This picturesque thatched bar in the seaside resort of Downings should be on anyone’s list of bars to visit when travelling through Donegal, and along the Wild Atlantic Way. Downings is a scenic village in the west of Donegal and The Singing Pub has a real warmth and charm to it, making it a popular stopping point for many. Music sessions are part of the fabric (as you’d expect with a name like ‘The Singing Pub’), while the great local produce and selection of drink available will ensure you leave with more than a smile.
A short walk from both the coast and Bundoran Golf Club, Maddens Bridge Bar is particularly popular with golfers and surfers who have escaped to southwest Donegal for a break. The family-run pub has a traditional look and feel, with plenty of wood and memorabilia helping to create a warm ambience. Maddens has a great reputation for food, and with live music sessions, including popular acoustic sets, this is a great venue to relax with a drink after a day exploring the Donegal coastline.
Located in the shadow of Donegal Castle, The Olde Castle Bar is an instantly recognisable bar in the centre of this historic town. The old stone facade has made it a landmark building in the town, while numerous awards have put it on the Donegal food map, making it a must visit for foodie fans when exploring Donegal Town. With a great selection of whiskey and beer, including their own Red Hugh Brew, you’re sure of a warm welcome in The Olde Castle Bar.
While there are several popular pubs to consider visiting in the town of Buncrana, O’Flaherty’s on Main Street is a hit with many locals and visitors, with live music and various quiz nights providing plenty of variety. Be sure to pop in for a drink and some grub when visiting Buncrana, or the Inishowen Peninsula.
If you’re planning a trip to Letterkenny and looking for a live music venue then look no further than the trad sessions at McGinely’s Bar. Located on Lower Main Street, McGinley’s is one of Letterkenny’s oldest music venues, with the Wednesday night traditional music session in particular worth getting along to. If you’re planning a trip to Letterkenny over the weekend, don’t fret, as the bar has live music across the weekend, along with a great selection of local and international drinks to enjoy.
Letterkenny’s oldest pub, The Central Bar maintains the traditional features that have made it a hit with locals and visitors to Letterkenny since 1808. The roaring fire and regular trad sessions are a hit with visitors to the pub, while during the summer months, the pub’s beer garden is the place to be. With a great range of local craft beers to chose from, and a selection of big screens to watch the latest sport, The Central Bar is particularly busy across the weekend. The adjoining No. 58 nightclub is a hit with many hen and stag parties who visit Letterkenny for the weekend.
Located in the 4-star Clanree Hotel, McGettigan’s is one of the newest pubs in Donegal and owned by the same family that runs the famous McGettigan’s Irish Pub in Dubai. With regular promos, live sports and live music, McGettigan’s is one of the busiest bars in Letterkenny, particularly come the weekend. With a wonderfully modern interior, McGettigan’s is a must visit when exploring Letterkenny.
It’s not every day you can enjoy a drink in Ireland’s most northerly pub, but that’s what lies in wait in Farren’s Bar at Malin Head. Established in 1825, Farren’s has become a key stopping point for many visiting Ireland’s most northern point at Malin Head. Expect to find plenty of Star Wars memorabilia in the bar, while you can also enjoy a personalised pint of Guinness. With a good selection of pub grub, you can expect a warm welcome from the family-run pub (now in its 6th generation of Farren’s).