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Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

South King Street
Ireland 2
Tel: 353 1 677 1717's insider take:

The Gaiety has an illustrious history as a ragtag theater (it opened in 1871), with anything from opera to pantomime to Irish drama making up a given evening's bill. So it was a weirdly logical move to turn the theater's after-hours emptiness into a cabaret for soft-core clubbers. From 11:30 pm, three floors kick off, with a jumble of bars playing host to live tunes, DJs, salsa dancing, and any genre of music you'd care to shake a stick at. The star attraction is the main auditorium, where classic movies play in the kind of chill-out zone that club impresarios dream of. Performers are a mixed bag, so check the lineup on the Web site.—Pól Ó Conghaile

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