The gay community is extremely well represented in Dublin. With an openly gay senator as the favorite to become the next president of Ireland, things are definitely moving in a more positive direction for the gay community.
Nearly 25% of Ireland’s population currently resides in Dublin making it an extremely large city. Dublin is considered to be one of the world’s leading gay cities. Dublin is one of Europe’s liveliest capitals with fully dedicated gay venues all up and down the city center. Dublin population, half of which are under 25 are leading the charge into remaking Dublin into one of the great gay cities in the world. There are also plenty of nightclubs and bars for the gay traveler to experience. One-nighter clubs to be found every single night in the city with several highly popular weekend clubs open on Friday and Saturdays.
If you are looking to getting around the city look no further than a bike rental. Dublin is an extremely bike friendly area and with a bike you can easily extend your reach into the different parts of the city that you can explore. If you aren’t so keen to ride a bike you can find many pedestrian pathways and highly a systemized mass transit systems comprised of busses and trams.
The highly famous pubs are everywhere in Dublin and are an essential part of the overall experience. Students, locals, travelers, and more all congregate at the local pub, or water hole for some great conversation and mingling. After all, this is home to the famous beer, the beer of beers. If you have a chance, stop by the Guinness storehouse where you will receive a tour through their 7 levels of beer brewing goodness. Don’t forget that you’ll also get a complimentary pint when you visit the Guinness storehouse! The best time to visit Dublin is going to be during May or June. It is during this time that the temperature is mild and perfect for sightseeing. Overall the climate is temperate year around with mild temperature variations.
Dublin Gay Scene
In the past Ireland was always considered to be a rather conservative area where the LGBT population was unable to thrive. However, within the recent decades there has been a swing in a more progressive direction. One of the leading senators in Ireland, who is also a favorite for the next presidential election is openly gay. Overall, Dublin has shifted to become one of the world’s leading gay cities; here LGBT travelers flock from all parts of the world to visit.
The great part about Dublin is that they have more a of a “mix and mingle” attitude. This means that both gays and straights willingly visit straight venues and vice versa. You’ll often find both groups visiting a variety of different venues which leads to a strong sense of community.
The largest gay bar in all of Dublin is the Dragon, located on Great Georges Street. This venue is massive, it takes up two floors and has an open rooftop area for party-goers to mingle. Just down the street you’ll find The George, which is Dublin’s oldest gay bar. Inside The George you’ll also find that there are certain areas that are directed more towards the older generation while other areas allow the younger generation to party the night away.
As a gay traveler, safety is one of your most primary concerns. However, in Dublin it shouldn’t be much of a concern. Same-sex couples can be seen holding hands and walking down the street all throughout the city with no hassle or problems. That is not to say that there isn’t the chance you can land yourself in a pickle, just remember to be aware of your surroundings especially in alcohol fueled situations.