Temple Bar is the cultural and entertainment hub of Dublin and is located on the south bank of the River Liffey. Filled with lively pubs, funky shops, and a handful of historical sights it is not to be missed while in the city. Temple Bar's charm is boosted by it's preserved medieval street pattern and narrow cobble stone streets.
Once the center of Medieval Dublin, Temple Bar was neglected during the 20th century and declined into a run down neighborhood consisting of old warehouses and derelict buildings. Then in 1991, slated to be demolished to make way for a new bus station, it was found that this area had become home to artist's studios, unique boutiques, second hand shops and specialized bookstores. Realizing the potential of Temple Bar's culture and history, an incredible effort was put forth to renovate and rejuvenated the whole area creating was has become known as "Dublin's Left Bank".
Today, Temple Bar is a lively shopping district by day and a major center for nightlife after dark. It houses quite a few cultural institutions as well including the Irish Film Institute (converted from an old Quaker meeting house), Temple Bar Music Center, and Temple Bar Gallery. In recent years, two squares have been renovated. During the summer, outdoor film screenings are shown in Meetinghouse Square and Temple Bar Book Market and Temple Bar Food Market is held in Temple Bar Square on the weekends.
Temple Bar Pubs
For good food and pub life, Temple Bar is the place to be. With restaurants offering authenticate Irish cuisine to Italian, Nepalese, Chinese and Persian (to name a few), there is something for everyone here. For a traditional Irish pub experience visit the 160 year old Temple Bar or any of the other twenty pubs or so pubs that offer good food, a cozy atmosphere and live music.
Temple Bar Hostels
Temple Bar also makes a great place to stay while in Dublin. It offers plenty of choices of accommodations from hostels to luxury hotels. Located in the heart of Temple Bar, Barnacles Hostel offers clean, comfortable and affordable accommodations and a light breakfast is included in the price. On the upper end, the historical Clarence Hotel, owned by two members of the rock group U2, Bono and the Edge, has been recently renovated and no two rooms are alike making for unique experience.
For more information about Temple Bar, visit the official website or the Temple Bar Information Centre on 12 East Essex Street, Dublin.