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  • “By far, the most worth it experience as a tourist.” in 88 reviews

    Ambience: Touristy

  • “Temple Bar is known around the world as the place to grab a pint if yer in Ireland.” in 34 reviews

  • “The band that played the Saturday we were there was absolutely amazing.” in 45 reviews

    Music: Live

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/4/2014

    Well, if you have ever been to Dublin, you know this is one of the most famous places here.
    It is one a Pub,(Public House) but, also an area as well.
    Known as the Temple Bar Area.
    It has been around for a very long time, I am talking hundreds of years.
    Of course I was there during Saint Patrick's Week. Getting near here on St. Pats Day was insane. But, at any other time, quite nice.
    Not that it is so great. It is just one of those super famous places that everyone should see at least once. That is just it. It is filled with tourists from all over the world.
    Lots of drinking going on , and just far to busy to eat.
    There are some other places though in the Temple Bar area that are good to eat in though.
    The Shack for one actually. Another really old place with quite good food,and it is right next door. So you can have a lovely dinner here and watch all the shenanigans going on at Temple bar Pub.
    It is not bad at all, very crowded but, very interesting. Everyone should see it at least once.
    The streets are really cool as well, all made of Cobblestone and brick.

  • 3.0 star rating
    13/4/2014

    At 6.90Euro a Pint (which is defiantly the most expensive pint I've ever had) you're paying for the atmosphere when it comes to Temple Bar.

    It is a must do on your trip to Dublin. While it may seem like a Tourist Trap (again the prices certainly reflect that) there are a fair amount of Locals that prop up the bar as we discovered -  as they "do a really good pint".

    There's always live music playing throughout the day - which I love. Even if it can get a bit samey - it's just refreshing to see a live act in a bar not exclusive to after dark.

    There's ample space inside and out the back - which is great because it's reliably busy.

    Defiantly a good start to a pub crawl or a nice stop after a day of wandering around when visiting the city.

  • 3.0 star rating
    5/2/2014

    First of all, it's a Tourist destination... so you have to go if you haven't been to Dublin before and at least have a pint.  It is crowded at night, but everyone is pretty freckin' happy and friendly...  While I've met a few locals who say they never go there, I've met locals there too, so....?? :)

    Live music!!!  Great building, and close to several other pubs, so stop in and people watch, and head out to some other great pubs in the area.  I'd recommend the Globe if you're into dancing, they had a huge dance floor downstairs that opened after 11pm (23:00 for you military peeps and Euros)

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/4/2014

    nice music, but too croweded on sat and sundays.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/1/2014
    1 check-in here

    This is a great stop for anyone from outside of Dublin. I doubt I'd come here much if I were a local (much like the Power and Light district in Kansas City, where I'm from) but if you haven't been, it's definitely worth it. We went in, weaved around the interconnected rooms, grabbed several drinks and people watched. It was great fun.

    The music was lively and enjoyable. No room to dance as it was shoulder to shoulder. It was pretty late in the evening, so there were plenty of people who were "knackered" and it made for some really funny people watching. We enjoyed out pints, and headed back out into the Temple Bar district.

    We're glad we went, definitely worth checking out!

  • 2.0 star rating
    9/1/2014

    My friends and I came here on a short trip to Dublin. Temple Bar keeps popping up on every "Must Go," "Best of Dublin," "Dublin Top 10" and lists of that sort, so we decided to check it out.

    Wrong move - all of us are the furthest you can get from pub crawlers... Stepping inside, we felt thrusted into full-on, extremely stereotypical, loud Irish pub. We didn't really know how the seating worked since they have different sections and "rooms." Basically, we kind of walked around awkwardly trying to find the ideal table / bar area seats.

    Fortunately, we found a table in one of the more quiet sections of the pub. The waitress was a little too friendly and overpowering. Food was subpar. We had two variations of of smoked salmon on Guinness bread and oysters. The bloody mary oyster shots were a first so trying them for a first time was probably the highlight of our visit here.

    Biggest Lesson: DO NOT order their exceedingly overpriced famous "Best Nuts in Dublin" no matter how well your waitperson talks you into getting it. It's no more than a tiny bowl of overly salty roasted nuts.

    We went at Christmastime, though, so the glowing lights and lovely decor earned them an extra star.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/1/2014

    Enjoyable bar in the heart of the Temple Bar district, did not eat but as far as drinks their Irish Coffee was one of the best I had in Ireland (aside from the ones my relatives make...), the atmosphere is very typical "pub", a bit dark, cavernous with all the rooms, twists & turns, and their is an outdoor 'atrium' that doubles as a smoking oasis.  Live music was great as well.

    Yes, it's a tourist trap but I would highly recommend stopping in for a few drinks and for sure get the Irish Coffee (expensive but it's worth it).

  • 3.0 star rating
    23/12/2013

    They said its a tourist trap.. well it must be but still you have to take a look / beer.
    Ambiance is cool but be careful, its very very busy in the evening ! keep your cool and you will enjoy it :)

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/1/2014

    Amazing atmosphere and met up with some co-workers when I came to Dublin for the very first time back in 2009. Awesome place to grab a drink and the surrounding area is just so beautiful with their architecture! It's very colorful and lively. My co-workers said it's a total tourist trap and the bars in Temple Bar is completely over-priced, but I loved it anyways! Guinness finally tasted awesome since they are freshly brew in Ireland and baby guinness tasted like ice cream dipped in caramel. YUM!

  • 2.0 star rating
    3/10/2013
    1 check-in here

    Tourist trap
    Dear Tourists, do not go to the Temple Bar. Please do not think that this is how typical Irish Pubs usually are. Cause they are not. They are much nicer and cosier.
    I really should have known that Temple Bar is a real tourist trap but  hey; did not imagine that it was that bad.
    Little did I expect but definitely nor to pay over 6€ for a glass of Pinot Grigio.
    Dear Tourists, please do yourself the favour and visit real Irish pubs with real athmosphere, unless obviously you have enough money to get wasted in no style what so ever.

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/9/2013
    3 check-ins here

    In Dublin find me in the Temple District,  Pint in hand washing down some Redbreast 15 aged whiskey of course taking in some of the hottest live Irish Folk music.  Get here early because prices go higher as the time gets later.   It's crowded so hopefully you like elbow rubbing &  drunken loutish behavior fueled by excessive alcohol drinking.   This bar is very popular with the tourist folk so fanny packs and cameras are excepted.   The night life is very lively here.  Hold on to your pocket book and take in all of the culture that surrounds you.  

    My go to for High-End Whiskey selection and Sandwich belly fillers

    Cheers

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/10/2013
    1 check-in here
    Listed in Culture Vultures

    By far, the most worth it experience as a tourist.

    People say that it's a tourist trap, and i suppose it may be, but it was great to check off our list. It was packed for Arthur's Day and was very festive. I have to say I enjoyed the atmosphere - BUT if you have never been before, know that it is large and many more rooms than just two! There is a whole patio and other area - even a downstairs bathroom.

    It's expensive, but remember that all places can be. If you know you're looking for tourist-y things, this is the place. If you want cozier or quieter, I'd suggest going someplace else.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/8/2013

    Temple Bar is a busy holiday location for tourists. I personally like the place although I know a lot of Dublineers avoid it due to the over crowding and high prices.

    "The Temple Bar" is bang slap in the middle and could only get more Irish Touristy if it was constructed of a thousand leprechauns stacked on top of each other.

    Its a big big place and I am guessing usually buzzing with people. Temple bar has a lot of music on and to be honest they were quite good when we were there. Considering the number of people in they can probably afford decent bands!

    It was absolutely packed, although it wasn't too hard to get a drink. We were there until about 12 oclock. About 30 seconds past 12 a fight started outside between two idiots slapping each other around. I guess that's the downside of the place. While we were there, there were a few unsavory types knocking about.

    So if you want to see a real Irish bar go somewhere else, if you want to have a laugh when you are on holiday and listen to some good music give it a try. But don't stay out to late if you are not used to the rougher side of a big city.

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/10/2013

    I get it, it's a tourist hot-spot. But, for it to be good makes it impressive. We have all seen it, that iconic location in a city where you must must go (!!). So many times these locations are over-hyped, over-priced, and just plain bad. Well, simply put, Temple Bar isn't. This place is great.

    We ate here twice while we were in Dublin. Delicious sandwiches! And a good rough beer selection, with friendly and seemingly organized staff. How they manage to keep a positive attitude amongst the chaos of this landmark is beyond me. They are well prepared and well trained to handle what troubles may come.

    I think people are wrong to call it a tourist trap. For this place, I think negative reviews are just hipsters trying to be cool by hating on the popular place. It doesn't apply here, check this place out, it is well worth your time and money.  Slante!

  • 3.0 star rating
    3/1/2014
    1 check-in here

    This place was just way too crowded for me. There was barely any standing room anywhere. It was too uncomfortable to stay. It was very loud as well, so it would be hard to have a conversation and catch up with friends cause you will feel like you are shouting at one another. We were here in the evening, so maybe if you come during the day time it might be better.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/9/2013
    1 check-in here

    Obligatory visit to THE Temple Bar in the Temple bar neighborhood of Dublin did not disappoint.

    This gem of an iconic red building sits on the corner of a cobblestone pedestrian street (ok not really, cars can drive there too but it's free game for foot traffic) welcoming you to the Temple bar area.

    Known for being touristy and a bit grungy, I was actually pleasantly surprised to find a relatively clean and spacious bar that was packed but not like sardines and carried a good vibe.

    Of course I ordered a Guinness (didn't pass up the opportunity to do so the whole trip in Dublin) and it was perfectly poured (what else would you expect, this is Ireland!). They also had a wide selection of other beers/drinks so you'll find whatever you're looking for.

    Highly recommend checking this spot out when visiting Dublin, either for just a drink or a raging night out, it's the perfect place.

  • 3.0 star rating
    13/8/2013
    1 check-in here

    The epitome of Temple Bar twee.

    I avoid places like The Temple Bar like the plague. Busy and overpriced. But I was here with a friend who was meeting her american relatives, so The Temple Bar it was to be.

    It was a Thursday night and it was slightly packed in the front bar. The next area was jammed with people watching the two piece band through out the diddly-eye music. But in fairness they played decent diddly-eye, of which the sound was excellent. A guitar and fiddle player.

    The place emptied a bit and we jumped on the barrel and high-stools. Woo, seats! Then the place filled up again, with even more people. It ebbs and flows like the tide in there

    Had a bit of trouble finding the toilets, looked for signs but ended up asking a member of staff. Maybe there was more signage than the sign above the stairs the toilets are at the bottom of, but I didn't see them.

    A lowlight (or perhaps highlight for some) was watching two drunk men slap each other around outside on the street. Both too inebriated to actually land any proper punches. This is Temple Bar. This is why usually avoid the area.

    Crowded and overpriced, but it seems to do what it sets out to do well.

  • 3.0 star rating
    18/7/2013

    My friend and I popped in here during a short trip to Dublin back in 2008.  Since it's famous, it was very crowded and touristy at night.  We came again in the daytime the following day.  

    Both my friend and I are Asian so I expect the typical "Nihao" and "Genki" comments.  I'm an avid traveler so I'm not usually offended by those types of comments because well I have an Asian face so it makes sense that people think I'm from Asia.  I usually think those comments end up being precursors for good conversations with strangers.  

    When I kindly told this guy I was an American and was not Chinese, he called me a Yank!!  Well, I guess I am but then it seemed like we were flooded with a plethora of these Chinese/Japanese comments to the point where I felt annoyed.  Also, some jerk kept yelling Japanese greetings to my friend and I and kept sticking his foot in all of our pictures.  Seriously?  Who does that???!

  • 2.0 star rating
    16/12/2013
    1 check-in here

    Crazy crowded, extremely hard to get a drink, infested with tourists, live music is great but loud, it's a must experience but only for a while.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/6/2013
    1 check-in here
    Listed in First Ireland Trip

    Crowded but worth it!

    We stopped in here for a pint. Guinness is always a good choice.  It was very crowded though.  If you decide to stop in don't give up.  You can walk around for just a bit and you are sure to find a table or spot at a bar.  The music is worth it because the band was great.  We noticed several Irish locals offering their seats to tourists like us.  Irish people are so nice that I believe they have us southern Americans beat.

  • 2.0 star rating
    8/1/2014

    Well, it is the Temple Bar. It is in Temple Bar. But I would not say that it is a typical pub. It is a tourist trap and it is stuffed and packed with way too much people. Just cross Dame Street to the south and find nice pubs with better atmosphere.

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/5/2013

    Crowded, live music, beer.

    Yeah, it's a tourist trap. So what? The music was good, and we actually chatted up some friendly ladies. Why not? It made me feel like I was back in NYC for a second.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/12/2013

    Crowded but extremely fun.  While it is a tourist bar the locals also hang out here as well.  Live music starts at 1PM everyday. If you get a chance try one of their double or triple decker sandwiches; they are excellent.  The Guinness record for most consecutive hours playing guitar took place at Temple Bar.

  • 1.0 star rating
    25/3/2013

    This review may be biased so if you're in love with this place, you might not want to read on.

    I came here with three of my girlfriends (we're all Asian - I'll explain how this comes into play later on) on our first night during our visit to Ireland. It just so happened to be a Saturday night and the night before St. Paddy's. So obviously considering the circumstances, we expected it to be packed.

    However, we didn't expect it to be a sardine can that smelled like swamp ass. We couldn't move and since it was so crowded, it took us a while to find the bar. Clearly, just  by looking at us, everyone could tell we were tourists and not locals (though I'm almost 100% sure locals wouldn't come here anyway) so we would get comments shouted at us like people have never seen Asians before. I mean, we ARE a rare species right?

    Well, when we finally got near the bar, some shady ass dude tried to get his hand in my purse since I apparently look like I'm an easy target. Like, seriously? Do you think I won't notice you trying to steal from me? I have my crossbody bag right in front and am holding onto it for dear life. So after that happened, we just got the eff out of there.

    I know it's a little unfair to base my review off of this one experience especially since it wasn't the establishment's fault. But I really just felt like I had to share. There are a gazillion bars/pubs in Dublin. My advice? Snap a few quick pics outside and haul your tush elsewhere.

  • 3.0 star rating
    11/8/2013

    Came here for a pint of Guinness, listened to the band play for a bit and got the hell out of there. It was getting a bit crowded.
    On the plus side, the Guinness in Ireland is great! So, doesn't matter...once that beer hits my lips, I don't care, heck, someone could be dancing around a pot of gold for all I care. However, after I finished the pint, I told myself, "Well, I could do this in a less crowded, less touristy spot." and I got the hell out of there.

    How I got back to the Harding Hotel is still a mystery.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/5/2013
    1 check-in here

    Its super crowded, but its a must to go into since its a classic tourist spot in Dublin. If you find a seat by the window, be prepared to photo bomb tourists photos.

    You'll probably find a seat in the back so its worth a stop through for a nice pint of Guinness.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/10/2013

    If every in Dublin, you have to pay homage to the Temple Bar.  The Temple Bar calmed this tourist girl lost in an unknown city.  I think by mid-day of touring I had lost my map and wasn't sure of where I was staying or anything about it more than the name.  So I thought I had two rational decisions:  1)  Be irrational and freak out because your alone in an unknown city and you have no idea where you are, 2)  Stop in a bar, have a pint, chat up some locales and random inquire on where the hell you are.  What makes this city amazing and the Temple Bar even more awesome is that even on a Tuesday afternoon most pubs in this area are still somewhat filled with funny, sociable locales despite the odd time frame.  I had a great experience and finally found out where I was.

  • 1.0 star rating
    3/10/2013
    1 check-in here

    Unfortunately I didn't like the temple bar at all. Sold as a traditional "oirish pub" this is anything but. Sort of warped Disneyland version of an Irish pub. Full of tourists (obviously) taking snaps of themselves. (And no they weren't yelpers. So no excuses). Ridiculously overpriced and no atmosphere at all despite being completely full. Live music was ok but a little too overly forcibly "Irish". I would have given at least 2 stars but for the fact that I was asked to move away from the bar so that a waiter could get to his drinks order. There was plenty of space just behind me to get to his drinks but that would have meant him walking an extra three steps, something he clearly hadn't banked on and wasn't prepared to do.
    I guess this is a must do when in Dublin so by all means go and have a pint here so you can say you have but if you're looking for a real Irish pub experience there are hundreds of real Irish pubs to sample. (Hint:  if there are tourists lining up to take pictures outside a pub it's probably not gonna be all that authentic or somewhere were the locals would ever drink in....)

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/11/2012

    I know it is "touristy", but then again I was a bit of a tourist.

    I was in Dublin on business and traveling by myself.  So there are always the slightly awkward moments of:
    - dining at a table by yourself
    - walking into a trendy bar filled with trendy 20-somethings who all look up at the 40+ year old as he walks in with the "he must be a pervert" look on their faces.

    So what I can tell you as a single (at the time) 40+ year old fun loving business tourist visiting Dublin for 2 nights is that of the 5 or so bars and pubs I stopped in for a pint, the Temple Bar was:
    - the one I felt most comfortable walking in
    - the one where I met the most people (some locals and some visiting like me)
    - the only one where a significant portion of the crowd was signing along with the band

    So would I go back?  Of course I would, I had a great time there.

    Will it be the same?  Probably not, but that isn't anything a couple of pints wouldn't fix.

  • 1.0 star rating
    6/8/2013

    TOURISTS, BEWARE OF THE TRAP! Although The Temple Bar is aesthetically a nice pub, the drinks are so overpriced, that architecture & decor just cannot make it worth the money you have to spend there! The one time I went there, I was charged 16 EURO for two Irish coffees and that was before they put up their prices at night time! There are far more interesting pubs, that charge fairer prices just a stones throw away. I will never visit this pub again and will advise any tourists that will listen against it!

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/2/2013

    Well I'm a tourist so... I like it.

    We met some awesome people.

    Have I mentioned how much I love the Irish style patio? More of a courtyard really.

    It's just a beautiful pub with a lot of energetic people. We were there during the day and had a blast. I went with my whole family and we took over a corner of the courtyard, but mingled with others.

    Beer flows. Service was fine.... especially for how busy it was.

    There is a knock off in Chicago I always wanted to try, but never did. I'm sure it would just disappoint compared to this.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/10/2012

    Touristy pubs are the kind of place that make most Irish people cringe. You'll only ever find an Irish person there if they work there or have friends visiting Ireland from foreign lands. There aren't many Irish people who enjoy the stereotype of pubs made of tweed, thatch and misery staffed by people who can't go one sentence without saying "bejaysus". Call me a cynic, but I find that a lot of "Authentic Irish Pubs" layer on the Irishness a bit too thick for my liking.

    Don't get me wrong, I love Irish things, I just think it cheapens everything if it's done with the subtlety of a flying brick. The Temple Bar is one of the few "Authentic Irish Pubs" that ticks all of the boxes for both myself and the friends that I've brought there on their first visit to Ireland.

    I recommend this as a place to those visiting Ireland for the first time because it's got a decent range of beers and has all the qualities that a tourist wants without being too in-your-face about it.

  • 2.0 star rating
    9/4/2013

    Well, you go here just because it is a famous tourist spot (read trap). Not for any other reason at all. Because all they have you can get quicker and smoother at any other pub. C'mon this is DUBLIN! Pubs in every corner.

    This one is just crowded.
    You don't even get the chance to find out if the staff is service minded - it is so stressful. The music is SO loud. If you are lucky to get a seat you can enjoy the place for awhile though.

    No, go next door while you are in Temple Bar area.

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/11/2012

    Quintessential gastropub. Live music, great selection of beer- mostly from different counties in Ireland but they even offer Brooklyn beers too!
    Great atmospher. Eclectic mix of people so it's not a college hang out or just locals. Gets packed & stays that way.  Lots of seating & spots for groups or just the two of you to sit, chat, enjoy the music & enjoy a pint.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/6/2012

    My favorite spot in all of Dublin!

    Ok, so it wasn't the King's Head of Galway, but it still captured my heart (for a quick one night stand).  It's big, loud, sort of trendy (and old school at the same time), and the drinks were tasty.  Loved the live music.  There was a good deal of seating scattered about, but on a busy night it was hard to find a spot to give my feet a break.  It's located in Temple Bar, the hustle and bustle area of Dublin.  Stop in if you find yourself with some free time.  If you don't, it's not necessary to kick yourself.  You'll find another place just like it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/8/2013
    2 check-ins here

    Expecting the worst, my fiancé and I enjoyed our pint of Guinness here more than any other pub we tried in Dublin. Full of tourists and non-authentic Irish appetizers, true, but the ambience was enjoyable and staff friendly. Tip: visit during non-peak hours and find a comfortable bar seat hidden away in a corner.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/11/2012

    A great surprise in the heart of a tourist trap. Everyone said don't go near Temple Bar it is crazy. But as tourists we had to see what the hoopla was about. Enter Temple Bar! With great live Irish Fiddlers, surprisingly good food (made fresh, down to even the mustard) and a heavy handed pour of Jameson I was sold.
    We went on a Sunday night which I am told made the crowds more local. Everyone was super friendly and made the experience a memory of Dublin I will never forget.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/9/2010
    Listed in Travel -IRELAND

    Yeah, yeah I know but you always have to go for one drink to say you've been there. It's funny, I try avoid this kinds of places even back here in Chicago.  

    It's loud, it's packed almost all day and night, it's expensive, it's full of tourists, and you most certainly can't hear the band.

    Find a corner in the back and it's actually not that bad, the bartenders are cool, and the very most important thing... They have bottles of Koppaberg the size of my arm!! Enough said!

  • 5.0 star rating
    28/5/2013
    2 check-ins here

    There is enough reviews here, but I had to chime in. Went here 2 times in 2 days. Had a blast with all the music and pictures all over the walls. Kept us entertained and really made us enjoy Dublin that much more!

  • 3.0 star rating
    31/8/2012

    One word: sandwiches!

    Temple Bar does killer sandwiches, like the kind its worth travelling across a city for. Open sandwiches, closed sandwiches, hot sandwiches, toasted sandwiches... they have it all! My favourite is the pastrami and swiss on sour dough - a taste of heaven! Honestly, while in Dublin you have to go check it out: they have hundreds of choices!

    A great accompaniment is one of their Irish Coffees - which are strangely made with coffee granules not fresh - but is also delicious!

    A lot of reviews talk about the crazy night out, but I just go in the day, when its pretty civilised and quiet except from the sounds of the live Irish music!

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