Dublin is a young city and there is always something going on. Many of the city's most popular clubs and pubs are in the area around St. Stephen's Green, including Harcourt St, Camden Street, Wexford St, and Lesson St. For tourists, however, the Temple Bar area reigns and has everything from pubs and clubs to small music venues and street performances.
Pub culture is an integral part of life in Dublin and any trip to the city should include a trip to at least 1 of the estimated 600 here. Regular pubs in Dublin pubs are allowed to remain open until 11:30 pm during the week and around 3am on the weekends. Pubs with a late license are allowed stay open later, many of which are downtown. Smoking is illegal in all pubs in Ireland. Prices for stouts in Dublin start at €4 a pint and lagers go for €4.50 and up. Not surprisingly, areas like Temple Bar that have lots of tourists tend to have higher prices than more traditional pubs.
For people looking for less mainstream beers, The Porterhouse and Messrs. Maguire are two Dublin microbreweries.
For clubbing in Dublin, head down to Middle Abbey Street where you can find clubs like Traffic and The Academy. The staff at the front desk of your hostel can give you detailed clubbing information depending on which section of Dublin you are staying in.
Music is a part of the city and several Dublin bands have attained international superstardom, including U2, Horslips, Hothouse Flowers, Boyzone, and Thin Lizzy. There are many more great bands that never hit the international scene and anyone making a trip to Dublin should stop by one of the live houses. Who knows, you might just see the next big thing!