Located on the south bank of the River Liffey, the Temple Bar area is one of the the most popular spots in Dublin. Temple Bar was one of Dublin's nicest neighborhoods in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Many of the city's elite lived here, but starting in the nineteenth century, the area went in to a steep decline. It quickly became one of London's most derelict neighborhoods, which it remained until the 1980s. Low rents attracted artists, galleries, and small shops. Since then Temple Bar has been subjected to gentrification.
Consequently, Temple Bar can feel a little too touristy. Prices are higher than in the rest of the city. Many of the pubs, clubs, restaurants, and shops are catered towards foreign tourists. But still, the atmosphere is lively and pleasant. There are several pedestrian only blocks. At night things can get a little rowdy though, so leave the kids at the hotel.
While it may not be the most authentically Irish place in Dublin, Temple Bar is still worth a visit. It's filled with great examples eighteenth century architecture and several cultural attractions, including art galleries, cultural centers, and the Irish Film Institute.
Location: Temple Bar
Tram: Jervis (Red)