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.
Guinness and Beef Stew - Amazing We wandered into Temple bar area late looking for some traditional Irish food and happened upon this restaurant which is upstairs from the bar of the same name. Our food, Guinness and Beef Stew, was beautifully plated and delicious. We found our back to the restaurant and bar more than once on our trip.
A pint of the Black stuff Friendly staff & a great atmosphere, all with free live music, sports on the tv & right in the middle of Temple Bar. €6 for a pint of Guinness, which is alot less than I thought it’d be.
Fun Place to Start We started our Irish Holiday at Quays and weren’t disappointed. Thursday night at 5 pm and the bar was packed. Mostly filled with tourists, a few young lads joined us from the financial district to have a pint or two after work. While a bit touristy, the music was good and bartenders very attentive. We’d highly recommend Quays over many of the other establishments in Temple Bar.