Single’s Night in Dublin


Looking for love in the big city can be a little daunting. There seem to be a zillion apps asking you to swipe all day long, and meeting other singles who want to have some fun feels awkward when you don’t know where to go.

Luckily, there’s one spot in Phibs where at least once a month, you’ll be able to have a bit of craic and meet up with other single people without one sniff of speed dating or blind dates in sight. The legendary Singles nights are back at McGowans, and we’re ready to help locals make it easier to be single and mingle.

Meeting new people should be fun, lively and without the pressure of feeling like you’re on a date. If you’re up for it and want to see where Friday night takes you, you’ll have to come along to Dublin’s best singles night out.

Here is all the information you need to know about coming to Singles Night at McGowans.

When does Dublin’s best Singles Night take place?

Singles Night at McGowan’s takes place once a month, and we post announcements for each month’s date on our socials! Usually, we announce the next singles night event one week after the last event. So, keep an eye out.

Where do singles meet in Dublin?

Upstairs, 18 Phibsboro Road Dublin 7 is where Dublin’s singles meet every other Friday. If you don’t know where that is (spoiler alert), it’s upstairs here at McGowans.

What is a singles night?


This is a question we get asked a lot. For many people, this will be their first time attending a singles night, and it isn’t rare to not have a notion of what it’s all about.

Dublin’s best Singles night usually entails:

  • Meeting new people and breaking the ice
  • Having a boogie
  • Play some games
  • Giving yourself a confidence boost

It’s your chance to get out there and have some fun to kick off the weekend.

What to know if you’ve never been to a singles night before!

Now that you know what we do, you’ll want to understand what goes on and what to expect when you come. Some people say that before their first time, they feel like a “bag of nerves”, but after the evening comes to a close, they’re eager to find out when the next event is on so they can go back and have fun again.

When you arrive, you’ll meet the event organiser who looks after everyone and gets

you registered. We also have a lovely MC who oversees the action and makes sure everyone is having a good time. If you have any worries or don’t know what to be doing, go and chat with the MC; they’ll be happy to help you settle in and meet some new folk.

What age do you have to be to attend McGowan’s Singles Night?

We don’t have an upper limit; however, you must be over 21 to attend.

As it’s Friday night, most people have finished work for the week, and our crowd tends to be in the mid-20s to early 40s.

With some people on either end of that range, we have a policy that everyone is welcome, no matter their age.

How do you break the ice at a Singles Bar in Dublin?

No one has to worry about mastering the art of conversation or having moves like Jagger to break the ice. Around the room, we have couples, and team games all set up to get everyone talking to each other. We find that team games are great at helping even the most nervous guests relax and embrace the atmosphere, although it is completely fine to sit out of games if you don’t feel comfortable.

Remember, we’re here to make sure you have a good time, not an awkward one.

When does Singles Night start?

We get the ball rolling at 9pm on the dot, and the place is usually busy before The Late Late Show starts on the telly (not that we have it on – it would make for a bizarre night out).

Where does McGowan’s Singles Night take place?

The events always take place upstairs. You’ll see the stairs as soon as you come in.

When does Singles Night end?

The event starts with games and single mingling until 11 pm; then, you can stay for a boogie all the way through to 2:30 am. It’s the perfect chance to get to know somebody (and find out if they’re a good dancer or not!).

Is it a balanced event?

You’d hate to find yourself coming to a singles night and seeing a ratio of 10:1 for one gender to another. We aim to have a balance in attendance and keep tabs on it by controlling how many people sign up.

We also have complimentary prosecco for the first 50 people!

Do I need to buy tickets for Single’s Night?

Yes, tickets are essential to attend this event. Tickets are available from Eventbrite here. This will help us know the balance for the evening. We also have a group on Meetup here, so you can get reminders.

Tickets are on sale 3-4 weeks before each event takes place.

What else is on at McGowan’s?

With something on almost every night of the week, see what’s happening at Mc Gowan’s on our what’s on page.