One cannot miss Temple Bar when in Dublin, it's a must. Temple Bar is the bar and night life area, where practically everything important happens, and where people gather in the evenings. This is the area of dining, bar hopping, listening to live music, watching Irish dance and so on.
Just go inside some of the attractive looking bars and soon you notice you have made friends with the always friendly Irish people.
I wouldn't miss local folk music and dance - they are really Irish phenomena and not only because of some historical things.
Dress Code: No dress code! The Irish pubs are very casual. Though I didn't see any shorts and sandals on the local people, seemed like only some tourists were wearing those at night time. The majority of people had jeans or pants and a casual shirt.
One of Irelands few brewpubs which is located at the edge of Temple Bar.
It features an impressive menu of beers and stouts although many are imported.
Up to recently the beer and stout was brewed in the building itself but this has moved out to Kildare.
If you drink stout, I recommend the 'Oyster Stout'. For pilsner, try the 'Galway Hooker'
Ive had a few galway hookers in my day.
Pub has a good menu and live music on certain nights.
Well worth a visit.
Dress Code: Beer bellies well respected!
We were little disapointment,that all the pubs seem to close so early(we didn´t stay for a weekend).In Finland there´s allways pubs open late,and we stay up late,but we don´t like nightclubs.We can´t stand that disco-music,and feels that we are to old to them..
But we found one place open late,and when we left at 1.30,it seemed that they wasn´t closin even then,and place was full of people!We could have stayed even longer,but wanted to get up in the morining,not in the noon..
I don´t remember the name,but I´ll put picture of the place,so you´ll find it.It´s in the street"Temple bar".
Guiness was alittle more expensive,but what can you do,if you don´t feel like going to sleep,and want to stay out watching people.And they had lovely Guinness-tables and chairs..Witch we would like to take home.No,I´m just kidding´..
Dress Code: No dresscode.People of every-ages.Not only Irish music,witch was nice after couple of days.
The night before we were taking the train to the Electric Picnic Festival in Stradbally, Petra and I had a wander round the very touristy but great fun Temple Bar area. We spent ages looking for somewhere we both fancied eating, and there are literally hundreds of places to choose from, eventually settling for a disco diner type place where I had fish and chips and she had a burger.
Afterwards we just wandered up and down in the warm evening, watching all the other tourists and spotting other possible festival goers! We had coffee and cake in a really nice little coffee and cake place that I can't remember the name of but was opposite the Irish Film Institute where, in the upper rooms a small group of wouldbe acTORs were having elocution/voice projection lessons.. their elaborate gesticulations looked very amusing with no sound.
Later, by an outdoor seating area, we came across the Garda dealing with a stabbed Jamaican street performer incident - it had drawn crowds far larger than the poor guy could ever have hoped for with his act. Hope he was ok.
Dress Code: Anything.
Turks Head is a stylish Bar at the west end of Temple Bar. It is a standard Pub for most of the evening but at about 11 o'clock the lower area opens and that's when you can have a blast! But remember to come early since only if you come before the dance floor opens is when the admission is free!
It is a nice place, my favorite actually from all Temple Bar Pubs. It can be very crowded however and the dancefloor is rather small, but I never heard anyone complain!
Dress Code: There is no dress code, but be presentable, other people have eyes too.
There is an age limit however, you have to be 18 and ID cards are required.
Temple Bar (Irish: Barra an Teampaill) is an area on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin, Ireland. Unlike the areas surrounding it, Temple Bar has preserved its medieval street pattern, with many narrow cobbled streets. It is Dublin's cultural quarter and has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists. Temple Bar is in the postcode Dublin 2 , and has an estimated population of 3,000.
Dress Code: no dress code.....
The area is the location of many Irish cultural institutions, including the Irish Photography Centre (incorporating the Dublin Institute of Photography, the National Photographic Archives and the Gallery of Photography), the Ark Children's Cultural Centre, the Irish Film Institute, incorporating the Irish film archive, the Temple Bar Music Centre, the Arthouse Multimedia Centre, Temple Bar Gallery and Studio, the Project Arts Centre, the Gaiety School of Acting, the Irish Stock Exchange and the Central Bank of Ireland.
After dark, the area is a major centre for nightlife, with many tourist-focused nightclubs, restaurants and bars. Pubs in the area include The Porterhouse, the Oliver St. John Gogarty, the Turk's Head, the Temple Bar, Isolde's Tower, the Quays Bar, the MEZZ, the Foggy Dew and Eamonn Doran's, as well as the newly flourishing Bayfire. Two new squares have been created in recent years — Meetinghouse Square and Temple Bar Square. Meetinghouse Square has been used for outdoor film screenings in the summer months. Since summer 2004, Meetinghouse Square is also home to the Speaker's Square project, which is similar to Speakers' Corner in London.
Meetinghouse Square is home to the Temple Bar Food Market every Saturday. The Cow's Lane Market is a fashion and design market which takes place on Cow's Lane every Saturday. The Temple Bar Book Market is held on Saturdays and Sundays in Temple Bar Square.
In July 2005, visiting American singer Aimee Mann described her shock at encountering "overflowing pubs, drunks, urine stains and pools of vomit". This and other increasingly adverse coverage has led to the introduction in October 2005 of a "Play Nice" campaign to help the area recover its bohemian image.
You have to visit one of the million (ok, it's not exactly that many of them) pubs and clubs on the Temple Bar if you are in Dublin. There are lovely pubs, lot of them have live music usually at the weekends, nightclubs with all kind of music, there's some street shows during the day, or if you hungry you'll find a nice restaurant. If you a film fun there's a Temple Bar Film Centre where you can see a decent movie, you also find an art gallery if you into art.
Dress Code: Pubs: whatever you were is usually fine.
Clubs: nice clothes to impress boys or girls.
Restaurant: in most restaurants even casual clothes should be ok, maybe not a tracksuit.
We walked to the Temple Bar area and ended up at Gogarty's Bar a little early, well before the music started. The two girls in our group struck up a conversation with the fiddle player who was also there early. Somehow he found out our daughter plays the violin and sometime during the evening after much prodding, she was called up on stage to play. Our daughter is a classically trained violinist but knows a couple of Irish tunes learned while a member of a cultural music group. Long story short--she brought down the house with her Irish tunes!! Gogarty's was packed that night and it's such a fun place because everyone is loud and they sing & clap along with the music. Everyone was having a fun time and there were people from all over the world in this one place.
We had our first Guinness Beer at Gogartys and they also serve a very good Irish Stew. The service is fast and friendly. This is a good place to go if you don't mind crowds, want to hear traditional Irish music and drink a few Guinness.
Dress Code: The dress code at Gogartys is casual.
temple bar has the reputation of being touristy, crowded, and over priced. this is true but a visit to dublin would not be complete without checking out temple bar. the temple bar is in the heart of the temple bar entertainment area. it is a very large pub with an outdoor courtyard in the center of the pub. pricey, yes but a fun place to visit.
To be honest this place is an absolute dive. The throngs of hen and stag parties love this but to be honest it's expensive and full of pubs and clubs I wouldnt touch with a barge pole. The best spots in Temple Bar is the Thunder Road cafe for their cocktails and food, the Porter House which I love for their own brews and beers/ciders from around the world and the live music . If you are looking for some decent places, try the aforementioned places or the following
Keatings - Mary St- a converted church over the north side of the River, near the Jervis St. Luas stop . Fabulous food, non strict door policy, friendly staff, good wine and beer.
Traffic - good club, good music - guaranteed to get you dancing
The Portobello - a bit outside the city centre but good for a late night drink and the tunes played at the weekend really have you on the dancefloor
Bleeding Horse - Camden St - Late Bar, good music
For gay/lesbain community - The George
Dress Code: Definitley Casual!
Dublin's Temple Bar area is very much like Soho in London with a vibrant nightlife and rows of bars, pubs, restaurants. If you are not much into that pint of Kilkenny, people watching here is good too. So much for a night out in Dublin ey!
The Temple Bar area is full of tourist and full of locals who know where to go and have good beers. Be advised that if your looking for a quiet place to talk with friends the Temple Bar area isn't the place for it, every bar you walk into, is full of people and loud, you won't be able to hear the person next to you in a normal tone of voice. Also the beers here are a bit more expensive than the average pubs and bars around town. paid 72 Euro's for 8 drinks...wow....almost $110 US dollars for a round of beers...... And be ready to stay out late, we left at 4:00 a.m. and there were still tons and tons of people at the bar, with no signs of leaving !!!!!
We went out saturday evening in the area about Temple Bar, going from pub to pub (like we always do in Spain) and experience the atmosphere in different places.
We enjoyed talking to lot's of people - foreigners but also Dubliners and getting to know more about this place.
The Temple Bar District is a great place to kick back and drink with the locals and meet travelers from around the world that happen to be passing through this historical city. There are many good places to drink in the Temple Bar District and it is quite easily accessable as it is right near the center of town. In fact it is only a ten minute walk from the center of town. On the walk one gets to cross the famous River Liffey and if lucky cross over the famous Ha Penny Bridge. Once in the Temple Bar District, there are lots of bars and many serve traditional Irish food such as Irish stew which I found to be very tasty. Also the Guiness in Dublin is the best in the world. No joke. Rumor has it that Guiness doesn't travel well and if you think you like Guiness beer wherever you happen to be from, wait until you taste the Guiness in Dublin. Oliver St. John's is a good place to go to find this magical pint of Guiness. I found it easy to realx inside this nice warm atmosphere as Oliver St. John Gogarty's serves excellent food and great beer.
Dress Code: Casual attire
It's almost boring, but wat can I do, every Dublin travel guide needs to have a Temple Bar section ;) So, here we go...
In terms of population (3,000 inhabitants) Temple Bar (Irish: Barra an Teampaill) is a small area on the bank of River Liffey. But the nightlife is what makes it great! The area named after Sir William Temple, provost of Trinity College in the 17th century, is full of pubs with live music.. and of course, Irish beer.
And if I would follow the normal pattern I should start lamenting how it's soo expensive and a tourist trap.. Dublin HAS a lot of tourists and it IS expensive, so I don't know if Temple Bar is that much worse than other parts of the city. I visited there as a tourist I had a splendid time at Oliver St. John Gogarty on a couple of evenings listening to live music. Well, there is one way to find out if you like it or not ;)