When it comes to mixing craic, atmosphere and a bit of sophistication to boot, there’s nothing to beat a night out at the casino. Ladies can give the little black dress an airing, while the gentlemen can be James Bond or Danny Ocean for the night. On top of everything else, there is always that outside chance that you might even end the night with more money in your pocket than when you started. What other kind of night out can offer that?
20 years ago, casinos and what went on in them were shrouded in mystique, but, like so many other things, that has all changed in the internet age. Thanks to sites like Unibet casino, you can try out all the games, choose your favourite slots and brush up on your blackjack strategy. Ready to take on the real thing? These Dublin venues are consistently popular with beginners and seasoned gamblers alike.
The Fitzwilliam (Lower Fitzwilliam Street)
If you thought casino gaming had been “dumbed down” in the internet age, think again. The Fitzwilliam Casino and Card Club is probably Dublin’s most famous gambling venue, and it is one that takes the whole business very seriously. No vodka martinis here, it’s soft drinks only, which means those who are more interested in a raucous night out tend to go elsewhere. As a result, the Fitzwilliam has a unique feel, and is a little like stepping back in time.
It’s members only, but it only takes a couple of minutes to join, and the €10 membership fee more than pays for itself in the free spins and bonuses you’ll find in your membership pack. If you fancy yourself as something of a card shark, the venue also hosts regular poker tournaments.
The Sporting Emporium (Grafton Street)
If The Fitzwilliam sounds a little serious for your tastes, the Sporting Emporium in the city centre might have greater appeal. Again, there’s a one-off membership fee, but you get it straight back in betting chips. There’s definitely more of a party atmosphere here, but the place still retains a feeling of sophistication and exclusivity.
You’ll find all the usual casino games on offer, plus a few more besides. If you’ve never played Sic Bo before, now is your chance. There are also a range of big screens showing the top sporting events, as well as giving you a chance to place a Euro or two on the outcome.
Dr Quirkey’s (Upper O’Connell Street)
Fancy something a little different? Dr Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium is a treat for those who love gaming of all types. You’ll find classic cabinet games from the likes of Sega and NAMCO here, but venture further to the inner sanctum, and you will reach the in-house casino. Here, there are dozens of top slot games, as well as poker, roulette and blackjack.The casino area is strictly for over-21s only, but other areas of the establishment cater for all ages, so Dr Quirkey’s really does have something for everyone.