Europe’s Greatest Irish pubs to Enjoy a Pint In
Irish bars are famous right across the globe for the lively atmosphere you can find there. Irish pubs are also known for a wide selection of drinks: beers, stouts, whiskeys and gins. Come the weekend you’re sure to find live traditional Irish music and probably someone who calls the Emerald Isle their home. If you’re planning a trip to Europe soon, make a note of these 32 great Irish pubs that are worth a visit.
1 Erin’s Isle Irish Bar, Albufeira
Erin’s Bar is popular with golfers during the winter months and families during summer. Well known for its wonderful tribute nights, you can be guaranteed great entertainment here. Find great pub grub and a good selection of pints.
2 Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is not traditionally known for its Irish pubs but when visiting the city be sure to pop into Molly Malone’s for a warm welcome. This pub is located on the corner of Amsterdam’s famous Red Light district. Molly Malone’s frequently shows GAA games and hosts traditional music sessions.
3 Shenanigans Irish Pub, Barcelona, Spain
Previously called ‘The Quiet Man’, Shenanigans was the first Irish Pub in Barcelona. Located in the busy heart of Las Ramblas you can find a range of beers including a fine pint of stout. Pay a visit if you are looking for a great selection of pub grub, including the popular Irish bacon and sausage toastie.
4 Kilkenny Irish Pub, Berlin, Germany
Awarded the ‘Guinness Irish Pub of the Year’ three times, this Berlin Irish bar has a great reputation both with locals and international visitors. The pub has a traditional Irish décor with barrel tables, a vaulted ceiling, wooden features and an impressive copper brewing vessel dome.
5 McCarthy’s Irish Pub, Las Palmas, Spain
Fuerteventura is a popular holiday destination and many Irish visiting here pay a visit to McCarthy’s. The pub is known for a great selection of Irish beers and local cocktails. You will also find live music and coverage of all the latest big sporting events.
6 Sheehans Irish Pub, Las Palmas, Spain
A short walk from Las Palmas’ Grand Casino is where you can find Sheehans. It is a popular Irish pub and cocktail bar, and one that attracts a good crowd during the busy summer months.
7 Pod Papugami Irish Pub, Kraków, Poland
Located in Krakow’s Old Town, Pod Papugami is Krakow’s only Irish pub and is set in the charming surroundings of an underground cellar. The cellar bar is kitted out with a pool table and darts board, while wooden barrels and tables add to the ‘Irishness’ of the bar.
8 The Corner Irish Pub, LisboN, Portugal
The Corner Irish Pub was established in 2014 in the Bairro Alto district in Lisbon. The bar has friendly staff and a fantastic atmosphere. With a great selection of drinks and live music, you’ll be sure to have a great night in this little corner of Ireland that lies in the heart of Lisbon.
9 The Dubliner Irish Pub, Malta
Located in the picturesque St Julians Bay, The Dubliner boasts the best pint of Guinness on the island, and with views of Slimea Harbour, there’s nowhere better to watch the famous sunset over Gozo than grabbing a pint and taking a seat outside.
10 The Harp Bar, Paris, France
The Harp Bar was the place to be for Irish fans in Paris during Euro 2016, and if it’s live football and a great range of beer that you’re after, then look no further. A true Parisian hidden gem, you’re guaranteed a friendly welcome and an electric atmosphere for GAA, rugby and football, especially if Ireland or Celtic are playing.
11 The Irish Pub, Venice, Italy
Previously known as ‘The Fiddlers Elbow’, this Venice sports bar offers a variety of sports throughout the day. During 6 Nations season, the Irish Pub is the place to be as the atmosphere is immense, especially when Ireland take on Italy.
12 The Liffey, Stockholm, Sweden
Found in the popular Gamla Stan area of Stockholm, The Liffey is split over two floors. In the cellar bar you will find the perfect space for watching live sports, particularly rugby. This bar even sponsors a local rugby team, The Stockholm Exiles.
13 The Dubliner, Stockholm, Sweden
The Dubliner is Stockholm’s oldest Irish Pub. Relax in the beautiful setting with traditional dark wood furniture. Here you can find regular music sessions, similar to those of Temple Bar in Dublin itself.
14 Murphy’s Bar, Tarragona, Spain
Established in Salou in 1994, Murphy’s is a well-known Irish pub located on the bustling Calle del Penedes. This street has a vibrant nightlife, making Murphy’s an ideal place to start or end your night out.
15 The Donegal Irish Pub, Rome, Italy
If it’s great pizza and a pint of Guinness that you’re after then look no further – The Donegal has you sorted. The pub has been serving locals and Irish visitors to the city since 1985 and is a go-to for rugby regulars visiting the city.
16 Trinity College Irish Pub, Rome, Italy
Surprisingly, this popular Irish pub is not located in Dublin City Centre, but rather in the historic city of Rome. The building that houses the pub has even taken inspiration from the famous college itself, reconstructing some of the stunning details of Trinity within its design. An authentic mahogany interior will make you feel right at home, while the selection of beers, live sport and great food will make this a regular watering hole while you enjoy your travels around Rome.
17 Rocky O’Reilly’s, Prague, Czech Republic
Rocky O’Reilly’s is a great bar for live sport, with GAA, rugby and Premier League games always guaranteed to be on the big screen. The pub is also known as a great spot for a traditional Irish breakfast.
18 The James Joyce Irish Pub, Prague, Czech Republic
Less lively than Rocky O’Reilly’s, the James Joyce is a little bit of Ireland nestled in Prague’s Old Town. With a chilled-out and cosy atmosphere, the bar boasts one of the finest selections of Irish whiskey in the whole of Prague and can lay claim to the best pint of black stuff in the city.
19 The Golden Harp, Austria
A popular sports bar, The Golden Harp serves up a mix of popular Irish and Austrian dishes. This bar is a firm favourite for Irish expats and locals alike.
20 Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub, Austria
With live music, sport on the big screens and a regular pub quiz, Molly Darcy’s is a popular hangout for Irish and British expats living in Vienna. With Guinness, Kilkenny and O’Hara on tap, and the popular Irish ale stew, and Irish ham & colcannon, this really is a taste of Ireland right in the heart of Austria’s capital.
21 Shenanigan’s, Blackpool, United Kingdom
As the busiest Irish pub in Blackpool, Shenanigan’s is where you can find GAA, rugby and soccer fans during the weekend. Showing many of the games on large screens, you’ll not have to look too far to spend a fellow Irish man or woman in the crowd.
22 O’Neill’s, Cardiff, United Kingdom
A popular bar with rugby fans visiting Cardiff, you could almost kick a ball from the bar to the Millenium Stadium it’s that close. O’Neill’s is part of a chain of Irish pubs, and when it comes to 6 Nations games, especially when Ireland visit Wales, O’Neill’s is the place to be.
23 The Three Sisters, Edinburgh, Scotland
As Edinburgh’s very own ‘Little Ireland’, The Three Sisters is one of the most famous bars in the city and is located in the popular Cowgate area. The bar is named after the three MacKinnon sisters from the 1700s and is a popular hangout for large groups visiting Edinburgh, especially stag and hen parties.
24 Dropkick Murphy’s, Edinburgh, Scotland
Located in the popular Grassmarket area of the city, Dropkick Murphy’s is a great Irish pub, and the starting point for many a Grassmarket pub crawl. With intimate booths and a long open bar, there’s a space to suit all tastes in Dropkick Murphy’s.
25 O’Neill’s, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Synonymous with the Irish in Liverpool, O’Neill’s on Hanover Street has been the Irish pub of choice for visitors to Liverpool over the years. With a great selection of Irish drinks available, regular entertainment, live sport and great pub grub, O’Neill’s is a thriving Liverpool pub, especially during the weekend.
26 McCooleys, Liverpool, United Kingdom
McCooleys is an Irish sports bar which opened in 2016 and located in the vibrant Concert Square area of Liverpool. If you’re visiting the city with a large group, then this is the place to be. McCooleys beer garden is busy all year round, while the pool and football tables provide an area in which you can relax with your drinks.
27 Waxy O’Connor’s, London, United Kingdom
Located in London’s West End, Waxy’s comprises of four bars spread over six floors, with everything from a Gothic Church Bar to a Fairytale Tree Room. Founded by an Irishman, most of the contents in Waxy’s have been shipped directly from Ireland, including a 250-year-old Beech tree from the Midlands of Ireland.
28 The Auld Shillelagh, London, United Kingdom
This pub has previously picked up the Irish Times award for the most authentic Irish pub outside of Ireland, The Auld Shillelagh is a real hidden gem in London’s Stoke Newington District. The beer garden is a lively area during the summer months, and if you’re looking for somewhere to catch a game of Gaelic Football or Hurling while in London, then The Auld Shillelagh is just what you’re after.
29 The Shamrock, Manchester, United Kingdom
This popular old-school, traditional Irish pub is located on the outskirts of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Popular for live sporting events, many of Manchester’s Irish and GAA community go to The Shamrock to watch the latest GAA action.
30 O’Reilly’s, Brussels
Centrally located in the heart of Brussels, O’Reilly’s is just a few minutes’ walk from La Grand Place. This pub offers a warm welcome, good service and top-quality sporting coverage.
31 Matt Molloy’s, Westport, Ireland
Back to Ireland’s green shores for the second-last pub in our line up. Matt Molloys is world famous due to the success of its owner of the same name. Matt is one of Ireland’s most famous traditional Irish musicians and one of The Chieftains. This pub is renowned for its live music and upbeat atmosphere.
32 The Norseman, Dublin, Ireland
As the oldest pub in Temple Bar, The Norseman offers a generous selection of whiskey, local craft beer and great pints of Guinness. Frequently hosting live Irish music sessions, this pub draws in crowds from right around the globe.
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