Temple Bar Area, Dublin
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.
One of Temple Bars traditional pubs that offers live music, day and night. I'd passed by this bar a few times, and it appeared to be very popular.
Visiting Dublin with 4 of my friends, we decided to call in for a pint of 'the Black Stuff'. It was Saturday afternoon, and it was quite full (as were most of the bars around here), we were lucky enough to grab a seat each, and near the window, so that we had a view of the activity in Temple Bar
Traditional dark wood furniture and fittings, with large central bar.
A guitarist was tuning up, so we settled down with our drinks. Well, it wasn't long before 'the party started', with everyone joining in with the singing and banter. A mix of 'traditional Irish favourites' with well known tunes by the Rolling Stones, Proclaimers etc.
There was a friendly atmosphere, with a mix of clientele - tourists, stag/ hen parties, college groups, couples, locals taking a rest from shopping etc.
Music at about the right volume, as we could still carry on a conversation.
Half pint Carling lager 3.20 Euros Pint Guinness 4.80 Euros (2010)
Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs 10:30 - 23:30, Fri & Sat 10:30 - 2:30, Sun 12:30 - 23:00
Food Served: Mon - Fri 12:00 - 20:30, Sat 12:00 - 19:00, Sun 12:30 - 19:00 - traditional Irish and international bar food, plus All Day Breakfast. We didn't eat here...The Guinness was filling enough!
Dress Code: Come as you are!
There were a few 'stag' dos, groups sporting wigs, Team shirts, Guinness Hats etc... otherwise a mix of casual and smart casual.
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.
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 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 (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.
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 ;)
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!
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
The Temple Bar area is where you will find the finest tourist pubs.
We liked the Porterhouse Pub. We also ate dinner our night before we left here at the Temple Bar.
Dress Code: I suggest nice clothes to go to any pub in Ireland.
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.
Dublin is one of the places in the world with the liveliest nightlife. Temple Bar is an area where the bars and restaurants are side by side, the choice becoming very difficult.
We wanted live music, and that narrows the options. A little bit... only a little bit!