Experience Temple Bar – The Irish Entertainment Mecca


Dublin’s liveliest nightlife area is the Temple Bar district and it is there that you will find the highest concentration of restaurants, pubs and young tourists.

Located between the River Liffey and Dame Street, the area is named after Sir William Temple, who owned the land in the early 17th century, while the word ‘bar’ refers to a riverside path in Old Irish. Touted as ‘Dublin’s cultural quarter’, Temple Bar has retained its medieval street pattern with all its streets still cobbled and narrow.

By the 1700s the area had gained considerable notoriety as a hangout for drunkards and prostitutes, and in the 19th century the popularity of the area waned until it was considered one of Dublin’s less fashionable districts.

This is what probably saved it from developers who demolished much of the city’s historic architecture during the 1960s.

The area soon took on a bohemian image as artisans and galleries established themselves in the area and in 1991 the Irish government created the non-profit organization Temple Bar Properties to regenerate the district as the city’s cultural quarter.

Famous cultural features in the area include the Irish Film Institute, the Music Centre, the Gaiety School of Acting, the Irish Center for Photography and the Arthouse Multimedia Centre.

Some of the first class pubs include The Porterhouse, Oliver St John Gogarty, Turk’s Head, Temple Bar, Quay’s Bar and Eamon Doran’s. The Book Market takes place on Saturdays and Sundays in Temple Bar Square.