We walked to the Temple Bar area and ended up at Gogarty's Bar a little early, well before the music started. The two girls in our group struck up a conversation with the fiddle player who was also there early. Somehow he found out our daughter plays the violin and sometime during the evening after much prodding, she was called up on stage to play. Our daughter is a classically trained violinist but knows a couple of Irish tunes learned while a member of a cultural music group. Long story short--she brought down the house with her Irish tunes!! Gogarty's was packed that night and it's such a fun place because everyone is loud and they sing & clap along with the music. Everyone was having a fun time and there were people from all over the world in this one place.
We had our first Guinness Beer at Gogartys and they also serve a very good Irish Stew. The service is fast and friendly. This is a good place to go if you don't mind crowds, want to hear traditional Irish music and drink a few Guinness.
Dress Code The dress code at Gogartys is casual.
temple bar has the reputation of being touristy, crowded, and over priced. this is true but a visit to dublin would not be complete without checking out temple bar. the temple bar is in the heart of the temple bar entertainment area. it is a very large pub with an outdoor courtyard in the center of the pub. pricey, yes but a fun place to visit.
To be honest this place is an absolute dive. The throngs of hen and stag parties love this but to be honest it's expensive and full of pubs and clubs I wouldnt touch with a barge pole. The best spots in Temple Bar is the Thunder Road cafe for their cocktails and food, the Porter House which I love for their own brews and beers/ciders from around the world and the live music . If you are looking for some decent places, try the aforementioned places or the following
Keatings - Mary St- a converted church over the north side of the River, near the Jervis St. Luas stop . Fabulous food, non strict door policy, friendly staff, good wine and beer.
Traffic - good club, good music - guaranteed to get you dancing
The Portobello - a bit outside the city centre but good for a late night drink and the tunes played at the weekend really have you on the dancefloor
Bleeding Horse - Camden St - Late Bar, good music
For gay/lesbain community - The George
Dress Code Definitley Casual!
Dublin's Temple Bar area is very much like Soho in London with a vibrant nightlife and rows of bars, pubs, restaurants. If you are not much into that pint of Kilkenny, people watching here is good too. So much for a night out in Dublin ey!
The Temple Bar area is full of tourist and full of locals who know where to go and have good beers. Be advised that if your looking for a quiet place to talk with friends the Temple Bar area isn't the place for it, every bar you walk into, is full of people and loud, you won't be able to hear the person next to you in a normal tone of voice. Also the beers here are a bit more expensive than the average pubs and bars around town. paid 72 Euro's for 8 drinks...wow....almost $110 US dollars for a round of beers...... And be ready to stay out late, we left at 4:00 a.m. and there were still tons and tons of people at the bar, with no signs of leaving !!!!!
We went out saturday evening in the area about Temple Bar, going from pub to pub (like we always do in Spain) and experience the atmosphere in different places.
We enjoyed talking to lot's of people - foreigners but also Dubliners and getting to know more about this place.
The Temple Bar District is a great place to kick back and drink with the locals and meet travelers from around the world that happen to be passing through this historical city. There are many good places to drink in the Temple Bar District and it is quite easily accessable as it is right near the center of town. In fact it is only a ten minute walk from the center of town. On the walk one gets to cross the famous River Liffey and if lucky cross over the famous Ha Penny Bridge. Once in the Temple Bar District, there are lots of bars and many serve traditional Irish food such as Irish stew which I found to be very tasty. Also the Guiness in Dublin is the best in the world. No joke. Rumor has it that Guiness doesn't travel well and if you think you like Guiness beer wherever you happen to be from, wait until you taste the Guiness in Dublin. Oliver St. John's is a good place to go to find this magical pint of Guiness. I found it easy to realx inside this nice warm atmosphere as Oliver St. John Gogarty's serves excellent food and great beer.
Dress Code Casual attire
It's almost boring, but wat can I do, every Dublin travel guide needs to have a Temple Bar section ;) So, here we go...
In terms of population (3,000 inhabitants) Temple Bar (Irish: Barra an Teampaill) is a small area on the bank of River Liffey. But the nightlife is what makes it great! The area named after Sir William Temple, provost of Trinity College in the 17th century, is full of pubs with live music.. and of course, Irish beer.
And if I would follow the normal pattern I should start lamenting how it's soo expensive and a tourist trap.. Dublin HAS a lot of tourists and it IS expensive, so I don't know if Temple Bar is that much worse than other parts of the city. I visited there as a tourist I had a splendid time at Oliver St. John Gogarty on a couple of evenings listening to live music. Well, there is one way to find out if you like it or not ;)
Temple Bar is the name of Dublin's top nightlife area. Every night the dozens of bars here are packed with locals and tourists eating, drinking, singing, and dancing. Many bars offer live music or DJs. Our favorite spot in this area was the Left Bank, but there are dozens of pubs and restaurants to choose from.
Not only is this the entertainment and nightlife center of the city, but it is also Dublin’s Cultural Quarter. More than 50 cultural attractions are located in the area including outdoor public spaces and independent film theaters, music centers, acting schools, photography galleries and much more!
Where up and coming young bands play, along with more established acts. Bar prices are pretty steep but the admission is usually pretty cheap. It is only five euro, which is nothing these days. This place is mainly for the alternative / college rock crowd.
I've been there on college nights where it is completely packed out with standing room only and I've been there on more sedate nights, where they put tables and benches out to take away the empty look of the place. As always ,with places like these, it depends on who is playing if there is going to be a good sized crowd or not. But I like coming here if I know the band. ;)
Dress Code It attracts the Indie and Goth kids as well as the College Students, so t-shirts and jeans are fine.
Temple bar could become a tourist trap, the drinks are a bit higher and you'll be sitting next to the tourists in restaurants. But it also is Dublin's cultural quarter with art galleries, street performers, festivals, etc. In addition to some nice restaurants, pubs, clubs, and shops, there are art center, music center, and theater. The street is very busy all day long especially at night. Go out there, and join the cloud. Have a pint with locals and visitors from other countries!
Dress Code Dress as you wish.
Great Place with biggest veriety of beers I`ve ever seen. Small brevery with delicious on-spot made beer. Great also for live concerts - if u are lucky u might see Van Morison - like me one night.
Dress Code casual