Come winter, nothing is more pleasing than a cosy pub with a roaring fire, perfectly poured pint and a great atmosphere to soak up. Ireland is full of them. So, as you travel across Ireland, here are 12 cosy pubs to stop off at for a bit of refuelling and some downtime.

12 Irish Pubs To Visit For A Cosy Winter Pint

1 Lily Finnegans, Carlingford


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Based south of Carlingford village, Lily Finnegans is a quaint pub situated down a country road. The pub is small yet brimming with character with its roaring fire and friendly locals filling up seats along the bar. Take a walk along the Cooley Peninsula before settling in at Lily’s for a perfectly poured Guinness.

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2 The Atlantic BAR, portrush

The Atlantic Bar wouldn’t be an obvious choice for visitors along Northern Ireland’s north coast but The Atlantic’s small back bar is especially cosy and a great resting spot after adventures at the nearby Giant’s Causeway. If you’re a whiskey drinker then the bar’s stock of the local Bushmills Distillery whiskey is well worth a try, or choose from a long list of other drinks including locally crafted beers and gins.

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3 The Front Door, galway City

You would almost miss The Front Door, a pub situated around the corner from Galway’s pub-filled High Street, but it’s definitely well worth a stop when visiting Galway City. The pub, spread out across several floors, is deceptively big and has lovely nooks and crannies to hide away in as you right the world over a pint with a pal.

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4 Thomas Connolly, Sligo town

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With thousands of years of history, Thomas Connolly is a charming pub with its stone floor and wood-panelled walls. The pub’s surroundings make it such a pleasure to enjoy a few drinks in, be it one of 60 whiskies that are stocked in the pub, or a try of one of its locally brewed beers. Settle into the pub after an experience of the Sligo Food Trail or a surf at nearby Strandhill.

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5 The Spaniard, belfast

A pub with a difference, The Spaniard in Belfast has two floors of inviting wooden seating areas. The bar’s iconic decor is ‘interesting’ to say the least and certainly sets it apart from other pubs in Belfast. Settle in with one of the bar’s famous Cuba Libres or another one of the bar’s well-made cocktail after a day of sightseeing in Belfast.

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6 The Rusty Nail, Clonmany


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Based along The Wild Atlantic Way, The Rusty Nail is a gem of a place. The pub’s tasty food, live music, warm atmosphere and long drinks menu are what any traveller is looking for after a day of exploring picturesque Northern Headlands of Donegal. Settle in here for a pint and, should you be there in the evening, enjoy great live local music that is played most nights. The pub has also been awarded 2017 Ulster Gastropub of the Year so be sure to find some tasty food there too.

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7 Sean’s Bar, Athlone

Officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest pub in Ireland, Sean’s Pub in Athlone is naturally brimming with charm. The bar is thought to date back over 1,000 years to 900 AD. The bar’s walls are lined with memorabilia and make for a great Irish pub experience this winter as you enjoy the atmosphere of Ireland’s oldest pub. A popular spot over the festive period, be sure to add Sean’s Bar to your itinerary should you be visiting the town of Athlone or indeed wider Westmeath over the coming months.

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8 Corner House, Ardara

Another popular pub along Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way route, the Corner House in Ardara is what Irish pubs are all about. Its old-school interior, great live music and well-stocked bar attracting locals and visitors alike. Curl up in a corner with a pint and watch the pub come alive with its great mix of live music from talented musicians.

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9 De Barra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty

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De Barra’s is one of Ireland’s most charming pubs with its salvaged furniture and rustic memorabilia spread across its walls. When the fire is lit, there is nowhere else you would want to be after a day of exploring the nearby Cork coast.

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10. Foxy John’s, Dingle

A hardware store by day, come evening Foxy John’s transforms into an atmospheric pub. The cosy fire and local traditional music are hard to beat on a cold winters’ day. Make sure to pop in for a pint to see the cosy transformation for yourself!

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11 The Bloody Stream, Howth

When it comes to pubs in Ireland, there is no shortage of pubs in Dublin, with something for everyone, and The Bloody Stream is up there with some of the cosiest the county has to offer. The lively pub has regular live music and serves up an excellent pint of Guinness. Based in the picturesque North Dublin town of Howth, the pub is a welcome alternative to the busy Dublin City Centre pubs.

Check out the latest deals for Dublin hotels and plan your short-break to the capital today. Be sure to pencil in a quick visit to Howth and The Bloody Stream as you go.

12 Ollie Hayes Pub, Moneygall

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Famous in recent times for serving a pint of Guinness to former U.S. President Barack Obama as he visited Moneygall to trace the roots of his ancestors, Ollie Hayes is a traditional pub with great character. If you’re planning a trip to Offaly over the coming months, be sure to pencil in a visit to the town of Moneygall, where you can enjoy a drink fit for a president!

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What’s Your Favourite Cosy Pub in Ireland?

Have we missed your favourite cosy Irish pub from our list? Share your favourites for a festive drink in the comments section below.


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