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Dublin: Temple Bar & Beyond

A September 2001 trip to Dublin by wanderlustgirl

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Quote: The Temple Bar is a raucous, artsy neighborhood of Dublin. My first trip to this island nation was a loop around the North & West beginning and ending in Dublin's Temple Bar.

Dublin: Temple Bar & Beyond

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St. James's Gate Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Nearly 50% off Dublin's inhabitants are under the age of 25, many of which you can find along the streets of Temple Bar. Not for light-sleepers, the central point of my time here radiated from this neighborhood. Favorites included: The tour and museum at the Guinness Brewery, incredible "trad music" at just about any pub, and the well-earned reputation of the Irish for being completely hospitable and kind.Quick Tips: Stop off at any Bord Failte office to get advice on where to go, assistance booking accomodations, or any random Ireland...Read More

Paramount Hotel Dublin

Hotel | "Paramount Hotel"

Paramount Hotel Dublin Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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The Paramount Hotel In the heart of Dublin's cultural quarter, Temple Bar, lies the luxurious 1930's style, Paramount Hotel. Full Irish breakfast is included and quite tasty (they have no fear of dairy products here). I made the mistake of asking for cream with my coffee; the waiter regarded me strangely. After an exceedingly long time, he came back with a bowl of freshly whipped cream. Not sure what the Irish equivalent of 1/2 and 1/2 is, but be forewarned when ordering. This was one of the richest accommodations of the entire trip. Each of the spacious mocha-hued bedrooms (with en-suite bathrooms) had modem con...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 27, 2002

Paramount Hotel Dublin
PARLIAMENT STREET
Dublin, Ireland
00-353-1-417-9900

Oliver St. John Gogarty Hostel

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Hotel | "Oliver St. John Gogarty's Penthouse Apts"

Oliver St. John Gogarty Hostel Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Oliver St. John Gogarty's Penthouse Apartments From the balcony that overlooks the Temple Bar neighborhood of Dublin, you can watch the revelry on Fleet Street below. Our apartment had two bedrooms, dining room, living room, full kitchen, along with two bathrooms. The sitting room had a tv and comfy leather couches. The apartments sit above the St. John Gogarty's hostel, so you can also get bargain accommodations in the same building. There are two bars and also a restaurant - all on seperate floors. Great trad music that plays until the wee hours! The only real drawback is for light sleepers, Tem...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 27, 2002

Oliver St. John Gogarty Hostel
18-21 Anglesea Street
Dublin, Ireland
353 1 671 1822

Gotham Cafe

Restaurant | "The Gotham Cafe"

Gotham Cafe Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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After a long day of shopping and touring around the city, you might just need a rest and some healthy food to refuel. Just off Grafton Street, the NYC-inspired Gotham Cafe does tasty salads, sandwiches and great pizzas. The walls are plastered with framed Rolling Stone covers and an assortment of LP covers as well. I had a wonderful fresh green salad topped with gorgonzola and pears. Great service too.

They have a few tables outside if you happen upon a sunny day. Hours: Mon-Sat 12-12, Sun 12-10:30. Cards: Amex, MasterCard, Visa

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2002

Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 679 5266

Nude

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Nude Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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After a long night of great music and perhaps a few too many pints, my body was craving (actually yelling for) some healthy food and liquids ASAP. A few blocks away from Temple Bar towards Grafton Street, Nude, delivered just what I needed. They have a juice bar with a bevy of options made on the spot. Service is strictly order at the counter or if you're in a hurry there's a long cold-case of ready to go juices, sandwiches, and salads with nary a potato or Irish stew to be found. Sleekly designed in steel and bright splashes of colors, you could easily be in a juice bar in the US. They use reusable glass bottles with repositories for returns and overall, seem to be pretty environmenta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2002

Nude
21 Suffolk Street
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 672 5577

Shack

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Restaurant | "The Shack"

Shack Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Meandering along Essex Street, one of the main pathways through Temple Bar, we found The Shack. Luckily it was just as they were opening for the day and we were able to make a reservation for later that evening. Upon returning for dinner there was a line of people milling around the entrance on the wait list, so I do advise that you contact them before going to secure a spot. Both lunch and dinner menus serve good Irish fare, heavy on meats and seafood. Not really an ideal spot for a vegetarian, though they do list a section with a few options. The waiter was extremely nice and I'm sure if asked would be able to do some of the entrees without meat. Portions were consiste...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 20, 2002

Shack
24 Essex Street East
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 679 0043

Guinness Storehouse

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Attraction | "The Guinness Brewery Tour"

Guinness Storehouse Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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St. James's Gate, the Guinness StorehouseThe Guinness Storehouse was completely unexpected. I went in search of some history and perhaps a taste or two from the brewery and found a sophisticated museum. St. James's Gate is located in the center of Dublin; it took about fifteen minutes to walk there from the Temple Bar neighborhood where I stayed. I was amazed by the amount of art, installation pieces, and history woven together on the self-guided walking tour. You really get a 3-D feel for the sights and sounds that are part of the entire production process.This is a must-see for devotees of tha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2002

Guinness Storehouse
St James's Gate Dublin 8
Dublin
01 408 4800

St Stephen's Green

Attraction | "St. Stephen's Green"

St Stephen's Green Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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St. Stephen's Green is a beautifully-designed refuge located amidst one of the busiest shopping areas of the city. Once you walk through the ornate entrance (a smaller version of the Arch of Titus in Rome) you will forget that the city moves on around the borders of the park.

Located at the topmost point of Grafton Street, it's close to Trinity College, the National Art Museum, many fine hotels, pubs, and restaurants. Prices are higher in this neighborhood, but if serenity is your goal, you've found your spot.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 28, 2002

St Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 605 7700