Alongside sight-seeing and trying local foods, I’m also a big fan of finding out more about the histories of a place I’m travelling to. The Temple Bar in Dublin was no exception. My thoughts were: why is The Temple Bar so goddamn famous? Well, here I am to reveal all.
Temple Bar: The Local Area
Originally known as ‘Temple Barr’, (Barr = a raised estuary sandbank often used for walking on), the Temple Bar area had fallen into disarray many centuries ago. In fact, during the 18th Century, it was the place to go to if you were after a night of drunken debauchery with a local prostitute!
As the years sailed on by, the area fell into yet further disarray. The good news was that this resulted in bargain rents for homes, boutiques and bars. The area quickly became a thriving hub of Irish bohemian quirkiness – almost like SoHo in London or Brooklyn in New York. A hip, trendy vibe consumed the entire area, and locals loved it!
Given how much Temple Bar was increasing in popularity; in 1991, the Irish state got involved to modernise and rejuvenate the entire area, which just heightened its popularity even more! Since then, it has now been promoted as Dublin’s cultural quarter and alongside its lively nightlife, it has certainly become popular with tourists around the world.
The Temple Bar: Whiskeys Galore
The Temple Bar (established in 1840) is one of the most famous pubs in Dublin, thanks to the intriguing history of the whole Temple Bar area. But to be fair, with the pub offering over 450 different kinds of rare whiskeys (Ireland’s largest collection), The Temple Bar has helped put itself on the map too.
Bright red on the outside, and looking incredibly Irish, this pub is always heaving with tourists and locals alike. It’s pretty quirky inside, with tons of low hanging lamps, the whiskey collection already mentioned and a bizarre bronze statue of James Joyce. And with such a buzzing atmosphere inside, how could you not join in? You can totally understand why it’s a must see! The only thing is that you may have to settle for standing with your pint or whiskey as it’s so busy – unless you’re a fan of early morning drinking.
If you want to see their extensive whiskey collection first-hand, then head to 47/48 Temple Bar in Dublin.
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