Mooching down Dorset Street towards Croke Park- or, if you're a real sucker for pain and suffering, Tolka Park - you could easily pass Kavanagh's The Temple without really noticing it. That would be your loss. Located at the top end of one of the northside's most multicultural throughfares, this sprawling bozzer is a proper institution. Wall-to-wall mahogany testifies to an early-90's make-over, but, in character, the place feels far older than that.
In fact, in its current incarnation Kavanagh's has been trading for 33 years. It was in 1977 that Donal Kavanagh purchased the premises from a Mary Sheery and gave it is present name. Tragically, he passed away suddenly in 1986 - leaving widow Maureen and son Denis in charge. To this day, you'll still see members of the extended clan pulling pints.
There is also an emphasis on high-class dinning - Sunday dinners are especially popular. But it's on big match day that Kavanagh's truly comes into its own. And, unlike certain city-centre pubs we could mention, the owners' love for the GAA goes beyond mere lip-service intended to pull more punters in. As the paint scheme outside makes clear this place is true blue to it's boots.Ed Power - Irish Independent 2010
Situated opposite the Temple Theatre, the Kavanagh residence has become a cult favorite among a certain coterie of Dub fans in recent times. A great place for a bit of dinner before the match and Denis is the host with the most. And while you're at it, it would be rude to pass the Auld Triangle without havin'the one.David Kelly - Irish Independent 2010
Dorset Street has almost as many pubs as Croke Park has seats. On the day of a big game this is the best of them. Good beer, quick service, an excellent spot to pick up a ticket, the walls are festooned with GAA shirts and the railed-in outside area- complete with tables- is the perfect sun trap in which to hold the after match post-mortems. Particulary popular before and after matches involving Dublin - when some of the city's most colourful characters let rip in a joyous sing song.Local Newspaper
This is a lovely pub with great staff and the best food in Dublin, Great service and everything is done on behalf of the customer, Pity about the TWO unjustified price hikes a year, But other than that its a 5 star shop, This coming from former staff and a current customer.Leina, Around the Corner
Excellent pint of Guinness served here. Good food, the spaghetti being my personal favorite. Nice and cozy place, very open, with 2 TVs, a projection TV and dartboard in the back, and lots of seating.Justin, Ohio USA
Nice authentic local pub, probably the best local on Dorset St. Good pint of Guinness. Is one of the best pubs to go into after Dublin games in Croker. If you're on Dorset St looking for a couple of quiet pints this is your man.Niall, Cabra
Was in the Temple Bar on Dorset Street after a Dublin match, when a chinese fella in a Dublin jersey ceossed the road in front of the jammed pub. With no prompting the whole pub started chanting Jayo, Jayo, Jayo in unison. Obviously the Chinese fella was scarlet and turned a bright red colour, but still managed to raise his arm and acknowledge the crowd and everyone fell about laughing.Overheard in Dublin