TIMELINE 1965-80

1964

Sound City

4 Burgh Quay.
Big capacity beat club (up to 1500) in a basement.
Opened in December 1964 and hosted live beat bands. Proprietor was a young Tony Boland from the Evening Herald. BP Fallon DJ’d here on the opening night. Became Arthurs Place in 1966

The 5 Club

5 Harcourt St.
Basement beat club Pat Egan DJ’d here a lot, as did many beat groups including Grannys Intentions.

1965
1965

Moulin Rouge

63a South Georges St
1960s club with swimming pool too!

The Flamingo

Abbey St,
Beat Club

1965
1965

Club Go Go

Sackville Place.
Blues and beat club, Smiley Bolger was a regular DJ here.

The Scene

Parnell Square
Basement Beat Club opposite Findlaters Church.
Opened in January 1966

1966
1966

Club Arthur

4 Burgh Quay,
Very popular big basement club in the city centre previously called Sound City. The mod clothes shop Even Steven opened a branch above the club – see advert above from Eve Herald

The Grove

Mount Prospect Avn, Clontarf
Moved to St. Paul’s College, Raheny in 1975
Local disco in hall, More here on RTE culture site

1967
1967

Crocs

41 Fitzwilliam Sq, D2

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Sloppy’s (v1)

D’Olier St
Opened in late 1968. The first venue where disco and DJ presided over live music. More here

1968
1968

Le Disc

Molesworth St

Television Club

Harcourt St
Situated opposite Old Harcourt St Station and bought by Eamonn Andrews Studios group in the mid 1960s. Ballroom for dance bands but also hosted discos.

1968
1969

Elizabeths

38 lower leeson st
The first of the clubs in Leeson St opened in 1969 and ran until 1976, owned by Tony Boland and featured DJs Ephrem Santiago (photo of 23 year old Ephrem above from Man Alive ) and Enaz.

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The River Club

Bachelors Walk
Popular disco on the Quays but burned down in 1972

1969
1969

Tiffanys

Chapel Lane, D1
Big disco which ran for years. Located behind Penneys. Derek Nally DJ’d there for a while.

The Star Club

8a South King St
Across the road from the Gaiety. Thin Lizzy played here and Pat Egan DJ’d here.

1970
1970

Sloopys (v2)

Fleet St.
Sloopys had to leave its D’Olier St location and moved to Fleet St. More here

Zhivago

Baggot St
Multi floor long running night club with wine license.
Read more here

1970
1970
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2 Ages Discotheque

Burgh Quay

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Seezers

30 Upper Abbey St
Opened Dec. 1970, closed after failing to get wine license
More…

1970
1970

Revolution

Rutland Pl
Club in laneway Across from the Gaiety

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Star Trek Mobile Disco

With the growing popularity of discos, the ballrooms began to struggle to compete with the new cost efficient club scene. Hans Lignell created StarTrek, a massive mobile disco which ballrooms could hire, complete with lights, sound rig, DJ and go go dancers. We introduced “disco music” to ballrooms all over Ireland at a time when they either danced to a contemporary popular showband such as Dickie Rock, or a country & western one such as Big Tom. more here

1970
1973-1978

Garden of Eden

Eden Quay
Hotel disco at the Waldorf Hotel, Eden Quay.

Tara Club

D’Olier St
Located on the redeveloped site where the first Sloopys was. (beside Gas offices)

1973-78
1973-78

Blinkers

Leopardstown Racecourse
Suburban disco with fully licensed bar

Bubbles

Adair Lane, Fleet St
Teenage Disco

1973-78
1973-78

Lord Johns

Sackville Place
(photo Tony O’Malley Studio_

Amandas

Kildare St
Hotel disco with fully licensed bar.

1973-78
1973-78
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Club Aprhodite

Leeson St
basement club on the strip.
(photo above from Man Alive fashion shoot 1974)

Annabelles

Burlington Hotel
Hotel disco with fully licensed bar

1973-78
1973-78

Barbarella

Fitzwilliam Lane
Off Baggot St close to Zhivago
Another disco with a ‘swimming pool’

Samanthas

Leeson St
(photo Tony O’Malley studio for Magill 1978)

1973-78
1973-78

Silks

Phoenix Park
Disco at racecourse at weekends, with full bar license. Later called The End

Bojangles

Leeson St
photo 1978 Tony OMalley Studio

1973-78

Sabrinas

Mary St

Sardis

Stillorgan
Suburban hotel disco at Stillorgan Park with fully licensed bar. (advert 1977)

1973-78
1973-78

McGonagles

South Anne St
It was the Crystal ballroom prior to being rock/new wave McGonagles but became home to some of the better discos in town in early 80s and later became the System.

Osibisa

South King St
Opposite Gaiety Theatre
(tbc: previously the Star Club?)

1973-78
1979
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IGRM Phoenix Club

North Lotts Rd
Irish Gay Rights Movement disco, opened March 1979 

Raffles

Morehampton Rd
At Sachs Hotel

1979
1979

Roller Drome

Pleasants St
First Dublin roller disco opened in July 1979 at the Olympic Ballroom

Tamangos

Portmarnock
Big lavish suburban hotel disco with full bar license and with expensive lighting and sound systems. Club reportedly cost £1.3m to open. Guests for the opening night on 25 June 1980 received the invitation as a record. (Thanks to Mícheál de Brún @thriftonaut for photo of invitation.)

1980
1980

Afrospot

Adair Lane, Fleet St

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Flikkers

Fownes St
Gay club at Hirschfeld Centre, Temple Bar.
More here…

1980

The interactive map and timeline above shows the location for over 40 clubs or discos and the year they opened in Dublin between 1965 and 1980.

This is a digital version of the information presented at our Dublin Discos 1965-80 exhibition which is free to view every Friday and Saturday from 4 o’clock until 11 pm at the Other Hand, Circular Bar, D8. More here...

In some cases we haven’t been able to establish the exact year when a few of these discos opened. If you have any additional information, or if you spot any errors or omissions, please get in touch with brian@brandnewretro.ie. We’d love to hear from you.

For more on the the first Dublin discos check out my recent piece for Totally Dublin also available online here

Thanks for reading, hope you can get to see the exhibition.

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