The Clarence – Dublin’s Original Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel

Rock n Roll Hotel in Dublin City Centre


As one of the top 4 Star Hotels in Dublin City Centre, The Clarence is known for being Dublin’s original Rock ‘n’ Roll hotel due to our strong links to the legendary Irish rock group U2 and our close proximity to many of Dublin’s top music venues and attractions.

If you are looking for an authentic rock n’ roll themed break in Ireland’s capital then look no further than The Clarence Hotel in Temple Bar.

6 Reasons Why The Clarence is Dublin’s Most Rock n Roll Hotel


1 – Dublin’s most Authentic Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel

The Clarence Hotel offers luxury boutique hotel rooms as well as the coolest penthouse suite in Dublin City. Our penthouse suite offers guests the opportunity to experience the rock star lifestyle. It includes two floors, a panoramic rooftop terrace, super king size beds, grand piano, and private bar. The penthouse suite at The Clarence is ideal for a small party, listening party or even a stag or hen do. Our hotel is also ideal for delicious pre-gig drinks at The Octagon Bar or you can also grab some delicious pre-gig food at Cleaver East. and close proximity to top Dublin music venue that is the Olympia Theatre as well as the awesome Irish Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum. Keep reading to learn more about how you can have the most authentic Rock ‘n’ Roll experience during your stay at The Clarence Hotel in Dublin 2.


2 – Rock out at a gig at one of Dublin’s best music venues

Dublin City is always buzzing with gigs and events in and around the city and it also boasts some of the best music venues in Ireland. The Clarence Hotel is one of the best hotels to stay in for a gig in Dublin mainly because of our incredible location in Temple Bar that places us within walking distance to some of Dublin’s best music venues. The Olympia Theatre is located a mere 250 metres from The Clarence Hotel and is a popular music venue in Dublin which has hosted gigs for world famous artists down the years including top names such as David Bowie, Blur, Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Kodaline, The Killers, Florence & The Machine, Muse, Haim, Bryan Adams and many more. 

The Academy is located a quick 7 minute walk from The Clarence Hotel and is a popular music venue in Dublin due to its eclectic range of gigs that take place throughout the year. It is an intimate music venue that consists of four floors, each for differing music tastes. Throughout the years, The Academy Dublin has been the venue for top artists such as Lily Allen, Stereophonics, Calvin Harris, The Coronas and many more incredible music artists. 

The Clarence Hotel is also within walking distance to Vicar Street which is also among the best music venues in Dublin and is located only 1km (10 minutes walk) from The Clarence. Vicar Street is located on Thomas Street and is well known for being a top venue in Dublin for comedy, drama performances and for music concerts. 


3 – Take a Music History Lesson at The Irish Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum

Just a quick 3 minute walk from The Clarence Hotel is the Irish Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum which celebrates everything rock music and allows visitors to completely immerse themselves into the world of being a real rock star. Located in Temple Bar, the Irish Rock ‘n’ Roll museum explores the history of famous musicians who have shaped rock  music throughout the years such as U2, Thin Lizzy, Van Morrison and many more. The museum also boasts memorabilia from iconic artists as well as a music Hall of Fame which honours legendary music acts such as U2, Phil Lynott, Rory Gallagher, Sinead O’Connor, Shane MacGowan, Bob Geldof, The Undertones and Luke Kelly. The incredible Dublin museum also allows you to become a rock star as you get to create your own rock star style from their extensive wardrobe and then record your very own version of a classic rock track in the studio. To top it all off you can then collect your very own track from the giftshop for your very own piece of Rock ‘n’ Roll memorabilia.


4 – 200 metres from the Iconic Temple Lane Studios

Temple Lane Studios has been at the heart of Irish music since 1984 and world famous artists such as The Script and even Rihanna have recorded tracks at this iconic recording studio which is only 220 metres from our hotel. For the first time in history, the studio has now opened it’s doors to the public offering  a chance to experience one of the world’s leading recording facilities. 


5 –  Grab a photo at Rory Gallagher Corner

Located just 200 metres from The Clarence Hotel is another musical landmark which is the Rory Gallagher corner. It is a must see attraction for any rock music fans during their stay in Dublin City. The attraction can be found on East Sussex Street and includes a bronze statue of rock musician Rory Gallagher’s prized Fender Stratocaster guitar The idea behind this piece of public art is to celebrate and honour Rory Gallagher who was  a fantastic world class musician who played here in Temple Bar. 


6 – Shop at The Secret Book and Record Store

Just a quick 8 minute walk away from The Clarence Hotel, The Secret Book and Record Store is hidden away on Wicklow Street but is a popular spot for music and book lovers alike. This shop is popular for music fans who love to purchase retro vinyl records as well as collectable rock literature. It offers an eclectic range of records as well as a huge amount of books – a must for any rock memorabilia collector.