Is this a farewell to Dublin’s culture?

Gemma Robotham

Culture replaced by cranes: Dublin’s latest trend.

The Bernard Shaw has succumbed to a fate similar to that of the Tivoli Theatre and Hangar which were demolished to make way for hotels. As uncertainty surrounds the fate of Dublin’s nightlife, what better time to appreciate some of the city’s greatest venues that host various innovative events around the city and beyond.

The Workmans Club

The home of Irish Twitter’s infamous smoking area, Workmans is a significant venue for music and culture on Wellington Quay. With the likes of Father John Misty and Royal Blood performing here, back before they became well-known indie names, this is the venue to see artists on their rise to fame. For local talent, Workmans hosts Indigo sessions, a showcase of music and spoken word acts in Dublin. The venue also supports other artistic pursuits as well as provides space for zine launches, art exhibitions, short film viewings and comedy shows. Perhaps, Somewhere? Wednesdays in Workmans is what draws the most students to the club with the first floor DJ playing indie tunes and the venue bar DJ playing hip-hop, r&b, house and disco.


The epitome of a multi-functional venue, Wigwam on Abbey Street, has it all. The venue acts as a coffee shop, rum bar, ping pong club, karaoke room, nightclub and even a barbershop (in collaboration with the Demon Barber Shop). Whilst the basement is usually reserved for a range of funk, disco, latin and house tunes, The Mob Comedy Club can be found there every Thursday. From bottomless brunch to basement raves, Wigwam knows how to transform itself throughout the day.

The Big Romance

Owned by Hidden Agenda, The Big Romance places its primary value in music. Sporting a hi-fi sound system, Parnell Street’s newest vinyl bar holds a number of chill nights for the audiophiles of Dublin. Enjoy some artisan bites and cocktails, stand in awe of the extensive vinyl collections or check out their Weekly Jazz Sundays.

Jam Park

Rising from the ashes of the Wright Venue in Swords, Bodytonic’s Jam Park describes itself as “an adults playground where you can eat, drink, play & dance”. It’s an accurate description considering the venue has a rooftop cinema, eatery park, karaoke room, crazy golf course, arcade and bars across all three floors. Every Sunday, Market Park allows various vendors to sell everything from street food to vintage clothing. District 8 has also established itself in Jam Park following the closure of Tivoli Theatre and continues to exhibit homegrown DJ’s as well as international names.


This bar rests in The Liberties and knows exactly how to cater to its demographic of NCAD students. Their Bring Your Own Art Art Show (B.Y.O.A.A.S) event invites artists to sell their artwork in the bar. In addition to this, the bar hosts various other art shows and events as well as the monthly Artfully Crafts Arts Market. The bar boasts Trad Thursdays which sees the DabbledooMusic group perform. If trad music isn’t your thing, they also host club nights such as Good Name.

Gemma Robotham

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