A modern Irish pub in the town of Ballyconnell, The Anglers Rest has stone and wooden features that really help to the ambience and atmosphere that the bar has managed to create in recent years. This has made it a popular hangout for many couples and families who are seeking a drink or bite to eat, with the steaks, in particular, a hit with many. With regular entertainment including the popular trad sessions, and local craft beers on offer, The Anglers Rest is up there with the very best pubs in Cavan, and one to add to your list when exploring this part of Ireland. The pub has also built a reputation for great customer service and attracts lots of visitors from the nearby Slieve Russell hotel.
A popular sports bar (indeed, they claim to be Cavan’s number one rugby and sports bar), McCauls was established in 1961 in Cavan Town and is a real heartbeat of the town, with many locals viewing the pubs as a second home down the years. You can be sure of a warm welcome at McCauls, and plenty of chat at the bar on the latest goings on in the world of GAA, rugby, soccer and horse-racing. With a classic dark wood interior, McCauls is everything you would expect from a traditional Irish pub and has managed to maintain this intimate look despite some upgrades in recent times. McCauls boasts a large beer garden with regular BBQs during the summer months proving a big draw for locals and visitors alike. Live music sessions ensure McCauls is one of Cavan’s busiest pubs at weekends.
Located close to Virginia Golf Club, and only a short drive from Lough Ramor, Lisgrey House Bar & Lounge is a popular pub for families, with the restaurant, in particular, proving a hit with groups that visit. Opened in 1979, Lisgrey House welcomes visitors from all over Ireland, and recent years have seen extensions to include a new pool table area, and a large car park to enable you to leave the car behind as you explore the surrounding area after a bite to eat.
A short drive from Lough Oughter and the Killykeen Forest, and located along the main Cavan to Dublin road, The Orchard Bar is a popular stopping point for many travelling to Cavan from Dublin. With regular meal deals and drinks specials during live sporting events, The Orchard Bar tends to be busy during weekends in particular. With a pool room and extended smoking area adding to the footprint of the building, The Orchard is a spacious pub with which to relax with a drink and some food with friends and family. The Sunday evening country and music session is a big hit with the locals and worth a trip if you’re visiting Cavan for a weekend.
Located in the idyllic village of Crossdoney and just 10-minutes from Cavan Town, the stone-clad Shantully Inn has been serving Cavan natives since 1968 and has a bar, lounge, function room, restaurant and B&B. The open fire in the public bar makes Shantully a welcoming pub across the year and helps create a homely atmosphere, perfect for a pint of stout or a local craft beer. The bar and lounge area have regular music sessions while the competition around the pool table can sometimes become fierce. The restaurant serves food seven days a week, so Shantully Inn has plenty to offer visitors in the area.
If it’s a great country music session that you are after then look no further than the West End Bar in Cootehill. The bar brings regular live music events across the week to the people of Cootehill, and the atmosphere of the West End Bar is something that keeps visitors coming back again and again. With a good selection of beers, whiskey and cider, and busy dancefloors, the West End is sure to deliver a good night for all who stop by. Well worth a visit if you are planning a trip to Cavan.