Ireland’s first Michelin star pub, The Wild Honey Inn has reinvented the Irish pub food scene, providing a gastro experience you simply must explore when travelling through Clare. The pub also serves a great range of beers and spirits including some popular local craft favourites.
A previous winner of the best Gastro Pub in Clare, the Roadside Tavern was established in 1865 and in recent years has built up a great reputation for the food on offer, in particular highlighting the great produce in The Burren region of Clare. The bar is also famed for its live music sessions with famous faces including Christy Moore, The Fureys and Sharon Shannon entertaining the crowds in recent years. A regular stop for many travelling through Clare, be sure to pay the Roadside Tavern while visiting Lisdoonvarna.
Doolin is considered by many to be the traditional music capital of Ireland, and one place you simply must visit when exploring the stunning Clare coastline is Gus O’Connor’s. A regular stopping point for visitors to the nearby Cliffs of Moher and Burren Geopark, Gus O’Connor’s was established in 1832 and has been putting on great traditional music sessions ever since. Visitors departing from the nearby Doolin Pier to visit the Aran Islands will also call into Gus O’Connor’s, and if you’re staying in Doolin or the surrounding area, be sure to give yourself some time to experience a trad session in all its glory at Gus O’Connor’s. You won’t regret it!
Located a short walk from Lahinch Golf Club and Lahinch Beach, Flanagan’s Bar on Main Street is one of the livelier bars in this popular Clare seaside town. With live music across the year, and big screen TV’s for the latest sporting events, Flanagan’s is just what you need after a day at of hitting the waves in Lahinch. The seated beer garden provides an alternative surrounding at the weekend, while the bar also has a great reputation when it comes to pub grub, championing some of the finest local produce from the Clare coastline.
One of Clare’s oldest pubs, the Original Durty Nelly’s has been keeping visitors to Bunratty entertained for some 400 years and shows no sign of slowing down. Perfected located next to the stunning Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Durty Nelly’s is popular with tourists visiting the town of Bunratty, although it’s much more than a good location that the pub has to offer. A variety of bars and eating areas ensure you have something for every occasion, whether you’re travelling with a group, or looking for a quieter area to relax and reflect. You can even learn how to pull your own pint of Guinness, and with regular music sessions, Durty Nelly’s is a hit with visitors to South Clare throughout the year.
Nicknamed “the Skinny Dog”, you can expect to see all sorts of visitors at The Greyhound, with surfers, scuba divers, musicians, locals and visitors all regulars to the seaside bar. One of the most popular pubs in the town of Kilkee, The Greyhound originally opened its doors as a chemist and bar combo, although the chemist is no more. Live music sessions form part of the fabric of this popular bar, and with the beach just a short walk away, the pub has a relaxed vibe to it, much of this thanks to the local and international musicians that grace the premises. A must visit if you are travelling along the Loop Head Peninsula.
Named after former political leader Daniel O’Connell, Dan O’Connell’s is located on the busy Abbey Street, a short walk from the Daniel O’Connell Monument, and Clare Museum. A lively pub, Dan O’Connell’s has a great reputation locally for its live music sessions, and particular the trad sessions that make Ennis such a popular town with visitors. The pub is part of the Ennis Trad Trail, with Friday night in particular, worth getting along to if visiting Ennis. With food served every day and a great selection of local, national and international drink on offer, you can quickly find yourself spending the night enjoying the craic with the welcoming team at Dan O’Connell’s.
One of the oldest pubs in Ennis, Knox’s is stunning Gothic influenced bar located on Abbey Street. The traditional facade would have you thinking Knox’s is a typical Irish boozer, but this is far from the case, with the interior helping provide a picturesque surrounding for which to relax with a drink and something from the inviting food menu. If it’s food you’re after, the upstairs Storehouse Restaurants draws a crowd across the year, while downstairs in the bar you can enjoy regular entertainment including some of the finest trad sessions in Ennis. A short walk from Cusack Park, Knox’s is a popular pub come match day, with the Clare native, and visitors to the Banner County stopping by before and after the game.