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I love the Hard Rock Cafe. Always have, always will. Why? because even when you are not in your home town, Hard Rock Cafe is Hard Rock Cafe. Kind of like a home away from home for eating when it comes to consistency in culinary and atmosphere.
I guess you could say the Hard Rock Cafe is a comfortable neutral restaurant when we travel. We always visit one, and we always leave smiling. From music to food, The Hard Rock Cafe kind of completes each trip I take. It’s a tradition now. I’ll share more of why shortly.
Centrally located in Dublin, you will find The Hard Rock Cafe in the Temple Bar area. Yes, it’s in the right area for the party that it pumps out daily! Don’t miss the Fleet Street location for food an beverage but there’s way more! Here are 5 reasons to visit the Hard Rock Cafe in Dublin.
As much as I love Ireland, I have to tell you, the food was really not ringing my bell. For my husband, the Guinness was a definite plus. I’m not a beer girl, nor will I pretend to be, just not my thing.
Where are you? If you see these signs and this building, you are in the Temple Bar Area of Dublin. They say that the Temple Bar Area is for all those Under 3’30sand in the universities or for all those that want to be Under 30.
I could use fancy words to describe the area but that would be silly. If you like to bar hop, this is your area. Think of it as a closet of clothing. If one bar does not fit who you are, move on to the next, like changing cclothes it’s that easy!
We spent more time in the Temple Bar area Pub-hopping and eating than any other space. Even when we had to walk 25 minutes to get there, we did. There’s a fun atmosphere waiting for you. Did I mention it is like Pub row? Hunker down and enjoy.
Street after street, alley and corners all are filled with places for you to stop and seek shelter from the rain or coddle a drink in your hand! Good food? Well, now that you asked me, here’s what to look for when it comes to trusted and delicious eats.
Look for this building, street, and signs and get into the Hard Rock Cafe in Dublin. Are you ready for music, food, and great drinks?
1. The Holy Grail of Beverages
Inside the Holy Grail of The Hard Rock Cafe menu was just what I was looking for, Irish Moonshine. I fact, so sure that is what I wanted, I ordered it.
You see, one of the reasons we make sure to find a Hard Rock Cafe at all the vacation stops we can is for the local drink offerings. What goes better with music? Drinks!
In addition to the local specialties, there are the Margaritas and all the great drinks that The Hard Rock Cafe is known for! We’ve had plenty of the other drinks in other Hard Rock Cafes, so it was on to something new and ‘very’ Ireland.
2. Souvenir Tradition
To tell you that I have a collection of Hard Rock Cafe glasses is to tell you reason number 2. It started out innocently when we were in St. Thomas Virgin Islands. I know right, the one that is closed. It was that long ago that we started this tradition.
We started with t-shirts and then went on to the harder stuff, glasses. lol! Ever since then, we guarantee ourselves one special souvenir glass at each stop! That’s it.
Some people collect a magnet from each Hard Rock Cafe, others collect clothing, some pictures, there’s a lot to choose from.
3. Local Eats
The Guinness Burger is on the menu, but I don’t eat meat. Also, Michael totally went in a different direction with food so I can’t show you the Guinness Burger. However, I am about to reveal something even better than a burger.
These are the wings and they are good. No, they are not Irish, but they were made in Dublin, so they could count as Irish eats right? Savory and cooked to perfection, not too many and not too few.
Potatoes are definitely good to eat and so tasty, but what I will show you will definitely make you jealous. Wish you were here, we could have split time. First, let me share the menu, then you might guess what I got?
Hard Rock Fries with Guinness Cheese Sauce, oh Yeah. Salivate over these fries they are so worth it. Trust me, I just wanted to put my whole face in that dish and eat them.
WHY? Because these were the first fries I had seen since we landed in Ireland! Now, you have to know that it was not just about being Fry deprived, these fries in this cheese were ah-amazing.
Michael crossed the border of vegetarian (because he is not!) and he ordered the same fries but with bacon and ate every last one! They were delicious as I was told. Guinness beer makes everything better.
Of course, I wanted a salad. A Caesar salad is what I ordered and it was perfection. You might laugh and say how can a salad not be right, but Caesar Salads are tricky. They anchovy paste can be too thick, and they can be too salty. Not the case at all.
Fresh lettuce, in perfect bite-size pieces, so no embarrassing ‘shove in my mouth’ moments. Solid croutons and the Caesar dressing was not too thick or thin, just enough to make it good. Yes, I would order it again.
4. ….Service That Shines
Definitely big props to Taisa she is golden. Our service and everyone around us all experienced great service. Service no matter which Hard Rock Cafe we have visited is always great. Here in the Temple Bar area, it was exceptional.
This is TAISA
Look at that smile. Personality? Check! And of course, she provided some great suggestions like the fries!
Rock out with music that just keeps on coming. There’s a vibe that nowhere else can match. If you happen to get there when it’s busy, head down the steps and marvel at the space. The bar area and live music stage is downstairs.
I seriously could not wrap my head around HOW BIG the Hard Rock Cafe was. Why? Anywhere we had been in Ireland was always like a mystery.
Basically, in most of the bars, you head into one bar and if there is no room, there’ an upstairs with a different bar or downstairs or connecting room with a totally different bar.
NOT the case at The Hard Rock Cafe. Expansive, huge, massive, large, however you want to call it, there’s space. Actually, it is a really great thing because it rocks with Live music and especially after 5 PM. ‘
What always makes me love on the Hard Rock Cafe is the simple fact that no matter how much music is playing, its always in the background even though it’s cranking.
Videos that are playing do not interfere with conversation either. However, if you are on a bad date, you might be happy to just stare at the videos and zone out to the music (just saying!).
Spacing between the seats and tables is well-apportioned as well, it’s actually incredible to see this. Most pubs and eateries are tight in the area, not here!
Seriously, don’t miss the opportunity to stop at the iconic Hard Rock Cafe in Dublin or you will have missed a big piece of Temple Bar area. Sip. Sip. Hooray, you made a good decision today! Enjoy~ Dana XO.
Thanks to the Hard Rock Cafe for hosting us!