Dublin casinos

Where best to experience the luck of the Irish.

Of the 12 casinos in the Republic of Ireland, seven of them are to be found in Dublin. Go expecting the sort of venues you find in the UK and you might return disappointed. Give yourself over to the charm of Ireland and its gaming houses, however, and you’re sure of an entertaining time.

First, it’s worth pointing out some of the ways in which Dublin’s casinos differ from their UK equivalents. Arguably the biggest difference of all is the fact that all casinos in Ireland are ‘members only’ facilities. Not only that, but at some establishments membership can cost around 25 euros.

It’s also worth noting that, since Ireland is rather more serious about the issue of religion, it’s not uncommon for casinos to close on Sundays. In fact, opening hours in general on the other side of the Irish Sea are much shorter than they are in Great Britain.

Don’t get the idea that the Irish are killjoys when it comes to gambling, however. As anyone who’s ever gone racing will tell you, the Irish love a punt and if you don’t find a casino in Dublin that suits your taste, the people at Leopardstown and Naas race courses will be only too happy to relieve you of your money. Meanwhile, the city’s reputation as something of a sporting mecca makes it a great place to watch – and bet on- everything from Gaelic football and hurling to rugby union, boxing and MMA.

So, providing you’re not expecting to chance upon a Grosvenor G or a Genting Club, you should have a lovely time by the Liffey.

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Amusement City

4 Westmoreland, Dublin 2

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  Opening times:  10pm-1am, Monday-Saturday;, 12pm-1am, Sunday

  Telephone:  +353 (0)1 474 3273


  •   Boutique casino
  •   VIP club area
  •   Dublin's oldest casino
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Like several of the casinos in Dublin, Amusement City isn’t particularly big. While the variety of slots and the number of gaming tables isn’t terribly impressive, you’re certain of a warm welcome and an entertaining night’s gaming in this, the city’s oldest casino – it celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014. The Oasis Club VIP area is also well worth a visit.

D1 Club

63 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 2

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  Opening times:  10pm-5.30am, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  +353 (0)1 8306764


  •   Close to city centre
  •   Cozy atmosphere
  •   GAA sports screened here
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Another of Dublin’s boutique casinos, the D1 Club is pretty similar to Amusement City as far as its range of games and slot machines goes. Priding itself on its close proximity to the centre of town and its state-of-the-art fittings, this is also a great place to catch the latest GAA action. Poker tournaments are also a pretty regular event.

Emerald Casino Dubin

Eden Quay, Dublin 1

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  Opening times:  10pm-5.30am, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  +353 (0)4 2935 6519


  •   Attractive villa decor
  •   Heavy focus on 3 Card Brag
  •   Part of small Irish chain
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

While the palm trees and villa-style exterior might suggest exotic climes, the Emerald Casino guarantees a warm Irish welcome. Part of a chain that also includes venues in Dundalk, the Emerald should also go down well with fans of Three Card Poker, a card game that’s rapidly growing in popularity on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Silks Club

24 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

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  Opening times:  8pm-6am, Tuesday-Saturday

  Telephone:  +353 (0) 87 6404928


  •   Age:  18+
  •   Dress code:  Smart casual
  •   Website: 
  •   Cozy setting
  •   Popular with corporate groups
  •   Smoking zone
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

A terraced house that’s been transformed into a flourishing card club, Silks boasts a good bar, a smoking zone and a BBQ area that’s sure to prove popular on either of the days that constitute the Irish summer. Popular with novices and corporate and party groups, you can find out if Silks is your kind of place by visiting the club’s website and taking a virtual tour.

Sporting Emporium

Anne’s Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2

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  Opening times:  6pm-6am, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  +353 (0)1 7030600


  •   Large, multi-storey gaming floor
  •   Superb sports bar
  •   Always busy
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

A large venue by Dublin standards, the Sporting Emporium’s three floors of fun and six live gaming tables are but some of its biggest selling points. The fact it lies in the heart of the city also ensures that the place is always abuzz. The venue is also keen to court Dublin’s non-gamblers, something it accomplishes by billing itself as one of the best places in town to watch live sport. Again, if you want to pry before you try, a Google 360 tour is available on the company website.

The Fitzwilliam Casino & Card Club

Clifton Hall, Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2

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  Opening times:  2pm-8am, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  +353 (0)1 6114677


  •   Billed as 'Dublin's favourite casino'
  •   Big poker prizes on offer
  •   Detailed website
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Another small venue – albeit with a rather cool name – the Fitzwilliam likes to think of itself as Dublin’s favourite casino. Whether or not the statistics bear this out, there is certainly a lot to like about this card club, not least the fact that it bills itself as just that, a card club. Appropriately, poker’s the big game here and the – sometimes very generous - prize money isn’t to be sniffed at. The Fitzwilliam also deserves recognition for its detailed website which seems genuinely keen to impart the skills and thrills of card-playing to a wider audience.

The Westbury Casino Club

The Green, Malahide, County Dublin

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  Opening times:  7pm-late, Monday-Sunday

  Telephone:  +353 (0)1 845 3488


  •   Attractive rural setting
  •   Two full-size snooker tables
  •   Good 9-ball pool set-up
  • 3 Card Brag
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Kalooki
  • Mah Jong
  • Pai Gow
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Slots
  • Video Poker

Although it’s located out of town, you’ll want to pay a visit to the Westbury if you’re a fan of the larger casino.  The club should also prove a hit with punters that put a high price of variety. Indeed, besides the most popular slots and table games, the Westbury is home to five full-size snooker tables, two 15-ball tables and a pair of American 9-ball pool tables. So if you can’t find the gambling action you’re after in Dublin’s fair city, the answer is clear - go north, young or old man or woman!