Dublin might not have the vibrant opera life of Vienna, or the musical extravaganza of the West End, but the theatre options are quite good. There are a few good ones in town, and going to the theatre can be a great option for a night out – including the pre-theatre early bird menu in one of the many restaurants of Dublin!
I like Olympia because it can be a “regular” theatre, but also hosts music shows or stand-up comedy quite often. The place itself is classy and cozy at the same time, giving you a feeling of maybe a bit old-fashioned (the venue first opened its doors in 1879 so that can be expected!), but a special place still. The venue isn’t big and feels very intimate; you’ll get a good view of the stage from wherever you’re sitting, and it’s impossible to miss anything.
In 2017, I went to Olympia twice, once for concert and once for a musical (incidentally called Once). It’s definitely worth it; the theatre itself being part of the experience as much as the show. During the annual Open House Dublin weekend in October, Olympia organise free tours around the venue–a great chance to take a peek backstage. It also has a nice bar at the back, to have a drink and relax before the performance.