Temple Bar, Dublin
The Temple bar area of Dublin is nice to stroll around, but we found the bars rammed to the brim with tourists getting 'rat-arsed' and the prices were astounding!
You can pay 15 Euros for a sandwich in this part of town and we went way over our intended budget in Dublin. Maybe they up the prices in August.
Beware, in Temple Bar, Beer is dear!
Unique Suggestions: Read up on other bars north of the Liffey, but be careful where you wander, there were some parts you may be advised to have your witts about you.
We also ate a meal in an 'Italian' restaurant in the center of town...The food was awful and very overpriced.
Best deal we had all night, was a visit to an off licence where there was (rather fantastically) free Irish Whiskey tasting. he he (We were going in there to have a drink in our hotel room, as we were getting through so much dosh) - What a gas in the offy, tasting all the whiskeys which came in all sizes including teeny weeny handbag size, much to my delight. We emerged some time later, rather rosy -cheeked clutching our Bushmills
But really, the prices of drinks in the Temple Bar area are just a killer on the wallet and you can hardly get a seat in most of them.
They look cool from the outside, but the reality doesn't live up to the image. I don't know how Dubliners afford to go out so much!
(On asking a friend who lives in the City, he siad 'well, no-one pays any tax')!
Fun Alternatives: We found a pub on the north side, off O Connell St, which had traditional music and few tourists (I'll try to remember the name and include it here).
KB and I, had a great time there amid some highly amusing Dublin personalities.
The Temple Bar area is home to a plethora of tourist oriented bars and restaurants, upon seeing the Oliver St John Gogarty Pub, festooned in flags of the world, I knew I was deeply entrenched in tourist heaven or hell depending on your definition of a good time. I didn't spend a lot of time here although I did have lunch at Gallagher's Boxty House and while the food was good, the prices were definitely tourist prices.
Unique Suggestions: I wouldn't say that you should avoid the area altogether, have a nice walk through the area during the day but understand if you stop that you might be gouged on prices and/or quality.
Fun Alternatives: Dublin has lots and lots of other restaurants and bars, try one of those instead and you might actually meet a local or two!
If you want to pay twice as much for your food and drink and if you came to Dublin to hang out with tourists, then this is the place for you!! Try to avoid spending you life savings here. On my first day in Dublin, I took a stroll around the Temple Bar and was shocked at the prices on the menus posted on the door and windows of the charming restaurants. Don't get me wrong. You should take a look at this area and appreciate it's lively atmosphere and interesting streets. Just save your money for another part of town.
Although the Temple Bar area is nice and does have its good points, it is a bit of a tourist trap in so far as a lot of the pubs and restaurants are aimed at tourists and as such are more expensive than other areas of the city. Some of the pubs maybe try a bit too hard to be "Irish" and lose something in the process. Its the type of place the locals would avoid like the plague on a night out.
Unique Suggestions: There are some interesting things here, such as the 2 Photography galleries in Meeting House Square which are definitely worth a visit for any fans of photography
Fun Alternatives: There are tonnes of authentic Irish pubs in other parts of the city
Lots happening in Temple Bar, especially with loads of street performers but be very careful of your belonging...it's very easy to get side-tracked. Also, you may have to push through people just to walk through the area, so also keep your valuables in a safe place. Good atmosphere though, but can get incredibly crowded.
Temple Bar is a hub for creative a wacky people during the day time but it turns into a ASBO converer belt as the night progresses.
Unique Suggestions: Keep it for lunch and shopping, or Hen / Stag nights only! x
Fun Alternatives: Go to South William street / Camden st area instead, much more laid back and genuinely DUBLIN
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.
Just because the guidebook says you should go there, take it from someone who lives here: TEMPLE BAR IS A CRAPHOLE.
Unlike what the guidebooks tell you, it is NOT the centre of Dublin nightlife, no self-respecting Dub with any sense of cool or taste will go there. Tourists outnumber the locals in TB. It is so overrated.
The pubs in Temple Bar delight in ripping off tourists with watered-down and _very_ expensive beer, you're looking at least €5 for a pint.
Temple Bar is soooo overrated. There is so much more to Dublin nightlife than this!
Temple Bar is flashy, gaudy, the streets are lined with vomit and litter - it is NOT the real Dublin!!!
Unique Suggestions: The Farmer's Market on Saturdays is good, I enjoy going to that. Also the Irish Film Institute shows arthouse films.
Fun Alternatives: If you are thinking of going to Temple Bar for a stag or hen party - think again.
Literally no pub in Temple Bar will let you in. (And if you dont believe me, there are signs posted up in pubs saying "No Stags or Hen parties").
Actually, now that I think of it, this extends across most good bars in Dublin too. The crappy sleazy places like Break for the Border or Copper Face Jacks will let them in, but to us locals, they're like the equivalent of a dodgy burger at 3am - a great idea at the time and then the next time you wonder what on earth possessed you.
These days, English stags and hen parties are not really encouraged to come to Dublin unless they're gonna behave and don't barf or whatever.
Follow the locals and check out the bars & restaurants along the Dawson & Grafton street areas, South William, Georges and Wexford streets.
In fact, I would go as far to say that you should consider going to another Irish city like Cork or Galway for your stag/hen.
Many people talk about Temple Bar as a big tourist trap. I am not sure. Temple Bar is not more expensive than other touristic place in the european capital cities. The restaurants are good and cleans, with good service, the pubs very nice with live music and a intimate ambient. Yes, I know that in the outside of the cities all is cheaper (in my supermarket too) but I recommend Temple Bar to people visiting Dublin.
Unique Suggestions: If you think the pint are expensive drink just one, if you meet expensive the foods in restaurant go to Mac Donald but dont miss the touristic taste of Temple Bar. They dont say the live music is folkloric one, is only music to spend the night. If you read dubliners dont go to Temple Bar may be (I dont visit the touristic zones of my island either because they are more expensive).
Fun Alternatives: Deffinitively, for me, different from many I had read before visit Dublin TEMPLE BAR ISNT A TOURIST TRAP. Visite it and enjoy.
Temple Bar. This 'cultural' area is totally packed during the summer months, especially in the evenings. The area looked more like a pub area to me… Well, that’s culture also, of course. Anyhow, Temple Bar was probably the biggest disappointment in Dublin.
This is where it's at if you are going to Dublin for a crazy drinking weekend. It's always packed and there's always something going on. But keep in mind that it's a rip off for tourists. Drinks and food are very expensive, you will find vomiting on the floor and it's way too crowded. There are better places to go, I think it's awful. It's still got a good pub or two though, but that's about it.
It's very hard to avoid Temple Bar, if you're staying in Downtown Dublin. At night it is mostly non-distinct dance clubs full of sharky men and drunk tourists. If you're looking for a low-key place to drink a pint and listen to some good music, try your luck outside of the Temple Bar District.
Unique Suggestions: If you cannot avoid Temple Bar, at least go in the daytime. It is a much more interesting mix of bookshops, boutiques and cafes. Toward the end of March, there was a great open air market with the most delicious, fresh goat cheese ever.
TEMPLE BAR AT NIGHT IS ONE BIG TOURIST TRAP WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS. by day there are amazing things in temple bar - the irsih film centre, the food market, even arthouse occasionally interests but at night in turns into one massive tourist theme park where you're lucky to hear an irish accent. this ghetto vibe kinda suits the locals 'cos a lot of the tourists that go to temple bar just want to get pissed so they may as well all be in the same place. i feel us locals do get deprived of meeting a lot of interesting people because we would never head down there and a lot of tourists don't make it out of temple bar.
THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE TEMPLE BAR AT NIGHT RULE!
The Kitchen nightclub on East Essex St and The Clarance Bar above it, The Front Lounge on Parliament Street, The Temple Bar Music Centre on Curved Street and The Irish Film Centre Bar on Eustace St. Avoid the rest after nightfall and go see a much realer dublin for everyone's sake!
This picture is of my sister susan and her boyfriend dave. they look happy so they mustn't be in a such a bad place. Dave is one half of this DJ duo called the Red Settaz so if you are really eagle-eyed you may seem him scratching his way through a set somewhere - man! He's actually quite approcahable!
Nice area with plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants but definitely aimed at tourists & hence pretty expensive. Go & see it but if you want souvenirs, food or drink there's plenty of other places to choose from!!!
Fun Alternatives: The side streets between Grafton Street and George's Street offer main smaller shops and restaurants without the crowds of Temple Bar and normally for more reasonable prices.
Temple Bar is cool but it's not Ireland. So don't stop after Temple Bar, all tourists visit it but that doesn't mean there's no more to Dublin.
Personally I used to avoid Temple Bar as far as possible. It's generally more expensive and the Irish character either gets lost or gets perverted by tacky shops.
Unique Suggestions: The Temple Bar Food Market that you'll find in the Meeting House Square every Saturday from 10:00 through 17:00 is quite worth the trip to Temple Bar.