Though you'll probably want to hit up an authentic pub and have a pint of Guinness while in Ireland, you'll also want to explore gay Dublin activities that are perfect for travelers like you. Ireland is one of the most welcoming countries in Europe for gay travelers, and Dublin itself is just as welcoming. The Irish elected Leo Varadkar as Prime Minister in 2017. Not only is he the youngest PM in the country's history, but he's also the youngest and hippest PM the country has ever had. More than two million people voted to legalize gay marriage in the nation in 2015, which passed with 62.1% voting in favor of it. Dublin may make you feel more at home than your own hometown does.
What about the Gay Dublin Neighborhood?
Finding a place to stay in Dublin that fits your budget and puts you close to all the action may seem hard, but finding a hotel is much easier when you look for hotels in Temple Bar. Located in the center portion of the city, the neighborhood is close to River Liffey and on the river's south bank. Boundaries include Liffey, Fishamble Street, Westmoreland Street and Dame Street. Though this neighborhood dates back to medieval times, it wasn't until the modern area that it developed a reputation as a gay hot spot. The Temple Bar Pub, Irish Film Institute and Foggy Dew are just a few of the neighborhood landmarks.
Instead of spending your whole trip trapped inside your hotel room, branch out a little and hit iconic gay Dublin bars and clubs like the PantiBar, Mother, Euphoria Dublin and The George Bar. The Boilerhouse and The Dock are two of the top gay saunas in Dublin. The Boilerhouse even hosts STEAM at The Boilerhouse, which is one of the most recognizable dance parties in Dublin.
You can't miss Dublin's top events either. DADDi is the biggest circuit party in Ireland for bears and their cubs. This party also welcomes leather lovers and fetish enthusiasts from across the country and around the world. Basic Instincts Dublin, which is the city's largest fetish shop, can help you find the perfect leather outfit for the party and some fetish items you can take back home or some toys for your weekend toy boy. Gay Dublin bars, saunas and parties are perfect for travelers who want to make new friends and those who want to enjoy a vacation romance.