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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.