Traditional Music sessions in the city’s Best Pubs
Among the top reasons visitors flock to Dublin is the prospect of experiencing the atmosphere of a traditional Irish music session in a real Irish pub. Luckily with so much choice, deciding where to go is the only dilemma! With some great singers on the team we’ve enjoyed our fair share of trad sessions so here are our Top 3 picks for an evening of traditional Irish music in Dublin.
Getting off the beaten track is one of the most exciting things to in Dublin. For one of the best Traditional Irish Music nights in town head over to the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield. This wonderful Dublin pub is a hit with locals and usually has a smattering of visitors tapping toes in beat to the nightly music sessions. A fifteen minute walk from Temple Bar, the Cobblestone is easy to get to via the Luas red Line (Tram) or by hopping off at stop 21A on the City Sightseeing Dublin Tour.
The Northside is renowned as the heart of Dublin’s personality and not surprisingly the nightly trad session at The Celt on Talbot Street is not to be missed. This authentic Irish pub is a regular haunt for Dublin characters and visitors looking for a slice of genuine Dublin culture. Sit back and soak up the atmosphere – traditional Irish music sessions kick off about 9pm. The Celt is within a ten minute walk from the Spire on O’Connell Street, close to Connolly train station.
Many of Temple Bar’s thriving pubs have great Traditional Irish music sessions. The Dublin Visitor Centre recommends the nightly sessions at the Merchant’s Arch Bar & Restaurant. Nestled beside the Ha’Penny Bridge on Wellington Quay the Merchant’s has a lively music session and a late night menu, making it a perfect venue after a day of sightseeing. Right in the heart of the city this genuine Irish pub is accessible by foot – less than a five minute walk from either O’Connell or Grafton Street.