Five Dublin Pubs with Live Traditional Music

Ireland, as a nation, has plenty to offer in terms of culture and heritage. One of our finest contributions is our live traditional music. We’ve found five pubs in Dublin City with regular trad sessions, so you can enjoy a creamy pint and a bit of live music while here.

Five Dublin Pubs with Live Traditional Music

The Cobblestone, Smithfield

This family-owned and run pub goes back generations, keeping traditional Irish music alive and well. The Mulligans have been playing Irish music for as long as anyone can remember, and owner Tom Mulligan continues the family legacy to this day.

The Cobblestone is both a bar –hosting daily trad sessions– and a traditional music venue. So no matter the time of week, you know you’ll always be in for a treat. The pub’s Backroom promises a fantastic night of music and culture, showcasing the very best of Ireland’s talent. There are regular gigs including the weekly Balaclavas session and the monthly Na Piobairí Uilleann (Pipers Seisiún).

Brazen Head, Usher’s Quay

How can you say no to a trad session at Ireland’s oldest pub? The Brazen Head is one of Dublin’s most beloved pubs, with a traditional and homely atmosphere that we all know and love. Head in and take a seat by the fire while you enjoy all that Irish culture has to offer.

With an all day menu, you can pop in and enjoy some classic Irish dishes alongside your drink of choice. The Brazen Head hosts regular gigs, with performances every Friday, Saturday and Sunday – so if you’re up for a jig, you know where to go.

O’Donoghues, Merrion Row

This lively pub is one of Dublin’s best, just a stone’s throw from the famous St Stephen’s Green and welcoming guests since 1934. As well as great drinks and a fantastic atmosphere, O’Donoghues offers live traditional music seven nights a week.

The bar in O’Donoghues is kitted out to reflect traditional Irish culture, with photographs lining the walls, showing musicians who have passed through. The pub captures the spirit of traditional music right in the heart of the city and truly encompasses all that it means to be Irish.

Madigan’s, O’Connell Street

On Dublin’s most historically significant street, Madigan’s is keeping Irish heritage alive with great food, drink and live music. Within walking distance of some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the GPO, The Spire and Trinity College, this pub welcomes visitors and locals alike for an authentically Irish experience.

You’ll find this spot bustling with live music every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So grab a few friends and head into the city for a night you’re sure to remember.

The Merchant’s Arch, Temple Bar

By far one of the city’s most recognisable pubs, The Merchant’s Arch in Temple Bar promises a fantastic night for all in one of Dublin’s busiest spots. Cross the famous Ha’penny bridge to reach this cosy traditional pub, where food is served seven days a week.

The Merchant’s is right in the middle of Dublin’s best amenities, so whether you’re looking to take a break between shopping trips or just a pint and a chat with good friends, this is the perfect spot. This pub hosts regular live music, so you can pop in for some evening entertainment and grab a bite to eat.


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Ava Farrelly
Ava Farrelly is a travel journalist for travel2ireland, ITTN and TravelTimes. With a background in arts, culture and lifestyle, Ava has a keen eye for the most visit-worthy destinations and all their attractions.

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