, Palms Trax, Omar S, Bi­cep, DJ St­ingray and Young Marco – lo­cal club nights and

Ir­ish un­der­ground DJs also make up a cru­cial part of Elec­tric’s pro­gramme. Look out for their weekly Fam­ily se­ries, bring­ing regulars and friends to­gether un­der one roof ev­ery Satur­day night.



The Court Ho­tel, Main Street, Naas, Co. Kil­dare Tel: (045) 866 073 naas­courtho­tel.com

Span­ning two lev­els with hot-to-trot DJs spin­ning the decks, this club’s real USP is the epony­mous court out front. Es­sen­tially a mam­moth beer gar­den, boast­ing a fully stocked bar, out­door heat­ing and comfy seat­ing, it pro­vides the per­fect ex­cuse to spend a night out un­der the stars. Al­ways packed, this gem ri­vals any of the top class clubs in the cap­i­tal, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously cap­tur­ing the essence of what it means to go out in the coun­try.



Kemp­ton Prom­e­nade, Sligo facebook.com/sin­til­l­late

Lauded by DJs and club­bers alike, Sligo’s Sin­til­l­late is famed around the coun­try for its un­beat­able at­mos­phere and in­clu­sive vibes. Since throw­ing open its doors, the club has wel­comed the likes of Jax Jones, CamelPhat, Big Shaq, Sean Kingston, Le Galaxie and John Gib­bons. Aside from these big name shows, Sintillate also caters to the town’s young stu­dent pop­u­la­tion with a num­ber of stu­dent nights and themed events.



30 John Street, Water­ford

(051) 854 878 facebook.com/Fac­to­ryWater­ford

Since open­ing its doors in Au­gust 2018, Fac­tory has quickly de­vel­oped into one of Ire­land’s top clubs. Boast­ing bril­liant sound and light sys­tems, the club has al­ready at­tracted stel­lar shows from the likes of

Mall Grab, Hux­ley and KETTAMA, as well as stu­dent-speci c events for Water­ford’s thriv­ing col­lege scene. Head over to their Facebook pages to see their up­com­ing events, in­clud­ing a live or­ches­tral ren­di­tion of Dr Dre’s 2001.

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