This two-floor city centre bar opened in 1922 and continues to attract big crowds, including both locals and tourists. The friendly staff and selection of food have made it a popular bar for food, especially during the day, while the live music sessions across both floors have made it one of the go-to bars in Derry City. With many original features still maintained, and a great selection of local and international beers, be sure to add The Grand Central to your list of bars to visit when staying in Derry City.
Located in the popular Ebrington Square area of Derry City, the Walled City Brewery is a restaurant and brewhouse bringing visitors a true taste of Derry. A unique building, the Walled City Brewery has built a great reputation for food of late, while the range of craft beers brewed on site keep visitors and locals coming back to the brewhouse time and time again. A short walk from the Peace Bridge and the River Foyle, the Walled City Brewery is a must visit for those of you planning to explore the Walled City of Derry on foot. In 2017, the Walled City Brewery was voted the Best Gastro Pub in Ireland at the annual Irish Restaurant Awards.
The award-winning Peadar O’Donnell’s is considered by many to be the finest bar in Derry City. A traditional Irish pub in the heart of the city, Peadar’s as it’s known to the locals has music sessions seven days a week and lays claim to the finest pint of stout in Derry. The premises have three different areas – Peadar O’Donnell’s, Gweedore Bar and Gweedore Upstairs. With impromptu music sessions a regular occurrence, you can easily find yourself spending the day in Peadar’s, with the ‘craic’ keeping many in the bar. Sunday, in particular, is a popular day at Peadar’s, although you’re sure to find many visitors to the city enjoying the lively atmosphere of Peadar’s across the weekend.
A popular bar for those commuting from Coleraine to Belfast via train thanks to its location, if you’re planning a day trip from Belfast to Coleraine and the North Coast, this could very well be the first pub you visit. If you’re travelling by car the Railway Arms is a short distance from the popular tourist sites of Dunluce Castle and the Giants Causeway in Antrim, while Mussenden Temple and Downhill Strand in Derry are also a short drive away. For golfers visiting the area to test their game on nearby Portstewart Golf Club and Royal Portrush, the Railway Arms can be a great escape from the busier coastal towns. A popular student town, you can expect to find regular music sessions at the Railway Arms.
Located along Portstewart’s promenade, The Anchor Complex is the town’s most popular bar, with locals and tourists flocking over the weekend. The Anchorage Bistro which forms part of the complex is a regular eating venue for those visiting Portstewart and indeed Portrush for a golfing holiday. The main Anchor Bar was first opened in 1898, and while it has been renovated in recent years to have a more modern look and feel, the Victorian fireplace and wooden features help create a homely and welcoming atmosphere. With regular music events, and an adjoining nightclub (Aura Nightclub), there is something for everyone, whether you’re looking a quiet pint by the fire or something livelier.
Located about 25 minutes from Downhill Strand and Mussenden Temple, Franks Owens’ Bar is a popular Limavady pub that forms part of Northern Ireland’s ultimate pub crawl – the Doors of Thrones. One of 10 Northern Ireland pubs to have a Game of Thrones themed door (made from the wood from a fallen tree along the famous Dark Hedges in Antrim), Frank Owens’s Bar is one of the most famous pubs in Derry and a must see when visiting the area. The bar holds regular music sessions and a good reputation for the food and drink on offer. It’s also famed for some of the locals who add real character to the premises.
At 946 feet above sea level, The Ponderosa Bar on the Glenshane Pass is the highest pub in Northern Ireland, and indeed the highest pub on the island of Ireland, just pipping Johnnie Fox’s in County Wicklow. Located on the main Belfast to Derry road, the bar is a regular stopping point for many travelling to and from the Walled City of Derry, with wonderful views of the Sperrin Mountains. Established in 1858, the pub has gone through some renovations of late and is a great place to stop by on your way to Belfast or Derry. Indeed, the drive along the Glenshane Pass provides some of the best views on a Northern Ireland driving route. So, relax and enjoy a drink in Ireland’s highest bar, and some food showcasing the finest of Derry’s local food producers. The bar also welcomes live musicians across the weekend, should you plan to extend your stay.