Temple Bar Area, Dublin
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 ;)
Temple Bar is the name of Dublin's top nightlife area. Every night the dozens of bars here are packed with locals and tourists eating, drinking, singing, and dancing. Many bars offer live music or DJs. Our favorite spot in this area was the Left Bank, but there are dozens of pubs and restaurants to choose from.
Not only is this the entertainment and nightlife center of the city, but it is also Dublin’s Cultural Quarter. More than 50 cultural attractions are located in the area including outdoor public spaces and independent film theaters, music centers, acting schools, photography galleries and much more!
Where up and coming young bands play, along with more established acts. Bar prices are pretty steep but the admission is usually pretty cheap. It is only five euro, which is nothing these days. This place is mainly for the alternative / college rock crowd.
I've been there on college nights where it is completely packed out with standing room only and I've been there on more sedate nights, where they put tables and benches out to take away the empty look of the place. As always ,with places like these, it depends on who is playing if there is going to be a good sized crowd or not. But I like coming here if I know the band. ;)
Dress Code: It attracts the Indie and Goth kids as well as the College Students, so t-shirts and jeans are fine.
Temple bar could become a tourist trap, the drinks are a bit higher and you'll be sitting next to the tourists in restaurants. But it also is Dublin's cultural quarter with art galleries, street performers, festivals, etc. In addition to some nice restaurants, pubs, clubs, and shops, there are art center, music center, and theater. The street is very busy all day long especially at night. Go out there, and join the cloud. Have a pint with locals and visitors from other countries!
Dress Code: Dress as you wish.
Great Place with biggest veriety of beers I`ve ever seen. Small brevery with delicious on-spot made beer. Great also for live concerts - if u are lucky u might see Van Morison - like me one night.
Dress Code: casual
A relaxed bar / pub which had live music on when we were there. All of the songs seemed to be about Belfast which was a bit confusing but never mind.
The atmosphere was very upbeat.
One table is in a disused lift shaft which is a bit scary when you look up but it's a nice secluded corner to cuddle up in. The walls also featured old signs including the old tavern prices and a notice banning goats.
Dress Code: Casual to trendy, jeans and trainers are fine.
I'm not sure what the name of this pub was, but it was more cheesy and touristy than most of the other places in Temple Bar. In addition, I was only in there for maybe15 min before some pompous jerk IDed me and kicked me out because I was under 21 (I was 20). The drinking age in Ireland is 18 -- WTF? Anywho, I didn't really mind because we were just about to leave. My advice: avoid at all costs!
I went to the Temple Bar Pub on a Monday night, and it was PACKED with people! It had a very fun and upbeat atmosphere with great live music. It was a perfect starting point for our partying in Temple Bar. I met a lot of fun and friendly people and had a wonderful time.
Temple Bar would be classified as the main tourist entertainment area in Dublin. It comprises of a series of cobbeled laneways and roads. Many of the buildings have a olde worlde, quaint appearance, comprising of arty shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and hotels.
I have stayed and walked in this area many times, the first time was approx 10 years ago when it was hardly known, things have certainly changed since. It got the reputation of being a magnet for rowdy stag and hen partys, well unfortunatley I think that perception is right. I've found the bars to be full of groups of men and women dressed in fancy clothes making plenty of noise.
I also think that Temple Bar is not good value of money, it definately is very expensive for food and drink, and has become slightly tacky. It offers nothing special that you couldn't get elsewhere for a cheaper price.
After saying that there are a couple of decent bars. The first one is The Oliver St John Gogartys Bar which is in Fleet Street. A nice bar to sit and sip a pint on Friday afternoon watching the world go by.
They have an upstairs bar which plays live traditional music every night. The complex can get very busy at night, so be warned!!!
Another bar that is worth a visit is Buskers, part of the Temple Bar Hotel. This has a modern theme, has plenty of seating and serves a nice meal during the day. Again at night it becomes very busy and is popular with the stag and hen crowd.
Temple Bar area is the heart of the agitation at night. It is a street filled with pubs and crazy people !
I went to two pubs there : the famous "Temple Bar" and The Oliver St. John Gogarty Pub". There were both very fun with some live irish music.
It's of course packed with tourists, but I also met some very funny and drunk locals.
I decided to go inside, because it was during the afternoon ( around 5pm) and there weren't lots of people around. A young guy gave away a small guitarconcert singing songs from REM, U2, ... He was actually pretty talented. I
On my second visit to Dublin, I came back here in the afternoon around 3pm and again, there was a young guy playing the guitar and singing. I can't remember if it was the same one as the first time, but this one also had an amazing voice!
On my next visit to Dublin, I'll definitely check out the Quay's Bar again.
Every time we passed by, the pub seemed to be full, so we figured it had to be for a good reason. When we finally managed to enter, we understood why. What an atmosphere!
Ok, if you are looking for a traditional Irish pub to have a good chat, then this is not the place to be! If however, you are looking for a big celebration, you might find it here.
We had great fun with a group of Scots, singing all sorts of pub songs!
The pub stays open until 2.30 am!
Dress Code: Dress code? Yeah right! :-))
In Dublin there are a lot of pubs offering live music, many of them are in or around Temple Bar. Oliver St. John Gogarty, named for one of Ireland's literary greats is a very nice pub, with an inviting old-world atmosphere, shelves of empty bottles, stacks of dusty books, a horseshoe-shaped bar, and old barrels for seats. There are traditional-music sessions most every night from 9 to 11pm at least, as well as Saturday at 4:30pm, and Sunday from noon to 2pm.