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The Olympia Theatre


The Venue

Located at number 72 Dame Street, The Olympia theatre is one of Ireland’s oldest and most cherished performing arts venues in Dublin’s city centre. Originally a music hall, it first opened its doors in 1879, under the name ‘Dan Lowrey’s Star of Erin Music Hall’. 

In 1923 it was established under its present-day incarnation, “The Olympia Theatre”. Much of the older interior and exterior decor has been preserved, much to the delight of patrons of this beloved Dublin landmark.

Events At The Olympia Theatre

Throughout The Olympia’s long history, the theatre has presented world-famous acts such as Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy,Marcel Marceau and Jean Vilar and his world famous company Theatre Nationale Populaire.

In more recent times, it has returned to its musical origins, primarily hosting Irish and international acts such as Aslan, Adele, Foo Fighters, Florence and The Machine, to name but a few of the global stars that have treaded the boards.

On an international stage, R.E.M. famously staged a five-night residency at the theatre in the summer of 2007 and recorded the sessions for their 2009 album Live at the Olympia. Visit the theatre’s events page here to check for upcoming events. Tickets are usually sold through Ticketmaster unless otherwise stated.

Best Places to Eat Near The Olympia Theatre

Forno 500

The closest neighbour to the theatre, at number 74 Dame Street, this Italian restaurant comes highly recommended by locals and tourists alike. Delight your taste buds with some delicious pizza or pasta, followed by a sumptuous dessert from their extensive menu. 

Chez Max

Located just across the road from the theatre, this French-style bistro is, without doubt, one of the finest in the city. Expect to find French classics such as Soupe à l’Oignon, Bouillabaisse “Chez Max” and Boeuf Bourguignon on the menu, for a hearty pre-theatre meal (available until 7 pm), especially if the weather has taken a turn!

Brasserie Sixty6

About a 4-minute walk from the theatre, on George’s Street, Brasserie Sixty6 is a restaurant oozing old world charm from its distinctive art deco design, to its pleasant waiting staff and ambient piano bar music. Although old-school in design, it offers a thoroughly modern menu, serving a cosmopolitan mix of cuisines. Vegetable Tagine, Free Range Rotisserie Chicken and Chargrilled Beef are just some of the dishes on offer on its early-bird menu.

Best Bars Near The Olympia Theatre

Bad Bobs Temple Bar

Ideal for pre or post theatre drinks, this lively venue boasts a bar, nightclub and roof terrace, perfect for dancing the night away after an amazing gig!

The Globe

Located just a 3-minute walk from the theatre, this casual but funky pub is open 7 nights a week, with a late bar and free entry. 

Capitol Lounge

A short walk up the further side of George’s Street is Capitol Lounge. This is one of Dublin’s best-loved cocktail bars. It’s a vibrant spot and can get busy, however, pre-show times are generally not too busy here. 

Their cocktail list is extensive and they also have a selection of beers, both Irish and international.

The Olympia Theatre

The Olympia Theatre is a classic theatre, located near the bustling intersect between Dame St, Georges St. and on the edge of the Temple Bar area.


Hotels Near The Olympia Theatre Dublin

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: 16 minutes
Dublin Bus: 20 minutes
By Car: 16 minutes
By Taxi: €7 – €8


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 Dublin city has to offer.

Walking Time: 16 minutes
Dublin Bus: 20 minutes
By Car: 16 minutes
By Taxi: €7 – €8


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: 16 minutes
Dublin Bus: 20 minutes
By Car: 16 minutes
By Taxi: €7 – €8


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: 14 minutes
Dublin Bus: 17 minutes
By Car: 7 minutes
By Taxi: €4 – €5