• “a word, phrase, or expression characteristic of theIrish


They say the Emerald Isle shines with 40 shades of green, well the same can be said about the habits and ‘ticks’ of the Irish!


Whether it be Tayto sandwiches or the never ceasing battle of Lyons vs Barry’s, there are just some things that makes us, well, ultimately Irish!

For me, nothing defines our nation quite like our ‘gift of the gab’! We Irish, Dubliners in particular, love nothing more than the opportunity to voice our opinion and have a good chat!

We have, along the way, invented a tongue all of our own! No doubt a visitor in the city could easily become a little perplexed, so… for those planning a trip to this lovely little island, perhaps these translations may be of assistance!


  1. Good Morning- “Top of the morning to ye“, “Story horse
  2. Hello, how are you?- “What’s the story?” /“What’s the craic?
  3. Everything is good- “All’s Top drawer” / “Bleedin Deadly“,/ “I’m pulling the devil by the tail
  4. GoodBye- “I’ll love ye and leave ye
  5. Off you go- “On your bike
  6. House- ‘Gaff’
  7. The Boss- ‘The Gaffer
  8. A cup of tea- “Cup of scald
  9. Not a bit- ‘Not a screed
  10. Be Quiet– “Hold yer whist”
  11. An unattractive girl- “Not even the tide would take her out
  12. Be careful- “Sleep with yer good eye open
  13. Settling for very little- ‘Scraping the bottom of the barrell
  14. I have something to tell you- ‘C’mere till I tell ye
  15. Someone who has a grumpy face- ‘Face like a well chewed toffee
  16. Taste this- ‘Get yer laughing gear around this
  17. To have no luck- ‘sure ye couldn’t win an argument
  18. Messing or misbehaving- ‘acting the maggot
  19. To be embarrassed- ‘I was scarlet
  20. Your father- ‘ould fella
  21. Someone from the countryside- ‘Muck savage
  22. Someone from Dublin- ‘Jackeen
  23. Are you serious?- ‘Are you havin a laugh / Are you havin me on / Pull the other one


If the phrases weren’t confusing enough we also have our own slant on more commonly used expressions! Such as our complete and utter unawareness of time scales, e.g…absolutely EVERYTHING happened “the other day”. There is a high probability that the event in question happened weeks/months or even years ago!


So on that note, keep your eyes and ears open the next time you stroll through the city streets…

You might just find yourself returning home with a few Irishism’s all of your own :-)



Shaken or Stirred?


With no confirmed birth date, the origins of the beloved ‘Cocktail’ are much disputed! First reports state the early 1800’s saw the first blend of alcohol and fruit juice!…Perhaps the mixologist enjoyed their own first sample so much they forgot to jot the date and time down!? We’ve all been there, lets face it! One fact remains true, however, we as a consuming public, cannot get enough!Pop culture has played an important role in the boom of cocktails, whether we see ourselves as a Bond type sipping suavely on a Martini or one of the Sex & the City girls discussing love and life over a Cosmopolitan, having a cocktail creates a sense of celebration!

Keeping that in mind, when faced with the challenge of planning a birthday party, hen/stag party, team building night or a reunion with friends, one can feel a little swamped! I can speak from personal experience, that nothing pleases a crowd like a Cocktail Masterclass! Fun, lively and interactive, a Cocktail Masterclass brings a group together and makes the perfect start or finish to a night out on the town!

Located in the heart of Dublin city, Buskers Bar is the ideal venue for learning the art of Cocktail Making!

The class begins with a welcome shot of your choice, getting the party started nicely! Our resident mixologist will then prepare a cocktail of your choosing whilst showing you all the tricks of the trade! Will it be a  a sweet Pina Colada? a bitter Singapore Sling? or a bubbly Bellini?… The choice is endless! After this, it’s your turn to show off your skills!

Our Cocktail Masterclass package is priced at €25 per person and includes a privately reserved area for the group and free admission to Alchemy nightclub! Party platters of finger food can also be arranged before, during or after the Cocktail Masterclass!



Cocktail class

For further information please contact buskers@tbh.ie or call (+353 86 662 9575)

Shaken or Stirred?

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For a true taste of Dublin…The Whiskey Corner Bar & Restaurant

The first thing one might notice when stepping foot in Dublins’ fair city is the sheer choice of places to eat! Dublin has experienced some what of a rebirth, our palate’s tweaked and curious for new flavors and tastes. Although a distant memory, it seems, we can certainly thank the Celtic Tiger for raising the bar and expectations when we dine out, and if you are a self proclaimed ‘foodie’ then Dublin is your mecca! For such a small city, Dublin offers a plethora of dining options, from home produced Irish fare to spices of the Orient, there is a bounty of flavor waiting to be discovered! 

Tonight see’s the launch of the Whiskey Corner bar & restaurant. If good old fashioned, hearty Irish fare is what you seek then look no further. Diners are in for a surprise, a mouth watering menu, offering fantastic variety…with a twist! It’s no secret that us Dubliners’ enjoy a ‘sup of whiskey’ from time to time, so when the moment was upon us to draft up a tasty and indeed unique menu, that’s when the real fun began! Our resident chef, along with skilled whiskey pro’s decided upon a menu that was not only delicious, but truely authentic, offering the local and tourist alike, a taste of Ireland! Fancy yourself as a bit of a Whiskey enthusiast? Or are you more of a novice hoping to discover a little bit more? Or, heck, just plain hungry and curious to try something new? The Whiskey corner bar & restaurant is the ideal place to pop in for a meal with friends, a romantic evening or for our corporate guests, a perfect way to impress your clients from overseas! 

The restaurant itself is located on the ground floor of the hotel, taking a step into the warm and inviting dining room you will see our fully stocked whiskey bar, with every imaginable whiskey under the sun! Every whiskey connoisseur’s dream! Linen table cloths and soft candlelight add to the relaxed ambiance,  and with our Whiskey expert onsite to assist you with choosing the perfect whiskey pairing, you are in the best hands possible!

Each of the dishes available on the menu have been carefully chosen and paired with an appropriate whiskey. However, if you are feeling adventurous you can select the whiskey of your choice! 

So, on that note, we welcome you to come, sit back and be our guest at the Whiskey Corner Bar & Restaurant…you are in for a treat! 

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Too early to talk Christmas?? We don’t think so…

Temple Bar Hotel caters for every occasion, with something special for everyone!

Between Temple Bar Hotel, The Whiskey Corner, Buskers Bar & Alchemy Club, we have plenty of options for your Christmas Party.

Shared Party Share your magical Christmas experience this year in the heart of Dublin City with Temple Bar Hotel, Dublin’s Most Centrally Located Hotel. Book a table for your group and enjoy your festive event with other Christmas enthusiasts. The Whiskey Corner Bar & Restaurant is available for Private Hire or as part of a Shared Party Night.

Private Party Customise your Christmas Party by exclusively hiring one of our venues for your group. Hire a DJ from our recommended selection or bring your own and choose between a sit-down meal or from a selection of Christmas nibbles.

Your party, your choice!

Christmas Party Menu’s Lunch Menu €19.95 per person with Mulled Wine on arrival

Dinner Menu €29.95 per person with Mulled Wine on arrival


Sunday – Thursday: €49 per person sharing B&B

Friday and Saturday: €55 per person sharing B&B


ALCHEMY Club & Venue

Fancy a Christmas Party with a twist?

Then look no further than Alchemy Club & Venue which is available for Private Hire for groups ranging from 80-1000 people.

Individually Tailored Packages can be created for your party upon request which include Drinks On Arrival, Finger Food, DJ and much more…

Finger Food Available from just €6.95 per person


LIVE MUSIC VENUE 7 Nights a Week!

Buskers is a lively Contemporary Bar centrally located in the vibrant and hugely popular Temple Bar area of Dublin City Centre. The festive party atmosphere makes Buskers Bar the perfect location for your Christmas Party.

You can Reserve An Area in the stylish bar for you and your party, Order Some Platters and Enjoy Live Music throughout the night.

There is also an extensive Cocktail Menu to get the party going!

Why not ask about our Cocktail Making Classes!

Buskers Speciality Platter €8.95 per person

Buskers Party Platter €6.95 per person

For all enquires please see contact information below:

Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Telephone: +353 (0)1 677 3333  Fax: +353 (0)1 677 3088 salesandmarketing@tbh.ie   www.templebarhotel.com

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It’s been a while!…

We have been busy as bee’s here in the Temple Bar Hotel, so apologies for being a little absent of late!

But we are back on track and very excited to begin the ball roll again with our Blog

So what have we missed?!… Let’s see, where to begin? The Tall Ships? ,Taste of Dublin?, The World Cup kick off and progression?, Garth “Brooks Gate”? The last few months have been enough to make our heads spin!

Touching briefly on Garth Brooks, a now very sensitive subject for us all! We are, of course, deeply disappointed to hear that all five shows have been cancelled. However, in the spirit of not dwelling on “if tomorrow never comes” (I’m sorry, I had to throw in at least one bad taste pun!) Let’s discuss how we can fill the void!

Luckily Dublin offers a plethora of musical events both in and around the city to keep us bopping the summer away.The National Concert Hall, in all its splendor, boosts an impressive setting and with 1,000 annual events, it always has something to offer the discerning music enthusiast! This summer, homegrown talents, Sinead O’Connor and Damien Dempsey shall take centre stage, tickets starting at just 37EUR! So no doubt both shall be fantastic and a truely authentic taste of what Ireland does best! For full listing’s on events and concerts please see our website.

August will see the return of Electric Picnic to Stradbally, with big names such as Portishead, Outkast and Blondie headlining the main stage, it is set, as always, to be a weekend to remember! If you are one of the lucky wellie wielding brigade transcending upon Co.Laois don’t forget to check out local talent such as Ham Sandwich, Bicep and Sinead O’Connor!

For a more rustic and casual evening’s entertainment, Dublin boosts more bars and live venue’s than you can shake a stick at! And where better to begin a journey through the live music venue’s of Dublin than our very own Buskers! Offering live music seven nights a week, ranging from Trad to Rock, Buskers really does cater for all tastes. Nestled comfortably along Temple Bar’s main strip Buskers lively atmosphere and outdoor terrace attract both locals and visitors alike. Why not check our site!

So next time you step out in Dublin, keep your eyes and ears open to the sounds of the city! You will find that music is everywhere!


4th of July Celebrations in Temple Bar!!!

Earmarked as Dublin’s cultural quarter, Temple Bar offers an authentic and unique cultural experience. The quarter offers tourists and visitors alike both a traditional and commercial experience with a variety of bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from. The area also omits a bohemian atmosphere with its fusion of the arts, with street performers and numerous art galleries to visit.
The unique ambiance not only celebrates Irish culture as it caters to visitors from around the world. For instance this coming weekend, Buskers Bar will be hosting a fantastic 4th of July celebration. If you’re also thinking about celebrating this amazing day, you’re in for a treat as Buskers Bar will be decked out in stars and stripes and will have an American themed food and drinks menu.
So whether you’re American, Irish or on holiday and you would like to celebrate in true American style, come visit Buskers Bar, located beside Temple Bar Hotel.


Dublin’s Fair City-Hidden Gems and Free Activities

Summer in Dublin never fails to disappoint….

Ok, so the weather may not be much to sing about, but then again, this is the very thing which causes Ireland to have such a rich pub culture! And any true Dubliner will tell you…when you have nothing to talk about…talk about the rain! And boy do we!

Whatever the weather there is always something going on in Dublin’s Fair City and this year some of the most exciting events budget friendly or free of charge!

Why not take in the stunning surroundings of Dublin’s (somewhat hidden) Iveagh gardens and enjoy some of Shakespeare’s finest work. This free event promises to bring culture and art to Dublin. It runs right through August and people are encouraged to pack picnic’s and really make the most of it!

If all that isn’t enough for you the Vodaphone Comedy Festival will take place during the 24th and 27th of July in the Iveagh Gardens. The festival boosts some of Ireland’s finest comedians and is sure to be great craic!

If you prefer to take things at a slower pace or need a bed to rest your head or just need somewhere to store your bags while you party the night away Temple Bar Hotel have packages to suit everyone this summer.