We recently looked at 15 great Irish pubs outside Ireland to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in, and as we raise a glass of stout to toast St Patrick, here’s 17 pubs around the country that will be rocking with the sound of fiddles and song today.
17 great Irish pubs to enjoy St Patrick’s Day
1. Gus O’Connor’s, Doolin
Where better to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than the place widely regarded as the home of Irish folk music, Doolin in Co Clare. The traditional music capital of Ireland has many pubs to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, and top of the list for many is the famous Gus O’Connor’s Pub. This gem of a pub has been serving great beer and whiskey, and holding trad sessions since 1832 and shows no signs of slowing up. A great bar to visit any time of the year, Gus O’Connor’s will certainly leave you wanting more this Paddy’s Day.
2. The Brazen Head, Dublin
With so many pubs in Dublin to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to visit in between the parades and other celebrations that go on in the city across the day (and indeed weekend). One bar that should be on any list when looking for Dublin pubs to visit on St Patrick’s Day is Dublin’s oldest bar, The Brazen Head. Dating back to 1198, The Brazen Head has seen famous faces like James Joyce, Daniel O’Connell and Michael Collins over the years, while musicians like Van Morrison and Garth Brooks have graced their presence in the bar in more recent times.
3. Hamlet’s of Kinsale
The gourmet food capital of Ireland, if you’re looking for great food and a tasty pint this Paddy’s weekend, look no further than the coastal town of Kinsale. With a number of great bars to choose from, we recommend starting out in Hamlets, where you’re guaranteed a warm welcome, a great selection of whiskey and craft beer, and music all weekend.
4. Sean’s Bar, Athlone
Ireland’s oldest pub (and perhaps the oldest in Europe), Sean’s Bar in Athlone is one of the most popular places in Ireland to enjoy St Patrick’s Day, with many visitors wanting to take in a piece of history as they relax with a pint of stout. Walking into Sean’s Bar, you know you’ve arrived somewhere unique, and a bar that has more stories than any other in Ireland, just waiting to be told.
5. The Local, Dungarvan
Located along the south coast of Ireland, in the town of Dungarvan, The Local really has become a local for people from all over Ireland. Famed in Waterford for its live music sessions, the bar is great for watching GAA, and will no doubt get a crowd for today’s club finals. With the pints flowing, and the music belting away, The Local is one of the best places in Waterford to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
6. An Púcán, Galway
Located in Galway City’s busy Eyre Square area, An Púcán is a great place to start or end a Galway pub crawl (although you could easily spend the day enjoying the craic with locals and visitors alike). Awarded the best native Irish pub by Irish Pubs Global in 2016, An Púcán is famous for its live music and superb selection of whiskey. Sláinte!
7. The Curragower, Limerick
Located in the heart of the city’s Medieval Quarter, on the banks of the River Shannon, The Curragower is one of the best bars in Limerick to enjoy food and drink, while listening to the melodic notes of traditional music in the background. A popular bar when Munster are in action, The Curragower creates a festival like atmosphere during big events, and today will be no different.
8. Fitzpatrick’s, Louth
Louth has no shortage of great pubs, with the town of Carlingford in particular famed for its pubs, and a popular destination for many stag and hen parties. When it comes to St Patrick’s Day celebrations, look no further than the charming Fitzpatrick’s Pub in Rockmarshall, located between Dundalk and Carlingford. Famed for its wonderful pub grub when it comes to a great Irish pub atmosphere in unique surroundings, very few will compete with Fitzpatrick’s. A real hidden gem, and well worth the trip.
9. Matt Molloy’s, Westport
Famous for its traditional music sessions (which are on every day), St Patrick’s Day is one big party and celebration in Matt Molloy’s. Owned by Matt Molloy (famous traditional musician with The Chieftain) the music is the heart of this intimate bar. The crowd will come from all over this weekend, to sample the famous atmosphere, and hope to catch a glimpse of the man himself in action.
10. O’Flaherty’s, Dingle
Another town famed for its great selection of pubs, there’s plenty to choose from in picturesque Dingle when it comes to a Paddy’s Day pint. If the weather is great (and even when it isn’t), there are very few places in Ireland that can compete with Dingle for atmosphere, and one of the best bars to capture that famous atmosphere on St Patrick’s Day is O’Flaherty’s, a mecca for traditional Irish music. Get yourself to the bar, grab a pint, and sit back and relax, and just take it all in.
11. Matt The Millers, Kilkenny
With traditional music sessions across the weekend, the craic will be mighty in Matt The Millers, on Kilkenny’s lively John Street. Great food, live music sessions, a top selection of beer and whiskey, and an all around great atmosphere have made Matt The Millers one of the go to pubs when visiting Kilkenny, and this weekend will be no different.
12. Larkins, Tipperary
This award winning bar-restaurant on the banks of the River Shannon is one of Tipperary’s liveliest pubs during the St Patrick’s Day period. The charming thatched bar, and interior snug make Larkins a great venue for enjoying a relaxing pint and some great food, and if it’s a St Patrick’s Day beer with a view, then few bars in the whole of Ireland will rival Larkins.
13. Ryan’s Bar, Navan
With a reputation for great food and music, and an award winning beer garden, if the sun’s out, Ryan’s Bar in Navan is a great venue to visit this St Patrick’s Day weekend. With live sports including Cheltenham and the GAA club championships and music across the weekend, Ryan’s Bar will be full of the craic over the coming days.
14. Hargadon Bros, Sligo Town
One of the Sligo’s oldest pubs, established in 1868, Hargadon’s has built a reputation in recent years as the must visit pub in Sligo for food, whiskey and indeed beer. One of only three places in Sligo to make the 2017 Michelin Guide (and the only one in 2016), Hargadon’s is famed for its local music sessions and great locally produced and sourced food, so if you visit the bar this weekend, you know you’re going to enjoy a real taste of Sligo.
15. Farren’s Bar, Donegal
Ireland’s most northerly pub, Farren’s in Malin Head can be a bit of a trek for many, but well worth it when you get there. An Irish pub to tick off your bucket list, what better way to do it than join in the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
16. Hugh Lynch’s Bar, Tullamore
With over 70 whiskies to choose from, including their own Hugh Lynch range, a great selection of craft beers and live music throughout the weekend, Hugh Lynch’s Bar in Tullamore is the perfect place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Be sure to visit the famous Tullamore Dew Distillery on your way.
17. O’Donoghue’s, Dublin
From Christy Moore to The Dubliners, O’Donoghue’s in Dublin City Centre is one of the best places in Dublin, and indeed Ireland to enjoy a live music session, so for St Patrick’s Day, this is one Dublin pub you really need to check out. A popular rugby bar, it promises to be lively for this weekend’s big 6 Nations game.
What’s your favourite Irish pub to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
With so many bars in Ireland, and indeed around the world celebrating St Patrick’s Day, we’d love to know your favourite. Let us know your favourite bars for enjoying St. Patrick’s Day by commenting below, or letting us know on Facebook and Twitter.
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