The best pubs for traditional Irish music in Dublin.

The Cobblestone

The Cobblestone in Smithfield is well known as a home for non amplified traditional music sessions that attract some of the best musicians in the country. They run 7 days a week and strt early on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Ned O’Shea’s

Ned O’Shea’s is a good all round bet for a pub with its food, the drinks, and the nightly music sessions.

The Old Storehouse

The Old Storehouse is a great bet in Temple Bar. They’ve got live music daily starting early (usually 3pm) and at busy times they have 2 different sessions going on over 2 floors.

The Dame Tavern

There’s live music at the weekends in Dame Tavern and the pick of the bunch is the Sunday session that draws a great crowd.

McNeills Capel Street

McNeills now have a trad session 7 nights of the week. It’s a cosy little pub with an excellent atmosphere once the music gets going.

Devitts

Devitts on Camden Street have live music (mostly upstairs) from Wednesday to Sunday. The Sunday session is downstairs and always draws a crowd.

Doheny and Nesbitt

Doheny and Nesbitt on Baggot Street have a live trad session on Sundays at 8pm. Its a wonderful Victorian era pub.

Darkey Kellys

Darkey Kellys on Fishamble Street has live music 7 nights a week. It starts around 6pm on the weekends and draws a great crowd.

Cassidys

Cassidys on Camden Street draw quite a crowd on Sundays, especially after GAA games. It’s a high energy session here from ‘Rake the Ashes’.

The Celt

The Celt on Talbot Street have live music 7 nights a week starting at around 9.30.

Pipers Corner

Pipers Corner is a another pub with non amplified and very traditional nightly sessions. It’s a great new addition to the cities music scene.

O’Donoghues

O’Donoghues on Merrion Row is a pub steeped in the history of traditional Irish music with its connection to the Dubliners, Planxty, and other big acts. They have regular live music sessions in the main bar and in the beer garden.

Bowes

Bowes on Fleet Street is another pub with a brilliant Sunday session. It features Eoin Dillon, the Uileann Piper from Kila.

Peadar Browns

Peadar Brownes on Clanbrassil Street. is a great spot for a few traditional ballads, especially after a Dubs game.

M Hughes

M Hughes on Chancery Street behind the Four Courts is well known among musicians as a great pub for a session in their front room. It would be a session like The Cobblestone, Pipers Corner, and McNeills.

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