Survey shows that Dubliners rank the city’s nightlife poorly versus European peers

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Dubliners have a negative view of nightlife in the city, with 73%
rating it as either somewhat or very poor.

That’s according to a new ‘Your Dublin Your Voice’ survey from Dublin
City Council.

Of the 1,184 respondents, only 13% selected it in their top 3 European
cities for nightlife, putting it mid-table between Madrid and Prague.
This rated Dublin significantly behind Berlin at 56%, London at 40%
and Amsterdam at 38%, which were the most commonly selected.

Cost was the main barrier to enjoying a night out in Dublin with 41%
saying that it was too expensive to go out in Dublin at night.
Infrequent transport options also emerged as an issue.

The survey, conducted pre COVID-19, asked Dubliners about their
engagement in a variety of activities at different time slots between
6 pm and 6 am. It found that early evening was the only time when
there was widespread activity. The majority indicated that they shop,
eat out, go to cafes and exercise between 6 pm and 9 pm. After 9 pm
activity narrows to the pub while after midnight, it becomes confined
mainly to dance clubs. However, with the exception of music related
options there appears to be little demand for other activities after

There is also support for a Night Time Manager, someone to coordinate
nightlife and culture in Dublin, with 70% somewhat or strongly in

Commenting on the results, Juliet Passmore, economist at Dublin City
Council said:

“While priorities following COVID-19 will have changed, the re-opening
of the city offers an opportunity to innovate and improve on what was
available in the evening or at night in Dublin. Previous engagement
patterns, highlighted in the survey, suggest that there was strong
demand for activities up to 9 pm.”

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