Temple Bar

Dublin
Temple Bar showing signage, a city and heritage architecture

Wander down medieval-style alleys lined with pubs, shops and galleries, then have a pint, listen to music or party.

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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Temple Bar Lane
Temple Bar Lane
3.5 out of 5
19 Temple Lane South, Dublin
The price is £46 per night from 9 Feb to 10 Feb
Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Button Factory and Dublin Castle. Trinity College and O'Connell Street are also within 10 minutes. ...
3.7/5 Good! (182 reviews)
"Loved the friendliness of the staff, the central location."

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2022

Temple Bar Lane
Temple Bar Inn
Temple Bar Inn
3 out of 5
40-47 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
The price is £70 per night from 10 Feb to 11 Feb
Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is steps away from Bank of Ireland and Trinity College. O'Connell Street and Grafton Street are also within 5 minutes. Abbey ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (974 reviews)
"Awesome Location in the middle of city center, and close to shops, Pubs and restaurants. Reasonable prices for what you get. Clean property and friendly staff. As far as I know, no parking was available."

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2022

Temple Bar Inn
Temple Bar Hotel
Temple Bar Hotel
4 out of 5
13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £120 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is steps away from Bank of Ireland and Trinity College. O'Connell Street and Grafton Street are also within 5 minutes. Abbey ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (984 reviews)
"Perfect location! Wonderful comfortable room!! We loved our stay here! Staff was super helpful and friendly too"

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2022

Temple Bar Hotel
The Fleet
The Fleet
4 out of 5
19-20 Fleet Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is £77 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. St. Stephen's Green and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are also ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (967 reviews)
"I especially liked the lobby and restaurant. My room was good, but I didn’t like that I took the elevator but had to drag my luggage up and down stairs to get to my room. I was smarter when I checked out and called for help with my luggage."

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2021

The Fleet
The Morgan Hotel
The Morgan Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Dublin
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £124 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. Christ Church Cathedral and National Gallery of Ireland at ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (952 reviews)
"Great location right by everything and nicest staff! Restaurant dinner is amazing and rooms as lovely"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2022

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The Clarence
The Clarence
4 out of 5
6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin, Dublin
The price is £100 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Millennium Bridge and Dublin Castle. Trinity College and O'Connell Street are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (981 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2022

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