The gay hotspots
Ireland hasn't always been very open to homosexuality, but that's been changing since the 1990's. The country's young population (and there's quite a lot of it since it has one of the largest percentage of under-30s in Europe) is much more tolerant and cosmopolitan than their parents were, and Dublin today has a handful of gay attractions that would not be out of place in gay capitals such as London or Berlin.
Although the gay scene is small when compared to those larger cities, a gay night out in Dublin can be just as fun, with all the attractions within easy walking distance from each other. And not too far will always be your gay-friendly hotel -- much of the city's accommodation now advertises itself as gay-friendly in the hope to attract the valuable pink euro.
A laid-back crowd fills this space, sitting at the long bar or on the couches for the live jazz, dance music by DJs, or the cabaret. At other times the music is upbeat pop, and you may show up for lunch too.
THE GEORGE - 89 South Great Georges Street
This gay Dublin institution operating since 1985 is still where most young gay guys meet. It's got a spacious interior with a dancefloor and a stage where the regular weekly drag shows take place. For any gay visitor, this is a must.
THE DRAGON - South Georges Street
Down the street from "The George" and owned by the same group, this bar also attracts a young crowd. It also gets a few straight clients, making the place fill up every weekend with a partying vibe. There are shows on some nights, but this is mostly a place for some good music as you drink on the dancefloor or elsewhere in its attractive modern space.
The Front Lounge
This stylish bar always has a friendly crowd that usually also includes a few well dressed straight guys and girls. It's the most sophisticated gay venue in town, with a tasteful décor, and also serving lunch. There's live music sometimes, other times a DJ, but it's the karaoke night that everyone loves.
Located just steps away from the popular "The George," this bar is one of the hottest gay destinations at the moment. There's always something going on seven days a week.
The Boiler House
This sauna is not exactly cheap, but it's the best one in town, with a jacuzzi, sun room, and even a café. All the gay bars are located in the area, for before or after your sauna experience.
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