Temple Bar might be a tourist hub and a mecca for hen dos but it also has a lot more to offer for a great night out. The Temple Bar district houses some great galleries, cafes, and cultural spots to attract more than just loud drinkers.
To get a cultural fix, I always look at what is happening in Meeting House Square where there are often free concerts, film screenings or markets. Or visit the Irish Film Institute, which houses both an arthouse cinema and Irish film heritage, and take in one of the latest showings.
However, what the Temple Bar excels in is its range of great restaurants offering all different kinds of cuisine, choosing which to eat in is a difficult decision. Here is a select of our favourites.
An authentic Italian restaurant that boasts an exquisite wine bar located in their 300-year-old cellar. I enjoy the romantic atmosphere of this fine restaurant and delight in their range dishes fresh pasta, succulent steaks and tempting desserts. I can't resist the fillet steak served with a rich and tangy Stilton cheese and port sauce and delicious garlic potatoes.
They bring the orient to Dublin in this quaint Thai restaurant that aims to please with its focus on good food and service. Indulge in a warm and creamy Thai curry or spicy stir fry. We really enjoyed the fragrant and spicy Thai Red Curry with jasmine rice.
3.Quays Irish Restaurant
If you are searching for traditional Irish meal then look no further than Quays Irish Restaurant. They serve all the classics like Traditional Irish Stew, Slow Cooked Beef and Guinness Stew and the Famous Dublin Coddle. The Traditional Irish Stew warmed my heart with the slow cooked lamb and delicious vegetables served with brown bread.
4.Temple Bar Pub
If you want traditional bar food with a twist then head to Temple Bar Pub. Their menu is one of the few places in Dublin that will allow you to drink Guinness and eat oysters. We liked the Galway Bay Rock Oysters which came on a bed of ice with tomato juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, squeeze of lemon and salt and pepper. With an extensive whiskey offering, a night at Temple Bar Pub, if you are like me, is likely to be drink fuelled whilst enjoying the live music.
5.Moving on for a drink
However, this is Temple Bar and you'll probably be tempted to have a few drinks whilst you are there, so where are the best places to wet your whistle?
If you are partial to craft beer like us, sample the Galway Bay Brewery beers at the Black Sheep which is a short walk over the River Liffey. Choose from their simple malt (Full Sail), a fruity malt (Of Foam and Fury), or traditional ale (Bay Ale).
For a classic Irish pub feel visit Teac Na Ceibe as there's always a great atmosphere and often some local live music to enjoy. Or the Foggy Dew for its conservation and quality beers accompanied by live music. If you happen to be there on a Sunday make sure you don't miss their folk sessions.
And if you haven't had enough and want to dance the night away then try The Purity Kitchen or The Workman's Club which have several floors catering for different tastes.