Temple Bar in Dublin

Temple Bar, one of the most famous pubs in Dublin, is a tourist attraction in its own right. Whilst it’s an institution in itself, Temple Bar in Dublin is now referred to as the area known for its trendy nightspots, artist creations, and busiest bars. Crowded pubs host live music events, and restaurants line the cobbled streets. The cultural heart of Dublin City, Temple Bar is the place to hit when the sun goes down.

The history

Dating back to 1599, Sir William Temple, a famous teacher and philosopher built his house and gardens in this area. Located on the south bank of the Liffey River, in 1707 a customs house was built. With this came warehouses, taverns and even brothels; a new hive of activity. In 1791 however, the customs house moved out of the area and as a result Temple Bar in Dublin fell into steep decline. To try and make use of the then derelict region, in the 1980’s a bus station was planned, and with it came shops, studios, and galleries. Whilst the bus station never went ahead due to protests, the Temple Bar as it’s known today was officially born.

What’s the craic?

The Temple Bar has the highest density of pubs in Dublin City. So no problems finding a good pint of Guinness here. During the day you can browse the open-air markets, visit a gallery, or people-watch in one of their many cafe-lined streets. By night the city livens up and the pub hopping commences. Live Irish trad (traditional music) can be heard playing from the streets, and the aromas of international cuisine will lead you astray. A night that defines the craic.

Other interesting facts about Temple Bar in Dublin

  • The Temple Bar pub offers more than 450 kinds of rare whiskeys – Ireland’s largest collection
  • You’ll find live traditional Irish music playing 7 days a week
  • It was originally known as ‘Temple Barr’ due to the raised estuary sandbank along which you could walk