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.
Better than Temple Temple Bar gets all the visits but we enjoyed this one more. Even though bar was packed bartender still gave good service in the back bar area and engaged us is good conversation. A lot of good Pubs in Dublin but this was my favorite for service, atmosphere and also the food upstairs.
Good Place for Music I have been to Temple Bar a number of times, but this was my first stop at the Quay. Stopped here for a couple pints on a Sunday evening to listen to some live music. Other bars in the area that we had stopped at were too loud, too crowded, and weren't playing live music until later in the evening. The bartenders were very efficient as was the waitstaff. The prices weren't bad for the Temple Bar area. The music was enjoyable and there was a fair amount of turnover among the patrons so we were able to work ourselves into great seats within about 30 minutes. It looks like they have live music all throughout the day every day. I will stop here again More
Great saturday afternoon We were here last saturday meeting friends an family, the place is right in the heart of temple bar has a great atmosphere good prices considering were its located and friendly staff