A lively bar that attracts all ages and nationalities, the Oliver St. John Gogarty overflows with patrons in summer. On most nights there's traditional Irish music upstairs.
Sep 3, 2013
My American visitors and I had enjoyed the Dublin - Kerry All Ireland semifinal at a north side pub, and they wanted to get some food and enjoy some music at the next stop. Oliver St John Gogarty's seemed like a good choice as I had previously found the music there to be pretty good and I knew they served food. Upon arriving, however, we did not get to experience other reviewers' descriptions of overpriced food and drink, and rude or clueless staff.
They would not let us in. Middle-aged gents all, we probably would have dropped €200 in there within an hour. But the nearly non-verbal doorman had a problem with my Dublin shirt and pointed to a sign at the door that read "No Team Jerseys". He would not let us in to a Dublin pub because I was wearing a Dublin shirt. Many places have been described as tourist traps where they want to attract tourists and separate them from as much of their money as possible. Fair enough, but this place actively discriminates against locals. We checked in with other Templebar establishments and none of them had a similar policy. This place raises obnoxiousness to a new level in Dublin. If you are looking for a truly Irish pub and music experience, go elsewhere. There are two family owned pubs in Templebar that will treat you right and appreciate your business. Oliver St John Gogarty's is not one of them. It is sickening, disgraceful, and not worthy of your custom.