Vibe Managers guide:
Dublin, Ireland
Joe Ballance – Vibe Manager

Meet Joe Ballance, the Vibe Manager for Hard Rock Dublin.

What is a Vibe Manager?

A VIBE manager, or rather  the Visionary Individual Behind Energy, has the task of curating the hotel atmosphere with lighting, music, decor, entertainment and surrounding memorabilia. They are the driving force behind Hard Rock’s unique events.

They are the go-to person for discovering and booking the best local music, the ins-and-outs of the scene, where to eat, drink and be merry… and so much more.

Joe’s Insider Tips:

“The best part of the Dublin music scene is theres so much live music in Dublin. its on the streets & in the bars & its all played from the heart!”


The Globe Bar

“My favorite local bar is the Globe Bar.” – Joe Ballance, Vibe Manager

11 South Great George's St., Dublin 2
Queen of Tarts

“The best cup of coffee is at Queen of Tarts – I get a latte served with a freshly baked hot scone smothered in Irish butter, strawberry jam & fresh cream!” – Joe Ballance, Vibe Manager

Cow's Ln, Dame St, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
George’s Street Arcade

George’s Arcade have many cool little boutiques if you want to purchase anything from records, vintage clothes to incense sticks it’s always a go to spot for us.” – Orchid Collective

“George’s street arcade is a great open air ‘shopping center’ of sorts. Lots of quirky and cool independent retailers down there where you can get all sorts of stuff. It’s very intimate though, feels more like a market than anything else.” – Tebi Rex

“My favorite place to shop is George’s Arcade!” – Joe Ballance, Vibe Manager

South Great George's Street, Dublin, Ireland
Freebird Records

“My favorite record store is Freebird Records – The guys that work there know their stuff. They introduced me to LCD Soundsystem when they first came out.” – Joe Ballance, Vibe Manager

15A Wicklow St, Dublin 2‎

“My favorite local bar and drink is Whelan’s. I have great memories so many mental nights of fun and music.” – Paddy Casey

“Whelan’s is a hub for all kinds of creative folk in Dublin. It has an incredibly rich history with artists who have performed and socialised there over the years, everyone from Hozier, Glen Hansard to Ed Sheeran and ourselves of course. There’s a gig on mostly every night of the week and you can probably catch us making fools of ourselves at the silent disco most Wednesday nights.” – Orchid Collective

“Whelan’s is the best venue to see a show – it’s cosy, intimate and has a killer sound system.” – Joe Ballance, Vibe Manager

25 Wexford St, Dublin 2, D02 H527, Ireland


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