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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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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!
Visit Temple Bar and meet fellow countrymen
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.
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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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!
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.
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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 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 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.
The wall of fame
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.
TEMPLE BAR SQUARE
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.
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 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.
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.
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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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