Fitzsimons Temple Bar
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- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Good for Groups:
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- Take Away:
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- Outdoor Seating:
- DJ, Live
- Best Nights:
- Wed, Fri, Sat
- Full Bar
- Outdoor Area/ Patio Only
- Coat Check:
- Noise Level:
- Very Loud
- Good For Dancing:
- Ages Allowed:
- Has TV:
- Wheelchair Accessible:
Recommended Reviews for Fitzsimons Temple Bar
28 reviews in English
Review from Victoria C.
- 13 friends
The club downstairs is the only place you can dance without suffering (beware of creeps though).
The roof top is my favorite part - impossible to find a seat unless you are lucky to find someone at a table who will spare or share.
Prices increase as the night goes in to the early hours.
Review from Aoife K.
I realise I'm not the target customer (at least I presume I'm not as I'm not a tourist or on a perpetual hen party), but this place just is not good.
I was here at the weekend with some overseas clients for work for the first time since I've been legally allowed to drink, I think.
For starters, the Guinness was awful and expensive so I was against it from the get go.
We ordered platters of food that had skewers which had not been mentioned on the menu and after tasting, the meat remains unidentifiable... not great...
Two Irish dancers performed and, while they seemed good (I have no idea what is good), they didn't seem too interested in being there.
We left after 2 drinks. I hope to not return.
Review from Emily C.
This is most definitely not a good place to frequent on a Saturday night. Take it from me folks.
- Bags searched upon entry (dude this isn't Dublin airport!)
- €10 for a Jameson & coke. Wwwhhhhhaaattt!!!!
- Packed with drunken hen parties and bewildered looking tourists wondering what they've inadvertently landed upon
- Horrendous music. Think Wigfield 'Saturday Night', Vengaboys, or Take That. (I love you Mark Owen, but not on a night out on the town, cmooon DJ!)
- They have this very odd giant projection screen that shows, in a very odd way, what's happening on the cameras in the rest of the odd bar. All very Big Brotherly and creepy. And odd. So odd.
So there ya have it. Expensive booze, awful music, drunken messy clientele and creepycreep big screens. Yuk.
Review from Brian M.
Review from Analisa S.
Stopped here my first night in Dublin - just went in for Guinness and music and stayed for a few hours. Now I didn't try the food so my review is just based off the service and beer. Great atmosphere with great live music and delicious food.
Review from Andy H.
- 360 friends
Not one of my favorites when visiting the Temple Bar district in Dublin, but it can be pretty decent as a bar to start off your night.
The place gets extremely packed by 10pm and becomes one of those annoying pubs where it takes 20 minutes to get a drink and no one can move.
Then the music is so loud that you can not hear what your friend is saying to you. Finally after being crammed into this pub for a few hours, you are getting to feel a little hot and irritable. So you scream to your friend that maybe we should move on to a bigger pub with some cross ventilation.
So while it may be A-OK during the day, get out of there before the sun goes down and the tourist come out in droves.
Review from Gemma C.
- 8 friends
First off: 6.50 for a pint of draught.
Secondly, I went to this place midweek as it was open late with friends. I wish Id gone home instead though. The place was packed and had some very odd guys drinking in there. There was a very strange atmosphere.
Also they were playing what appeared to be softcore porn on the TVs. I presume someone just forgot to change the channel, but it was WIERD.
Review from Rónán C.
- 62 friends
Not that I don't enjoy being hit on by a forty year old slag from Slough with 'L' plates hanging off her tits but.....oh wait...NO.
Fitzsimons is a Temple Bar cliché. You'll walk past and say "Wowzers(sorry for assuming you're some kind of geek) that place is bursting at the seems-it must be amazing". It's a fair assumption to make, I'd make it too were I not so well versed in such matters.
Fitzsimons is a crowded drunken sprawling mess of a pub, full of stags, hens and American tourists asking for "irish Carbombs". A disaster zone to be avoided, unless you're on a stag or hen.
It's supposed to be good for matches, and on paper it should be-big TV, big crowd, pints-perfect. Far from it, to get from tv to bar is a half mile squeeze through beer bellies and unsteady legs. The return journey is the same again, only you have the pleasure of watching your pint spill everywhere along the way, except down your throat.
Eventually you return to your mates; empty handed, covered in nasty brown guinness stains and having missed twenty minutes of football. It goes without saying that you should not, under any circumstances, attempt rounds. And that puts everyone in bad form.
To put this traumatic experience in perspective. I watched Ireland pummel England, in the massacre of Croke Park, in Fitzsimons. Somehow, I left feeling deflated-how is that even possible? Dump.
Review from Sara S.
- 1 friend
Stopped in for an early dinner before the place turns into a sweaty tourist mess.
The drinks were good but expensive. Try the variations of Kopparberg they have.
The Irish Stew was sub-par...far too much thyme for me. But the brown bread was good.
All in all, it was a decent meal for what it was but its not worth going back to.
Review from Cathal C.
- 39 friends
Here's another review in a strand that seems to be developing a bit of a recurring theme: really shit places in Temple Bar that are not enjoyable to spend an evening in.
Now, the first sentence really sums it all up, but I shall elaborate a little bit, in order to help you to make an informed decision to avoid the place.
Not so long ago, I had to make a stop into Fitzsimons of a Friday or Saturday evening to go to a birthday of an acquaintance. 10 spots to get in, but that isn't terribly unusual for Dublin on the weekend, so that didn't really bother me untowardly. Fitzsimons is quite big (four floors), but it was still a smelly sweatbox on the night in question: too packed to move about the place, it took ages to get served at the bar, etc. And Fitzsimons is packed with the people you least want to run into on a night out in Dublin: stag nights from Birmingham, and hen parties from Slough. Fitzsimons is like a microcosm of the greater malaise affecting Temple Bar.
The one redeeming feature of Fitzsimons is the rooftop smoking area, which even I have to concede is pretty cool (still packed, as with the rest of the place, though).
If I were you, I wouldn't touch off Fitzsimons with a 10 foot barge-pole, unless you want to spend your evening with a load of middle-aged women wearing L-plates making fools of themselves.
Review from Nathan E.
The food is okay here, but it's sitting probably closer to the bottom edge of average than upper. The bartenders don't really care much about you, even when it's slow. The whole place just seems to be lacking that warm and friendly appeal that so many Irish pubs have. At night the place gets incredibly crowded and it's difficult to walk more than a few feet from the door before you're suffocating. After all that work getting from the door to the bar, you may still not be able to get a drink. It opens up a little bit around the back and upstairs, and the best part about this place is the rooftop bar/smoking area. That's a fine and relaxing place that's great if you can get a seat up there.
Review from Alexandra M.
It is not the MOST touristy place in Temple Bar, but makes a good run for it.
Too crowded, leading to getting too felt up (felt up in general by strangers is too much for me), feeling like I could not breath, and 2 friends getting pick-pocketed (one was just attempted--didn't have anything in her pockets--and the other time he dropped the stuff).
They debate on when they ID you, I guess. One friend did not have an ID but got in, then wanted some air, and they would not let her back in (pretty sure they saw her leave, but whatever).
I gave it an extra star for having great music and having a top floor where you can go outside.
Review from Nick W.
- 24 friends
El Cajon, USA
A tourist bar in a tourist area. The entertainment was ok, but as far as a cozy pub experience this is not it. More like Irish night at your favorite local. We went once, had no plans on going back. Everything in Temple Bar is a bit more expensive- keep that in mind too.
Review from Alexandra M.
- 32 friends
Although one might be tempted to go to Fitzsimons because of the steady stream of people who come in and out of its doors, don't fall for this tourist trap. This venue is nothing to write home about, unless of course you want to rant about disorderly customers, unfriendly bartenders and a nonexistent atmosphere.
Even though I avoid this place like the plague, I will go here on the sunniest day of the year. Fitzsimons's one redeeming quality is its rooftop terrace. When you can sit outside and enjoy your pint in the sun, it's easy to ignore all the pub's flaws.
Review from Gillie B.
Now to be fair, I was here on a Tuesday.... which seems to be the only night in Dublin when everyone stays home. However, The place is full of creepy tourist, leering and gyrating at any girl in the place. Gross.
They commit highway robbery on booze prices. 12.50 for two pints of Smithwicks. What the...? Ouch. Better drinking at Temple Bar.
Review from Slim D.
- 48 friends
It's full of English people who are just over to get twatted. I've nothing against the English as I lived there myself but when theres a gang of them in a pub on the batter....hell no.
On this particular sunny afternoon, I went up to the roof terrace to meet some friends. I greeted them, and turned to the bar but the shutters were down. I had missed the notes saying buy a pint before you head up the stairs (millions of stairs). By the time I got down to the ground floor and back up, I was knackered.
As it happened, the bar on the roof opened just after 5, when the clouds started coming across and it got chilly. Any manager with a bit of cop on would have noticed the weather, sent a bartender upstairs early and made a fortune in the terrace bar but instead, I nursed my guinness and got the hell out of there...No WAY was I climbing those stairs again!
Review from Alison C.
- 122 friends
My first two experiences at Fitzsimons included 30+ minute waits to use the toilet, a plethora of drunk frat-boy types, and the kind of body-pressing crowds that remind me of the spectrum of personal hygiene amongst humans. After a visit on Halloween that involved extreme over-heating, a 50 minute queue into the dungeon/bathroom, flopsweat galore, and a hurried exit without even the thought of a drink, I vowed never to return.
That said, I went on a Monday night for a friend's farewell party. Obviously, I wasn't in charge of that planning committee. Anyway, we arrived at 11pm, sat about 20 people comfortably on the rooftop terrace, and finished off by dancing in the basement until 3am. As probably the least-busy night of the week, the amount of people in the downstairs club was perfect. It was filled enough to dance and mingle but not so crowded that you had to involuntarily touch strangers. This post makes me out as an agoraphobe but if you have any sense of personal space, you know what I mean.
Review from Amanda S.
- 27 friends
Fitzsimons gets 5 stars!!!!! Okay, I'm a bit biased because this is where I met my boyfriend! BUT, it is a great place nonetheless! If you're in Temple Bar, you HAVE to stop by! I don't think it is as touristy as the other bars like Olivers or the Temple bar......
It's like 4 or 5 levels and everyone there is looking to have a good time! They have live bands playing in the basement level and a small dance floor on another. Great place to watch a match or mingle at the top level roof top (which is where I met my love =) ). We love to visit anytime I'm over in Dublin to reminisce. I met so many great people there...locals and tourist from all over the country. I guess it's all about your own experience..but I recommend to give Fitzsers a try!!! I've never had a bad time!!!
I was here for St. Paddy's day 2009...and it was just insane!!!!!!!
If there's a line at the front entrance....just walk to the side entrance and they'll let you in!!!
BEWARE: there are drunk lads everywhere.....BUT you're also in Dublin so you're use to it!!!
Review from Gabriel A.
Review from Jo M.
- 74 friends
Every time I've been to Fitzsimons I've left soon after arriving, more often than not in an extremely annoyed state, and more often than not, without even touching a drink to my lips.
On weekends it is too busy to be any fun at all, you can't hear your friends talk, and if you happen to let go of their arm for a minute you'll lose them for 20.
Not my idea of a good night out, but hey, if you're drunk and just want to dance then the floor is all yours (admittedly you'll be sharing it with about a million other inebriates). Avoid unless you are already tanked.
Review from Aoife O.
- 10 friends
Fitzsimons would just be another lairy, party-hardy Temple Bar venue if it wasn't for its roof-top terrace and bar. We don't have many of these in Dublin, in fact Fitzsimons makes the claim of being the city's only open-air roof-top terrace with a full-bar - not the catchiest claim in the world but true nonetheless! So, in the early evening when weather permits, wind your way up through Fitzsimons and relax with a beer and some chats in Dublin's fading sun. You can even nibble on something from the bar menu if you're peckish. Enjoy gazing over the roofs of Temple Bar as the masses scuttle by on the cobbles below.
The nightclub below is fairly unremarkable with mainstream music and mass intoxication. My advice: leave when the sun goes down and Fitzsimons turns into just another lairy, party-hardy Temple Bar venue!
Review from Qype User (meliss…)
- 28 friends
- Qype User meliss…
The Fitzsimons is, essentially, all things Temple Bar. It's a pub, a nightclub and a hotel, all in one, and situated right in the midst of Temple Bar, only a 1 minute stroll from the Temple Bar proper.
The downside is that if you're coming to Dublin to mingle with Irish people, as with many places in the (in?)famous nightlife hub of central Dublin, you won't find many here. The upside is, if you're looking for a real party venue, this is the place for you.
Spanning over three main levels, the Fitzsimons includes a ground level bar area that is packed full of partygoers on a weekend, with a small stage that hosts live music well into the wee hours of the morning. One act I have seen perform there a couple of times is a guitar-playing duo who do fantastic covers of all the kinds of songs you want to sing along to when out on the tiles with your mates - and the crowd is more than happy to comply.
On the second level, you will find another bar and the main nightclub section of the building. Playing all the latest tracks you can dance to, it can get quite warm in there with all the bodies, but sure... that's what nightclubs are all about.
On the third level is the roof terrace. Much more than just a smokers pub as many open roof areas in Dublin pubs seem to be, it is spacious and tastefully decorated. Having only been there on chilly Dublin nights I have only ever seen it sparsely filled, but I can imagine on a nice summer evening this may well be the place to be. It has a real mediterranean feel in the decor and with a bar just inside undercover, it's a great spot to get away from the music and the madness of the floors downstairs.
I have to say, I have met more random new people at the Fitzsimons than at any other pub I've been to in Dublin - but again, none of them were local. But if you find yourself in Dublin on your own and don't feel like partying away solo, this would be the place I'd recommend to go and find new friends - or at the very least, it should be busy enough that no one will notice you standing on your own!
Not really a traditional Irish pub, but a lot of fun if you're just after a big, loud, busy night.
Review from Mark C.
- 0 friends
I popped in here with my girlfriend on a Saturday afternoon because i was hungry and also wanted to catch a soccer game. Thankfully they had a very large projector screen which meant i didn't need to worry about finding a seat witha good view of the screen. Ordered the full Irish breakfast, it was a decent and well priced at just under 9Euro although i will say that after my food was served not one of the wait staff enquired if my meal was ok or checked if i needed anything, however i think this is more of an Irish and associated with the poort service one comes to expect in the country rather than something that's specific to Fitzsimons itself
In general, big screen, decent breakfast and a good pint, so far so good. Problem came when i got up to pay - turned out that my seat was covered in chewing gum and it had all stuck to backside of my jeans. My girlfriend and i tried scraping it off but to no avail. Not sure how i missed this when i went to sit down but anyways.......
Went to the bar counter and explained what had happened to the girl behind the counter (who didn't really speak much English). She just kinda shrugged her shoulders in a "well what do you want me to do about it" kind of manner and offered no apology. I suggested that perhaps she could reduce some of my bill (total was about 27 Euro) and i'd use that to pay for the dry cleaning (maybe 10bucks or so). She wasn't prepared to do this so i asked to speak to the manager.
The manager came out from a back room and instantly took an agressive posture - basically shouting at me that - no there's nothing they will do, yes i need to pay the full bill etc. When i told him that this was poor service he said "fine, i'll write it in the f***ing book then" and proceded to scribble something on a piece of paper. One of the other bar staff went over to see what was happening and both of them were laughing, sniggering and generally being very disrespectful. This really surprised me, i was nothing but polite at all times and would have happily dropped the issue if the staff had been in way apologetic.
One star for the breakfast and big screen. Terrible service, terrible staff. Will never set foot in here again - it's not like there are a shortage of bars in Dublin.
Review from Jamie P.
For the most part, I've had lovely memories at this beloved pub, although these memories are a bit blurry. Me and my mates call it "bad decisions fitzsimmons." It does get extremely crowded, but it IS a tourist area. However, it DOES sum up Temple Bar and Dublin so it is worth checking out. The bar has about 4 stories, separated into "themes" in terms of music. I've always hung out on the rooftop. The bottom floor has live music sometimes. I could go without the dance floor playing weird dance tunes, but whatever. However, please be aware that irish lads do go there to hit on slutty american girls. In fact, it is the feeding ground. If you do not want to be in this category, I suggest you drink somewhere else.
Review from Kelly P.
this place holds some fond memories for me. i'm recalling many afternoons spent happily watching rugby matches and having playful conversations with locals and foreigners alike.
big projection screens ensure that even if you dont get there in time to grab the best seats for the match, you'll be able to watch from your position standing by the bar.
can't comment on the food as all i ever did there was drink.. but i do recall the passageway to the basement club and bathroom being tricky after too many bulmers pints ;)
Review from Melanie M.
I had two lovely nights out here, first one was early on a Sunday and there was some trad Irish music and dancing, which was a blast! The second, I had to sadly admit, was on a hen's night! But the reason it was a good night was because they were so excepting of the hen night, the big group, stupid wigs and costumes and we all got in no problem! So if you do have a big group of you and want to ensure you all get into the same bar maybe head here first to get the drinks in and have a dance!
Review from Kazuma K.
this place is a couple of stories high and each level is a little different..
i think this was the first nightclub/bar we went to in Dublin, and we went to the bottom floor...
the bottom floor is hella sketch - it had some weird people who were mega creeps and jiggling their bodies trying to dance haha... i guess it's all good with alcohol.
Review from Daniel W.