If you’re a bit of a night owl, this is somewhere you can find street performances and traditional pubs.

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Temple Bar

Dublin nightlife

For night owls visiting Dublin, one of the unmissable spots is the Temple Bar area, which you’ll find between the Liffey River and Dame Street, after crossing Ha’penny Bridge. The origins of this neighbourhood, which is bursting with pubs, bars and breweries, go back to the beginning of the 17th century when the philosopher and teacher Sir William Temple settled in the area and kickstarted an era of wandering merchants and street vendors who soon began to abandon the place. From that point until the 20th century the area went practically unnoticed, until in 1991 a series of artistic and cultural activities began to rejuvenate it, with the aim of getting Dublin chosen as the European Capital of Culture. Today you can enjoy the nightlife and street performances in what is the centre of Dublin bohemia. One of the best bars in the area is the Temple Bar Pub, which has an indoor open-air terrace and holds folk music concerts.

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