If you’re in search of the best gay bars in Dublin, you’ve landed in the right place.
County Dublin has long been considered one of the more welcoming and progressive in Europe (we were the first in the world to legalise gay marriage, after all!).
And, if you fancy a drink or just a chat with friends, you’ll find plenty of vibrant gay bars in Dublin to drop into.
In the guide below, you’ll find a handful of the best gay bars Dublin has to offer, from the George and Pantibar to Mother and more.
The most popular gay bars in Dublin
The first section of our guide is packed with the most popular gay bars Dublin has to offer, along with several LGBTQ event/themed nights.
Below, you’ll find the hugely popular PantiBar and the city’s longest running gay bar to the lively Street 66 and more.
Home to Panti, arguably Ireland’s best-known drag queen, you can expect all things outrageous with dances and cabaret shows on the bar’s stage.
They run some of the best gay events in Dublin, with drag nights and a variety of performances every week. Open from the early afternoon onwards, you can visit for a quiet drink and a yap, or you can dance the night away.
This is one of several Dublin gay bars that really dazzles on a weekend when, if you’re lucky, you can catch Panti perform, which is always a night to remember.
2. Street 66
A popular spot, Street 66 is located on Parliament Street near Dublin Castle. It’s a laidback live music venue and event space serving up craft beers, local gin and creative cocktails from welcoming staff.
It has a very intimate vibe and is more of a lounge bar, with plenty of cosy places to have a drink with friends. They also have a nice outdoor beer garden that makes a lovely summer evening hangout.
This is also, to our knowledge, the only dog-friendly gay bar Dublin has to offer (see more here).
3. The George
The George is the queen of all gay bars in Dublin and it has been open for over 25 years, which is impressive to say the least.
It features two dance floors, a beautiful garden area and plenty of themed nights and events every week. There are weekly drag shows, glitter parties, and guest DJs playing sets well into the night.
There’s also Bridie’s Bar if you fancy something a little quieter. You’ll find it easily in the heart of the city on South Great George’s Street.
4. Regular events in different bars
While there’s plenty of gay bars in Dublin, sometimes the best nights out can be found at the various events that are held in Dublin throughout the year.
A number of venues in the city put on parties and special events for the LGBTQ+ community and they are almost guaranteed to be some of the most memorable parties you’ll go to.
You can check out Eventbrite for some of the latest gay party events and purchase tickets for you and your friends.
Other well-known gay bars in Dublin
The second section of our guide is packed with plenty of other Dublin gay bars and clubs that are worth checking out.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from the very popular Mother to a number of venues that hold regular LGBTQ events in Dublin.
Having started its life in 2010 as an old school night club for the LGBTQ+ community, Mother has become one of the best gay clubs in Dublin.
In fact, going off Google Review scores, it’s one of the more popular nightclubs in Dublin. Located at Lost Lane on Grafton Street, it’s perfect for disco lovers, playing a range of electronic music.
It’s also well-known for its annual events which have taken the city by storm the past few years. The annual Mother Pride Block Party is held at the National Museum of Ireland with a variety of performers and in 2019, they launched a gay music festival called Love Sensation.
Euphoria is a club night held monthly at the Button Factory in Temple Bar. It’s known for its high energy music played by international and local DJs.
The dancefloor heats up pretty quickly with go-go dancers and a varied crowd of young and old who stay out until the early morning.
It’s often touted as the largest gay club in Dublin (update: Ireland) drawing a large crowd, so it’s a monthly outing worth getting dressed up for.
Related read: Check out our guide to 13 pubs pouring the best Guinness in Dublin (well known spots and hidden gems)
3. The Hub
While not technically a gay nightclub, the Hub puts on weekly LGBTQ party nights making it one of the most popular venues in the Temple Bar area.
It hosts fun events including 80s discos, hip hop sets and international DJs on different days each week.
Thursdays have been known for PrHOMO, while on Fridays, Sweatbox draws most of the crowds with a ‘shirts are optional’ policy.
FAQs about the best gay bars Dublin has to offer
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What are the best late-night gay clubs in Dublin?’ to ‘Which Dublin gay bars are the liveliest?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What are the best gay bars in Dublin?
The most popular Dublin gay bars are The George, Street 66 and PantiBar. However, Mother is up there too!
What are the best gay bars in Dublin for a dance?
If you’re looking for a bit of a boogie, PantiBar, Mother and the club section in The George are good options.
Elisha is a freelance writer, content creator and blogger and her work can be read in Lonely Planet, Remote Lands and Matador Network. You’ll usually find her travelling in offbeat places or hiking wherever there are mountains; always with a camera in hand.