So as we all know not everything is built to last and in some cases things aren’t meant to even exist at all. Like in the case of The Chapel Royal church built on the grounds of Dublin Castle in 1807. After having burnt to the ground those in power chose to reconstruct it using heavy marbles and thick stone so that it could never burn down again. However, they failed to take physics into account and during its reconstruction it collapsed under its own weight. Well, third time’s the charm and this go around they decided to still use stone, but in order to keep the weight down they used a plaster that looked like stone to increase the thickness. In a stroke of genius a process was developed to make the stone look authentic to match the time period, and not look like white plaster that had beer added to it. Beer was added into the plaster during the mixing process, which resulted in a more rustic and traditional color and texture. This is where the term “getting plastered” originated from.
Now speaking of getting plastered, I recently went to the original Temple Bar in Dublin’s historic Temple Bar District. Established in 1840, this is the kind of place you go to when you are ready to drink with a few hundred of your closest friends. The bar also sports a unique beer garden that allows its patrons to smoke, while still enjoying their pint. With over 450 varietys of whiskey and brimming with a unique amalgamation of customers coming from: America, Holland, South Africa, France, Australia and Germany this place is a Mecca for those ready to party in any language. Oh, and that ridiculous turnout was on a quiet Tuesday night. Amazingly, the bartenders were quick and accurate despite being inundated by alcohol powered crowds. The unique thing about the Temple Bar is that not only is it the premier stop in the Temple Bar District, but they are also a major player in being a purveyor of fine tobacco. Apparently, Germany is a major cigar hot spot in the EU, and the proprietors were approached by a German tobacco distribution company to sell their products. Although the stock can sometimes be limited, be assured that if they can’t find what you’re looking for, the knowledgeable staff will be able to help point you in the right direction; like he did for me. With their help, I was able to find and schedule a meet and greet with The Decent Cigar Emporium on Grafton St, in Dublin, Ireland. Believe me when I say I have a whole lot more to write about them in a future article. I digress though, if you’re ever looking for great food, a plethora of spirits, a courteous and knowledgeable staff, live music and a self induced hangover, then look no further than the Temple Bar! Without a doubt, its the best party bar in Dublin!
Hours: Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed open till 1:00am
Thurs till 2:00am
Fri, Sat till 2:30am