Temple Bar

by Female Abroad

Everyone stops in or walks through the Temple Bar district when they visit downtown Dublin but it's not just about drunken shenanigan's as you can also find some really great places to eat. Of course if you are looking for a good night out, they have that too....


Auld Dubliner: traditional décor and pub food with live music nightly

Bad Ass Grill: kid friendly American food

Bar Pinto: Candle-lit bodega style tapas bar

Chameleon: Indonesian restaurant where you sit on cushions instead of chairs - Bono & Gavin Friday are known to have spent time drinking coffee here while finalizing lyrics for Achtung Baby

Charlie's I: Chinese fast food - take out available

Charlie's II: Modern update of Chinese, Thai, and Malaysian

Eden: contemporary Irish fusion food - great view of outdoor entertainment in the summer

Fitzsimons: Irish and European dishes - located on the banks of the Liffey

Frankies Steakhouse & Bar: finest stakes in Temple Bar at affordable prices with trendy cocktails and lively music - party atmosphere

Gallaghers Boxty House: atmosphere of an Irish country kitchen that uses only Irish produce with traditional live music daily - serves stews, steaks, seafood, and vegetarian

Gourmet Burger Kitchen: fresh burgers

La Caverna: three floors of a relaxed Italian atmosphere

La Med: Family run French, Italian, Irish food bistro with everything from pizza to steak to Irish stew and more

Mongolian BBQ: open for almost 20 years, this has been a staple of the Temple Bar area

Morgan Restaurant: tapas with Spanish flair

Oliver St. John Gogarty's Restaurant: head up the stairs to their restaurant which serves traditional Irish dinners

Purty Kitchen: seafood

Tante Zoes: French Quarter Cajun/Creole that is celebrating almost 30 years in Temple Bar


We know what you really came here for - the alcohol. Sure the area isn't very big but there is a lot to see so check out our list below so you know what to hit and what to miss.

Alchemy: known for it's quality DJ's and Renaissance décor

Auld Dubliner: relaxing spot with a traditional pub atmosphere

Buskers Bar: modern bar in a landmark building. Live DJ's

Club M: "Dublin's Favorite Nightclub" minimum age: 20

Farringtons: comfortable lounge upstairs, Victorian bar with partitions (over 130 years old) downstairs

Fitzgerald's Pub: traditional Irish pub with live music and sports on TV

Fitzsimons: Dublin's only open-air roof op terrace with full bar and food service. Nightclub downstairs with DJ"s and sporting events on big screen plasma TV's

Foggy Dew: relaxed atmosphere with a large rock memorabilia collection

Morgan Bar: hip cocktail bar

Octagon Bar: found in the Clarence hotel, mixed crowd with affordable award-winning cocktails

Oliver St. John Gogarty: trend setting haunt with traditional Irish music

Palace Bar: one of Dublin's oldest pubs with snugs and an unmodernised feel

Porterhouse: "The Shrine of Beer" Ireland's largest genuine Irish Brewery - microbrewery with live music 7 nights a week and 4 beer festivals a year

Purty Kitchen: supports local acts

Quays: traditional pub with live music Temple Bar Pub: pushing 170 years, this is as traditional as you can get

VAThouse: names after the vat house at the Guinness brewery since it's covered in memorabilia and fittings from the brewery. A traditional bar with the most extensive Irish whiskey selections in Dublin

*Bonus: Not wanting to drink but still have a good night? Check out Battle of the Axe Comedy Club


A lot of people go to Temple Bar just to drink - bachelor parties, people popping over from London for the weekend, normal Friday night - and sometimes it's easier as well as safer just to stay in the area where you are going to drink. If you go to the Dublin for the weekend, Temple Bar is probably where you are going to end up.

Just like Vegas, you want to stay close to where you are going to stumble but remember that there are about 3000 people who live here so if you are leaving the bar at closing, try to not yell. FA has not stayed at these locations but they have been recommended to us. Do you have any preferences?


Oliver St. John Gogarty Apartments

Found above the John Gogarty bar in Temple Bar. These apartments are a rare piece of privacy in such a busy area. Each apartment has it's own dining room, living room, fully equipped kitchen, and two bathrooms. Sleeps 4 people.

Address: 18-21 Anglesea St., Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Website: gogartys.ie/apartments/

Irish Landmark Trust - The Georgian

The Irish Landmark Trust restores buildings that feature architectural merit with style and integrity. While there are lots of different properties through out the country, The Georgian is found in Temple Bar and has 1x double room, 1x twine room, and 1x triple room sleeping a total of 7 people.

Address: 25 Eustace St, Temple Bar Dublin 2

Website: irishlandmark.com

Hostel / Discount

Barnacles Temple Bar

House Staff are young and full of lots of helpful knowledge Features special deals

Address: 19 Temple Lane, Dublin 2

Website: barnacles.ie


Found in Temple Bar only a few steps from Grafton St. This boutique hotel (100 rooms) also features its own night club: Club M

Address: Anglesea St., Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Website: blooms.ie

Gogarty's Budget Accommodation

(different from the apartments) Safe, clean, and friendly

Address: 18-21 Anglesea St., Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Website: gogartys.ie/hostel/

Kinlay House

Caters to a variety of guests in a warm and lovely atmosphere with rooms ranging from private double/twins with ensuits to dormitories

Address: 2-12 Lord Edward St., Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Website: kinlaydublin.ie


Arlington Hotel, Temple Bar

This boutique hotel (63 rooms) is stepping distance to Dublin Castle and is known for its fantastic traditional music and dancing shows held everyone.

Address: Lord Edward St., Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Website: arlingtonhoteltemplebar.com

Clarence Hotel

Partially owned by U2's Bono and The Edge from U2, each room is decorated differently and is fully equipped while being elegantly simple.

Address: 6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Website: theclarence.ie

Fitzsimons Hotel

With some rooms feature balconies overlooking temple bar, this hotel on the river Liffey's "left Bank" area is a great way to view Temple Bar if you don't feel like being in it.

Address: 21 - 22 Wellington Quad, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Website: fitzsimonshotel.com

Morgan Hotel

This boutique hotel is part of the MHL group of Irish hotels but their Temple Bar property has individually designed, stylish rooms with minimalist undertones in the heart of Temple Bar.

Address: 10 Fleet St., Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Website: themorgan.com