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Out and About: Temple Bar

February 9th, 2005 · No Comments · Nightlife, Reviews

The lady and I made to it to the discreet Temple Bar tonight. I’ve actually walked by it a couple of times without even knowing it was there.

Going slightly early on weekday night, we were first concerned that the place would be dead, especially when we entered the foyer by the beautiful bar and saw no one there. Undeterred, we proceeded inside, and around the far end of the bar was the entrance to the lounge. Here’s where everybody was hiding.

Dim, lush, and intimate, the Temple Bar lounge seems like it is from a different time, when luxury was the order of the day, instead of trendy. Conny View definition in a new window and I were delighted by this romantic little cocktail den.

The drink menu avoids trendy new drinks and offers the classics done exceptionally well. I had two of the finest margaritas I’ve ever experienced. Also two of the most expensive too. There’s a few nibbles to be had, like oysters and caviar, which are too refined for my caveman palate. I stuck to the booze.

In spite of the posh atmosphere, service was warm, friendly and prompt. I would probably avoid this place on busy nights, as I can imagine it gets pretty crowded. But as a place to impress a date or an out-of-town visitor during the week when budget isn’t a factor, Temple Bar is a great spot.

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