Temple Bar is a unique music venue and meeting place; a cultural crossroads where patrons unwind amidst the vibes created by a community of local and international artists. The "Eastern-meets-Urban" theme provides a relaxed groove as the incense-laden air is peirced by edgy hip-hop rhythms and rich funky basslines, and the omnipresent Buddhas smile knowingly down upon the crowd. Those desiring earthly pleasures indulge in spicy food and stimulating drinks, while pilgrims seeking a higher connection give themselves over to serious boogie on the dance floor. But the music really sets the tone of this special place. Booking agent Cary Sullivan crafts thematic evenings combining the talents of several complimentary musical groups of similar flavors: Latin and African rhythms dominate the "Rhythm Room" on Thursday nights, while Monday is mostly reserved for Jazz. Other nights can feature hip-hop, reggae, salsa or even kick-butt rock and roll. Between acts the house DJ's conjur magical sounds out of vinyl and electricity that the crowd generally reacts to with vigorous bootie shaking. Special evenings of films or poetry keep things very, very fresh.