At the slightest hint of sunshine, the idea of a beer garden in Ireland is always appealing. Better make hay when the sun shines, right? When it comes to booking a staycation or a short break around Ireland, the pub scene of any town is one of the first things many holidaymakers will research. With that in mind, below we have listed 17 Irish pubs with great beer gardens to get ticking off the list over the summer months.
17 Irish Pubs with a Great Beer Garden
1 Bernard Shaw, Dublin
The very cool Bernard Shaw bar in Dublin is filled with old-school memorabilia and an outdoor space that is beyond trendy with its weekly DJ spots, parked-up double-decker bus and exhibition space to boot. After a day out in Dublin, this is the perfect place to hang out in until the wee small hours.
Bernard Shaw is just one of the many great watering holes in Dublin to relax in when the sun comes out. Check out the latest Dublin hotel deals.
2 Tigh Ned, Inis Oírr
If you are looking for an outdoor beer garden completely off the beaten track, Tigh Ned will not disappoint. Based on the island of Inis Oírr on the west coast of Ireland makes it a bit of a mission to get to but the stunning views and guaranteed escapism will make it all worthwhile. Check out our guide to Ireland’s top islands, where you can find more great things to do on the Aran Islands and Inis Oírr.
3 PJ O’Hares, Carlingford
At the heart of Carlingford town sits PJ O’Hares, a popular pub that has an impressive beer garden to sit in and enjoy a few pints. With regular events and a reputation for great food (especially the oysters), PJ O’Hares is perfect for a warm summer’s afternoon of boozing.
If you are visiting Carlingford make sure to check out our 48-hour guide to Carlingford.
4 Fitzpatrick’s, Rockmarshall, Louth
Fitzpatrick’s is the quintessential beer garden with its hanging flowerpots and traditional-style pub. It serves as a great resting stop for those travelling from Belfast to Dublin or vice versa. As well as having a popular beer garden, Fitzpatrick’s is famous all year round for its food, so if you’re looking for dining options as you explore Louth and Ireland’s Ancient East, then look no further.
5 Curragower, Limerick
This cosy bar on the banks of the River Shannon with great views of King John’s Castle is one of Limerick’s most popular bars, and for good reason. Set in the heart of Limerick’s Medieval Quarter, Curragower has built a reputation for great food and service in recent years and is well worth checking out while exploring the city on foot.
6 Sean’s Bar, Athlone
Situated in the heart of Ireland, Sean’s Bar, the oldest bar in Ireland, is worth a visit in itself. And, with an equally old beer garden out back, you will be tempted to spend a whole day there. Sean’s Bar is a must visit bar when you are looking for some R&R during any break to Athlone.
7 Fionnbarra, Co. Cork
Fionnbarra’s quirky and colourful beer garden is a fun place to hang out after a day of sightseeing in Cork city. And, with Cork buried in the southern part of Ireland, the sunshine is more than likely to be on the cards come summer.
8 McDonnells, Kildare
The historic town of Kildare, despite being seen as a commuter town, has a lot to offer any visitor, including the hearty McDonnells pub in Newgrange and its great beer garden. If you are only passing through and the weather affords it, make sure to stop in for a drink in the sunshine (if it’s out).
9 Victoria House, Tramore, Waterford
Victoria House, or “The Vic” as it is better known, promises great “craic” and “atmosphere” that no doubt spills out onto its spacious beer garden. Founded in 1818, it is a pub that exudes charm and is a great find in the equally charming town of Tramore. The Vic is a great place to relax after a few hours of hitting the waves by surfing on Tramore’s famous golden beaches.
10 Dinn ri, Carlow
Winner of “Best Outdoor Space” in Ireland, the terrace area at Dinn Ri in Co.Carlow very much deserves a place on this list. What is more, the area has a retractable roof, outdoor heating and cosy seating areas that make it possible to enjoy the garden throughout the year.
11 Gings bar, Carrick-On-Shannon
The beer garden at Gings bar is a great outdoor drinking spot, sat overlooking the Shannon and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Carrick-on-Shannon is a popular town for a few days away with friends and family, and Gings Bar is up there with the very best of them.
12 Percy French, Newcastle, Co Down
Named after the famous Irish songwriter Percy French, this bar set in the grounds of the wonderful Slieve Donard Hotel has all you would want from an Irish beer garden. Great food and drink in a venue right along the coast. Relax with a drink in hand as you look out to the wonderful Mourne Mountains and indeed the Irish Sea. Take your pick of beach stroll or mountain hike when finished.
13 The Beach Bar, Sligo
It does not get any more Irish than the quaint and beautiful thatched pub that is The Beach Bar in Aughris, Co.Sligo. Situated not far from the ocean, make the most of sea air and summer sun as you sit in the pub’s beer garden and sip on your favourite drink. Make The Beach Bar one of your culinary stops as you explore the tastes of Sligo on the wonderful Sligo Food Trail. Find out more about the vibrant Sligo food scene.
14 Bullitt, Belfast
Only opening last year, Bullitt hotel is fast becoming the place to be in Belfast, with its impressive restaurant, bars and courtyard bar. Not stopping there, the hotel complex is making plans for a rooftop beer garden, which is due to open summer 2017 and will no doubt be a popular choice for sun and beer lovers.
15 Arundels by the Pier, Ahakista, Cork
Arundels by the Pier is described as the “beer garden by the sea” and this it very much is. The idyllic setting is second to none and for anyone venturing across Co. Cork, this will prove to be a very memorable stop. This popular Sheep’s Head pub is worth checking out when exploring that part of the country.
16 Flanagan’s on the Lake, Tipperary
Located on the banks of Lough Derg, Flanagan’s on the Lake is in the town of Ballina in Co Tipperary and is set at the bridge which joins Ballina with the equally picturesque town of Killaloe. Killaloe is famous for being the ancient seat of Ireland’s old high king Brian Boru, but the only seat you’ll want to take in the town on a good day is one at Flanagan’s.
They sure know how to serve a mean pint of Guinness in the Flanagan’s on the Lake beer garden as the video below highlights (be sure to watch until the end).
17 O’Connell’s, Galway
Claiming to be the best beer garden in Galway, O’Connell’s might not be far wrong with its undeniable atmosphere and the extensive area for drinks outside. After a day at the Galway Races or Galway International Arts Festival, you might not want to be anywhere else. O’Connell’s has recently undergone a big redevelopment and was also the location for the video of the popular Galway Girl song from Ed Sheeran. If you’re visiting Galway, be sure to stop by O’Connell’s.
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