While many aspects of the pub’s appearance are still legitimate, like many truths in this world, the truth is evident within the details. A true country Irish pub experience like most wish to have, and like many believe their receiving at the Temple, is about the public (ex. pub = public house), socializing and good craic. Real Irish pubs don’t brand themselves on t-shirts and don’t sell themselves out on merchandised products. By all means, this is the way of the world, taking advantage of every fiscally-possible avenue, so I’m not attacking the Temple for doing so. But if you’re looking for a 100% true authentic experience, I would look elsewhere than the Temple Bar.
My final thoughts on the Temple is that the pub is still an interesting piece of Irish history, as it has kept mostly to its original appearance - plus, you can still get all liquored and boozed up there like any other bar. I did have a fun time (once I realized this wasn’t what I had expected) with my buddies that chilly night in early April, especially with the other surrounding shops and watering holes set nearby in the ‘Dublin cultural quarter.’ The Temple Bar can be a fine time for a night out, but if you’re in search for a unique and authentic experience of the Irish pub culture, I suggest skipping the Temple and heading to the endless villages hidden in the countryside.
(Photos by © Brandon Elijah Scott / Eye & Pen)