Temple Bar District
Address: 13-18 Fleet St, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
Temple bar is located on the Southbank of the River Liffey. It is one of the oldest areas in Dublin and is home to one of Europe’s oldest built theatres (Smock Alley Theatre). Over the years it has maintained its medieval street exterior with narrow cobbled streets. It is famed as being the cultural quarter of Dublin with a number of cultural organisations, artists and creative professionals based in the area . It is well known for its lively nightlife and attracts a number of tourists with its large variety of bars, clubs and restaurants.
One of the most beloved pubs in the city, this is the spot where friends meet for a catch-up drink and end up settling in for the evening. It’s also where Amy Schumer, Glen Hansard and Judd Apatow led a sing-song a few years ago. If you’re feeling peckish, order a quintessential pub snack – the ham and cheese toastie.
This pub has been around since 1833. The walls are steeped in history, with eight generations of the Kavanagh family having worked here. Take a tour around the cemetery, then settle in for a pint or two afterwards.
The Long Hall
A classic Dublin pub with a red and white striped façade and an interior that dates back to 1881, this is the place to go for an excellent pint of Guinness, a spot of people-watching and a hefty dose of eavesdropping. Snag a low seat in the corner or prop yourself up at the carved wooden bar.
This restored basement bar is all vaulted ceilings, chic art deco seating and brass fixtures on the weathered walls. But while the bar is undoubtedly opulent, it strikes the perfect balance in terms of atmosphere – staff are friendly and jovial, not fawning and formal.
Peruke and Periwig
There’s a hefty cocktail menu at this small but lavish spot. Expect a fair dose of flair – a perfect match for the interior, all plush velvet banquettes, brocade cushions and baroque vibes.
The Bar With No Name
There’s no sign outside, but this bar is hardly a secret. Look for the wooden snail at the doorway and head upstairs to find a bar that’s light and airy, with antique touches alongside sleek red leather couches. There’s a good selection of beers, but the cocktail menu is superior – the Lemon Basil Smash is fragrantly zingy and fresh. There’s a tiny rooftop terrace too, perfect for languid chats on balmy evenings.
No matter what time you visit Kehoes, it always seems to have that Friday evening buzz to it. If there’s a dot of sunshine in the sky, you’ll usually find people standing outside, resting their pints on the giant barrels, with more patrons crowding around the bar inside. Upstairs, there’s a more relaxed, granny-chic vibe, with worn armchairs and fireplaces.
Farrier & Draper
Spread over three floors, each with a unique, eclectic style this truly is the place to be in Dublin. You can reserve a table for drinks with friends, enjoy our delicious tapas and bar bites or enjoy weekend brunch in our luxurious Georgian rooms. Cocktails are our specialty and you won’t be disappointed. Our in-house mixologist shakes and stirs up the best and most interesting tipples for you to enjoy after a day’s work.
Bad Bobs Temple Bar
In the heart of Dublin sits a newly renovated Bad Bobs, rights on the main thoroughfare of Temple Bar. The newly renovated bar encapsulates the spirit of a Temple Bar pub. Whether you’re after a casual post-date cocktail or are gearing up for a big night out, Bad Bobs Dublin has something for everyone, no matter what the occasion.
With 90s nostalgia at the forefront of this bar, it promises a raucous night of retro bangers, themed soirees and the like. One of the most unusual bars in Dublin, Jackie’s is as quirky as they come.
Hozier, Christy Moore, Glen Hansard, Mundy – they all began their careers at Whelan’s, Dublin’s premier live music venue. This Wexford Street institution draws a mix of old-school music heads and hip yopros who come for the jubilant atmosphere and stellar, indie-centric programme. Head to the back room, where two DJs are usually on hand.
The Button Factory
If you’re music-mad, this is the place for you. The intimate Button Factory must be one of Temple Bar’s coolest hangouts, with live gigs spanning everything from up-and-coming indie band showcases to EDM DJ nights. The multi-level design ensures a sizeable crowd can get in every night, while friendly staff, brilliant acoustics and savage drinks combos seal the deal.
Copper Face Jacks
This is Ireland’s most famous club and a rite of passage for anyone passing through Dublin. Pulling in a diverse mix of police, nurses, culchies (Irish from outside Dublin) and students, Coppers is the place to come if you fancy a night’s grooving to cheesy ’90s bangers, obligatory pint in hand. A huge venue with multiple bars and dance floors, it stays open later than most – making it a popular final stop on a night out.
The Workman’s Club
The award-winning Workman’s is another go-to for comedy, karaoke and live music in central Dublin. This quirky Georgian townhouse club has a casual feel, boasting multiple dance floors and a huge beer garden with its very own Wowburger.
Traditional live music, an old-school pub layout, Guinness aplenty: this quaint boozer has been going for decades, and a pit stop here feels like travelling back in time. On any given night, you may hear bluegrass, folk, country or traditional sean-nós, and you will inevitably be kept on your feet with some céilí as the night wears on.
Tucked at the back of a top-notch sushi restaurant, Tengu is one of the hottest clubs in Dublin right now. Spread across two rooms, this edgy spot prides itself on having one of the best sound systems in the capital. Genres are a good mix – so whether you’re more into R’n’B, disco or techno, there’s a night for you here.
Just off South William Street, this is the perfect place to chill with mates in summer, before heading into the club and dancing (and drinking) the night away. The clientele is a mix of hip students and young professionals, and the soundtrack is mainly house. Don’t miss the two-for-one ‘Pygtails’.
Most clubs in Dublin close at 2.30 am, but Tramline gives you that extra hour (on the weekends) to carry on dancing until 3 am. This New York-style club on D’Olier Street hosts some of the city’s best live DJs, including Marcus O’Laoire and Dan Duffy, who play house, techno and hip hop on Mondays.
If you like wearing sombreros, drinking margaritas and dancing on tables, Xico is the place to go. They put on serious fiestas with regular live music, including a band that blends saxophone, drums and live scratching. The subterranean Mexican-themed club spans three floors and plays feel-good tunes all night.
Set in a Georgian hotel, Dicey’s stretches across two dance floors and a large beer garden. The crowd is international, and there’s a live DJ every night. Sets range from pop to rap. For a swisher vibe, head to the high-end Krystle club upstairs.
Tucked in the basement of a Japanese restaurant, Izakaya plays techno, EDM and house in a simple setting. With a bar at the top, a dance floor in the centre, the DJ at the far side and a cosy smoking area out back, it’s certainly cosy. But frankly, the music’s so good you could spend hours on end here and never want to leave.