Some cities such as Paris have the Latin Quarter and Dublin has Temple Bar. Temple Bar is to be found on the southern side of the Liffey in central Dublin. Temple Bar is to be found in between the Liffey to the north, Dame Street to the south, Westmorland Street to the east and Fishamble Street to the west. Tourists and Dubliners alike think of Temple Bar as the cultural quarter of Dublin’s and, as a centre of night life in Dublin’s city centre.
Temple Bar is the location in Dublin for a number of important cultural organizations such as The Irish Stock Exchange, The Dublin Institute of photography, the National Photographic Archive and the Gallery of Photography which are all housed under the one roof in the Irish Photography Centre, IBAT College Dublin, the New Theatre, the Ark Children’s Cultural Centre, the Gaiety School of Acting, The Button Factory, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, the Irish Film Institute, the Projects Art Centre and the Art House Multimedia Centre.
On this basis Temple Bar is full of interesting things to do in order to expand our cultural and artistic side. Check and see if there are any concerts, often no charge, film screenings or markets on scheduled for today for example. Try an old fashioned traditional Irish pub and visit the auld Dubliner 24/25 Temple Bar itself. For night clubs why not go to the workman’s Club or possibly the Purty kitchen With Temple Bar being so small all the interesting places are within a minutes walking distance from one another.
But it is when the street lights come on at night that Temple Bar comes into its own as the centre of Dublin nightlife with various nightclubs, restaurants, pubs and bars looking after their customers. All tastes are catered for as there are numerous French, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Irish and North American fast food burger restaurants and many others.
There also a fair number of Hotels in Temple Bar from Budget Hotels to better quality hotels.
Towards the end of the last century Dublin Corporation supposedly banned stag parties and hen nights from Temple Bar, mainly due to the tourists anti-social drunken loutish behavior. Nothing much has changed as those who fly back to Dublin will confirm that there are still stag and hen groups heading for Dublin at the weekend and noise and anti-social behavior remain at significant decibel levels at night.
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