Temple Bar

Temple Bar, Dublin: Address, Temple Bar Reviews: 4/5

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Funky shops, eclectic cafes and hordes of stylish young Europeans have made Temple Bar one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city.
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MrThomas1981
Ipswich, UK653 contributions
Feb 2022
Temple bar is a proper cheesy tourist trap and you are way more likely to bump into tourists from the other side of the globe than you are an actual Dubliner in here! It was absolutely packed when we went so for the COVID nervy types, it would be best to stay clear as social distancing is absolutely impossible! In fact I haven't seen such a meat market since my student union days. There is live music most of the time although I am slightly dubious as to how much of it was 'live' and how much was backing track'- a few pints and this ceases to matter as you very quickly get carried along with it all! Beer is pricey and spirits even more so but I didn't see much difference between here and many other places. As far as I could see, the only way to save a few euro on beer is to take the bus/train/luas to the end of the line and find the nearest dingy working men's club but others may be able to say differently. Relax, go with the flow and enjoy temple bar for what it is!
Written March 30, 2022
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Maisie J
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
The area itself was absolutely fantastic, although on the pricey side but this was to be expected. My friends and I went into temple bar, it was very busy even on a Monday night but the atmosphere was brilliant and very lively. We all had a lovely time except (and I don't like to do this - I never have before but I was so suprised I feel the need to comment) the young lad behind the bar who served me was in an awful mood. It spoilt my experience a little bit - he was very unfriendly, insisted my friends and I order and pay as a group because he didn't want to take the orders separately but this wasn't very feasible as the drinks are very expensive and we all had limited money stored on our cards used for travel. He aggressively gestured at his ear and huffed when I was putting the collective order in and he later laughed at me when my card was declined. My friend asked him why that was funny and he shrugged at us. It's a shame really because everyone else in there was really lovely, including the other bar staff. I think perhaps on a busy night the staff can get a little overwhelmed which is completely understandable but its a shame to take it out on a group of girls only staying the one night. Despite that, I would definitely go again.
Written June 22, 2022
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Five Diamond Traveler
Pittsburgh, PA268 contributions
Mar 2020
While this is probably the most iconic bar in Dublin, it is highly overrated. My friend and I went here because of the bars famous name and notoriety but were very disappointed when we realized what this bar truly was. This bar is simply a tourist trap. Its overcrowded and filled with plenty of drunken tourists. The drinks are quite expensive as well and they are sure to overcharge on the drinks the tourists are most likely to get such as Guinness and Jameson. And while the air was filled with the sounds of live music, we were disappointed to hear pop songs being played instead of traditional Irish music. One cool thing about this bar is that there is around 5 bars within the bar all with their own vibe in a separate area. In the span of the 20 or so minutes I was here, I saw about 3 people get escorted out by security so note that if you appear to be intoxicated or start to cause a fuss, you may be escorted out. Another thing about this place that I did not enjoy is that they are surrounded by people trying to get you to go to another club, bar, or attraction within the city. While I never had anyone approach me, I felt as if I had to dodge them in order to get into the Temple Bar. After talking with each of our Uber drivers, all advised us to stay clear of this place and I wish I had. Dublin is a city with plenty of bars. There is one on almost every corner and plenty are better than this.
Written April 26, 2020
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Patrick P
3 contributions
May 2022
Dublin, and indeed Ireland, has a wealth of good pubs. If you want to see one or more of them avoid this area like the plague. Ask a local for a recommendation. I doubt any of them will tell you to visit here. Prices are exorbitant; quality is low and it's as representative of Ireland as Las Vegas is of the USA.
Written May 17, 2022
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katy
Chelmsford, UK4 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
We went here on our first day. It was V. Busy at 1.30 and got busier the further into the evening. Waitress (one in particular) was SO rude. We paid for a white Prosecco and she brought to us their own pink Prosecco… it was like flat vinegar! Thankfully for €39 (!!!!!!!) the manager changed it for a white wine. But her customer service skills left a lot to be desired. We were Thorn in her side. I ended up asking for someone else to attend to us. It’s expensive, be warned and don’t be tempted to drink their pink Prosecco. We went back on our second night and they seemed to be the only bar not adhering to distancing rules. To walk through their main area - it was very up close and personal!!
Written September 27, 2021
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Judy L
6 contributions
Apr 2022
Everyone recommends a visit, so I was apt to think it may be over-rated, but I enjoyed hanging out there for a bit. It was crowded every time I passed by, but it's actually quite a bit larger on the inside- you really need to go in to find seating. It's a fun and lively place.
Written April 20, 2022
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Global99858
2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
In my opinion Dublin as a whole has aggressive people generally, and Temple bar excels in ripping off customers with outrageous prices. The food portion's seem to be derived from portion's from the second world war rationing era and are so overpriced as to amount to usery, including the userous price of drinks which I have never encountered elsewhere. The staff in some bars and shops are so incredibly rude, very aggressive, and seem to think they are something special for some reason. If you ask a simple question or correct them in any way for their mistakes in overcharging you or providing the wrong item, you are invariably met with bizarre aggression and the prefix "Wha!" which is used constantly as a reflex reaction in Dublin. The central city in some areas is filthy, and the only place remotely worth visiting is the national museum which is free (for now). Dublin, and Temple bar especially is over crowded and smells like vomit and urine in the mornings. Phlegm on the pavements and elsewhere (spitting seems to be a national sport) is frequently encountered. The prices are outrageous for most things. Why anyone would want to visit Dublin or Temple Bar is a mystery. There are other cities which offer far better sightseeing, nicer people and even though still pricey are better value for money. A year in a desert would be preferable to a weekend in Dublin or Temple Bar.
Written May 22, 2020
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neeratraveler
San Francisco, CA105 contributions
Jun 2022
The famous Red building - The Temple Bar is a must visit while in Dublin. I stayed in a hotel close by so I went past it several times a day. The place is vibrant and buzzing with energy at all times. There is live music at certain times and packed almost Wall to Wall with customers. If you are looking for a place to settle down comfortably and enjoy your drink then this is not the place. Having said that I highly recommend that you go there at least once while in Dublin.
Written June 22, 2022
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Rusmir
Dublin, Ireland174 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
If you are in Dublin for a very first time this is must see place. Live gigs, gret selection of beers, gins and whiskeys, vivid and vybrant atmosphere, overcrowded with tourists coming all around the world. Food & drinks are more expensive then in other city center spots, but it's always good to feel the vibe of the Dublin's most famous city centre's street and pub. Before planning your visit, check for openi g/closing times, as many of the pubs due to covid19 are still being closed or operating shorter then usual. I visited a place several times and it was always magnificient.
Written September 19, 2020
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Darky1966
Chelmsford, UK185 contributions
Dec 2019
Popped in during the day and was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere and live music.
Had heard horror stories of through the roof prices, but our 4 pints of Guinness were reasonably priced.
We later learnt that the prices may creep up as the evening goes on (very sneaky if true, I am sure their management will put me right is their response)
Written January 6, 2020
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