Róisín Dubh opened its doors in 1993, and has been universally regarded as the West of Ireland’s finest music venue ever since. In its original incarnation, under John Mannion & Mark Reilly, the Róisín played host to almost every musician worth their salt, Christy Moore, The Frames, Damien Dempsey, Luka Bloom, Andy Irvine, to people like Warren Zevon, Townes Van Zandt, Eric Bibb, John Martyn, Doves, Snow Patrol, Ray Manzarek, John Paul Jones to name but a few.
In 2004, the Róisín changed hands. The new owners, Kevin Healy, Simon Heaslip, Greg Healy & Gugai, were firmly committed to building on, and improving, the Róisín’s already established reputation as the venue of choice for national and international acts. In 2006, there were extensive renovations to the building – the venue size was increased, a new bar was added upstairs and the incredibly popular beer garden was added on the roof. Ever since, the Róisín has firmly cemented its reputation as a purveyor of the very best music and comedy, eschewing the normal cover bands and tribute acts found in other venues, and focusing on not only bringing in established talent, but providing a stage for emerging artists as well. Róisín Dubh also has a keen eye for talent, and many people have been fortunate to see acts in its intimate confines that have gone on to sell out shows in the O2 including Two Door Cinema Club, The xx, Ed Sheeran, Imelda May & Kevin Bridges. There is no other venue in the West with the same passion for music and comedy, with the same commitment to providing new and interesting acts, and keeping Galway entertained.
Nine years after the change in ownership, Róisín Dubh 2.0, voted best venue in Connacht five years in a row by bands and songwriters in the IMRO awards, is still essentially the same as it ever was. Great atmosphere, wonderful staff and the very best place to see music and comedy, old and new.
Comedy at Róisín Dubh
Róisín Dubh has long been the home of comedy in Galway. Many great acts including Stewart Lee, Phill Jupitus & Rich Hall, list it as being one of their top 10 venues in the world. Regular comedy goers will have been lucky enough over the years to see the likes of Jack Whitehall, Kevin Bridges or Sarah Millican when they were starting out, not forgetting the now legendary shows from Doug Stanhope & Jim Jefferies. Roisin Dubh also brings some of the biggest names in comedy to Galway including shows from Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans and Alan Carr. They curate the Galway Comedy Festival every year with such greats as Tommy Tiernan, Tim Minchin & Dylan Moran.
For over 10 years, Strange Brew has been running on Thursday nights, moving to Róisín Dubh from its original home in the beloved Warwick in 2006. One of Ireland’s longest running club nights, it has been instrumental in providing a stage to the more alternative spectrum of artists that would not have a platform to play otherwise in a town where most venues prefer to take an easier, blander approach to live music. Many of the most successful alternative acts in Ireland today, such as Two Door Cinema Club, Villagers, Le Galaxie, Delorentos, The Cast Of Cheers, Jape & And So I Watch You From Afar, all started out playing free shows at Strange Brew in Roisin Dubh on Thursday nights, as did the likes of Frightened Rabbit, Foals and more. It’s widely regarded as one of the go-to club nights in Ireland for people interested in finding new, interesting and exciting music.
Silent Disco is now a big part of late nights at Róisín Dubh – during the college year; there is generally a queue out the door on a Tuesday night. During term time, it’s on every Tuesday and Wednesday (the Wednesday takes a break for the summer), and there is also one once a month on a Saturday. There is no judgement at Silent Disco. Come along to hear music you love, music you love to hate and all your guilty pleasures. It’s good wholesome fun.
And you really won’t want to miss the now legendary Silent Disco Street Parties – the next one is on August 4th.
Róisín Dubh is one of the most popular late night bars in town – for good reason. Wednesday nights for the summer features live music from the likes of The Converse Allstars, The Rye, Mikey & The Scallywags and more.
Strange Brew on Thursdays for indie beats, alternative rock and good vibrations from past, the present and the not too distant future with gugai.
Friday nights features rotating residencies from Mashole (bootlegs, mashups and bastard pop with Phil Retrospector), 110th STREET PRESENTS THE HIVE (disco, house, hip-hop, Italo, techno, electro-pop, post-punk, new wave or lost classics), SHUFFLE (Soul & Funk with Dave Barry), DJ KORMAC (Scratch, hip hop, av extravaganza) and THE DISCONAUTS (Deep space disco: Lunar house intergalactic funk: Klingon classics).
Saturday nights is the powerful combination of indie, hip hop, funk and rock from the one and only GRAHAM DOLAN, with space disco and dance with MICK DATA upstairs.
HIP HOP CLASSICS and more on Sunday nights with the indefatigable Graham Dolan, DJ FUZ plays a selection of indie, post punk, new wave and more on Mondays. ?
Tuesdays, it’s the legendary SILENT DISCO with gugai & Ted.
OPEN MIC ON SUNDAYS
Primarily located in the upstairs bar at Roisin Dubh, (there is a big fancy one downstairs once a month) the OPEN MIC gives performers the unique opportunity perform in an intimate room with an adoring audience.
Whether you are a comedian, dancer, opera-singer, magician, singer-songwriter, Bruce Willis look-a-like or anything else for that matter....come in and hone your talents at Open Night at Roisin Dubh.