Dublin's growing love of the craft beer market is epitomised in this haven for those who love a classy pint. Against the Grain has an ever-evolving selection with the wonderfully unique taste of Galway Hooker at the heart of their broad selection. With board games, snugs and lively late nights, it's a pub well worth an evening or two.
Nightlife in Dublin has changed beyond all recognition recently. Stylish bars and buzzing pre-club haunts now sit alongside the traditional Irish pubs. The popular Temple Bar area is perhaps the city's best-known hotspot, but areas around George's Street, Abbey Street and Wexford Street are increasingly the preferred options for locals. They offer lively bars, chic venues and variety that goes way beyond the traditional pint of porter.
For gigs, and shows, tickets can be purchased on the night directly from the venues or in advance at outlets of HMV stores, on Henry Street and Grafton Street, from Dublin Tourism on Suffolk Street (tel: +353 1 8903 24583; www.visitdublin.com; bookings in person only), or from Ticketmaster (tel: +353 8187 19300; www.ticketmaster.ie).
Music website www.goldenplec.com is a great source of gig listings, while fortnightly magazine In Dublin (www.indublin.ie) is good for nightlife and events listings, with bar, restaurant and club reviews. Dublin Tourism also has online events listings that are updated daily.