You know that a venue is really good when it shares a name with a 1994 Rolling Stones album.
Described itself as Dublin’s newest venue for live music, DJs, arts events, showcases, superb value for drinks, and friendly staff, the Voodoo Lounge is a club and music venue located on Arran Quay in the Smithfield region, which is located near the Dublin City Center. Though it hosts artists from a variety of different genres, it is primarily a rock music venue and has been known to host metal, punk, and dance artists.
The Voodoo Lounge has also had a history of being the place-to-be for people belonging to alternative musical and youth subcultures. Interestingly, it has hosted Dublin’s only regularly-meeting fetish and BDSM club. The fact that The Voodoo Lounge has played host to such a variety of different subcultures and groups has given it a distinctive reputation as compared to the plethora of other clubs to be found in Dublin.
Even though it closed its doors during the pandemic, it’s clear that its intentions are not to stop, but to continue delivering stellar live performances with a considerable range of bands, artists, and musicians from a wide array of diverse backgrounds and genres, all while delivering great pizza (which was initially intended to address the severe shortage of pizza places in the city of Dublin when the Voodoo Lounge first opened).
It’s also worth noting that the club was repurposed as a card club and casino, where, for the most part, poker was played. At this point in the club’s existence, it was referred to as “Voodoo Card Club”. However, this arrangement was not to last forever, to the pleasure of many Dublin locals! The Voodoo Lounge would later reopen as a café, bar, and music venue in April of 2013.
In fact, punk bands from Dublin’s local scene frequent this venue often, so it’s worth a look if you like your music with a DIY ethos.
Notable acts that have performed at this venue include The Exploited, Dave East, Sacred Reich, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Exhorder, and a good number of psychedelic trance acts as well!
Not unlike Whelan’s, the venue is small enough to allow for the intimate performances that bands and fans alike so crave. If you like getting up close and personal with your favourite acts, this is going to be great for you! Many bands often remark at how the dynamic in such clubs, seeing energetic fans up close, allows them to energise their own performances and as such enables them to give a better show.
Something notable about this venue is the fact that it was owned by famed singer of the New York band The Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Huey Morgan.
Fancy some pizza and good rock music to go with it? Voodoo Lounge has got you covered.
40 Arran Quay Smithfield, Dublin, D07 X76R
Phone: (01) 559 6682
Email: [email protected]
House music, psytrance, rock, and techno.
It is indeed wheelchair accessible! The venue’s doors are closed to absolutely no one.