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Dublin: Comedy clubs offering cheap laughs

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The Capital Comedy Club takes place in the upstairs of the Ha'Penny Bridge Inn. Photo: Jeffc5000
The Capital Comedy Club takes place in the upstairs of the Ha'Penny Bridge Inn. Photo: Jeffc5000

Comedy clubs can serve as a great introduction to the humor, accents, and gripes of a new city. The one problem is that there is often a substantial price tag attached to tickets. If you’re traveling to Dublin on a budget, here are some suggestions for enjoying Dublin comedy clubs on the cheap.

1. International Comedy Club
23 Wicklow Street

Comedians take the stage four nights a week at the International Comedy Club. Advance tickets are €10 (or €8 for students) and are available only on Saturday night, when the club hosts two shows – an early show and a late show. On other nights, advance tickets aren’t available, simply pay the entry fee at the door. Cheapos will want to attend a show on Sundays, when the price is dropped to €5.

2. Capital Comedy Club
Upstairs in The Ha Penny Bridge Inn, Wellington Quay

Comedy in Temple Bar has been scheduled for every Wednesday and Sunday since 1996 at the Ha’Penny Bridge Inn. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the show, at a cost of €7 or €5 for students. Advance tickets aren’t available, simply pay cash at the door. Irish comedians and international acts will interact with the audience at the Capital Comedy Club.

3. Laughter Lounge
6 Eden Quay

Perhaps the best known comedy club in Dublin is the Laughter Lounge – but it’s also the most expensive. Tickets generally range from €10 – €30. Over 3,000 comedians, including Des Bishop, have entertained audiences here since 1997.

There are a few strategies Cheapos can use to attend a show here affordably. If you’re traveling in a group, check out the group discounts available in advance online. There are also many value vouchers available online (through Groupon or Living Social) that can help to secure tickets at a significant discount.

Where do you go for laughs?

Where are your favorite comedy clubs in Europe? Tell us about it in the comments section.

Also in our guide: If you’re visiting Dublin and looking for an affordable place to sleep, visit our Dublin guide to read reviews of great cheap hotels.

About the author

Jessica Colley is a freelance travel writer and poet. She blogs about Dublin and more at www.thegreatamericantraveldream.com.

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