LGBT Guide in Dublin

- Posted on: 18/06/2024 - By: Sofia Carraro Rocha - Cover by @sofiacarraror $itemValue.title

Yaaaaay! It’s Pride Month. Planning an adventure to Dublin and identifying as LGBT? You're in for an exciting journey! Dublin, with its rich history, vibrant culture and welcoming atmosphere, is a fantastic destination for LGBT travellers. Whether you're here to experience the lively pubs, join the colourful Dublin Pride Parade or explore the city’s diverse LGBT culture, this guide will help you make the most of your stay.



Discover the LGBT Social Life in Dublin

From iconic bars like The George and Pantibar to quiet spots like The Vintage Room, I’ll cover the best tips, must-visit locations and unique experiences to ensure your trip is unforgettable. So, pack your bags, embrace the rainbow and get ready to discover the magic of Dublin!


The George BarThe George is Dublin’s most famous gay bar, offering a mix of drag shows, dance nights and themed parties. It’s a great place to meet locals and fellow travellers.

PantibarOwned by the well-known drag queen Panti Bliss, Pantibar is a vibrant bar with a welcoming atmosphere. Check out their events for some fun nights out.

Street 66A cosy and relaxed bar, Street 66 is perfect for enjoying a few drinks with friends. They have a great selection of cocktails and often host live music.

Mother ClubMother is a popular LGBT club known for its lively atmosphere and great music. It’s particularly famous for its Saturday night parties.

The FumballyThis café is a great spot for brunch or lunch, offering a variety of healthy and delicious dishes. It’s also known for being LGBTQ-friendly.

Bernard ShawExperience a chic brunch and dazzling entertainment every Saturday with Eire Comme at The Bernard Shaw's Drag Brunch!


And, of course, don't forget to explore Temple Bar. While not exclusively LGBT, the Temple Bar district is a cultural hotspot with pubs, galleries and street performances. It’s a must-visit area in Dublin.


Dublin Pride

Dublin Pride Parade is a major event (happening next 29th). It’s a vibrant celebration with floats, music and a diverse crowd. Celebrate love, diversity, and unity at Dublin's Pride Parade! No registration is required — simply show up on the day and join the festivities anywhere along the route, passing O'Connell Street (meet you there!)

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Dublin Pride Festival is an annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community with a history dating back to the 1970s. It's one of Europe's oldest Pride events and Ireland's biggest Pride festivals, full of fun and acceptance. Every year various events happen at different times and places — just check it online to find out more.

And don't forget the highlight of the festival, the Mother Pride Block Party on the 29th at the National Museum. Tickets start at €45.


Learn the history

Visiting historical sites and museums can provide deeper insight into Dublin’s LGBT history and culture. Outhouse is an LGBT community centre offering various services, including a café, library and events space. It’s a good place to learn about the local LGBT scene and meet people. Also, the Irish Queer Archive is another must-go. Located at the National Library of Ireland, the Irish Queer Archive is a valuable resource for those interested in the history of the LGBT movement in Ireland.

Tip: Look for the Rainbow Sticker or similar indicators that a business is LGBT-friendly. Supporting these establishments helps foster an inclusive environment.


Attend LGBT Film Festivals

Check out GAZE International LGBT Film Festival, held annually in Dublin (in August). It showcases a diverse range of films and is a great way to support LGBT cinema. The festival pass starts at €150.


LGBT Dublin Culture: be respectful and stay safe

In Dublin, safety is key, so it's wise to be mindful of your surroundings and show respect for local customs. Dubliners are famously friendly, so don't hesitate to strike up a conversation or seek recommendations. The city's vibrant LGBT culture is deeply rooted in its history and progressive values. From welcoming establishments to diverse events and community centres, Dublin offers a warm and inclusive atmosphere for all travellers to enjoy.

Tip: Use platforms like Meetup to find social groups or events happening during your stay. It’s a great way to connect with locals. Also, use travel apps like GayCities or TripAdvisor to find up-to-date information on events and venues.


Walking Tour & Gay Spa

Join an LGBT-themed walking tour for an exciting journey through the city's vibrant past and uncover some hidden gems along the way. After all that exploring, treat yourself to some well-deserved relaxation at The Boilerhouse Sauna, where you can unwind in the saunas, refresh in the steam rooms, and chill out in the cosy café. It's the perfect way to recharge before diving back into your Dublin adventure!



As your Dublin adventure comes to a close, take a moment to reflect on the memories made, the friends met and the experiences cherished. Whether you danced the night away at Mother Club, savoured a peaceful moment in Outhouse or simply soaked in the welcoming atmosphere of this vibrant city, Dublin has left its mark on your heart.


As you bid farewell, know that you're always welcome back to this inclusive and accepting haven. Until next time, keep exploring, keep embracing your true self and keep spreading love wherever your travels take you. This guide should help you have an unforgettable and enjoyable experience in Dublin, embracing both its LGBT culture and the city's many attractions.


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