So, you’re visiting Dublin on St. Patricks weekend. Maybe it’s your first time here. Maybe not.
It is, however, your first time in the capital for St. Patrick’s Day, and of course you want to have a mosey around and see what it’s all about.
You’re planning on tipping along to the parade, lashing a load of green face paint on and buying one of those big leprechaun hats. And having a few drinks, just to liven it up a little.
Then, when the last of the floats from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade chugs on by, you’re going to make your way to Temple Bar, because sure why wouldn’t you…
Temple Bar on St. Patrick’s Day 2019
Many people visiting Dublin for the first time on St. Patrick’s Day flock to Temple Bar. Sure, don’t Temple Bar and St. Paddy’s Day go hand-in-hand?!
Well, kinda. For tourists, yes. For people from Ireland (for the most part), no.
Why? Well, Temple Bar on St. Patrick’s Day is one big ball of overcrowded mayhem. Think about what Times Square would be like if you packed it full of people and filled them with a days worth of drink and merriment.
Not great. And pretty damn irritating.
Don’t take my word for it. Here’s a look at what it has been like in years gone by.
Pure and utter mayhem…
…but grand if crowds of drunk people don’t bother you.
The best of luck…
… if you fancy a pint #QueuesForDays
And the best of luck again…
… if you’re bursting to use the toilet.
Or trying to find a friend…
…’What? WHAT?? I said I’m behind your man in the green hat.’
… and there are loads of better places in Dublin to celebrate the day.
Like these 5 pubs in Dublin with live music where you can kick back with some tunes and enjoy a pint in a less crowded space.
If you disagree, let me know in the comments below. It’s been many a year since I’ve visited Temple Bar on St. Patrick’s day.