These days I seem to be in Dublin as much as Sligo, ( the new five trains a day certainly help, most of which come with sockets for charging laptops and what not, and now with added free wifi) so this page will point you in the right direction for things to do in the capital. Dublin is a mess of good places to head for on a night out, fantastic little shops to buy food and clothes and music in, and an absolute endless list of great things to do, right now, right this second.

pubs + grubs



  • for music the quality independent  options are, sadly, diminishing, with old favourites Road Records and All City long closed. There’s a great record shop in Twisted Pepper on Abbey Street called Elastic Witch , All City is still going strong in Temple Bar, and newbies Rage Records have taken over the old Road Records spot on Fade Street. Tower Records is consistently good, with a decent vinyl selection and great irish and independent artists on CD.
  • for clothes there is almost too much choice. Obviously Dundrum is the high street mecca and horribly accessible on the luas, and like most financially challenged fashion fans I can’t pass Penny’s and Topshop without a peek in either.  There are lots of little shops worth checking out though like Shotsy Vintage – one of many many vintage shops in Temple Bar, Carousel for pretty dresses, Dirty Fabulous for real vintage (both Exchequer Street)  Harlequin (13 Castle Market) for more vintage goodness, Dolls (Portobello) all of The Georges Street Arcarde, and, despite it now being in Dundrum too and therefore being heavily utilised by ugg wearing teens, Urban Outfitters in Temple Bar is still worth a stroll, as is All Saints in Powerscourt; and while you’re there head upstairs for the Loft market. Speaking of markets; there is a brilliant new flea market in Dublin that started in ’09 and takes place in the Dublin Co-op near Francis Street on the last Sunday of the month.

gigs and shows and things to do

there are far far to many things in this category to list so here are some things worth a look (for everything else get to or pick up Totally Dublin freezine or check out the excellent list of free dublin events )