The Vicar Street We Know and Love

Vicar Street located on Thomas Street; Dublin 8 is one of Dublin’s most renowned concert venues.  Vicar Street currently has a seating capacity of 1,050 and 1,500 for standing gigs.

Vicar Street was first opened in 1998 and since has seen a range of famous musicians and comedians take their stage.

The outside of Vicar Street bar. Photo: James Black

Harry Crosbie is the current owner of the venue, and its gigs are run by Aiken Promotions. Crosbie is also the owner of the 3Arena and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

Plans to expand Vicar Street have been discussed for some time. These plans, for a new 2000-seater as well as a small 250-seater as well in the old famine school behind the venue, will allow for a larger audience and in turn a higher-end roster of acts.

It’s commonly thought that Dublin needs a location for performances by bands that are too big for 1,000-seat venues like the Olympia and Vicar Street but too small to play the 3Arena.

Crosbie’ original plan was to build a 2000-seater Vicar Street South in the Docklands, but he later decided it should be in the Liberties.

This destination venue, and its expansion, is also part of the story of gentrification in the heart of the area.

“Vicar Street has seen brought new people to the area, which has improved how rough it used to be which is a positive,” says local resident Katelyn Faust. “But but there also a few negatives such as the closing of a local pub, The Clock, which is very popular among me and many of my neighbours.

“Vicar Street brings loads of different people to the when certain acts play – for example, when a Brazilian show night was on last year the local pubs in the area had a new variety of people,” Faust says.

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