Named after its owner Matt Molloy, a newer member of The Chieftains, one of Ireland’s most famous Irish traditional groups, Matt Molloy’s is one of Westport’s most famous pubs, and a must see when visiting the popular Mayo town. It is no surprise to hear that the pub is renowned for its traditional music, with The Chieftains occasionally making a special appearance.
The pub attracts visitors from around the world, as well as locals keen to soak up the terrific music and atmosphere. If you’re planning on spending the night at Matt Molloy’s, you best arrive early to try and grab a seat. Whether you’re sitting or standing, you’re sure to be in for a great night.
Having won several awards for its hospitality and food and with views across Clew Bay, Cronin’s Sheeban is a great find along Ireland’s west coast. The thatched cottage exterior, cosy interior and the owner’s passion for local and good quality food all make for a winning combination.
Grainne Uaile is a great find for tourists on their way to Achill or Clare Islands which lie overhead, or for cyclists taking the Greenway which goes through the pub’s home of Newport. The award-winning pub is interestingly named after the pirate queen “Grainne Uaile”, one of Ireland’s most famous women.
The quaint and homely Irish House Bar is a perfect place to stop for food and a few pints. The pub also has a pool table and sport playing regularly on a wide screen. The building was first opened as a draper store in 1893 then transitioned into a pub in 1992; thankfully taking the charm and history of the original building with it.
A lively local pub, T Breathnachs’ friendly owners and staff are what really make it special. During the GAA season, the pub is packed with locals dressed in county colours and watching matches on the big screen. Pop in to soak up the atmosphere as you sink a drink or two with the friendly locals. You can be sure of a mean pint of stout!
Established In 1797, Mellet’s Emporium is somewhat of an institution with six generations of Mellet’s running the business since it opened. The pub has unsurprisingly many heirlooms and antiques, including old beer dispensing pumps that continue to grace the pub and add to its charm. With a traditional look and feel both inside and out, Mellet’s continues to put a smile on the Mayo native’s over 200 years since first opening its doors.
A friendly local bar, Guiry’s is renowned for serving a great pint of Guinness and is a good stop off point for fishers at nearby River Moy, one of the most well-known salmon rivers across Europe. The quaint pub is loved by locals and visitors alike.
Popular with locals, Brennan’s Lane has everything from steak nights, gigs and live sport on widescreen TVs. There is often something going on in the pub and if it is great pub grub you’re after then you need not look any further. A modern Irish pub, you can expect a friendly welcome when visiting Brennan’s Lane.
Crockett’s on the Quay has been applauded over the years for its good food and atmosphere, and in recent years it has continued to impress despite a change of management. Sat overlooking the River Moy, the pub offers fantastic views and a restful place to enjoy delicious food along with a few drinks. A must visit when holidaying in Ballina.
With a strong presence of local live music, a “Cocktail of the Week” and popular football fixtures shown, The Broken Jug draws in the crowds at the weekend.