Introducing Temple Bar
You can visit all of Temple Bar’s attractions in less than half a day, but that’s not really the point: this cobbled neighbourhood, for so long the city’s most infamous party zone, is really more about ambience than attractions. If you visit during the day, the district’s bohemian bent is on display. You can browse for vintage clothes, get your nipples pierced, nibble on Mongolian barbecue, buy organic food, pick up the latest musical releases and buy books on every conceivable subject. You can check out the latest art installations, watch an outdoor movie or join in a pulsating drum circle. By night – or at the weekend – it’s a different story altogether, as the area’s bars are packed to the rafters with revellers looking to tap into their inner Bacchus: it’s loud, raucous and usually a lot of fun. Temple Bar is also Dublin’s official ‘cultural quarter’, so you shouldn’t ignore its more high-minded offerings like the progressive Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios and the Irish Film Institute (IFI).