The Auld Dubliner is as close as a real Dubliner pub that one can get, in Temple Bar at least. There's nothing fancy in its old wooden furniture, but the staff's friendly and the pints are good, really good. A plus is that it has not yet been completely taken over by tourists - although there's quite a fair share of them.
Dress Code: definitely informal.
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!
My regret was that I didn't get to do an evening tour of the Temple Bar area. Being of advanced age I was totally exhausted by evening and could think of nothing better than, dinner, a pint, and bed. Another hinderance was the fact that I was staying out of the downtown area and had a lengthy train ride to my quarters.
According to the guide books there are many music tours one can take, but many don't operate in January, I was told. At any rate, when I return I'm going to make sure I take one night to experience the "Bar." I need to see if it's really as seedy as I've been told.
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).
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.
This is the place to party when it comes to Dublin. All the guidebooks say so, so it must be so…I must admit, I have been there a couple of times. There are a few nice bars and pubs in the area, some even with decent food. It’s a very happening place, usually filled with young college students. If you don’t like big, noisy crowds, though, then this might not be the place for you.
Dress Code: Think trendy when you dress for the evening, but don’t overdo it. Every time I’ve been there people have pretty much been casual.
There are plenty of pubs in Dublin but we decided to just hang around Temple Bar. The pubs in Temple Bar are quite crowded and roudy, so you may want to skip Temple Bar and go somewhere else.
My collegues wanted to do some pub hopping so after dinner we headed to Templer Bar. It was a Sunday evening and the streets were crowded with young revelers spilling out of the bars. We decided to just walk into some of the pubs, grab a quick pint and move on. But as we were leaving the second pub we witnessed a scuffle between two guys who were being thrown out of the pub. We decided at this point this wasn't something we wanted to be around and decided to go back to the hotel for a few drinks there.
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 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!
We had an absolute fantastic time both nights in this place. Surprisingly, we met a pretty good mix of locals and tourists, and everyone was having a rockin' time. It is very important to have a seat, as the place gets packed with people. We got a table right by the music the first night and sat in a booth at the front window the 2nd night. The earlier music is more typical Irish folk, where the band later plays some more modern music. People will be dancing where ever they can find space. The music is on the 2nd floor.
If you walk by early in the day, look for any tours that start from the bar. We noticed that their was a walking tour starting at 7:30pm from the bar, so we showed up about 7:15pm. When the tour left, almost all the good seats opened up and we were able to pick where we wanted to sit.
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