To start off my #FailteFriday blog on popular attractions, Temple Bar is a pivotal place to visit while you’re in Dublin. If you know anyone who has ever traveled to Ireland, they will tell you to visit Temple Bar. As of today, Temple Bar is considered as a tourist trap. The prices of all things from food to beer have sky-rocketed. Regardless, it’s a very exciting and lively area to walk through and maybe grab a pint or two (but might have to take out a loan).
When we look back at the history of the Temple Bar, it was Sir William Temple who built his house and gardens on newly reclaimed land around Temple Bar. It was then his son, Sir John Temple, who built a sea wall in 1656 to hold back the Liffey. It was through this that the name become Temple’s Barr (‘Barr’ was a sandbank which would have been used to walk on). After about 100 years, the area fell into a run-down slum like area. They started to rent out all of the buildings in the area for a cheap price. It was then that artists, boutiques, and eateries took advantage of these prices and were able to establish a fresh breath into the area. Then the Irish state set up a non-profit organization for the potential growth of the Temple Bar area. It has now blossomed into an exciting and buzzing area in which people travel to from all over the world to take pictures of the famous Temple Bar.
If you are planning on visiting, my personal favorite bar is the Fitzsimons Bar. It has a basement dance floor, a first floor with music, a private club area on the second floor, and a rooftop bar on the third. However, if you’re looking for a ‘magical’ night, I would recommend going to The Cauldron. You get to use a magic wand to create potions (beer) and elixirs (cocktails) while wearing a robe. Definitely got some Harry Potter vibes for an awesome night with the group. Keep following #FailteFridays to see more of my adventures in Dublin this semester!