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.
Lovely little irish Pub! We had lunch here on a Sunday on a weekend trip to Dublin, we wanted home cooked traditional food and that's exactly what we got. Great value lunch deals, the food was delicious and the service was fantastic!
Very nice Quays located in the Temple bar section has outstanding service and food. I loved the mussels and clam chowder.
FOUND THIS GEM SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND IT'S NEVER CHANGED I travel to Dublin several times a year and always make it a point to have at least one meal at The Quays. The staff and the food and the service is always first class, the Irish Stew and Beef and Guinness are to die for, fish and chips great Bangers and Mash WOW. Anyone going to Dublin please make this a must stop and enjoy a wonderful culinary delight. I took my sisters there on Aug 28 this year and they did nothing but rave about the food. Will be back soon and another visit to the Quays.