Much-loved haunt of the rich and famous, Lillie’s Bordello, has announced that it will close its doors for the final time on January 19.
Recognised as Dublin’s most glamorous nightclub – attracting the likes of Rihanna and Mick Jagger in addition to Irish stars such as U2 and Niall Horan – Lillie’s will close after the Christmas season, more than 20 years since it first opened.
The Grafton Street venue is owned by the Porterhouse Group, which is said to have exciting plans for the venue in the new year.
It is believed that Lillie’s has closed due to the rise in popularity of ‘late bars’ in Dublin, as opposed to traditional nightclubs.
Lillie’s first opened on Grafton Street in the 1990s, with a plush velvet decor that became renowned by clubgoers and VIPs. There was a regular club, and an exclusive venue called the Library where big-name talent visiting Ireland would visit on nights out.
In a statement, Lillie’s invite punters to visit the iconic venue for a ‘last hurrah’ this Christmas season, and to share photos from years gone by on the Lillie’s tiles to their Facebook page.
Lillie’s said: “The sumptuous surroundings and bustling Grafton Street location solidified Lillie’s status as the number-one VIP-haunt in the city.
“The crystal chandeliers could tell the tales of 90s and 00s Dublin and the exclusivity of the club only added to its popularity for a dazzling night on the tiles.
“However, it’s time for the velvet curtain to close on the current iteration of the legendary Lillie’s.
“The red walls are draped with nostalgia and now is your opportunity to relive some of your favourite nights out. And as part of the trip down memory lane we would love to hear from you.
“Please share some of your photos from bygone years on our Facebook page.”