Myself and my girlfriend recently spent a couple of days in the Temple Bar district of Dublin. While our break away was for the most part great, we ended up with a sour taste in our mouth after our visit to this iconic pub.
Being such a talked about pub, my girlfriend had looked forward to visiting The Temple Bar Pub. Unfortunately, the one pint we bought there on the eve of our arrival came at the most expensive price we've had to pay for a pint anywhere in Ireland. We also had to wait several minutes to get served despite being seated at the bar where a barman chatted nonchalantly to his mate. By the time we got served, a queue of tourists had already built up behind us with many leaving annoyed at the waiting time.
Nevertheless, while out the next night, we decided to return for a pint and see what the place was like after dark. Alas, we never got that opportunity. Before even stepping within 10 feet of the door, the bouncer standing by it told us that we had already drank too much - this is after coming from a drink and some food further up the street. In no way were we too inebriated to enter the bar and the disgust of my girlfriend at this off-handed dismissal was entirely justified.
To add fuel to the fire, a group of about 4 American tourists wobbling behind us and laughing loudly were allowed entry without a second thought. And as if that wasn't enough, as we walked away from the bar, irritated at the disgraceful treatment by the doorman, his fellow doorman (who had been behind us smoking a cigarette) could be heard confusedly asking him what problem he had with letting us in the door.
In short, if you want to grab a reasonably priced pint in a pub in Temple Bar, avoid this tourist trap at all costs. Instead, you might want to visit the nearby Norseman or Bad Bob's where the staff are friendly and courteous and the price of the pints won't empty your wallet with the first round.
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