Dublin: Where to hang out for NYE

Fireworks and festivities, Dublin
Fireworks and festivities, Dublin

Hitting Dublin for New Year’s Eve? Here are just a handful of the hottest spaces to kick back and party your way into 2014… see you on the other side, people!

Get creative…

New Year’s Eve is a showstopper in Dublin (and our competition can get you there). The city is festooned in fancy dress, thumping with tunes, countdown concerts and buzzing with a super-friendly festive atmosphere. Bang in the middle of it all is South William Street, a scintillating strip at the heart of the city’s Creative Quarter.

Try Bear Dublin for nosh, bust your dance moves at Lost Society, tap old-school pubs like Peter’s and Grogan’s for a pint, and do Damson Diner for diner classics and cocktails rebooted, Dublin-style.

Fall in Love – With Dublin

Love Dublin Day (30 Dec) is a free and eclectic funfest designed to further your romantic affections for the literary city. The city will tweak the fun-o-meter to 11 with pop up music performances courtesy of the 36 bands from the Hard Working Class Heroes collective in coffee shops, restaurants and even Dublin Airport. Meanwhile, Dublin Genius – A Festival of Ideas will take over some of the cities funkiest venues (Little Museum of Dublin, The Button Factory, pubs etc.) to dig into the genius of the city’s creative minds. Expect poetry in pubs, discussion on Roddy Doyle’s Dublin and Comedy at the International Bar for starters. Oh, and Dualway (operators of the red Dublin City Sightseeing Tours) are offering a 50% discount on all city and day tours during the event.

Generation X…

Generator Hostel isn’t just a place to lay your hat. This is Smithfield’s funkiest space, with pool tables and a chandelier of old Jameson whiskey bottles (the distillery is next door) taking you through to the Generator Bar. Open till late with events ranging from dance classes to traditional Irish music sessions and tune-tastic DJs, it’s the perfect scene to see off 2013. When you’re done, tap the bar staff for tips on where to rock up next…

Miracle on Camden Street…

The clue is in the name. Step through the door of The Ferocious Mingle Marcade and an Aladdin’s Cave unfolds – a market arcade chocca with coffee shops, vintage treats and even a silent cinema… where you can stuff your face with goodies from some ferociously tempting delis, pie shops and cafes. Open Thursdays to Sundays, it’s a vessel of Victoriana only Dublin could serve up… and who knows what weird and wonderful plans are in the works for New Year’s Eve?

Say your prayers…

In its former life, St. Mary’s was a protestant church. George Frederick Handel is said to have tinkled the ivories of its organ. Fast-forward a few hundred years, and you’ll find the baroque ditties replaced by catchy house and booty-shakin’ RnB. A cellar nightclub occupies its crypt, with a deadly arsenal of cocktails and shooters (check out the Baby Guinness, with its layers of Baileys and Kahlua). The Church also boasts a restaurant, beer garden and beautiful main bar. New Year’s Eve? Heck, you could stay here all year.

Light up, light up…

New Year’s Eve isn’t just a party in Dublin, it’s an all-out festival. One of the highlights is the People’s Procession of Light, a sort of Ultimate Gathering marking the final moments of Ireland’s unique year. Performers and participants are set to electrify the streets with light spectacles, lanterns and shenanigans… be there, or be square!

Hip hotels…

Not feeling the clubs? Prefer to sip a cocktail, look fantabulous and subtly sparkle your way into the wee hours of 2014? Then make haste to The Dylan for a boutique buzz with a difference. The saucy lighting, pewter bar and jewel-toned furniture here are the perfect setting for a cocktail (we love the sound of Mrs Claus’s Cosmo). Meanwhile, in Grand Canal Square, The Marker’s rooftop bar is one of the hottest tickets in town… serving up not just drinks and nibbles, but awesome city views.

Like the sound of that lot? Our NYE comp will be music to your ears.