15 Great Irish Pubs to Grab a Pint in this Summer

Ireland offers endless pubs to hang out in over summer, be it part of a trip to one of its great cities, a drive along the coast or last-minute jaunt to somewhere off the beaten track.

Whatever the reason, there is nothing quite like a pub experience over the summer.  To help you choose the right pubs to tie in with your summer plans, read below our list of 15 great Irish pubs to grab a pint in this summer.

15 Irish Pubs to Grab a Pint in this Summer

1. Lily Finnegans, Carlingford, Co Louth

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Situated beyond Carlingford and along the seafront is the quaint Lily Finnegans pub, where live music and Guinness regularly flow. Come summer, the music, pints and ‘craic’ spread out to its outdoor area.

2. The Anchor bar, Portstewart, Co Londonderry ~ Derry

A favourite in the seaside town of Portstewart, on the north coast of Ireland, The Anchor bar serves up a tasty Guinness in its cosy pub. Out front are seating areas for sunnier days and inside live music on weekends to keep locals and visitors entertained.

3. Smugglers Creek, Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal

The Smugglers Creek is a great find come summer, with its views across Rossnowlagh beach and Donegal Bay offering perfect beer drinking vistas. The pub also offers an impressive food menu, which includes freshly caught lobster and other fresh seafood and fish.

4. O’Dowd’s Seafood bar, Roundstone, Co Galway

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Voted ‘Pub of the Year 2017’, O’Dowd’s Seafood bar in Roundstone is a great place to stop on a drive or cycle through Connemara during the summer. Sat overlooking Roundstone harbour in Connemara, the family-run pub and restaurant’s seafood dishes and extensive bar makes for a very perfect summer afternoon or evening.

5. O’Donaghues, Dublin 2, Co Dublin

A Dublin favourite, O’Donaghues pub, established in 1789, is located right at the heart of Dublin’s City Centre. Come summer, the pub’s covered outdoor area provides a welcome suntrap and guaranteed shelter should the rain rear its ugly head.  

6. The Rusty Nail, Inishowen, Co Donegal

The Rusty Nail, set along The Wild Atlantic Way, is a gem of a place. The pub’s mouth-watering food, live music, warm atmosphere and long list of drinks are just what any traveller is looking for as part of summer adventures in County Donegal.

7. The Oliver Plunkett, Cork City, Co Cork

If there is any pub ready for summer then it is The Oliver Plunkett. The traditional pub is a live music venue, has an extensive drinks menu and even has local ice-cream on offer throughout the summer months.

8. Duke of York, Belfast, Co Antrim

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One of Belfast’s most iconic pubs, the Duke of York and its outdoor strip of cobble stoned street is often filled with locals and visitors enjoying a few pints on a sunny day. Inside is regular live music, fascinating local memorabilia and quiet nooks should the weather take a turn for the worse.

9. Gus O’Connor’s Pub, Doolin, Co Clare

Gus O’Connor is a wonderful pub to visit after a day of exploring the nearby Cliffs of Moher, Arran Islands or Burren mountain range. The pub will reward you with a well earned pint, delicious food and live traditional music (from 9pm every evening).  Read our 72 Hours in Clare for further travel tips.

10. McCafferty’s, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Sitting on a mountaintop high above Letterkenny town, McCafferty’s is a summer setting that is hard to beat with its views over rugged fields and distant Glenveagh National Park. A pint in hand and the sound of quiet will surely whisk you away into another world.

11. The Bath, Dublin 4, Co Dublin

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The Bath pub is the epitome of summer with its hanging flower baskets, colourful seating and picnic tables decked outside. Not to mention the pub’s incredible brunch menu, craft beers and tempting cocktail list.

12. Thomas Connolly, Sligo town, Co Sligo

Thomas Connolly has a strong lineup of summer music to keep visitors entertained all summer long. The warm and inviting pub is also a wonderful pitstop along the Wild Atlantic Way or as a final stop for those soaking up the Sligo Food Trail.

13. Reddan’s, Bettystown, Co Meath

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Overlooking Bettystown beach, Reddans – or Neptune Beach as its often known – is a superb pub come summer, with an array of picnic tables and balcony for alfresco dining and summertime drinking. 

14. Tigh Neachtain’s, Galway City, Co Galway

The traditional and much-loved TIgh Neachtain’s in Galway City is a great hangout during summer. Don’t be surprised to find its outdoor seating area packed and crowds spilling out onto the street with their pints during the city’s many great summer events and festivals. Read about some of its festivals.

15. The Locke bar, Limerick City, Co Limerick

One of Limerick’s oldest pubs, The Locke pub’s front seating area is an excellent place to soak up the city’s Abbey River whilst enjoying a few pints. The pub has also won countless awards and is among some of the best pubs in the west of Ireland.

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