If you’ve followed the blog for any amount of time then you know that I have a special place in my heart for Ireland. It could be because my family has some roots in the country; believe it or not, I am of Irish descent. It might be because Ireland was the first international trip that my husband and I had an adventure on nearly 6 years ago. Or it just might be that Ireland is a wonderful country and her people are extremely kind and generous. Of all her cities, Dublin is by far my favorite!
In any case, I love Ireland…especially Dublin!
Specifically, the city of Dublin is quite the place to visit. It has a long, vibrant, and sometimes violent history. Of course, this violence was not without good reason. But if it’s history you love, then Dublin is a wonderful place to visit. The city is definitely what I would consider a world-class destination filled with a rich food scene, great museums and attractions, and an awesome nightlife scene.
Located on Capel Street, GUBU is an eccentric gay bar created by the owners of The Front Lounge. It’s a modern bar with great lighting, velvet accents, and a great area to chat with friends downstairs. The bar hosts various events and themed nights throughout the week. It’s also located directly across from the famous Temple Bar, if that interests you.
2) The Front Lounge (NOW CLOSED)
This bar is definitely worth a visit if you prefer starting the night out at a place where you can hear each other talking. It’s a smaller bar and has great mood lighting and you can get a decent cocktail here as well. The bar also offers a lunch menu most days.
33 Parliament Street – www.frontloungedublin.com
The George is a slightly worn bar with two-levels that hosts events and other entertainment inlcuding Drag Bingo. It’s been around for 25 years or so and since the closing of the Dragon, it is one of the best places for dancing for gay Dubliners and visitors alike.
89 South Great Georges Street – http://www.thegeorge.ie/
This is one of Dublin’s newest gay bars which totes itself as “your national fucking treasure.” The bar is run by Pandora “Panti” Bliss, who happens to be a drag queen with an affinity towards Dolly Parton (who doesn’t, right?). The bar is small with a small recreation area downstairs. It also hosts various themed nights and entertainment.
7-8 Capel St – http://www.pantibar.com/
For after hours…
5) The Boilerhouse
The Boilerhouse boasts a coffee bar, sauna, massage, “play” area, steam room, and other more naughty things. In essence, it’s a bathhouse. You know what ya do at a bathhouse so I don’t need to go into those details. Sure it’s not technically a gay bar but it does have a coffee bar, lol.
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