Plenty of Local Picks and Tourist Watering Holes In Temple Bar

Temple Bar is renowned for lairy hen parties and wild stag dos but there are plenty of nice watering holes where you can grab a drink without becoming part of nearby celebrations. For some great, locally-brewed beers head to The Porterhouse, a multi-storey pub with some interesting beers on offer. If you’re looking to grab a drink near Temple Bar Square you can head to the Oliver St. John Gogarty - a favourite with tourists - or nearby Teac na Céibe. For those looking for something slightly more upmarket why not try your luck at the Vintage Cocktail Club, a mysterious black door that leads to a plethora of high end and delicious drinks.

Whiskey lovers should take to the quays and get a dram at the Bison Bar or around the corner at tourist haunt The Temple Bar - which boasts over 450 types of whiskey. If you want to watch the world go by with some good quality cocktails and vintage cartoons on the tv then a short stroll will bring you to Garage Bar. Other nearby drinks establishments worth visiting include gay-friendly bar The Front Lounge, The Turk’s Head next door and the IFI Bar for more relaxed glasses of wine before maybe taking in a show.



The IFI is Dublin's main independent cinema and features a large, airy space that's perfect to relax and ruminate over a glass of wine or a craft beer. The restaurant and bar attached to this wonderful cinema feature a beer garden at the back...  Read More

Oliver St. John Gogarty


This immensely popular Temple Bar pub hits capacity limits early on weekends, so it has a lively crowd both outside and in. If you can make it to the beer garden, it's a sky lit, tree-lined room. Another room is lined with cozy booths, known as...  Read More

Phoenix Park and quays
Bison Bar & BBQ
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Bison Bar was initially just another annex to the ever expanding Workman's Club but has now managed to cultivate a vibe and clientele of its own. Beginning by offering a dedicated whiskey selection it has now branched out into authentic Texan...  Read More



The Garage Bar in Temple Bar takes a departure from the usual fare of old-style Irish pubs that stream with hen and stag dos. On Essex Street you'll find an open plan bar run out of a disused garage complete with 1950's petrol pumps, car doors...  Read More



This brewing gem opened the doors of its first branch in 1989 and hasn't looked back since. Sourcing some of the best beers from the continent as well as brewing their own, The Porterhouse now boasts five premises in Dublin, London and New York...  Read More



This is a classic Irish pub in the heart of Dublin's party neighbourhood with the Irish title standing for 'The Quays Bar'. Always bustling with tourists, hen parties and revelers in general, this is a pub that always seems to have something...  Read More



This newly opened cocktail club might be discreet on the outside but indoors boasts plush seating, kitsch wallpaper and a dazzling array of high class beverages. Book ahead to ensure a reservation and then strap yourself in for some great drinks...  Read More



If you're looking for a big beer garden and the classic flagstone flooring and a wealth of tourism knowledge then The Temple Bar is for you. Located right in the centre of its namesake, The Temple Bar has all the calling cards of an old Irish...  Read More



The Turk's Head on Parliament Street might seem like any other bar on the outside, but step inside and you'll notice extravagant, Spanish-style architecture and mosaics with plenty of space for live performances and late night DJs. The Turk's...  Read More



The Front Lounge on Parliament Street is a gay-friendly bar that promises no pretension but plenty of effortless chic and comfort with an array of plush sofas. The walls are often adorned with art from local visual artists and you'll find great...  Read More


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Emily grew up in Dublin, and studied French and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. During her university years, she lived in both Scotland and France, but traveled around Europe...  More About Emily