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“Expensive Snobbery”
Review of The Temple Bar

The Temple Bar
Ranked #10 of 291 Nightlife in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Cool and quirky pub, popular among artists and poets.
Reviewed 1 August 2014

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.

7  Thank DMurphy88
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

People rave on and on about The Temple Bar. I thought it was very over rated. It was dark, dingey, stickey and extremely over priced. The staff were very friendly but dont think I would be in any rush to return.

1  Thank Sinéad S
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

I must say I loved this little spot. Killer live music and very friendly staff. Great pint of Guinness and not a bad price considering the entertainment was free. Highly recommended for a stop on a fun night out in a great part of town.

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Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

I spent my entire night at the temple bar last night!had a great time! The live music was fantastic and starts as early as 11am.they have a great pint of guinness and a huge selection of whisky!the staff were very good and friendly! Top bar . definitely recommend it!

1  Thank cfarrelly
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Why would ANYONE pay the prices to sit in this kip. I mean enough is enough. And if you drink there after midnight it costs even more. If your so interested in this place, go there, walk around and then LEAVE!! Get a drink at a true Dublin boozer like Hogans, Keogh's or Peters Pub. At least there your not getting done and you also get to meet ACTUAL Irish people!!

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