Traditional Music Venues
Attending a true Dublin “trad session”—a group jam session featuring instruments like violin, mandolin, banjo, accordion, and uilleann pipes—is a memorable event. But though there are numerous trad offerings around Temple Bar, most are touristy, glitzy affairs that bear little resemblance to the real thing. More authentic experiences can usually be found at O’Donoghues and The Cobblestone—both of which host musicians seven nights a week. Sessions at Devitts and the Palace Bar are more occasional, but just as good.
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann on the city’s Southside at 32 Belgrave Square hosts its own trad events and can offer advice on finding others around the city.