All of the buses stop here. All Dublin roads lead here. Every guide book tells you it is a must see. It seems even the river Liffey flanks it attempting to keep you from leaving easily if you try. Every young person makes plans to meet here late at night. The history of the place is palpable.
Prepare for blasphemy here.
I don’t really like Temple Bar. It pains me to say it because I love everything about Dublin and Ireland in general. I love the energy and the color and the music of the Temple Bar district. (There is live music here every night in most of the pubs.) But, I can’t stand the crowds and I don’t like the mood of the people after dark. If your wallet is going to get lifted it will be here. If you are looking to get in to a fight with some drunk American college students this is your place. I much prefer the dark pubs with local people to talk and laugh with, great hot food, traditional live music where you can actually hear it, and bars where I can actually order a pint without getting elbowed by a co-ed on their 18th birthday drinking for the first time.
I’m sorry Dublin. I am glad it is a tourist draw and I want people to keep coming and I want them to spend all their money in your city. Maybe I am just getting old… Slante.
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