Last time we were in Dublin, we stopped into THE TEMPLE BAR so that Jim could check out a few of their over 450 Irish Whiskeys (and a few Guinness too?!) It was an early afternoon in October, so we had the pub almost to ourselves and the bartender had lots of time to tell all about Irish Whiskey and recommend some of his favorites.
Not only is The Temple Bar famous for its great selection of whiskeys, beers, and their amazing live music (they were awarded Irish Music Pub of the Year from 2002 – 2012), but you can pick up a lovely dish of Dublin Bay Oysters too! Just one of the many great pubs in Temple Bar, but definitely one that is lots of fun!
Sir William Temple was a teacher and philosopher in 1599 and by 1609 was provost of Trinity College.
The bar’s website says the he “built his house and gardens on newly reclaimed land here on the corner of Temple Lane and the street called Temple Bar. In 1656, his son, Sir John Temple, acquired additional land, which with reclamation made possible by the building of a new sea wall, allowed the development of the area we now know as Temple Bar.
In the 17th century ‘Barr’ (later shortened to Bar) usually meant a raised estuary sandbank often used for walking on. Thus the river Liffey embankment alongside the Temple family's plot became known as Temple's Barr or simply Temple Bar.”
In our opinion, you should have a beer there just to hang out in such a historically interesting place!