The Grill Music Venue also known as The Grill formerly The Golden Grill is a major nightclub located in Letterkenny, County Donegal , Ireland. DJs and live acts that have played in the Grill include Shane McGowan, Ash, Hot Chip, Dirty Sanchez, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Paul Van Dyk, Judge Jules, Republic of Loose, Ocean Colour Scene and Chuck Berry. Over the years it also hosted everything from Fianna Fáil conventions to bingo sessions.
The complex houses six bars - Black Bar, VIP members bar and Ocean's Restaurant, Bar and Casino. The other three are located in the Main Room.
The venue was established by former Fianna Fail Senator, Bernard McGlinchey and opened in 1961. A key success factor for the complex was its 1,000 car parking spaces. Bellas Club was born in the seventies and the Millionaire Club opened in the eighties.
Forty-six years after it first opened the entertainment complex went under a major €2 million refurbishment. 21 Spaces, a Dublin based Donegal owned interior design company, designed the newly refurbished complex. The team was also behind the Oceans Restaurant which is incorporated into the Grill facility. After its refurbishment the venue now houses six bars and two smoking areas.
The Grill Music Venue was raided by An Garda Síochána, on Saturday March 29, 2008. The gardaí were using the powers of a 1874 Licensing Act to seize drink they believed was being sold without a licence.
The management of the venue subsequently renewed their licence and took court action to recover tens of thousands of euros worth of drink seized from the premises by gardaí. .
The Grill remained shut unexpectedly on the weekend of 2 and 3 August 2008. This is a public holiday in Ireland and is known to be one of the busiest throughout the year. It was later revealed that the business had been placed on the property market after confirmation that it had gone into receivership. Advertisements announcing the sale of the premises by private treaty appeared in weekend newspapers.