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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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