Gambling is big business in Dublin. For a country that is surrounded by sea and has a very diverse population, we sure love a pint and a punt. Whether its horse races in Leopardstown on the Southside of the city, Gaelic football in Croke Park on the Northside, or rugby in the Aviva (Landsdowne Road to the Dubs) in the heart of Dublin 4, you can bet that we’ll flock in our droves.
These great stadiums are divided by the river Liffey which runs straight through the city dividing it into two and then out to the sea at Dublin Bay. This results in a rivalry between the city’s population of Northsiders and Southsiders. Enter any pub in Dublin and chat to the locals and you can be assured they’ll mention these sports, stadiums, and of course the Northside/Southside divide.
Trying to find a good casino in Dublin is relatively easy if you follow the listings we have given you below. Northside or Southside of Dublin you won’t go wrong. While it is exciting entering a land based casino, some online casinos have an authentic gambling experience that can offer so much more in terms of volume, comfort, and speed with a huge range of exciting games anytime of day or night on the move or relaxing at home.
There are about 20 casinos that operate throughout Dublin. Here are three of our favourites –
The Sporting Emporium
If you’re looking for what many people believe to be the best casino experience in Dublin, head to The Sporting Emporium located on Dublin Southside at Anne’s Lane. Undoubtedly one of the city’s most prestigious casinos and boasting one of the largest gaming floors in the city, the Sporting Emporium offers a real touch of class and friendly environment. It’s ideally located just off Grafton Street, Dublin’s most popular street for shopping, meaning you can pop in for a quick punt.
The Sporting Emporium first opened its doors in 2005 and is owned by the high-profile Dublin billionaire businessman Dermot Desmond. The inside is beautifully decorated and furnished to create a sophisticated environment where you can enjoy a wide range of table games including Blackjack, Poker, Punto Bianco and Roulette.
Details: Open seven nights a week from 6pm to 6am. South Anne Street, Dublin 2, D02AK30, Ireland.
Phone: +353 (1) 703 0600.
The D1 Club is located on Lower Dorset Street. This sleek facility opened in 2012, and features an eclectic mix of live table and electronic games – including an excellent selection of slots.
Along with the live Poker, Blackjack and traditional Roulette tables, why not try your luck on the spin of a wheel, with the added privacy of an electronic game.
The D1 Club really illustrates how land-based casinos in Ireland have stepped up their game, given the threat from online casinos. The electronic poker, roulette and slot machines at D1 are a great way to sharpen your skills before you head for the live tables, also giving you the chance to win big money.
Just because many of the games are automated, the D1 Club has never lost sight of how important the human touch is for a casino. Expect to find plenty of friendly and attentive staff, dedicated to make every visit a pleasure.
Details: Open seven nights a week from 8pm to 5:30am. 63 Dorset Street Lower, Northside, Dublin, D01 F5X7
Phone: (01) 830 6764
No list of ‘best places to gamble in and around Dublin’ would be complete without a mention of Leopardstown racecourse. The undisputed home of Irish horse racing holds over 20 meetings a year, both on the flat and over the jumps. It’s the location for many of the biggest races of both seasons, featuring iconic races like the Irish Gold Cup, Irish Champion Stakes and Irish Champion Hurdle.
It’s around a 30 to 45-minute drive south of the city centre and is a common detour for racing and gambling fans who are visiting Ireland’s shores. The dress code varies, depending on what part of the course you’re visiting. If you’re down in the general enclosure, smart casual is just the ticket. While if you’re going all out on the Premium Level, racegoers go all out and dress to impress.
It’s well worth checking the diary to see which races are coming up soon. Put on your glad rags on and head down to experience the thrills of race day.