“ 17 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.Tel: +353-(0)1-677-0527 „
The name of this place may make you think it's a more authentic dwelling and that the atmosphere will be all your looking for for a typical Irish night, you'd be wrong. Aside from a cracking name there is really nothing which makes this place stand out from the rest. It is a tourist pub, period.
Drinks are averagely priced, music is fine and decor is OK. Gets extremely busy on a weekend night, much better during the week when the majority of tourists are away and so the Irish pubs are actually Irish.
The view from the windows watching the drunkards walk by is really the best entertainment here, that is until you become one of them then avoiding the cobles in heels is essential. Also avoid the men and traps outside who swarm anyone without an Irish accent to take you to your hotel, charging a ridiculous amount of money for the pleasure. A more fun way is to go with the Brazlian guy and drag bike - that is an experience!
Temple Bar on a Friday night, and you're lucky if you can get in a pub, let alone breathe when you're in there. And yet, for some reason, the Auld Dubliner is relatively smoke-free, cheap, well-laid out, and friendly - and yet still manages to enable you to get from one side to the other without American Football clobber. I suspect it's more a tourist pub that it seems. It's hard to know what's *not* a tourist pub in Temple Bar, but there were relatively few Irish accents around when we were there. The bar staff are, of course, run off their feet, but their friendly and quick, and cope supremely well with the Americans that complain that their "Guyness" isn't with them two minutes after they order it. It's got nice big windows, which you can sit by and watch people walk past. It's got a TV so they can have sports playing. There's quite a lot of seating, over two floors, thought if you get there late you're unlikely to get a table. Later in the evening, they turn the (charty poppy) music up a bit, but it's more a pre-club pub than an alternative. So, if you want somewhere to go to before moving on, go to the Auld Dubliner. In fact, just go there beforehand anyway. Of the pubs in Temple Bar, there's not a lot between them - but this just pips it.