Dublin nightlife is second to none and when darkness falls, the cobblestone streets of Temple Bar really come to life. It’s definitely not for any shrinking violets though as it’s usually fairly crowded and very popular for hen and stag parties.
Temple Bar is a pedestrianised, cobblestone area located right in the heart of Dublin’s cultural district – it’s also the hub of the city’s nightlife. This area stretches from Westmoreland Street and O’Connell Bridge as far as Christchurch Cathedral. Dame Street borders Temple Bar to the south and the River Liffey to the north.
Temple Bar, the centre of which is Meeting House Square, is full of bars and cafes with a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere, excellent restaurants, traditional Irish pubs, theatres and street entertainers. Whether you want to begin your night with a pint of Guinness (a quiet drink and a chat), sipping cocktails or enjoying a gourmet meal, this is the place to be. And it’s a lively spot until the wee hours of the morning at any time of the year – so you’ll not be short of somewhere to dance the night away.
A popular spot in Temple Bar is the Irish Film Centre, formerly an old Quaker meeting house. It has a bar, a restaurant, two cinemas, a book shop, film archive and film production offices. The Temple Bar Gallery is also worth checking out or you can step inside the medieval city of Dublinia, located in nearby Christchurch.
No trip to the capital would be complete without setting foot on the cobblestones and soaking up the atmosphere – it’ll definitely stimulate the senses.
Remember to book your Dublin City Centre hotel – you’ll still need somewhere to sleep no matter how late you’re out!
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