The historic name of the district was not Temple Bar but St. Andrews Parish. It was a suburb of medieval (Anglo-Norman) Dublin, located outside the city walls. It fell into disuse at the beginning of the 14th century because the land was exposed to attacks by the native Irish. The land was redeveloped again in the 17th century, creating gardens for the houses of wealthy English families.
The Vikings settled here as far back as 795. Remains of their settlement’s fortifications can still be seen at Dublin Castle today.
Many sources agree that Temple Bar Street got its name from the Temple family. More Specifically, Sir William Temple (provost of Trinity College from 1609 – 1672), whose house and gardens were located there in the early 17th century. However, given the existence of a stories district of the same name in London, it seems that the new Temple Bar street of Dublin must have been a nod to its older and more famous cousin.
Today, you will find Temple Bar thriving. The cobbled streets and original architecture still remain. The streets are bustling with tourists and Dubliners browse through street fairs and listen to local artists performing on the side steps. At night Temple Bar simply comes alive. The Quays bar is full of locals and tourists all enjoying the authentic Irish experience.
Brilliant night! Had such a good time! Fantastic live music every evening until late, best night out in ages. Brilliant atmosphere, friendly people, couldn’t recommend this place enough.
Great dinner! Delicious My husband, myself and 2 young adult daughters had dinner here. Very crowded but we waited 15-20 minutes. Well worth it. We had seafood chowder appetizer and cheesy bread, both great! I had the salad with warm goat cheese and walnuts. It was delicious but with walnuts in the name I thought there should have been more. It was really good! My husband had fists day chips and my daughters had Shepard pie. Everyone loved there food! Service was fast but abrupt. It was crowded so I forgive it. Definitely recommend!
Great music There was a fantastic duo playing guitars when we were there. They were so good. Could play anything. The bar had a great atmosphere.