So you’ve paraded through the streets, what’s next on the gay agenda? It’s time to live it up at one of the many (many) parties Dublin has to offer! Here’s our rundown on the city’s best Pride party happenings.
At 12 noon, the fab folks at The George throw open their doors for the annual Pride Party. Non-stop back-to-back DJs will keep you on the dance floor of this nightlife stalwart until the wee hours. With free entry until 5pm and €10 after, this iconic gay social is a must for first timers and seasoned pros alike.
Winner of the gayest street in the capital, Capel St has a raft of happenings catering to the community. The Queen of Ireland throws her famous all-day street party in Pantibar from 2pm, with free entry, fab tunes and great vibes ensured. For some non-alcoholic merriment, the Outhouse crew, fresh from serving up an epic pre-parade free breakfast, throw their GOLD Post Parade Party. Queers of all ages are welcome to the free happenings from 3pm til 7. A hop, skip and a twirl away, Nealon’s will host El Styra’s Pride Pop Party for the furrier attendee. Celebrate with the Dublin Bears free of charge from 4pm.
Fancy one of the guaranteed hottest parties in town? Bag yourself a ticket for the Mother Pride Block Party in the Tivoli from 4pm. There’s a ton of amazing acts and Nadine Coyle (yes, the Nadine!) is headlining. Live your Girls Aloud fantasy surrounded by full bars, food stalls, bespoke interactive installations and everything else needed for the most banging party on the block.
The Official Pride 2018 After Party takes over Opium on Wexford St with none other than Samantha Mumba headlining. There’s a rooftop BBQ and an exclusive Pride cocktail menu to enjoy, while the confetti cannons showering the dance floor sound like the cherry on top of a fabulous event.
The one and only drag diva Paul Ryder hosts ‘Drop. Drag. Gorgeous.’ in Mercantile from 7.30pm. With high kicks, low blows and lip sync battles guaranteed, it’s the perfect way to ease into Pride night. Street 66 will cater for the more alternative queer with ‘The Covers’ – a night celebrating rock and indie classics, with free entry from 8pm. For those wanting to keep the Pride party going afterwards, never fear, DJ Ger Bear and Pixie Woo will be on hand.
No self respecting queer music fan could miss a gig by the awesome Zrazy. The living legends dive into their tune filled back catalogue for your delectation at 8.30 in Whelans, on Wexford St. This is a change of venue from the originally stated Bagots Hutton but all tickets bought will be honoured at door and / or re-imbursed. Tickets are available here.
Speaking of bears, the guys at The Furry Glen open their cave at Wiley Fox from 10pm. Dublin Bears will present Sound House, packing the dance floors with the help of DJs Martin McCann and Eddie Kay. Entry €10 at the door.
The LADYZ will be in charge at Spinster in Bad Bobs, Temple Bar. Expect five floors of dance floor stompers for female clubbers with DJ Elle taking over the main club from 10pm until late. Partying with a cause, the legendary ladies will donate €1 from every ticket to TENI.
Wanna dance with your top off in the sunshine, surrounded by other hotties with their tops off? Then get down to Yeah Sir! at the Commercial Rowing Club (beside the Phoenix Park) from 3pm! Featuring live performance from Rio de Janeiro band, JOY, and the DJ stylings of DJ Anthony May from Madrid, DJs Pushee, B2B and Paddy Scahill and the gorgeous Arthuro Cavalli, it promises to be scorchio! Tickets online here!
Rounding off, Mother After Dark follows on from the Block Party. Promising the matriarch of all after-parties, resident DJs will be on hand to ring the very last bit of craic out of the night in Tivoli and District 8. We are officially spoiled for choice!
When you’ve had time to recover, why not drop down to Stephen’s Green on Sunday from 3pm – 6pm where the Gay Guys Cafe will host a post-pride picnic. This is a Meetup group for younger gay men who prefer a more relaxed alternative to the scene.
If you’re planning to pop the question during the parade, the fine folk at Rainbow Weddings are holding a glorious wedding fair on Sunday from 11. Avail of awesome advice while enjoying a mouth watering BBQ with a live band and beauty experts on hand to keep you looking and feeling amazing.
Finally, take a stroll up to the Gallery Of Photography and catch the essential ‘Proof: 30 Years Of Gay Community News‘ exhibition, looking at three decades of your community magazine.
After all that, it’ll be time to hibernate until this day next year!
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