Before my trip to Dublin I had promised myself to stay out of the Temple Bar, having heard so much negative about the tourist trap that it almost made me wanna forget about the whole trip.
But since when am I good at keeping promises... Although I was forced into the bar due to a meeting...
The Temple Bar I would say is one of the most famous things in Dublin. It's a huge pub, in the middle of the center, very close to the O'Connell Bridge. The outside is classic red, which makes the pub shine up compared to everything else. It seems to be packed all the time and it's a very happy atmosphere in there.
But Temple Bar for sure wasn't anything for me. It was way too crowded, way too warm, way too expensive and way too strange people in there. :)
I had thought the place would be packed with loud young americans, but instead it was packed with loud old americans. Old, as in over 35... :)
It wasn't as bad as I thought, but there sure are better pubs in the Temple Bar-area.
It's unavoidable, but you're going to want to visit Temple Bar when you're in Dublin, right?
It's NOT Dublin's 'Old Town' quarter or anything like that. All thats in Temple Bar are pubs, clubs, trinket shops and restaurants. Dubliners just leave Temple Bar to the tourists, they don't really frequent it that much themselves.
This area was only renovated back in 1991, it used to be a run-down and squalid part of town, but the Dublin corporation wanted to spuce it up and turn it into a bohemian arty area, inspired by Paris.
It has a wide variety of pubs and restaurants... however, these establishments are the most expensive in the city, so don't say I didn't warn you! Also, you'll certainly find that the tourists totally outnumber the locals in this part of town, if that is a factor for you.
Many bars in Temple Bar will NOT admit Stags or Hen parties, due to the years of drunken destructions wreaked over the years by thousands of UK stags and hens. Small parties *might* be allowed in, if they can charm the bouncer and don't look like they're going to thrash the place.
Temple Bar is the name for the downtown historical district. It's very touristy, but it's also a must-see! Wandering around the district will expose you to many pubs, restaurants and drunken world cup fans!!
If you like alternative movies look for the Irish Film Centre. Normally during the month of March the Dublin International Film Festival takes place. Featuring both Irish and international movies. Look up the following website www.dublinniff.com for more information.
The Irish Film Centre is also a nice place to go to for something to eat or a coffee. Its cheap and cheeful and serves hot and cold food. Or just go for a coffee and see whats on. Usually packed on Saturdays.
Temple Bar is one of the oldest parts of Dublin. Despite being a tourist trap it has lots to offer. In the 18th Century the area was full of dirty houses and dangerous pubs. Nowadays its still full of pubs catered to tourists, . If you have children with you, you might want to take a look at The Ark. Its the only custom designed and dedicated cultural centre for children. It has year round programes in theatre, music, literature, visual arts for children aged 4 to 14. If its comtemporary Irish Jewellery your looking for go to the design yard on East Essex Street. The National Photographic Archive can also be found in Temple Bar in meeting house square. There are regular exhibitions based on the collections of the National Library. Temple Bar Gallery and Studios was set up by artists in the early 1980's. It runs a diverse programme of Irish and Internationl art. Temple Bar Music Centre in curve street is open seven night a week catering for every type of music, dance, theatre and art. You will also find the Irish Celtic Craftshop located on Lord Edward Street. The shop offers a complete range of souvenirs to take home with you. If its Astrology your into check out the House of Astrology located on Parliament Street. They sell everything from crystals, relaxations CD's etc and have a wide range of books. In Temple bar lane you will find the Lowe Alpine Shop if you need a new rucksack . You can have your haircut in Merchants Arch.. this is a men only barber. If its records your looking for go to Aston Quay they buy and sell video's DVD's and they are specialists in "U2" products, rarities, posters and badges. Another unusal shop is the Source which is located at 43 Temple bar stocks over 4,000 unusual items from all over the world. The Temple Bar Medical Centre located on Wellington Quay. www.templebardoc.ie) You will also find a pharmacy on East Essex. And numerous shops selling clothes and bric a brack. One of my favourites is Urban outfitters for weird and wacky stuff. .
I went out in Temple Bar on a sunday-monday night, so I'm sure I experienced a very low-key version of Temple Bar nightlife. However, I still had a ton of fun! I'm from New Orleans, and I was expecting a Bourbon Street atmosphere, which was not what I got. Temple Bar was much cleaner, had no sleazy strip clubs and bars, and was less crowded. Overall, I had a great time pub hopping, drinking, meeting new people, and listening to great music. Try an Irish car bomb: a shot of whiskey and a shot of Barley's dumped into a pint of guiness, which is then quickly chugged. Fun!
This is really unique place. It was so crowded here that people were standing even in toilets.:) I couldn't hear nothing from other people beacouse of live music but I managed to organize a date for the forthcoming night.;) This was the second place where I decided to try Guinness and I must say that I started to have a mood for it more often... Anyway, Temple bar is the place you must visit!
Although quite Touristy i liked Temple Bar.I think everyone should visit here.Set in the oldest part of Dublin with lovely cobbled streets.There are lots of bars, shops and eating places, great for people watching,the street entertainers were very good as well.
Like any other city, one of the best things to do is to get lost. Put down the map and wander around. Trust me, it will be rewarding. Anyways, in Dublin, taking the narrow alleys and back streets will leave feeling as if you are somewhere that is timeless. One of my favorite places in Dublin is around the back of the Tourist Center (go figure). The parking lot here seems to have once been a graveyard (the center is a renovated church) with the cement surrounding random tombstones and statues. The picture is of a few of the buildings visible from the parking lot.
I knew going into my trip that Temple Bar is " tourist Dublin" and people were right. However I'm glad I went into Temple Bar because they have some cool looking pubs and some decent restaurants.
The night I went in was a Friday and it seemed that every stag and hen party in Europe was all there at the same time. The streets were filled with people in various stages of intoxication but it was fun walking around people watching and hearing all the Irish music coming from the various pubs. There were usually 3-4 Guards on every block and I saw horse patrols come through. So the police are alway in the area.
But in reality Temple Bar is set up for tourists who want to spend their money on over priced drinks and trinkets.
Temple bar is the place everyone has to visit while in Dublin. Unless you want to buy fetish gear, get a tattoo or piercing or just get blind drunk, it's best just to stroll through and get your coffee somewhere else!
Although we decided the bars & pubs were generally best avoided in the Temple Bar area, (very packed and overpriced) - it is good for a wander around during the day. Lots of charming little lanes with interesting independent shops.
The heart of the Temple Bar area is Temple Bar Square. It was once the sight of one of the major fights during the 1916 Easter Rising at Telephone Exchange. Now its a lively area with buskers and surrounded by restaurants and bars.
This is one of Dublins most well known & popular areas. It was all renovated in the 1990s after being earmarked as the "cultural quarter" in an effort to recreate something of a Left Bank flavour - with cafes, small shops etc sitting alongside artists studios and such. Its now a bit overcommercialised in some ways but does have some good places and is a lively, vibrant part of the city.
Oh I hate Temple Bar!!! But there is no getting away from it! If you visit Dublin you will more than likely spend you evenings paying for overpriced drinks and socialising with fellow toursits in Temple Bar.
I dont know any Dubs that go out in Temple Bar unless its a special occasion!
It was designed on the Left Bank of Paris but used to be a real bad area!
They call it the cultural area.......!!!!!!