Male homosexuality in Ireland became only legal in 1993 when the human rights legislation of the European Commission finally forced the government to update its policies. On the other hand, homosexual women have never been outlawed since Queen Victoria declared there was no such thing as lesbianism. Today, gays in Dublin are enjoying life as much as their counterparts in liberal cities.

Gay and gay-friendly Dublin clubs and bars continue to increase in number as the pink economy flourishes. But times and venues change frequently, so we suggest that you double check what is on before you hit the bars and club. The following is a list of bars, clubs, and saunas that make Dublin gay life exciting:
The Boilerhouse
12 Crane Lane
01 677 3130
Mon-Wed 1300-1700, Thu 1300-0600, Fri 1300-Mon 0530, €13

Pegs, Earl of Kildare Hotel, Kildare St
Thu and Sun 2300-0230, €8
01 679 4388.
The Dock
Mon, Tue 1300-0130, Wed 1300-0300, Thu 1300-0500, Fri 1300-Mon 0500, free to guests at the Inn
21 Ormond Quay Upper
01 872 4172

The George
Wed-Sun 2200-0300, George free, Loft €8 after 2230.
89 South Great George’s St
01 478 2983
Fri 2300-late, €10
POD, Harcourt St
01 478 0225.

Hilton Edwards
Spy Club, Powerscourt Centre, South William St
01 677 0014
Sun 2200-0300, €8
Last Sat of month, free
Chief O’Neill’s, Smithfield
01 817 3838

Mon 2300- late. €8
Eustace St, Temple Bar
01 670 7655

Mon from 2300, free
3 Eden Quay
01 874 6934