Temple Bar awaits: its bars, live music, temples, and more!

Temple Bar is a cultural quarter in central Dublin. It gets busy at night, especially on weekends. Souvenir shops and galleries accommodate sightseers and art enthusiasts earlier in the day. The drinking and dining in touristy venues starts in the afternoon and after sunset Temple Bar becomes a rowdy party scene.

Resident Sir William Temple, provost of Trinity College in 1609, may have given the area its name. The cramped district became derelict in the 19th century. The cheap rents attracted small shop tenants and (tattoo) artists, which gave the area the bohemian atmosphere that saved it from demolition. Temple Bar was regenerated as a cultural district in the 1990s. Here you’ll find one of the oldest streets in Dublin, Fishamble Street, which is a good example of how the medieval character was preserved.

It’s free to browse the brightly painted shops and sit in the pubs, but souvenirs and drinks don’t come cheap. Do as the locals do and enjoy a pint of draught (beer on tap) while listening to live music. You can’t miss the bright red Temple Bar pub, one of the district’s oldest and most crowded bars.

For art, visit the Irish Photography Centre and Temple Bar Gallery and Studio. Ireland’s famous musical acts feature on a massive Wall of Fame on the Rockarchive Gallery in Temple Lane. On weekends, head to the Cow’s Lane market for fashion, Temple Bar Square for books, or Meetinghouse Square for fresh produce or an outdoor movie in summer.

At night, music pours out from the pubs and clubs, along with many staggering patrons. If you are not here for serious partying, raise a glass and sing along with a band, or watch a game of sports televised inside many of the pubs. Enjoy the nightlife and good luck with understanding an intoxicated Irishman!

Temple Bar lies in between Dame Street and the River Liffey. It connects many Dublin landmarks and is a stop on the Dublin hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Get a guide from the Temple Bar Information Centre to see what’s on. Most pubs close before midnight and all venues are closed by 3 a.m.

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Top Hotels in Temple Bar

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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The Morgan Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Dublin
$173
per night
Oct 9 - Oct 10
4.1/5Very Good! (1,702 reviews)

"Where it was situated, staff were very friendly, didn’t like time it took to get served in hotel bar and never replaced toilet roll once in our 3 day stay so bought our own otherwise very good in all other ways"…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

The Morgan Hotel
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Temple Bar Inn
3 out of 5
40-47 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
$115
per night
Oct 13 - Oct 14
4.4/5Excellent! (1,956 reviews)

"While the rooms may be small the Temple Bar Inn was very well appointed. We especially enjoyed the great breakfast in the mornings and the Franke machine in the lobby that made delicious coffee available 24/7."…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Temple Bar Inn
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Temple Bar Hotel
4 out of 5
13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
$139
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21
4.3/5Excellent! (2,688 reviews)

"It was cool good breakfast. Floor plan lay out a little ooodd"…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

Temple Bar Hotel
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Temple Bar Lane by the KeyCollections
3.5 out of 5
19 Temple Lane South, Dublin
$68
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
3.5/5Good! (41 reviews)

"Everything you need is right on your doorstep. Fabulous location"…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Temple Bar Lane by the KeyCollections
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The Clarence
4 out of 5
6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin, Dublin
$143
per night
Oct 6 - Oct 7
4.3/5Excellent! (941 reviews)

"Neighbor, cleanliness, welcoming and helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

The Clarence
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Handels Hotel Temple Bar by thekeycollections
3 out of 5
16-18 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Dublin
$92
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.1/5Very Good! (758 reviews)

"Great place to stay in great neighborhood! Highly recommend this property."…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Handels Hotel Temple Bar by thekeycollections

Popular things to do in Temple Bar

Trinity College
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Trinity College

Walk the cobbled lanes of Ireland’s oldest university, alma mater to literary greats and home of the precious Book of Kells.

Ha' Penny Bridge
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Ha' Penny Bridge

Stroll along the oldest pedestrianized bridge in the city and capture photos of the electric cityscape of Dublin at night.

Guinness Storehouse
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Guinness Storehouse

A tour of this pint-shaped hall in a historic brewery provides an intoxicating journey through the making of Ireland’s signature drink.

Dublin Castle
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Dublin Castle

Discover medieval excavations from a Viking ruin and appreciate the majesty of the state apartments, the chapel and the landscape gardens.

Aviva Stadium
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Aviva Stadium

Watch a game of rugby or soccer and take a tour of the changing rooms and players’ tunnel to peek behind the curtain.

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
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Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Get your ticket for a night at Ireland’s largest theater, which was built to attract the world’s biggest shows to the nation’s capital.

Top activities in Temple Bar

Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$20

Discover the vibrant city of Dublin on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24 or 48 hour pass, you'll have a chance to explore the Irish capital to your own schedule, experiencing the best sights at your own pace.

Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl
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Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl

$18

Experience the vibrancy of Dublin’s traditional drink and Irish music scene on this evening pub crawl through Temple Bar – the city’s cultural quarter.

Dublin City E-Bike Tour
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Dublin City E-Bike Tour

$39

Ride through Dublin on a comfortable e-bike, soaking up the sights as you pass by famous landmarks like St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guinness Brewery. Learn about the history of Ireland’s capital from your knowledgeable guide while making your way around the city on 2 wheels.

Pub Crawl & VIP Club Entrance
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Pub Crawl & VIP Club Entrance

$13

In a city world famous for its pub scene, Dublin’s nightlife should not be missed. From traditional pubs to modern bars and late night clubs, with us you won’t miss a beat.

Irish Famine Walking Tour (Private)
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Irish Famine Walking Tour (Private)

$44

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The Dublin Ghost Bus Tour
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The Dublin Ghost Bus Tour

$32

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: DoDublin Bus Tours, O'Connell Street Upper O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin 1, D01 RX04, Ireland Begin your tour at DoDublin Office. Duration: 10 minutes Pass By: Royal College of Surgeons, 123 St.

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