Temple Bar Area, Dublin
Being Dublin's cultural quarter Temple Bar has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists.
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 and many others!
Many people however percieve Temple Bar as dirty, overcrowded and see nothing entertaing about it. If you prefer a pint drinken in tranquility try some Pubs on the Southside. However have in mind that the Irish enjoy nightlife and probably all Pubs in Dublin will be overcrowded!
In my opininon a visit in Temple Bar is a must for every tourist, if you haven't been in the area at some point, you haven't seen Dublin at all!
Dress Code: The dress code is: no dress code!
Wear whatever you like, I got the impression that the less you wear the better (especially you gals).
Speaking by its look, this is one of the nicest pubs in Dublin - very colourful. I remember that it used to be a good pub, though I did not go there too often. Basically I used to go there for a pre-dinner pint while waiting for a table at the Gallagher's Boxty house, in the good old times when they did not take any bookings. A waiter would come and fetch you at the Oliver St John Gogarty was or table was ready.
I have not been there recently - but I have heard mixed reviews: excellent traditional music, good pints and a large number of tourists. Too many tourists, I heard people say.
Dress Code: Casual
A good pub, or at least it used to be... full of life and colour - as well as great pints and whiskeys. This pub claims to have over 300 different brands, though it is still quite unclear to me where they are kept. it's full of people, too - and that's the reason why i have not been back in a long time.
it's very central in the temple Bar ara and there's traditional music sessions daily, hence it has become quite popular and, in particular, touristy. On the plus side if you are a smoker, however, there is the beer garden at the back.
Dress Code: The "usual" crowd is young and hip, so dress accordingly
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 !!!!!