Bord Gais Energy Theatre

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Making the Most of Your Visit to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

If you’re travelling to Dublin for the first time, or just looking for something different to do in the city, a trip to the Bord Gáis Theatre will be time well spent. 

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre was opened in 2010 as Dublin’s first premium arts venue, and largest fixed seated theatre space, with over 2,100 seats—shadowing the capacity size of New York’s 41 Broadway Theatres. 

Prior to opening the Bord Gáis Theatre, Dublin’s main theatres consisted of The Abbey Theatre, The Gaiety and smaller venues like The Olympia and The Gate. Designed with a West-End feel, the Bord Gáis Theatre enabled Ireland to host large theatrical productions which were previously unable to come to Ireland.

If you’re keen to get your theatre fix but end up touring the city with a few reluctant parties, rest assured the shows at the Bord Gáis Theatre are spectacular enough to convert even the most stubborn theatre phobes!

Can you buy tickets at the Bord Gáis Theatre?

You can buy tickets at the Box Office in the Bord Gáis Theatre up to 30 minutes before the show is due to start, after which ticket sales will close.

If there is a chance you could be running late, it is advisable to purchase your tickets online if possible. You can buy your tickets online through external sites like Ticketmaster, Aiken Promotions or directly on the Bord Gais website

Which seats are the best value?

Because of the tiered seating layout and amazing sound quality, you will usually get good value for your money no matter which seat you get issued with at the Bord Gáis. 

While the box seats might provide a traditional premium theatre experience, some people may find it difficult to watch the show at an angle. These seats also tend to be more expensive because of their exclusivity. 

The upper row tends to have the cheapest tickets, but this doesn’t mean these seats aren’t great. In fact, if you get seated near the front in the upper circle, you actually have a fantastic view of the stage. 

For more convenience, aim to get a seat as close to the aisle as possible so you don’t have to move to let people in or out too often. Alternatively, the seating at the sides with fewer seats will mean fewer people are likely to move in and out – these are usually seat numbers 1-10 or 45 onwards. Before buying your ticket, check out the seating plan on the Bord Gáis website to make sure you’re happy with your choice. 

Places to eat and drink near Bord Gáis Theatre

Nestled in the quiet Docklands area, there loads of nearby places to enjoy a few drinks or a delicious meal away from all the hustle and bustle of the city centre. 

Here is a complete list of places nearby and their distance from the theatre, according to what you fancy!

For cocktails and top-notch food

HQ Gastrobar – 100m

The HQ bar is very popular for delicious cocktails and high-quality food in a modern, chic atmosphere. The menu is varied, ranging from lunch and brunch to an A la Carte menu. They also have a great value set menu Monday to Friday until 6:45 pm, where you get 2 courses for €25 or 3 courses for €28. 

For something casual

Herbstreet -140m

Herbstreet is a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner, serving a variety of tasty food with loads of flavour. If you’re looking for something a bit different, Herbstreet’s delicious food in large portions won’t disappoint. 

This little place is very popular however, so there is usually a wait of about 30-minutes for a table. They don’t accept bookings, so it is a matter of going in and putting your name down. It is worth the wait though, and the walk around the Grand Canal area is lovely enough to pass the time while waiting for the call to say your table is ready.

Milano – 180m

Pizza, pasta and wine—you can’t really go wrong! Located along the canal, it’s only a 2-minute walk from the theatre, with outdoor seating looking out over the lovely Grand Canal Dock. Milano’s pizzas are a Dublin favourite, with a thin and crispy Romana base and a huge selection of toppings.

For fine dining

Charlotte Quay – 350m

This glamorous little spot is definitely one of the Dockland’s most hidden gems. Tucked away on the corner of Grand Canal dock, it’s easy to miss if it weren’t for the glittering fairy lights shining across the water. 

The standard menu is slightly more pricey but well worth paying a few euro extra if you’re looking for a top class meal. Fortunately, they do offer a pre-theatre menu on Monday to Saturday from 5pm-7pm, with 2 courses for €28 and 3 courses for €32. Not bad at all for such a beautiful spot overlooking the water. 

For a quick coffee and cake

Il Valentino – 230m

Arguably the best pastries in Dublin, this little Italian gem is perfect for grabbing a coffee, right up until 7 pm weekdays and 6 pm Saturday and Sunday. With plenty of seating overlooking the dock, and only a stone’s throw from the theatre, you can enjoy either one of their artisanal pastries, or a decadent Italian sandwich, all washed down with great quality coffee. 

Art of Coffee – 260m

Now with almost ten cafes around the city, the Art of Coffee have grown popular for good reason. The location at Grand Canal is possibly the smallest and most quaint of their many cafes, where you’ll enjoy an exceptional cup of coffee in a cosy, quiet atmosphere. 

While they serve amazing sandwiches and pastries—if you’re a fan of scones, their white chocolate and blueberry scones will definitely rank in your top five!  

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is located in the modern "Silicon Docks" area of Dublin's South City.

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Hotels Near the Bord Gais Energy Theatre

The Alex Suite Bedroom

The Alex

The Alex Hotel is a stylish, boutique hotel in the Dublin 2 district on the south side of the city. It’s tucked away in a quiet part of town, but a short walk from all the hustle and bustle of Grafton Street, with attractions such as Merrion Square, Trinity College and the National Gallery on its doorstep.

Walking Time: 15 minutes
Dublin Bus: 11 minutes
By Car: 5-10 minutes
By Taxi: €5 – €6

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The Davenport Suite Bedroom

The Davenport

The Davenport Hotel is an elegant 4-star hotel that combines the splendour of Georgian Dublin reimagined with the best of 21st-century facilities. This hotel is located in Dublin 2 and is close to many of the attractions that the south side of the Dublin city has to offer.

Walking Time: 15 minutes
Dublin Bus: 11 minutes
By Car: 5 -10 minutes
By Taxi: €5 – €6

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The Mont Classic Bedroom-min

The Mont

The Mont Hotel is a modern, designer hotel in the heart of Dublin city. Enjoy style and luxury in a location adjacent to Trinity College and Merrion Square which ensures that you are at the heart of the action, whether you’re in Dublin for business or pleasure.

Walking Time: 15 minutes
Dublin Bus: 10 minutes
By Car: 10 minutes
By Taxi: €5 – €6

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The Green Hotel Dublin Bedroom

The Green

Wake up with the iconic Stephen’s Green Park on your doorstep at one of Dublin’s most central hotels. The Green Hotel is also a stone throw from Dublin’s premier shopping street, Grafton St. and the Stephens Green shopping centre.
Walking Time: 30 minutes

By Bus: 25 minutes
By Car: 20 minutes
By Taxi: €11 – €15

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Getting to the Bord Gais Theatre 

While the Bord Gais Theatre is slightly further out of the city centre than the other theatres, the Grand Canal area is well served by bus and Luas. 

Getting to the Bord Gais by bus

If you’re travelling to the theatre by bus, you can either get a bus to the Docklands or to the top of Pearse Street (Macken Street). 

To get to the Docklands, take bus route 151.

  1. Get off at or near the Convention Centre, and walk across the Samuel Beckett Bridge (the large white bridge, you can’t miss it!)
  2. Cross the road and walk straight down Macken Street. 
  3. You’ll see the Bord Gais Theatre straight in front, at the traffic lights. 

The best bus routes to the Bord Gais Theatre are 56a, 77a, 1 and 47 which take you a few minutes walk away. 

  1. Take the bus route 56a (towards Ringsend Rd.), 77a (towards Ringsend Rd.), 1 (towards Sandymount) or 47 (towards Poolbeg St.)
  2. Get off at Pearse Square.
  3. At the main junction turn left onto Macken Street, and you will see the theatre on the right, at the traffic lights. 

For real-time information on bus times and locations, visit the Dublin Bus website or download the Dublin Bus app for Android or iPhone. 

Getting to the Bord Gais by Luas

The Luas line doesn’t stop outside the Bord Gais Theatre, but it is only a 5-minute walk across the Samuel Beckett Bridge. 

  1. Take the red line towards ‘The Point’ and get off at ‘Mayor Square – NCI’. You can follow this Luas map to see where to get on
  2. From Mayor Square, walk directly across the square, past the coffee shops, to the main road
  3. Take a left to walk towards the Samuel Beckett Bridge
  4. Cross the road and walk straight down Macken Street
  5. You will see the Bord Gais Theatre directly in front of you at the traffic lights

Parking at Bord Gais Theatre 

Parking around the theatre is rather limited, especially in terms of on street parking. Here are a few parking options nearby: 

Park Rite IFSC – €3.80 per hour, €18 per day

Euro Parks Convention Centre Car Park – €3.50 per hour, €25 per day, €12 evening rate (6pm-12am)

Q-Park, Grand Canal Square – €5 per hour, €40 per day, €20 evening rate (6pm-12am)

On Sundays, most on street parking in the city is free of charge, so you may find some hidden parking spots off the main roads. Lime Street has some great parking spots for free on Sundays or at quite cheap daily rates—this area tends to be quiet at weekends, and is very close to the theatre.

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