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The Clarence Hotel was built in 1852 and since 1992 is co-owned by Bono and The Edge (another investor is Dublinís business mogul Harry Crosbie). It is one of Irelandís top hotels and a favourite night spot of the band and their friends. On 27 September 2000 the band played a few songs on the hotel roof for the English TV show 'Top of the Pops' and caused a traffic chaos in the surrounding streets.

Apart from the hotel Ė too expensive for normal U2 fans Ė the ground floor features a restaurant, simply called Tea Room but equally up-market and expensive. Located next to it is The Octagon Bar, a hip night spot for Dublinís trendy crowds. It offers excellent cocktails from Ä10.50 (a cocktail menu can be found on the official homepage). There is a good chance to run into one of the band members (when they are in Dublin, that is), and hence a visit to the bar should be high on the list of every U2 fan.

In the hotelís basement an exclusive club, The Kitchen, is located, in former times also regularly frequented by the band, to mainly electronic music. The club shut down in 2002 (News), but reopened again. Check out their homepage for opening hours and events.

The Garage Club nearby was closed a few years earlier, but has also reopened again.

Opening Times of The Octagon Bar:

Monday-Thursday 11.00-23.30h (last orders 23.30h)
Friday-Saturday 11.00-0.30h (last orders 0.30h)
Sunday 12.30-23.00h (last orders 23.00h)

Bar Food available Monday to Saturday 11.00-12.30h, Sunday12.30-22.30h. A menu is available here.


6-8 Wellington Quay


Dublinkarte Nr. 9 | From south of O'Connell Bridge head west towards the end of Wellington Quay, where the hotel is located. The Octagon Bar and Tea Rooms can also be entered from the back of the hotel. The Project Arts Centre is located at the back entrance on the other side of the street.


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