Bad Ass Cafe Dublin

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Bad Ass Temple Bar Reviews, Dublin restaurants, Eating out Dublin, Michelin Star restaurants

Bad Ass Temple Bar Reviews, Dublin restaurants, Eating out Dublin, Michelin Star restaurants

A hardwood stage of quality food, great customer service and value for money

It was Tuesday, I had arranged to meet a friend for lunch, it needed to be something a little different and special, the last time we had eaten in Dublin it had not been a good experience, one of those un-pleasant ‘Irish’ style lunches with tired dancers beating leather off a piece of ply-wood.

9-11 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2: Phone: +353 1 675 3005

Our New experience would be the Bad Ass Temple Bar, I was unsure of the address, 9-11Crown Alley, sounded like a secret location in a Disney Movie. I quickly found the Bad Ass Temple Bar, right in the heart of Temple Bar, yet tucked away quietly off the beaten cobbled track. I quickly used my IPhone to send the Geo-location data to my friend, surely that would impress her.

Immediately upon entering the Bad Ass Temple Bar I was approached by a member of staff and offered a warm meet and greet. I was shown to a window table where I could view the passing sightseers and wonder at this historic place. The interior of the Bad Ass Temple Bar is soaked in a nostalgic ambiance that is set alight by the hard wood surrounds and ceiling art work, this is a place touched by the hands of imagination and style, yet the menu says value for money and variety to fit a variety of budgets.

I take a moment to step up to the restroom that is on the first floor, on the ascent, the walls are punctuated with a story of Comedy Club laughter each Friday night in the Bad Ass Temple Bar. I am yet again surprised to find an upstairs function room with funky red floor and soft glows of barley sugar amber light, a party of Italians are enjoying a birthday celebration. I am informed that the birthday cake had been supplied free by the Bad Ass Temple Bar as the birthday group was made up of 15 or more people, and this I am told is the norm.

The restroom, often the fall of many eateries, was clean, functional and regularly inspected.

When I returned to my table, my friend had arrived, menus were presented and specials explained. We both started with the Sea Food Chowder, which when presented offered a fresh and a delight balance of Salmon, fresh water shrimp and cockells, served with brown bread that had the aroma of my grandmother’s baking so many years earlier, this was a delightful start to any meal, and my friend agreed.

As my friend and I are big pasta fans we opted for pasta based main courses. My friend ordered Spinach and Ricotta Cheese Tortellini in a Chorizo and Basil cream sauce, I being awakened by the flavours of my starter ordered Penne Pasta with Smoked Salmon in a creamy courgette sauce. The silence that hung over our main dish was explained by our deep satisfaction with a dish that is often only served to such a high standard by Michelin Star restaurants.

We concluded our meal with an Americano and Cappuccino; conversation flowed easily as we looked about us and pondered upon the great history of this location that has paid host to so many cultures and traditions through the ages. Now Temple Bar is a major tourist attraction and sometimes in that commercialisation the true nature of Ireland is lost in a sea of veneer rather than being presented on a hardwood stage of quality food, great customer service and value for money, such a hardwood stage as can be found at the Bad Ass Temple Bar Dublin.

Cost of Our Experience

Starter: Sea Food Chowder €6.95 per person
Main: €12.95 per person
Americano: €2.50
Cappuccino: €2.70

“Delicious food!!!”

Reviewed 19 May 2013 - TripAdvisor-Geokmid

I have been for a while in Dublin and I have to say Bad Ass (profanity rules) has the best beef and Guinness stew!!! In fact the kickass burger and the stew are two of the most delicious dishes we have ever tried!!!! We ended up there after a very disappointing experience just across the road, as we tried to have lunch in another pub but the staff was really unfriendly....we were not in a really good mood but Bad Ass (profanity rules) guys made our day!!!! Strongly recommended!!!

Eating Out in Dublin – BAD ASS Temple Bar
9-11 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2: Phone: +353 1 675 3005
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 10.00 am – till Late and Friday to Saturday 8.00 am – till Late
The Bad Ass Temple Bar is 10 minutes walk from Gardiner Street or 2 minutes in a Taxi
Think Food, Think Relaxation, Think Fun, Think Friends, Think Happy…That is some Bad Ass Thinking…enjoy a fantastic meal with friends in The Bad Ass Temple Bar Dublin…if Temple Bar is the heartbeat of Dublin…then The Bad Ass Temple Bar is the Soul of City Living…The Bad Ass Temple Bar is home to good food, personal service and a world renowned reputation for Living Life to the full.
The BAD ASS Temple Bar is Home to Ireland’s Greatest Comedy Club, join the gang every Friday night for a great laugh, Live music downstairs, fantastic food selection with Menu updated regularly.
FREE FREE FREE Birthday Cake with parties of 15 or more people.
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Monday, 27 May 2013

Dublin Horse show 2013, RDS, Blossom Hill Ladies' Day, Accommodation near RDS

Dublin Horse show 2013, RDS, Blossom Hill Ladies' Day, Accommodation near RDS

The Horse Show is a Dublin institution and runs this year from the 7th to the 11th of August. A celebration of Ireland's affinity with the horse, the Dublin Horse Show has the best show horses and the best international show jumpers compete for honors.  It is one of Ireland's largest events, a highlight of the summer, each year welcoming tens of thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world.

Since it was first held in 1864 the Horse Show has become a Dublin institution. A celebration of Ireland's affinity with the horse, from the best show horses to the best international show jumpers. It is one of Ireland's largest events, a highlight of the summer, each year welcoming tens of thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world.

Blossom Hill Ladies' Day

Blossom Hill Ladies’ Day at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show will takes place on Thursday of Show week. There are prizes for best dressed lady, most creative hat, most colourful outfit and best dressed man.


The first show was held in 1864 under the auspices of the Society, but organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of Ireland.

There were 366 entries in the first Show with a total prize fund of £520.

On the 28, 29 and 30 July 1868 the first show was held and organised by the Royal Dublin Society on the lawns of Leinster House. The Council granted £100 out of the Society's funds to be awarded in prizes. It started as a show of led-horses and featured ‘leaping' demonstrations.

The first prize for the Stone Wall competition (6ft) in 1868 was won by Richard Flynn on hunter, Shane Rhue (who sold for £1,000 later that day).

Ass and mule classes were listed at the first show!

In 1869 the first Challenge Cup was presented for the best exhibit in the classes for hunters and young horses likely to make hunters.

In 1870 the Show was named ‘The National Horse Show', taking place on the 16-19 August. It was combined with the Annual Sheep Show organised by the Society.

1869 was the year ‘horse leaping' came to prominence. There was the high leap over hurdles trimmed with gorse; the wall jump over a loose stone wall of progressive height not exceeding 6 feet; and the wide leap over 2 ½ ft gorse-filled hurdle with 12 ft of water on the far side.

The original rules for the leaping competitions were simply ‘the obstacles had to be cleared to the satisfaction of the judges'.

The prizes for the high and wide leaps were £5 for first and £2 for second with £10 and a cup to the winner of the championship and a riding crop and a fiver to the runner up.

In 1881 the Show moved to ‘Ball's Bridge', a green-field site. The first continuous ‘leaping' course was introduced at the Show.

In 1881 the first viewing stand was erected on the site of the present Grand Stand. It held 800 people.

With over 800 entries in the Show in 1895, it was necessary to run the jumping competitors off in pairs - causing difficulties for the judges at the time!

No lady was allowed to ride in any jumping competition until 1919.

A novelty class for women was introduced in 1919. In 1920 women were able to compete freely.

Women were permitted to compete in the international competitions from 1954 (an international rule).

In times past the Ladies Hunter Classes for ladies riding side-saddle in traditional costume (veil and habit) were judged on the Thursday of the Show. As a result Thursday became Ladies' Day.

In 1925 Colonel Zeigler of the Swiss Army first suggested holding an international jumping event. The Aga Khan of the time heard of this proposal and offered a challenge trophy to the winner of the competition.

In 1926 International Competitions were introduced to the show and was the first time the Nations' Cup for the Aga Khan Challenge trophy was held.

Up until 1949 the Nations' Cup teams had to consist of military officers.

Six countries competed in the first international teams competition for the Aga Khan Challenge trophy - Great Britain, Holland, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Ireland. The Swiss team won the title on Irish bred horses.

The Swiss team won out the original trophy in 1930. Ireland won the first replacement in 1937 and another in 1979, Britain in 1953 and 1975. The present trophy is the sixth in the series and was presented by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1980.

There was no Nations' Cup held in 1952 due to the Olympic Games.

The first Grand Prix (Irish Trophy) held in 1934 was won by Comdt.J.D. (Jed) O'Dwyer, of the Army Equitation school. The Irish Trophy becomes the possession of the rider if it is won three times in succession or four times in all.

The first civilian rider to take part in the Nations' Cup was Peter Robeson on Craven A. He was also a member of the winning British team that year.

The first timed jumping competition was held in 1938. In 1951 an electric clock was installed and the time factor entered most competitions.

In 1976, after 50 years of international competition, the two grass banks in the Arena were removed so the Arena could be used for other events. The continental band at the western end of the Main Arena was added later.

Shows have been held annually except from 1914-1919 due to WW1 and from 1940 - 1946 due to WW2.

In 2003 the Nations Cup Competition for the Aga Khan Trophy has become part of the new Samsung Super League under the auspices of the Federation Equestre Internationale.

The Fáilte Ireland Dublin Horse Show is Ireland's largest equestrian event, and one of the largest events held on the island.

The show has the third largest annual prize pool for International Show Jumping in the world.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

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