Dubliners love to dance and yes, we’re known for our prowess at jigs, but we’re well able to shake a leg at other styles of dancing too. For an authentic but fun Irish dancing experience, be sure to book a space at The Irish House Party. Taking place in a beautiful 18th century townhouse in Dublin city centre, the organisers’ aim is to “revolt against the cheesy and the twee”. Hear, hear!
Over on Exchequer Street, you’ll find achingly cool Japanese restaurant Ukiyo, who serve funky beats and tasty treats. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, head downstairs and sing your heart out in one of their karaoke booths! Fan of electro beats? Check out the Twisted Pepper and Bernard Shaw, both run by esteemed dance collective Bodytonic. Regularly welcoming international DJs through their doors, you’ll also catch some of the finest homegrown talent.
If indie-rock is more your thing, you’ll love Whelans, where regular guest DJs like Stuart Clark of iconic Irish music mag Hot Press play alternative tunes into the wee hours. If you fancy shaking those hips Spanish-style, Salsa Dublin dance nights take place every weekend at The Bass Ass Café in Temple Bar.