Irish Film Institute
There are three screens, a cafe bar, a huge foyer and a film shop, but best of all, the movie theater seats are really comfortable. The movie schedule has a great mix, with a healthy showing of new Irish films.
Irish Film Institute, Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
The Gutter Bookshop
Tucked away on Cow’s Lane, this independent store’s coolest areas to browse include Irish writers, travel writing and the “Irish gift” section, with everything from fairy tales by W.B. Yeats to Irish blessings and curses.
The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, Ireland
Queen of Tarts (Cork Hill)
This cozy cafe on Dame Street just on the edge of Temple Bar is the original Queen of Tarts. There’s brunch and lunch, but the rows of pastries and cakes are the main draw, and what to have with a pot of tea needs some careful decisions.
Queen of Tarts, Dame Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
The dining space itself is a little cramped, but you won’t mind — this is one of those Italian restaurants where everything is authentic, from the food, wine and waiters, down to the noisy atmosphere.
Il Vicoletto, Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
The Palace Bar
One of the city’s most beautiful old pubs, the Palace dates to 1823, and the decor probably hasn’t changed much since. It’s easy to see why the backroom was a favorite hangout on the literary scene.
The Palace Bar, 21 Fleet St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
Vintage Cocktail Club
It’s such a secret location, there’s no sign, just a small doorbell (and you’ll need a reservation). Inside, there’s an ornate parlor with armchairs, low lighting and a list of vintage cocktails.
Vintage Cocktail Club, Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland