Temple Bar, Dublin

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    The heart of town

    by solopes Updated Aug 23, 2012
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    Music, beer and joy.

    No matter the ages, sex or culture, life pulses in Temple bar, where people converge naturally.

    It was funny, and the lunch at Oliver St John Gogarty was good, but I must admit that our best night and our best meal they both happened in different places, somewhere else in Dublin.

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    Temple Bar

    by slothtraveller Written Aug 10, 2010

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    The vibrant Temple Bar district is worth a look if only to see the famous frontage of Temple Bar itself. In general though, this area is quite expensive and there are nicer (and cheaper!) pubs elsewhere in the city if you can be bothered to search a little harder. I preferred the more authentic feel of the pubs on the north side of the river. My particular favourite was the Flowing Tide on Lower Abbey St.

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    The buzz about the boose...

    by jckconnel Written Jan 20, 2010

    Temple bar is the home of the horny females, dirty old guys and tourist who come here to drink excessively. A fab place to hang out, a must be on weekend nights and a magical place to get laid. So if you are in Dublin this is the only place to visit, really skip the boring stuff come and get drunk Irish style!

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    Dublin Wall of Fame

    by Chuckaziz Updated Jul 23, 2009

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    Maybe I'll be the next to be featured on the Wall

    Ireland’s world renowned musical talents are being acknowledged and celebrated in a permanent outdoor photographic exhibition, situated in Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, Temple Bar. It resembles a giant photo frame of singers in separate showcases set against the black wall. I personally like the night view when the frames are illuminated giving it a nice illusion of giant frames hanging on a wall. There is one large window frame accompanied by eleven smaller ones, each of which represent twelve Irish musical talents. This is a must visit site day or night. Every year one artist will be replaced with another based on various selection criteria. One of the methods is by a vote carried out on it's website. Please visit http://www.walloffame.ie/ if you wish to nominate an artist or an act to replace.

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    Partiers' Delight

    by Jase1177 Written May 23, 2009

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    The Temple Bar is at the heart of the Dublin nightlife just south of the Liffey. There are numerous pubs, bars, restaurants, and cafes for revellers throughout the day and evening. Many visitors equate it to New Orlean's Bourbon Street, however, it has a different feel. It definitely has is liveliness and partiers, but it spread over several streets and blocks. It's worth a walk through both during the day and the night to see and feel the atmosphere, but one's enjoyment depends if you enjoy lively crowds. It seems that it may have become a tourist draw for its legend rather than anything particular to do other than wine and dine. There are some good restaurants and pubs around the area.

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    Temple Bar Area

    by rcsparty Written May 9, 2009

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    Temple Bar is one of the oldest areas in Dublin. It is full of bars, restaurants, and tons of people. The cobbled streets and architecture are definitely worth a wander during the day and the lively nightlife is worth a stop if that is the reason you are in Dublin. While we found more of a local pub for one night, we were still glad we spent an evening experiencing the nightlife in this area.

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    Its Touristy but its fun - The Temple Bar District

    by littlesam1 Written Mar 26, 2009

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    I have read so many VT pages where people complain about places being "touristy". Well I am a tourist. And I love to see tourist areas of cities, along with the off the beaten path locations. So if you want some "touristy" fun in Dublin you will need to visit The Temple Bar District. Food, drinks, music, and fun. Thats the Temple Bar District in a nutshell. It's Dublin. Chill, have a beer, and enjoy yourself.

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    National Photographic Archive

    by lbhspatriot Written Dec 28, 2008

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    Located in Temple Bar there is the National Photographic Archive which houses the National Library of Ireland's photographic collection. There are over 300 photographs that give you a perspective on how the city changed throughout the years with their historical tour on Dublin's photography. There are also some contemporary pieces but I preffered the older ones. Here you can view topographical maps of Dublin, studio pictures and even smaller pieces (postcards etc) that show Dublin during its most significant events (like the uprising, war of independence or the civil war) but also tourist photographs.
    The site consists of exhibition area, a small reading room and a small shop (with prints and postcards).
    It is worth to step by this place since it is free of charge and gives you a great insight on Dublin's History!

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    Cultural Centre of Dublin

    by lbhspatriot Written Dec 28, 2008

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    Temple Bar (Irish: Barra an Teampaill) is Dublin's "Old Town", an area that has preserved its medieval street pattern, with many narrow cobbled streets.
    Being Dublin's cultural quarter Temple Bar has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists, but it has a lot to offer during the day as well (if not even more).
    Many Irish cultural institutions are located here, including the Irish Photography Centre, the Irish Film Institute, the Temple Bar Music Centre, the Gaiety School of Acting, and even the Irish Stock Exchange and the Central Bank of Ireland.

    The Meetinghouse Square is used for outdoor film screenings in the summer months.
    It is also 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.

    If you are interested in a little more that the buzz at night, visit this area during the day and explore its cultural face. I recommend this trip to everyone.

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    The wall of fame

    by sourbugger Written Sep 20, 2007

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    If you a wandering around Temple Bar, then sooner or later you are likely to come across the the wall of fame. Painted onto one side of the arts centre, the different windows feature some of the most well known Irish musicians.

    Geldof, U2, Van Morrison, Sinead o' connor all smiling down on those mean rain soaked streets of tourists.

    Odd how they couldn't make room for Val Doonican.

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    Dublin's Cultural Center

    by bsfreeloader Written Aug 16, 2007

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    Tabbed as Dublin’s “cultural center,” the Temple Bar is a maze of cobbled streets running between the River Liffey to the north and Dame Street to the south. Extremely touristy, this area features scores of bars and restaurants suiting all tastes and budgets.

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    Temple Bar

    by Pieter11 Written Jul 5, 2007

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    At the southbank of the River Liffey you will find the famous quarter of Temple Bar. This is an area that is mostly famous because of its vivid nightlife and its cultural aspects. Temple Bar is one of the only parts of Dublin that kept its medieval street pattern: small, narrow streets: mostly paved by cobblestones.

    The quarter was first mentioned on a map in 1673, which indicates how old it is. In this time it already was a cultural centre: some famous performances and meeting took place here. But, as often in areas like these, Temple Bar was neglected in the 19th and 20th century and quickly became a poor neighbourhood with huge problems. In the 80’s there even was a plan to break the whole area down and to build a bus station in its place.

    Huge protests arose to prevent this, and an initiative was started to save Temple Bar. The area was renovated to be the cultural heart of the city again. Theatres, galleries and pubs moved in and today, it indeed it the most popular area in the city. At daytime it is the cultural centre, and at night it is called “the longest bar in Ireland”.

    I haven’t been to Temple Bar at night (shame on me…) but at daytime it looked very nice: full of small shops and galleries, and full of beautiful traditional looking pubs.

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    Temple Bar

    by alfredop Updated Jan 19, 2007
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    Ah, Temple Bar. First off, let's make this clear: Temple Bar is not an actual bar. It is an area of the city, that just happens to have a lot of bars in it. Temple Bar is actually a street (and, in fact, "bar" in this archaic sense describes a street near a river or some such thing).

    Lots of youngsters getting drunk and bar hoping, but also older people. I went to a Mexican restaurant with an american friend and there were this loud Finnish group of couples shouting and laughing dancing on the tables. The manager asked them to party in a lower volume which they did for a while and then left.

    A word of caution: at 2am in Dublin on a Saturday night, finding a taxi is not easy. They are everywhere, but so is the competition to get one. In fact after an hour of trying, I was still standing in the cold. Eventually I discovered, to my tremendous relief, that the city bus that went past my hotel was still running. This is why I am very pro-Dublin bus.

    Oh, and in the end I did find some Irish music on the bus which was amazing.

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    really lively place

    by sus1973 Written Dec 8, 2006

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    I was quite reluctant to go to the Temple Bar after reading so many opinions on tourists throwing up on the streets and so many violent episodes of thiefs and stuff like that. I have to say I loved the Temple Bar. Maybe because I was there during mid-week and not on a weekend night but I didn't see anybody throwing up on the streets, no students, many tourists and also many dubliners too. So many restaurants to choose from and sooo many pubs and bars. We went to a couple of restaurants there (the bad ass and fritzers, the first one incredible and not that expensive (try the hamburgers), the second very good too (try the fish n chips) but more expensive than the 1st one) and also to a couple of pubs. They both had live irish music and waiters were so friendly; they were full of people and we had a great time there. It's a must see in Dublin, definetely.

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    Not only for drinking

    by Alex_71 Written Oct 31, 2006

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    You have to come in the famous temple bar area.It's the area where you can find so many pubs and attractions that they will take you so much to have the desire to spend here the all day.It's an area full of different locals,you can eat,you can drink,you can meet different persons and cultures.And anyway it's safe..even if you drink,you can't go out of pubs with the glass,so it's ever a safe area.As you can check in the photos i made friendship with..well a very drunk man that noticed i was making pictures all around! Ireland persons...you are great!!!

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