A Dublin Blogger Tells Us About the City's Music and Nightlife Scenes

by Anna Kozlowska / as told to Abby Schreiber
Each week in our new column, "No Sleep Til...," we'll be talking to cool kids around the globe, asking them to fill us in about the bands, DJs, music venues and night spots they and their friends are obsessing over. Next time you visit their home city, leave your Fodor's and Lonely Planet guides behind and go party like a local instead.

Name?

Anna Kozlowska

Age?

27

Where do you live?

I'm originally from Poland but I've live in Dublin since I was 18. I came over for a few months to decide what college to go to but I totally fell for it and it's been my home since.

What do you do there?

I'm a buyer for a coffee chain by day and a fashion blogger by night.

What Irish bands or DJs are you obsessed with right now and think we should know about?

Ireland must be the most musical country in the world and so talented so it's hard to keep the list short but the top of my list would always be: Kodaline, Bell X1, Damien Rice, the Frames, and classics like Sinead O'Connor, Christy Moore and the Cranberries.

What does their music sound like?

A lot of these artists are quite melancholic and play really emotional stuff but that's the beauty of them.

Where are the cool places to see live music in Dublin?

Whelan's on Wexford Street is definitely a spot for a great gig. Vicar Street is good as well but less of the local crowd plays there. I personally love the Olympia Theatre -- definitely some of the best concerts I've been to.

Describe your perfect night out in Dublin.

I've a serious problem with shopping and I'm a dedicated foodie so my perfect night out would start after a couple of hours of browsing through vintage stuff at the Dublin Flea Market. I would first head to grab a bite somewhere around George's Street (Rustic Stone, a tequila bar like 777 or the Green Hen) and then head to Olympia for some great music.

What's your favorite bar/nightclub in Dublin?

Everleigh Garden is supposed to be the coolest club around now but I'm yet to check it out. I always enjoy 37 Dawson Street but for a bar I would head to [Four] Dame Lane or Keogh's on South Anne Street. On a summer's evening the customers pour out over the streets around it and it's one of Dublin's coolest views. I like the tapas in the Pyg at Powerscourt and a drink in Pygmalion after that. The coolest area in Dublin is definitely around South WiIlliam Street -- you will never be stuck for a great pub/club or a restaurant. There's always a lot going on around Wexford/Aungier Street too.

What's a bar or nightclub you would NEVER go to in Dublin?

Very few locals hang out in Temple Bar -- I stay away too. There's so much more to Dublin than that.

Check out Anna's music recs:

Kodaline -- "Brand New Day"
 

Bell X1 -- Careful What You Wish For



Damien Rice -- "Unplayed Piano"


The Frames -- "Falling Slowly"


Check out Anna's Nightlife Listings:

Whelan's, 25 Wexford St., Dublin 2

Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame St., Dublin 2

Rustic Stone, 17 S Great George's St., Dublin

777, 7 Castle House S, Great Georges St., Dublin

The Green Hen, 33 Exchequer St., Dublin 2

Everleigh Garden, 33 Harcourt St., Dublin 2

37 Dawson Street, 37 Dawson St., Dublin 2

Four Dame Lane, 4 Dame Lane, Dame Lane, Dublin 2

Keogh's, 1 Trinity St., Dublin 2

Pyg, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, South William Street, Dublin 2

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