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Six quid a pint!
Temple Bar (Dublin)
Member Name: Ghumphrey
Temple Bar (Dublin)
Advantages: Good atmosphere
Disadvantages: Crowded and over priced
Temple Bar, Dublin
I was in Dublin recently for an Aslan concert which was very good. The concert finished at 1030 with no encore which was a lot earlier than I was expecting. However we had arranged to meet up with some friends and we choose Temple Bar as everyone knew were it was.
What is Temple Bar?
Temple Bar is the main or busiest cultural district in Dublin. It's a cobbled street that is lined with a number of bars and restaurants. One of the most popular pups on the street is called Temple Bar and is a very popular place for tourists.
I have been to this bar many times over the past number of year. My last visit was on a Friday night and was extremely busy. That being said I found it relatively easy to get served at the bar as the staffs seem to be very efficient working in those conditions. The majority of customers seemed to be tourists. One member of staff was very rude to one member of our party when he served three drinks instead of two. He insisted she ordered three drinks and should have to pay for them. Luckily for us the girl concerned gave as good as she got but It was a clear sign to me that the bar man needed a break. He clearly was in the wrong and was rude about it but got a taste of his own medicine right back.
Whilst there I over heard a lot of American accents, some European accents and spoke with a few English people. The price of drink in this bar or in Dublin in general is a disgrace. A pint of lager set me back 6E which is almost just £6.Factor in a round of 6 with three girls drinking spirits and mixes it made a very expensive round.
We arrived in the bar at about 11.By this stage there was no chance of getting a table or chairs so we propped ourselves against the back bar which wasn't just as busy. There was no music playing on the Friday night but I have been in the bar before when they have had traditional musicians playing and they have been very good and add to the atmosphere.
We ended up staying here most of the night and it is a good bar with a good atmosphere. I would certainly recommend it to anyone visiting Dublin and the only reason I don't make the trip to Dublin more often is the cost of everything down there. Some prices are starting to come back down but with the price of a pint in Dublin cost twice which it costs in Belfast I can see why the tourism in Belfast is flourishing and Dublin is struggling. Fingers crossed they will see sense and go back to a more normal standard of living in Dublin that everyone can afford. At the minute a night out a Temple bar would have to be a one of or a special occasion.
Summary: Good pub in centre of Dublin but too pricey nowadays