Temple Bar, Dublin
Booze Brawls Beggars Binges, Temple Bar makes Prohibition look like a good idea. Walk through Temple Bar at night and you will see every walk of life, and none of them can walk. Falling drunk and stupid from fake "Oirish" pubs blasting out 3rd rate rubbish music, it doesn't get any worse. A few young pubs add a selection of dangerously out of control kids to the mix. Each ATM has its resident beggar to hassle you.
The few decent restaurants are so well hidden you won't find them.
Every Booze weeekend that comes to Ireland comes to Temple Bar, Meander through streets avoiding drunks and raucous groups all shouting at each other, avoid the piles of rubbish and half eaten (or half digested ) fast food.
The tourists who "see" temple Bar are usually so drunk they can't see straight.
If you can see straight of think straight, see straight through Temple Bar.
Just avoid Temple Bar.
Most cities have an area like this, those that don't, should. It has atmosphere, it has street entertainment, itr has browse interest shops, it has week end markets, it has a selection of pubs and restaurants to suit all. What are you looking for?
On temple bar plaza you will find freindly bars with music everynight, and while they are not the most authentic, they are close enough, and be fair, large tracts of the great wall of China aren't authentic either. In Summer you will usually find a selection of Buskars- Fire Jugglers, Limbo dancers, acrobats and "Show" type buskars on the plaza, singers just off the plaza. If you see a black man with a guitar that looks like the strap is a little short, stop, listen and take out some cash, he is brilliant.
On Saturdays browse the book stalls on the plaza, and have lunch at the market in meeting house square, difficult to drag yourself away from either.
Many locals claim to hate Temple Bar. Yet you will find them on Saturdays drinking coffee and munching what ever wares are on offer in Meeting House Square.
Pubs- Farringtons, Foggy Dew, The Palace, Isoldes Tower (bit different)
Fitzsimons & the temple Bar (stag/hen party ish)
The Quays- Imitation Irish pub. Good imitation though.
Ha-penny Inn, great comedy nights.
The Auld Dubliner/Oliver Synge Gogarty, standard touristy.
Coffee Joy of Coffee, (watch out for the strange dude!) Coffee shop on the plaza, or, leave the plaza at trastevere, take the next right (around Luigi Malones) and there are a few nice coffee shops in a row.
Restaurants- loads, touristy and untouched by non natives.... from ke babs to quality cuisine. Mongolian BarBQ, the Cedar Tree, Tante Zoes, and a selection of Asian restaurants, one better than the next.
Temple Bar is in the heart of the city, and in the Afternoons and evenings it is the heart of the city.
Many locals claim to hate Temple Bar. Most locals on here will tell you all its faults, in detail, cos they see them.
So why do you find them on Saturdays drinking coffee and munching what ever wares are on offer at the food market in Meeting House Square.
Later, why do they eat in Tante Zoes, Drink in Farringtons, or over to the porterhouse for Friday Night's Guitar Beater, followed by a late drink in the Turks head or Isoldes Tower. Later still a quick coffee on the Plaza while watching the tourists stumble by, and off to the Late night buses.
Oh Temple Bar how we love to hate you.
Afternoon and early evening it is fine- food coffee, street entertainment, Temple Bar is excellent.
By 9 or 10pm its getting drunk, and rough, and full. And Smelly. Really smelly. Now this is not something you often see about a place, (except maybe Hong Kong), but by late evening the bars in Temple Bar stink. Rowdy energetic drinkers who have been on the go for hours now need a shower, badly. Add to this the unfortunate combination of burgers and pints (Beef and Guinness) to add a worse aroma. And with the workplace smoking ban, there is nothing to cover it up. Crowded pubs of sweaty beef eaters.
Oh how lovely. We are so proud.
So no matter how impressed you were initially, when you leave you will hate it.
Favorite thing: Temple bar is the night life district with a high density of pubs and music clubs. It has a reputation of being loud and dirty – for some it may an attribute, some will find it rather scary. Anyway, it is not as repellent as Hamburg’s Reeperbahn but more lively than the “Schanzenviertel” in the same city. Most pubs have live music, prices and tourist density vary from location to location. Some pubs have a dresscode, some are hidden secrets and some belong to rich people such as the Hard Rock Café. Dresscode varies as well, although casual dresscode is the norm for most of the pubs and clubs. The Mezz, which was the first place I’ve been in, still is my first choice for a balance between all the music styles and price categories. People who prefer some more traditional places can go to the namesake (“The Temple Bar”) or to the. Outside of the pubs and clubs, you will usually find a lively atmosphere, sometimes even street musicians or other kind of outdoor entertainers. At St. Patrick’s Day, consider this the place to be!
Enjoy its great atmosphere and have go on a pub crawl in Temple Bar. Have a Guinness in one of the pubs, which are packed all day long, with live music and odd people.
Fondest memory: There are very few things that beat walking along River Liffey after a few pints :)
Favorite thing: My friend Mira met some people on the way from Holyhead to Ireland on the ferry... Well, unbeknownst to us, one of them was a member of the group, Gorillaz... Both of us had never heard of them before and when they said they would put us on the guest list for their show, we thought sure why not... So, we head out from our hostel, contemplating whether or not to go to the show.(we assumed it would be in a small pub and maybe not the best thing going on) but we happened to pass the venue on our walk in to Temple Bar area... So, by this point we know the place is huge and that they must be pretty big.. Surprisingly, we ended up on the guest list and entered... The show ended up being really good... I had heard one of the songs before on the radio, but didn't know who they were and their stage performance was very unique.( instead of seeing them on stage, there was a video screen in front of them playing Cartoon-like images of them the whole time) After the show, we met up with the group, and headed to their private after party at a private club not too far called Lilley's... The rest of the evening was quite strange, but exciting... I don't think I can write it here, but if you want to know, ask...
go out on Saturdays, doing a pub crawl ! Dublin has a real pubdistrict, with restaurants, pubs and some places to meet new people. It is called 'Temple Bar'. Find out yourself !
Fondest memory: Walking down the river Liffey on New Years Day 2000, the first day in the new milennium. In the early morning, I was walking all alone, facing the quiet city after a whole night of partying.....Beautiful !
The Temple Bar area is very interesting, some nice old buildings and a cosmopolitain feel.
Fondest memory: Grafton Street and Henry Street are the main shopping areas. There was lots of people in the precinct selling cigarettes (illegal imports I think) and bananas. Every 50 metres or so there were more people and more bananas and they were all selling for the same price...bizarre, but entertaining!!
Tourism in Eire is a rather new event since about 10 years); I heard that from a dubliner...
The city center of Dublin (Baile Atha Cliath) is crowdy and animated night & day.Lots of things to see and do like Temple bar district touristic), O'Conell Street, banks of the Liffey River, St. Patrick Cathedral, Trinity College,Grafton street, St Stephen's Green park and shoping center...
Lost in Dublin ? any information to get ?
Ask any dubliner, they'll friendly do everything to help you...
Notice that Dublin is a safe city.
Le tourisme en Irlande est plutot chose nouvelle (depuis une dizaine d'années environ), je tiens celà d'un dublinois.
Le centre-ville de Dublin (Baile Atha Cliath) est animé jour et nuit.
Un tas de choses à voir dans cette charmante ville, ainsi, Temple bar (touristique), O' Conell Street, les rives du fleuve Liffey, la cathédrale St. Patrick, Trinity College, Grafton street, le parc et le centre commercial St Stephen's Green etc ...
Si vous êtes perdus dans la ville ou si vous avez besoin d'un renseignement, les dublinois feront tout pour vous aider, de façon très amicale.
En général, Dublin est une ville sûre.
Fondest memory: ENGLISH VERSION :
The first time I was there, it was during the HALLOWEEN period in 2000. The first night, a few hours after landing, I went to Temple bar district.
The streets and pubs were full of people gathered here and there, as some others were singing, dancing and laughing, disguised in funny clothes, all over the place ... what a crazy night.
Much Guiness beer flowed this night.
Pretty good athmosphere ... A must live !
VERSION FRANCAISE :
J'ai été à Dublin la première fois pendant la période d'HALLOWEEN.(très vieille tradition irlandaise), en octobre 2000 pour être plus precis.
Peu après mon arrivée, je me suis rendu dans le centre-ville, dans le quartier de temple bar.
Dans les rues, il y avait une foule incroyable, certains, en groupe, dançaient, chantaient et riaient alors que d'autres assistaient en spectateurs. Génial, une excellente ambiance ...et la Guiness a coulé à flots, une bonne partie de la nuit... Des moments à vivre ...
Deutche Version (Kommt bald).
For other languages, I'll need your help.
One of the most interesting things to do during the day around Temple Bar is to visit Dublin's Viking Adventure. Here you get an entertaining 40 minute tour of Viking Dublin. The villagers are played by real actors who give accounts of life in Viking days. The centre is open all year round.
Temple Bar was also the venue for the first performance of Handel's Messiah; this took place in 1742 at the Dublin Music Hall which had only been opened the previous year. The entrance and the original door are the only elements of the Music Hall which remain intact today.
one thing that is certain about Temple Bar is that you will never be short of something interesting to do or see.
You definetly have to enjoy some of your time at the pubs, they are beautiful, real fun, you'll love it!
Temple bar, between Dame Street and teh River Liffey is Dublin's most cultural quarter.Theatres, galleries, clubs, pubs...in a refreshing and bohemian atmosphere, the most colorful and vibrant part of the city!
Officially regarded at Dublin's 'cultural centre', the Temple Bar area could just as easily be dubbed 'Ibiza in the Rain'.
The huge congregation of pubs and bars turn this contained district into a party zone practically every night of the year. The area has experienced an extraordinary rebirth in recent years, with groovy bars, restaurants and trendy stores offering a one-stop district for Dublin's young.
Before making yourself too comfortable inside a glass of Guinness, head over to the western perimeter of Temple Bar and stroll down Dublin's oldest fare, Fishamble St. it was originally a Viking enclave, and dwellings from this time were dug up in 1980 - follow the symbols in the pavement to reach a mosaic outlining the results of the excavation.
Another 'old' milestone can be found in Parliament St where Read's Cutlers at No 4 lays claim to being the city's oldest shop, having been in operation for 240 years. Eustace St has a number of historic buildings , including the Presbyterian Meeting House which dates from 1715.
The maze of streets comprising Temple Bar is between Dame St and the river, west of College Green and the Bank of Ireland
I stayed near the Temple bar area. If you are young and enjoy nightlife, I would highly suggest you do the same.
Fondest memory: The best part about Dublin is how friendly everyone is. Additionally, I love how easy it is to walk around virtually everywhere you need to go. And of course, how could I not mention the fact that the beer here, especially guinness is amazing.