Always the scene of a good time, Whelan’s has been the bastion of gig culture in Dublin for three decades. A traditional pub on one side—with the fire, the snugs (a corner booth separate from the rest of the seating, basically the most coveted seats in the house), the properly pulled pints—and a music venue on the other. Everyone (from Jeff Buckley to Damien Rice) has either gotten their start here or played here, newness being something the bookers seek out and something Dublin as a city high on culture craves.

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