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Temple Bar free

Temple Bar Square | Dublin 2
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  • Type: Entertainment and Nightlife, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.3)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 1.5 (1.5)
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This neighborhood is Dublin's famous party hub. During the day, this district thrives on artistic vision, featuring numerous independent galleries and performance art venues. At night, dozens of restaurants open their doors to those looking to share a pint of Guinness and click their heels to spirited Irish music.

However, many travel writers say that Temple Bar is becoming less authentic due to its notoriety, and recent visitors tend to agree. One TripAdvisor user writes: "If you've ever been to Bourbon Street in the New Orleans French Quarter, then you'll see nothing new in the Temple Bar area … The 'traditional' music such as at Gogarty's pub is tourist driven, not local driven. If you stay for more than one set you'll hear all the same songs over again." Although some say that a trip to Dublin isn't complete without a night spent in Temple Bar, you should head to a less touristed area if you want a more genuine night on the town.

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