Located just a short walk from the beach, McMunns is a popular bar in the seaside resort of Ballybunion, and a regular stopping point for groups surfing in the area, and also those visiting the famous Ballybunion Golf Club. You can expect a great selection of food and drink at McMunns, with West Kerry and indeed Ballybunion produce in particular showcased. The bar hosts regular live music sessions over the weekend, and whiskey fans can look forward to trying out the whiskey tasting menu on offer, with some of Ireland’s finest whiskies included the 12-year McMunns Special Reserve just waiting to be enjoyed.
Located in the popular 4-Star Scotts Hotel, Scotts Bar is a traditional pub with a contemporary twist. Scotts boasts the biggest beer garden in Killarney, with The Courtyard attracting plenty of visitors during the summer months, while regular music sessions ensure both locals and visitors alike can dance the night away. During the autumn and winter months, the pubs Snug area is particularly inviting, with many grabbing a table around the wood-burning stove, and enjoying a pint of stout and some great food.
A pub that needs little introduction for people who have visited Killarney, Murphy’s has been putting smiles on the faces of locals and visitors alike since opening its doors in 1955. The traditional pub has many of its original features with wooden beams, stone walls and vintage decor adding to the unique atmosphere this bar possesses. Murphy’s has built up a great reputation for music and food, with the adjoining Lord Kenmare Restaurant proving a hit with visitors across the year. If you’re looking for a bar with huge character, great food and drink, and a lively traditional music scene, then look no further than Murphy’s on College Street.
Listowel is a town with a great choice of traditional pubs to consider when visiting the area, with Listowel Races, in particular, drawing a crowd to the town. The highlight for many of the Listowel pub scene is John B Keane’s Pub, which is located on William Street in the town. A cosy bar, John B’s offers a wide range of entertainment across the year, including live music and pub theatre nights, and is one of the best bars to experience the fabulous Listowel Writers Week, which takes place in May / June every year. John B. Keane was himself a great literary figure, and the pub today is run by his son Billy. You can expect to find lots of John’s work on display at the bar, making it the perfect setting to relax and unwind, as you explore North Kerry.
One of the most popular spots to be during the famous Rose of Tralee Festival, Kirby’s Brogue Inn is an award-winning bar and restaurant that showcase the best in local produce and talent. From the food on the plate to the selection of Kerry craft beers, ciders, gin and whiskey on offer, and the talented local musicians, Kirby’s Brogue is well worth visiting as you travel around Tralee. With live music sessions across the week, you’re sure of a memorable trip.
The popular seaside village of Kenmare has a great selection of traditional Irish pubs to chose from, and one of the highlights of many visiting the area is P.F. McCarthy’s (PF’s to the locals). PF’s prides itself on its service, while the food menu is a hit with visitors across the year. One of Kenmare’s oldest pubs, PF’s has a built a reputation as one of the best spots to watch live music in Kenmare, so if you’re looking for a pint and a quality live music session when visiting Kenmare, look no further than PF’s.
Dingle is home to many famous pubs, and Dick Mack’s is up there with the very best of them and has welcomed famous faces from Ireland and further afield over the years. This family-owned pub has a real charm to it, with an array of handcrafted leather boots and belts on display paying homage to the owner’s father, a talented leather craftsman. The old photos, books and memorabilia that line the wall add to the ambience of dick Mack’s where you can enjoy regular live music sessions in an intimate venue. Outside, the bar is decorated with slabs showing the names of famous faces to have graced the bar, including the likes of Sean Connery and Julia Roberts.
One of the best bars to visit in Dingle for a traditional music session (some would even argue the best), O’Flaherty’s on Bridge Street is a historic pub with a wealth of memorabilia on Dingle and the surrounding area. While it’s the famed trad sessions that have put O’Flaherty’s on the map, the friendly atmosphere and views of the harbour make O’Flaherty’s a popular stopping point for many visiting the Dingle Peninsula.