Temple Bar Area

Temple Bar is Dublin's cultural quarter and is located on the south bank of the River Liffey, an area often referred to as the Old City.

Along the quaint cobbled streets of Temple Bar you will find some of Dublin's top restaurants, bars, theatres and cafes - all of which are a stone's throw from Temple Bar Hotel.

Temple Bar has a unique community spirit and it plays host to an array of events throughout the year. These include weekly designer mart and food and book markets as well as regular festivals including Tradfest, Handel's Day and the festival of Russian Culture to name but a few.

In the evenings this vibrant area is alive with a buzzing atmosphere as people trickle out of the many restaurants and wander into the many bars playing traditional Irish and modern music. Street performers and buskers add to the bohemian vibe of the area while keeping passersby entertained.

The main action is concentrated in and around the two most central neighbourhoods of Temple Bar and St Stephen's Green. The former, a maze of tiny cobbled streets and busy thoroughfares, has the largest concentration of bars, restaurants, night spots and trendy shops. It is also home to the city's two major cathedrals, St Patrick's and Christ Church.

But somehow, it copes admirably well with its personality clash of holiness and consumerism. While the idea of awe-inspiring monuments to Christianity and raucous parties of staggering stags existing side by side may have caused friction among the locals, it seems to go almost without a hitch as far as visitors are concerned. The rule of thumb is simple: if you want to raise hell, hit the pubs and clubs of Temple Bar after dark; if it's heaven you're interested in, stick to the cathedrals.

Temple Bar is a vibrant and energetic area of Dublin city centre and staying at Temple Bar Hotel allows you to enjoy all that this cultural and entertainment quarter has to offer. See our special offers page for great hotel deals and city breaks.

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