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Temple Bar Stag Do Guide - Dublin

Stag Nightlife Guide to Dublin's Temple Bar

Top Reasons to Visit the Temple Bar
Bars - The Temple Bar’s pubs and bars are the most famous in the city, heaving day and night
Restaurants - Surrounded by the old-school boozers, American-style venues and cool restaurants line the street
Music - Basically, Dublin’s buskers, bands, singers and dancers call the Temple Bar home
Shopping - You want leprechauns, shamrocks, ginger beards and green foam hats..? You’ve got it
Art - Independent artists and performers are in the Temple Bar, come rain or shine

The Temple Bar sits pretty (and green) as the country’s biggest and loudest nightlife area – packed full of Dublin’s oldest and liveliest pubs. There’s a few of them, as this city lays claim to more than 666 pubs… The boozers lining the main strip of the Temple Bar, as well as the side streets winding off, have been around since time itself (probably as old as your Dad), with one even starting life in the early 12th century.

The Temple Bar is, arguably, the most popular tourist attraction in Dublin, and the top destination for your Irish stag weekend. Each pub boasts another stream of venues next door - you need not walk more than 10 yards for your next Guinness. Be warned, you’ll pass thousands of tourists on your way… it’s busy day and night.

Top 10 Stag Do Pubs in the Temple Bar

No stag do in Dublin is complete without a trip to the bustling Temple Bar. Whatever time you turn up, we can guarantee live music, craic and beer. That said, this district is known for putting their pint prices up on the hour, every evening, so watch out for the tourist trap…

Black numbered points of bars on a grey map of the Temple Bar in Dublin

01. The Temple Bar

www.thetemplebarpub.com

47-48 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Exterior of The Temple Bar pub at night, with people in the street

No stag do worth its salt visits the Temple Bar, without drinking in The Temple Bar. The iconic red corner pub is as much of a landmark as its namesake. If the colour doesn’t give it away, the crowd of tourists around the front door will. This place sees heavy footfall no matter the time and you’re in the wrong place to avoid the tourists, but well within the thick of Dublin’s finest action. The atmosphere is buzzing, bouncing, busy, loud and boasts traditional live music each day, starting from noon and going ‘til late. Running alongside that, you’ve got some of the best pints of Guinness in Dublin and the likes of Coddle Stew to soak it all up. Add to that mighty craic, and this is your first stag do stop.

  • No. of Bars: Two
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: One of the busiest in Dublin
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: Yes
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Thurs – Sat: 10:30 – 02:30, Sun: 11:30 – 01:00

02. The Auld Dubliner

www.aulddubliner.ie

24-25 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Exterior of The Auld Dubliner

The Auld Dubliner is still young at heart. It might be traditional and old-school inside, but the crowd is a mixed bag – along with the live music. Less than one minute from The Temple Bar pub, this bright red venue is another ‘Big Lad’ in the street. It’s just as busy and you’ll be elbow dodging with the tourists, but the live music, whiskey and Guinness are well worth it. The pints are even relatively cheap, but be warned about upping the price as the night goes on. It’s one of our favourites in the Temple Bar, so much so that a few of us from LNOF spent the night there on our recent trip to Dublin. We just can’t remember the end of the night…

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: On occasion
  • Beer Garden: No
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: Yes
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Thurs – Sat: 10:30 – 02:30, Sun: 12:00 – 23:00

03. Oliver St John Gogarty's

www.gogartys.ie

18-21 Anglesea St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Exterior of Oliver St John Gogarty's, at night

Oliver is the type of lad you want on your stag do. It’s the backdrop to many Irish weekends as well as the loud neighbour of The Auld Dubliner. Decked out in bright green, it’s synonymous with Ireland. It couldn’t be more Irish if it had leprechauns by the bar and a pot of gold at the door. The late 19th century bar is just as busy as its brothers and has seen about every kind of tourist (and local) you can imagine. Spanning two lively floors, with an award-winning restaurant serving up Irish classics on the ground, there’s plenty of room for even the larger groups. More Irish than Robbie Keane, Oliver’s also offers a massive selection of rare whiskies and face painting on a weekend to get that stag primped and preened.

  • No. of Bars: Two
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: Outdoor seating area
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: Yes
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Mon – Sat: 10:30 – 02:30, Sun: 12:00 – 01:30

04. Porterhouse

www.theporterhouse.ie

16-18 Parliament St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The interior bar, with stairs in the corner, at the Porterhouse

Living up to the hype of ‘producing the best lager in the world’ – you can’t move in here on a weekend. The seriously popular, three level venue is Ireland’s first pub brewery, with a loyal following – including former stag groups - in its wake. Porterhouse Draught Brewing Co. has 11 of its own beers sold within the busy bar – including three stouts, three lagers and four ales – as well as boasting a huge whiskey and spirit selection, featuring Buffalo Trace, Jack Daniels Honey and even Dingle Original Gin. The selected beer of the day, sold at a mere €4, is enough to keep you in the pub for the long haul, along with the traditional live music every night.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: No
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: Yes
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Mon – Sat: 11:30 – 02:00, Sun: 12:00 – 00:00

05. Buskers on the Ball

www.buskersontheball.com

Fleet St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

A pool table at Buskers on the Ball

Buskers on the Ball is our favourite stag do sports bar in Dublin, and a landmark in the Temple Bar. Located underneath the already world-famous Buskers Bar, the ‘on the Ball’ venue is dedicated to all things sports; basically, a man cave. There are no less than five ping pong tables, six pool tables – including one American table – two shuffle board tables and two foosball tables. Along with all of these tables, you can book a hot ref to oversee your pool game and keep the players in check… The bar has a capacity for 900, often filling that on a weekend or a big event – especially with one of the largest projector screens in Dublin and Desperados on tap.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: Yes
  • Beer Garden: No
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: Yes
  • Happy Hours: Yes
  • Opening Times: Fri: 12:00 – 00:00, Sat: 10:30 – 00:00, Sun: 12:00 – 00:00

06. Bad Bobs

www.badbobs.ie

35-37 Essex St E, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

An empty bar at Bad Bobs

Bob is one of the lads; a five-floor beast. The award-winning hybrid of bar/restaurant and club is iconic, packed full of huge groups, locals, tourists, buskers, cats, dogs… Beginning at the top (start as you mean to go on), this floor is the venue’s ‘rooftop’ bar with a retractable roof. Moving down the building, you’ve got several bars, VIP areas, a dance floor and a whole load of space to experience that famous Irish nightlife. The ground floor is the main bar and restaurant, and where you’ll spend most of your time. The buskers are immense, the food even better and the pints bigger. Bob will see your stag weekend right.

  • No. of Bars: Seven
  • Sports: On occasion
  • Beer Garden: Retractable rooftop bar
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: Yes
  • Happy Hours: Yes
  • Opening Times: Mon – Sat: 12:00 – 03:30, Sun: 12:00 – 02:30

07. The Brazen Head

www.brazenhead.com

35-37 Essex St E, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

People sat in the beer garden at The Brazen Head, during the day

Step back in time in Ireland’s oldest pub, one with its own Wikipedia page. The Brazen Head is steeped in history and is the original on the Temple Bar, serving pints for merry men since 1198. It doesn’t get more authentic than this, attracting tourists and locals for centuries. It’s another one you’ll have to arrive early, but the Guinness will make up for that in no time. The unique, castle-esque pub is decked out like a museum and is a great place to grab a drink (the finest Guinness is offered here) and bite to eat. It’s also one of Dublin’s best live music venues, with buskers on each night.

  • No. of Bars: Three
  • Sports: On occasion
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: Yes
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 10:30 – 00:30, Sun: 12:30 – 23:30

08. Foggy Dew

www.thefoggydew.ie

1 Fownes Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Exterior sign of the Foggy Dew

The Foggy Dew is one of those rare breeds of Temple Bar venues; one that often boasts more Dubliners than tourists. ‘The Foggy’, once known as the ‘Dodgy Few’, is part of the district’s foundations – dedicated to Ireland and the culture. By that, we mean the absolute best of Irish music, even international tunes, with buskers on most nights. Saturdays even feature the legendary Foggy Dew DJ. Established in 1901, this place is old… but in a good way. You’ve got a seriously cool atmosphere and top drinks to enjoy – get there early to get a seat in one of the popular snugs.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: No
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: Yes
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri - Sat: 12:00 – 02:00, Sun: 13:00 – 00:00

09. Fitzsimons Temple Bar

www.fitzsimonshotel.com/bars

21/22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The stage area in Fitzsimons Temple Bar

Fitzsimons is more club than pub and, for that reason, is seriously busy every day. Slap-bang in the heart of the Temple Bar’s action, Fitzsimons is huge – playing all major sporting events, across massive plasma TVs, along with live music, DJs and even Ceili sessions. There’s something for the stag to enjoy… The venue features bars on all four floors (less queues for that Guinness), as well as a late cocktail bar and nightclub – the list goes on. Those floors are the centre of it all, but there’s even an open-air roof terrace to spill out into and soak up that balmy Dublin weather, when your head starts to hurt…

  • No. of Bars: Five
  • Sports: Yes
  • Beer Garden: Open-air roof terrace
  • Live Music: Live music and DJs
  • Fancy Dress: Yes
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Mon - Sat: 10:30 – 03:00, Sun: 12:00 – 02:00

10. Brogans

www.facebook.com/brogansbar

75 Dame St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Two men toasting with pint of Guinness at Brogans

Brogans is another bar recognised for its pint of Guinness. The pub also houses the largest collection of Guinness memorabilia, outside of the brewery – it’s an authentic Dublin pub in the truest sense. This stalwart of the city is for any Dublin bucket list and is so authentic; you’d expect gold to start pouring out the taps. Irish music is at the heart of this pub, with a whopping 35 year reputation – buskers are performing most nights. Along with that, you’ve got food to help your recover/prepare you for the stag night, as well as local craft ales.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: Yes
  • Beer Garden: No
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: Yes
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri - Sat: 14:00 – 00:30, Sun: 14:00 – 23:00
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