Continuing my research into the social history of Dublin youth subcultures in the 1970s and 1980s, I’ve been trying to compile a comprehensive list of venues that were used for punk and new wave gigs from c. 1976 – 1984.
Name / Address / Status
- Baggot Inn (Baggot Street. Still there but unrecognisable)
- Dandelion Market (Developed into St. Stephens Green Shopping Centre)
- Ivy Rooms (Parnell Street. Now Fibber Magees.)
- Magnet (Pearse Street. Renamed ‘Widow Scallons’ and then developed into a Spar)
- McGonagles (South Anne Street. Demolished. Rebuilt and now Hackett London store.)
- Moran’s Hotel (Talbot Street. Now O’Shea’s Hotel.)
- Olympic Ballroom (Pleasant Street, Dublin 8. Closed but building still standing.)
- Project Arts Centre (East Essex Street. Temple Bar. Still in use.)
- SFX (Upper Sherrard Street. Demolished and developed into flats.)
- TCD Student Bar (Exam Hall)
- Toners (Baggott Street. Still there.)
- Top Hat (Dun Laoghaire. Developed into Roller Disco, Fun Factory and now apartments)
- TV Club (Harcourt Street. Demolished (?) and developed into Garda HQ)
- UCD Student Bar. (Demolished.)
- Underground Bar (Dame Street. Now Club Lapello)
Can you think of anymore?
Other places that I’ve heard about include The Youth Expression Centre (Temple Bar), The New Inn (New Street), The Loft, Slattery’s (Capel Street) and Bruxelles (Harry Street). Do they fit the bill? Or did they come a bit later?