Temple Bar’s Bad Ass café guiding at €1.3m

Sale of Dublin landmark offers opportunity to acquire fully-licensed restaurant

The Bad Ass Café opened for business in Temple Bar in 1983

The Bad Ass Café opened for business in Temple Bar in 1983


The landmark Bad Ass Café in Dublin’s Temple Bar is being brought to the market with a guide price of €1.3 million.

The high-profile building, which is a protected structure, is situated on the corner of Temple Bar Square and Crown Alley, and has long been synonymous with that area of Dublin.

The restaurant opened in 1983, and has been a firm fixture in Temple Bar since, known for its casual dining experience as well as events such as comedy nights.

The business, which continues to trade, is now being sold on behalf of Benqueues Limited, run by Martin Tynan, who also owns Kennedys pub in Drumcondra.

Selling agent CBRE is quoting a guide price of €1.3 million for the leasehold interest in the premises, which comprises 420sq m over two levels and is run as a restaurant with a seven-day pub licence.

John Hughes, director with CBRE, says: “The sale of the Bad Ass Café offers a rare opportunity to acquire a fully-licensed restaurant in Dublin’s most established cosmopolitan entertainment quarter. This is a long established and successful business synonymous with Temple Bar.”

Temple Bar, particularly popular with tourists, has been the target of considerable development plans of late.

The revamped former Central Bank building, now known as Central Plaza, is set to host thousands of office workers, as well as offer a retail and hospitality element once completed.

A new hotel at Merchants Arch, the narrow walkway connecting Temple Bar Square to the Ha’penny Bridge, has also recently been approved.