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.
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.
THE PALM HOUSE
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.
COPPER FACE JACKS
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.
THE LIQUOR ROOMS
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
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.
CAFÉ EN SEINE
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.