Maginn’s Bar, Castlewellan

Established in 1919, Maginn’s Bar and Restaurant in Castlewellan is a third-generation family run pub. Having undergone renovations in 2007, the premises have several bar areas including a split-level main bar and a more intimate public bar. With the wood-burning stove regularly roaring, the bar has earned a great reputation locally for its food, while regular entertainment ensures it’s one of the more popular bars in the area come the weekend. A regular stopping point for visitors exploring the nearby Castlewellan Forest Park, the pub is rather deceiving from the exterior and boasts five bars across four levels.

Maginns Bar, 9-11 Main St, Castlewellan BT31 9DF

O’Hare’s Bar, Newcastle

Lying at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, and with the Irish Sea and Newcastle’s picaresque promenade to the front of the bar, very few pubs in Down can rival the views and surroundings of O’Hare’s. With its sister venue Hugh McCann’s which is located upstairs serving food and showcasing great local produce, O’Hare’s and Hugh McCann’s have become one of several famous bars in the seaside town of Newcastle.

With a selection of beer gardens with views of the Mourne Mountains, regular music sessions, a games room and a great selection of beer, whiskey, gin and cider, be sure to visit O’Hare’s as you travel the stunning Mourne Coastal Route.

O'Hare's, 121 Central Promenade, Newcastle BT33 0EU

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Grace Neill’s, Donaghadee

Established in 1611, Grace Neill’s is one of the oldest pubs in Ireland and Northern Ireland’s oldest pub. Originally called The Kings Arms, the bar is named after a long-term patron name Grace Neill who died in 1918. It’s even said that her ghost is still present in the bar today. With a reputation for great food, Grace Neill’s is a short walk from Donaghadee Harbour and boasts a snug, lounge area, beer garden and bistro.

With regular live music sessions including the popular Sunday acoustic session, as well as the regular Thursday night quiz, there’s plenty of reasons to visit this historic pub. With smugglers, pirates and sailors all regular visitors to ‘Gracies’ over the years, you’ll be in great company when stopping by for a drink.

Grace Neills, 33 High St, Donaghadee BT21 0AH

The Maghera Inn

This award-winning bar and restaurant is nestled in the middle of the Mourne countryside between Castlewellan and Newcastle. Famed for its food (the steaks, in particular, are worth trying), the intimate surroundings have made the Maghera Inn a firm favourite with visitors to this part of Down. The weekend sees regular acoustic music gigs, while the selection of local craft beers and ciders ensures you have plenty of choice when visiting the bar.

Maghera Inn, 86 Ballyloughlin Rd, Castlewellan BT31 9HE

The Bank, Newry

Less than an hour from Dublin, the border city of Newry is a popular shopping destination, while visitors to the area can also explore the great outdoors by visiting Slieve Gullion Forest. Whether it’s been a day of the shops or a day exploring Gullion on foot, the best place to relax is one of Newry’s man bars, and top of the list for many locals, and visitors to the city The Bank.

Boasting a bar, bistro, nightclub and rooftop bar, the modern surroundings of the converted bank (from which the bar gets its name) also boast the biggest beer garden in the city. If you’re looking for a pub to catch the latest sports action while visiting Newry then look no further than The Bank. The bar also boasts a great range of gin and cocktails.

The Bank, 1-2 Trevor Hill, Newry BT34 1DN

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The Plough, Hillsborough

Located about 20 minutes from Belfast, and opposite the picturesque Hillsborough Castle, The Plough Inn building dates to 1758 making it one of the oldest in the area. The bar has been transformed in recent years and now boasts a bistro and adjoining premises called The Vintage Room, further adding to its appeal. With a great reputation for food, the Plough Inn holds regular events and plays a big part in the annual Hillsborough Oyster Festival. Overlooking Hillsborough Forest and Lake, the Plough Inn is one of

Overlooking Hillsborough Forest and Lake, the Plough Inn is one of several bars to visit when in Hillsborough, with many of them having earned a great reputation for food. Whether you’re travelling alone, with family or with a large group, you’ll find something to suit your tastes at the Plough Inn. The premises boast both intimate areas for a nice drink and more open plan surroundings should you want to experience a cocktail or two.

The Plough, 3 The Square, Hillsborough BT26 6AG

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