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Showcasing The Best Live Music In Temple Bar

Welcome to Merchant’s Arch, Dublin’s Premier destination for live music in Temple Bar!  Nestled in the heart of Temple Bar, we take immense pride in offering an authentic Irish experience that combines great food, drinks, and the very best of live music.   


Whether you’re a local or a visitor, our vibrant atmosphere and exceptional musical acts are sure to make your time with us unforgettable.   Check out our weekly schedule:

  • Monday to Thursday:  Live Music from 5pm to early hours.

  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday:  Live music from 12pm to the early hours.

A Venue Steeped In History

Merchant’s Arch is more than just a bar & restaurant; it’s a part of Dublin’s rich history.  Our venue is housed in a beautifully restored building that dates back to the 19th century.


As you step inside, you’ll be greeted by a blend of traditional Irish charm and contemporary comfort.


The exposed brickwork, wooden beams, and cosy nooks create an inviting atmosphere that’s perfect for enjoying live music in Temple Bar.

For more details on the history of the building check out our About Page.

The Merchants Arch Historic Building - Live Music in Temple Bar
The Murphy Sisters - Live Music Temple Bar

Traditional Irish Music

At Merchant’s Arch, we offer the best live music in Temple Bar, celebrating the rich heritage of Ireland through our traditional Irish music sessions.


Our skilled musicians bring the spirit of Ireland to life with a vibrant mix of lively jigs, soulful ballads, and classic folk songs. The authentic sounds of fiddles, tin whistles, and bodhráns fill the pub, creating an atmosphere that is both nostalgic and exhilarating.


Join us for the very best of traditional Irish music and experience the cultural heartbeat of Temple Bar.

Temple Bar Dublin - Live Music at the Merchants Arch

A Commitment To
Live Music

At Merchant’s Arch, we believe that music is the heart and soul of any great pub. That’s why we’ve made live music sessions a cornerstone of our offering.


Every night, We host the cities best musicians who bring a diverse range of sounds to our stage. From traditional Irish folk to contemporary rock and everything in between, there’s something to suit every musical taste.


Our dedication to providing the best live music in Temple Bar allows us to stand alone among venues in the city.

Special Live Music Events at The Arch

In addition to our regular live music sessions, we host a variety of special events throughout the year.  From themed music nights and holiday celebrations to exclusive performances by renowned artists, there’s always something exciting happening at The Merchant’s Arch.   


Keep an eye on our events calendar and social media pages for the latest updates and announcements.   Our special events are just another reason why are renowned as one of the best when it comes to Live Music in Temple Bar.  For more details on our special events room check out this page.

What Our Guests Are Saying

J Francis

I was drawn in by the music and stayed for the atmosphere!  Really enjoyed my short time in Dublin because of this place, and appreciated the bartender going out of his way to make sure I got a perfect pour.

Libor S

Friendly and vibrant, the  Merchants Arch bar offers an authentic Irish pub experience. Great live music, a wide selection of drinks, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere make it a must-visit for a genuine taste of Ireland.

Jessica Z

The Merchant's Arch is one of my favorite bars in all of Dublin! Beautiful building, centrally located right in the temple bar area across from the Ha'Penny bridge. They always have the best live music. I definitely recommend checking them out.

Live Music Temple Bar - The Merchants Arch Bar

Plan Your Visit

Ready to experience the best live music in Temple Bar?

Here’s everything you need to know to plan your visit:

  • Location: Merchant’s Arch is conveniently located at 48-49 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin. We’re just a short walk from many of the city’s major attractions.

  • Hours: We’re open daily from 9am.  Live music sessions typically start at 5pm and go on until 1am midweek.  Weekends Music commences from 12pm running to 1am.

  • Reservations: While walk-ins are always welcome, we recommend making a reservation, especially on weekends and during special events.  If you wish to dine with us click the reservations button below and fill out our short form.​  For drinks only reservations, please call  - 00353 1607 4010

  • Contact Us: Have any questions? Feel free to reach out to us at for the latest updates.

Live Music 7 Days a Week

The Merchant’s Arch is the ultimate spot for live music in Temple Bar.   We are proud to showcase the very best upcoming talent in the city with a diverse range of songs and melodies to suit all.


Whether it's a weekday or the weekend, our venue is alive with continuous musical entertainment.  From the best of traditional Irish music to beloved chart classics, our talented musicians ensure an electrifying atmosphere.  Call today.

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