If you’re looking for pubs with live music in Dublin, you’ve landed in the right spot.
There are heaps of pubs in Dublin, however, only a small percentage of them host traditional music nights throughout the week.
With that being said, there are some excellent pubs to catch live music in Dublin, and I’m not talking about the ones in Temple Bar.
In the guide below, you’ll find the best pubs with live music Dublin City and beyond has to offer. Dive on in!
Our favourite pubs with live music in Dublin
Now, a quick disclaimer: if you’re looking for pubs with live music in Dublin tonight, your best bet is to check their Facebook pages (links under each pub below).
The reason for this is that it’s usually on Facebook where you’ll find the most up-to-date events taking place. Right – lets dive on in!
1. Johnny Fox’s
So, some people from Dublin tend to stick their noses up at Johnny Fox’s, claiming it’s ‘Just a touristy spot’, which isn’t the case.
Yes, it’s a pub tourists love but, speaking as someone that’s lived in Dublin all his life, I’d happily visit here several times each year.
Johnny Fox’s is the most famous pub with live music in Dublin, and you’ll find it in the Dublin Mountains in Glencullen and their Hooley Show is the stuff of local legend.
You can even grab a bus from Dublin City for €10 return that’ll take you to and from the pub. Definitely one worth checking out.
2. Darkey Kellys
Darkey Kellys on Fishamble Street is one of the finest traditional pubs with live music in Dublin City Centre, and you’ll find it a stone’s throw from Temple Bar and Christ Church Cathedral.
Darkey Kelly’s has a nice old-school feel to it and, unlike some nearby pubs that tend to attract tourists in Dublin, the service here is top-notch.
There’s live music seven nights a week and the food here (going off Google Reviews) is the bees-knees. Hit play above to get an idea of what to expect.
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3. The Merry Ploughboy
The Merry Ploughboy in Rathfarnham is a beautiful pub, both inside and out, with flowers covering the exterior and a glorious, old-world vibe to the interior.
There’s an award-winning traditional Irish night at the Merry Ploughboy that has racked up rave reviews online over the years.
The fact that the pub is owned and run by a group of traditional Irish musicians clearly helps! As was the case with Johnny Foxes, you can grab a €10 return shuttle from Dublin City.
4. The Old Storehouse
Located in Temple Bar, behind the old Central Bank building, The Old Storehouse consists of three separate bars. Spend a rainy, romantic afternoon in the Snug or enjoy the live music and craic in the main bar. There’s also a venue bar at O’Flaherty’s.
The staff are great; attentive, interested and talkative and add to the overall atmosphere of a lively Irish pub with great music, food aplenty, and pints flowing.
This is one of several live music pubs in Dublin with music taking place 7 nights a week (5-10 pm Monday to Saturday and 3-10 pm on Sundays).
More popular music pubs in Dublin City
Right, now that we have what we think are the best pubs in Dublin for live music out of the way, it’s time to see what else the capital has to offer.
Below, you’ll find lots more music pubs in Dublin City, from Devitts and Nancy Hands to some of Temple Bar’s more popular haunts.
1. The Brazen Head
The oldest pub in Dublin, The Brazen Head, is a series of rooms with lots of beamed ceilings and Irish paraphernalia. It has a wonderful, old-world feel to it, from the exterior to the many nooks and crannies inside.
Sunday trad sessions in the courtyard from 3:30 – 6:30 pm are a magnet for tourists who love singing along. Often, the musicians set up around a table and play for the crowd.
Make sure you don’t leave without wandering around to look at the photos and documents on the walls (see our guide to the oldest pubs in Dublin for more places like this).
2. The Cobblestone
Next up is one of the more popular pubs with live music in Dublin. Barely a minute’s walk from the Smithfield LUAS stop is The Cobblestone Pub, where trad sessions take place Monday to Sunday.
The Mulligans, owners of The Cobblestone, have been musicians for generations, so what better business for them to be in than a pub offering traditional Irish music.
Trad sessions run in the bar at the weekends, led by Uilleann Piper, Néillidh Mulligan. ‘Rough around the edges’, I’ve heard it called, followed quickly by ‘a fantastic traditional pub’, so roughly translated that means, it’s got atmosphere, and it’s authentic.
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3. Devitts of Camden Street
Devitts up on Camden Street is one that tends to be missed by tourists visiting Dublin, even though it’s a handy, 10-minute walk from St Stephen’s Green.
This is a peach of a traditional pub, and the Guinness is mighty! Devitts boasts live music in Dublin City 7 nights a week along with a cosy interior and great food.
The tunes kick-off from either 19:45 or 21:00, depending on the night (info here) and there’s always a packed schedule to look forward to.
4. The Celt
The Celt is another stunner of a traditional Irish pub. Located on the north side of the city on Talbot St (just off O’Connell St.), it’ll suit those of you staying most central hotels in Dublin.
Arrive here and kick-start your evening with a Beef and Guinness stew and top it off with an evening of traditional music (from 21:30 7 nights a week).
Room after room leads you to a large dining room at the back, and the service is fantastic. It’s got that lovely rustic look about it that makes you fell like you’re in the depths of Cork or Kerry, not Dublin City Centre.
5. Temple Bar (various spots)
So, there’s a load of pubs in Temple Bar that run live music sessions 7 days a week. The most popular are The Temple Bar Pub and Oliver St. John Gogarty’s.
However, the Quays and the Vat House are two other popular spots, too. One of the most overlooked pubs with live music in Dublin is the Auld Dub.
You’ll find music here regularly, however, keep in mind that it isn’t always trad (it’s a lot less touristy than many of the other Temple Bar pubs).
6. Nancy Hands
Last and by no means least is one of the most unique pubs with live music in Dublin – Nancy Hands. You’ll find it on Parkgate Street, a 5-minute walk from The Phoenix Park.
When you walk inside Nancy’s, you’ll be greeted by an authentic Victorian bar that looks more antique shop than public house.
Arguably the finest feature here is the staircase, which previously called Trinity College ‘home’. Live music sessions take place regularly.
Live music Dublin: Where have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant places to catch live music in Dublin tonight from the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!
FAQs about live music pubs in Dublin
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from which bars in Dublin do live music on Sundays to where to listen to trad.
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 pubs in Dublin for live music tonight?
It’s hard to beat The Old Storehouse, The Merry Ploughboy, Darkey Kellys and Johnny Fox’s for live music in Dublin.
Where does live Irish music in Dublin 7 nights a week?
The Celt, Devitts of Camden Street, The Old Storehouse and many of the pubs in Temple Bar has live music 7 nights a week.
Monday 6th of March 2023
Peadar Browns has Irish ballad music Thurs to Mon. Great venue.
Peter Mc Kenna
Saturday 26th of March 2022
Piping Hot Session in O Neills of Pearce St on Thursdays starting 31st March. The first invited guest musicians are Joe Mc Hugh, pipes and bazouki and Joe Mc Kenna, pipes and box. This is a session, not a show. So bring your instrument and join in.
Claire O Shea
Sunday 6th of March 2022
Grace's pub in Rathmines has a nice traditional session on a Friday night a nice relaxed atmosphere with informal singing and guest singers welcome.Also very important even if you are on your own people will talk to you!!!