Dublin is an experience everyone should have at least once in their lives, and gay Dublin offers a level of fun and interest that is hard to beat. The fun starts in the spring, with the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) Out2Tennis Masters. It takes place from 5 May to 7 May at Mount Pleasant LTC. Dublin is known for being one of the most sociable cities in the world, and everyone is welcome to join in the social events at the Out2Tennis Masters. The even better news is – it is free for spectators.
Fantastic and sociable as the Out2Tennis event is, however, the party is just getting started at this point. The annual Dublin Gay Theatre Festival starts on the evening of 7 May. It’s the biggest event of its kind in the world, and features the best drama from around the world with a gay or broadly gay theme. The festival runs until 20 May and offers one of the most cultural events in Gay Dublin.
Dublin Pride takes place from 22 June to 1 July and has something for everyone, whether it’s watching the floats in the parade, or donning your dancing shoes and joining in the party. If you’d rather don trainers than dancing pumps, the 8K Pride Run on 22 June is tailor made for you. The fun run starts at 7.30pm in the Phoenix Park and ends near the Papal Cross near Chesterfield Road.
If you just want to have a good time in a safe, gay environment, there are some excellent pubs and clubs to head for. The distinctive purple facade of The George on South Great Georges Street is impossible to miss, and its atmosphere is warm and open. The Front Lounge at Parliament Street 33 is rumored to have a particularly cute clientele, and drag queen Panti is your “hostess with the mostest” at 7-8 Capel Street. You can even join in the fun with a spot of karaoke.
If sauna is more your thing, then the Boilerhouse at Crane Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 is the place to aim for. It features a jacuzzi, cinema area, cafe, cabins and shop, as well as other special features. If you need to chill out after all that activity with a good book, Books Upstairs at 36 College Green has a good gay and lesbian section, and if you just want some general retail therapy, then Grafton Street is the place to start. Whatever aspect of gay Dublin you’re looking for, you’ll find a place to suit. Don’t forget to check out our car hire Dublin Airport prices if you want to explore outside Dublin City.