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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Shopping, Dining and Live Music

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Top hotels in Temple Bar

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Temple Bar Inn
3 out of 5
40-47 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
£105
per night
22 Oct-23 Oct
4.4/5Excellent! (1,957 reviews)

"The hotel and room has been very nicely done up. Very unique reception area, room very nice and staff very friendly and helpful. Only downside was how hot the room was with no A/C. A fan is provided in the room, but it’s not especially strong.."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2019

Temple Bar Inn
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Temple Bar Hotel
4 out of 5
13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
£126
per night
20 Oct-21 Oct
4.3/5Excellent! (2,695 reviews)

"Nice hotel, lovely staff, very central location handy for numerous bars, cafes and restaurants. Our room was quiet but think some may not be as lots of partying in adjourning streets. Very hot in the night for some reason, we had the fan on full but the heat really affected our sleep. Would stay ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019

Temple Bar Hotel
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Temple Bar Lane by the KeyCollections
3.5 out of 5
19 Temple Lane South, Dublin
£71
per night
13 Oct-14 Oct
3.6/5Good! (42 reviews)

"Right in the middle of the action. Staff was wonderful! Showers were small, you could sometimes hear people people drunk in the street in the middle of the night, but that’s to be expected. Walking distance to everything."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2019

Temple Bar Lane by the KeyCollections
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The Clarence
4 out of 5
6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin, Dublin
£130
per night
20 Oct-21 Oct
4.3/5Excellent! (942 reviews)

"Perfectly located in Temple Bar, very close to transportation, surrounded by great eateries and bars. Excellent bar and restaurant. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 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
£84
per night
29 Sep-30 Sep
4.1/5Very Good! (759 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2019

Handels Hotel Temple Bar by thekeycollections
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Blooms Hotel
3 out of 5
Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Dublin
£94
per night
14 Oct-15 Oct
3.7/5Good! (2,042 reviews)

"Location is great. The Temple bar downstairs is great with traditional irish music and food"…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2019

Blooms Hotel

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