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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.......!!!!!!
The Temple Bar area is situated between Dame Street and the Liffey and was named after Sir William Temple who purchased the land shortly after 1660. Around 1960, retailers and artists settled down here, the area became more and more attractive. Today it's a very interesting area with beautiful pubs, restaurants, gallerys and shops. Perfect for an evening pub crawl!
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The cities two main photography galleries are both situated in Meeting House Square in the Temple Bar area.
The Gallery of Photography has mostly contemporary works from both Irish and foreign photographers while the National Photography Archive has exhibitions taken from the 300,000 photos in the National Librarys collection. On my most recent visit it was all lovely old photos of Dublin. Interesting to see what it used to look like - the parts that have changed and the parts that haven't!
Temple Bar for an interesting walk!
This is the bohemian and cultural quarter of the city and is largely pedestrianised. The word 'bar' here means riverside path, not a memorial to the high number of them! There are cafes, restaurants and pubs, many with live music. It is touristy. There are also photography galleries and film centres and, often, free events taking place in the centre.
What VT Dublin page would be complete with out mention of Temple Bar!
Temple bar is one of the oldest areas of Dublin.
It consists of an area of cobbled streets, lined with pubs and restaurants, along with interesting galleries, small museums and some other modern shops.
Great place to have a wander around during the day - not so nice at night, depending on what you are into!
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I know, I know, every Dubliner will tell me that Temple Bar is not the real Dublin, but somehow every person visiting the city wants to find out for himself. I went to Temple Bar twice. The first time on a Sunday evening when pubs were full, when there was a hen party going on and when it was, in my eyes, indeed NOT fun!
I came back the second time on a weekday around 5pm and had a drink in one of the pubs, listening to a young guy playing the guitar, when it wasn't crowded at all. I liked this Temple Bar very much. So I guess, it all depends on the moment. But I agree that, even if you like Temple Bar, you should get out of it sometime and discover one of the nice, more traditional pubs!
Temple Bar is not only Dublin's Cultural Quarter, but a lively, bustling and cosmopolitan area in the heart of Dublin City. This small area boasts a dazzling choice of restaurants, cafes, bars , hotels and shops to suit all tastes and pockets, all within easy walking distance of Temple Bar's many cultural centres and galleries.
Its narrow cobbled streets are pedestrianised and are ideally suited to a leisurely stroll through the quarter. There are Area Maps located on every street in Temple Bar to assist you in locating the many places of interest to visitors to the area.
The following are just some of the pubs in temple bar
1.Temple bar pub
3. Oliver St Gogarty
4. The Old Dubliner
5 Turks Head
6 The Quay bar
6 Left Bank
7 Bobs Bar
8 The Porterhouse
10 Danger Doyles
Temple Bar is where night-time action is. Tons of bar along the street. Food there is very very expensive!!! I visited one Thai restaurant, and it costs me Euro 18 for one Pad Thai!!!! And, I assure you the taste is no where near the original.
Temple Bar is easy to locate...very near O'Connell Street.
This is a very popular part of the city. There has been a lot of developement. It is packed with Pubs and Restaurants. There are new and refurbished apartments all over it. It is very a very busy area and at weekend is jam packed with locals and visitors.
It has unfortuntely developed a somewhat questionable reputation, due to bad behaviour in the last few years.
However, it remains a very popular location.
If you mind your own business it's unlikely you will encounter any problems.
This traditional Dublin dish has enjoyed a revival of sorts thanks to the success of the Boxty House Restaurant in Fleet Street. However, if you (literally) would like a taste of the capital prior to visiting the kip, here's the means and method how!
You will need:
2 Large raw potatoes,
1 teaspoon baking-soda,
2 cups of mashed potatoes,
2 tablespoons flour (approx),
1 teaspoon salt.
Grate the raw potatoes and squeeze out the liquid. Add to the mashed potatoes and add salt. Mix the soda with the flour and add to the potatoes. Roll out on a floured board to a circle of a 1/2' thickness. Cut in 4 quarters and put on an ungreased griddle. Cook on a gentle heat for 30 to 40 minutes, turning the bread at least once. The farls or quarters, should be well browned on both sides. Serves 4. For real aficianados try mashing in some boiled cabbage and/or lightly fried onions. Otherwise stuff them with a mixture of the same. (I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!).
And as the kids sing when skipping, wash it all down with a giant mug of stewed tea!
'Three pans of boxty, baking all the day,
What the use of boxty without a cup of tay?'
Gallagher's Boxty House in Temple Bar helped the dish's revival - it's now available in an increasing number of small restaurants around town.
The variation of bars in Temple Bar is amazing, from traditional to a sports bar.
After you have sampled the gorgeous Guinness, I recommend that you try a pint of Smirnoff Ice in Fitzsimmons Bar, but not too many or else you wont make it back to your accomodation!!
Pictured here is the Temple Bar, but it's not just one bar. It's an entire neighborhood that covers the area roughly between the river and Dame Street and from Fishamble Street to Fleet Street. I had heard about it from many of my American friends before I came to Dublin. They told me how great an area it was and that all the pubs were really enthusiastic and fun. I took this as a clear sign that this area must be a tourist trap, and for the most part, I was right. Local Dubliners from cab drivers to bartender to local VTers all confirmed that this area is a ripoff.
I suggest walking through it and taking a look at the pubs, the cobbled streets and some of the area's sights like City Hall and the Merchant's Arch. But don't eat here. Don't drink here. And buy your souvenirs elsewhere, or you'll pay too much. The typical lunch menus in this area would run 20-30 euros a plate (for lunch!), but you can go into a traditional pub anywhere else in the city and get the equivalent for 10.
Temple Bar.... just like any other city...
Our taxi driver said go to Temple Bar, spend ten minutes there and then get the he.. out so you can see some of Dublin. He's right. Temple Bar is one of those "musts" that you musn't spend too much time in or you'll miss the good stuff!
I know I know - it's in Temple Bar! But this is one of the most exciting projects started in Dublin in recent times. Mainly (though not exclusively) for children it is an organisation dedicated to the promotion of cultural awareness and artistic expression amongst children and the young at heart. If you happen to be here when they're running one of their participatory events, grab the nearest kid off the street and get stuck in!
meeting house sqaure in temple...
meeting house sqaure in temple bar for outdoor film screenings and art events, the gallery of photography, the photographic archive and two great restaurants - eden (pricey) and il baccaro (cheapish)
meeting house square is one of the best things about temple bar. during the summer they have free outdoor movies twice a week, during the winter they have art installations. every saturday there is the most amazing food fair with great hot food and loads organic veggies and stuff - with this busker with a voice like a roughed up angel. il baccaro restaurant is a real treasure too - two little caverns with a great charm. there's also the gallery of photography and the photographic archive - opposite each other and always worth checking out.
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