Kavanagh’s of Portlaoise is a friendly and popular pub that regularly hosts live music and other events. The pub is more modern compared to County Laois’s older pubs but what it lacks in history it more than makes up for with its extensive bar, including a cocktail menu and a wide beer selection.
Established in 1780, Treaceys Bar is as old as Irish pubs go. The thatched exterior makes it automatically welcoming and once inside there is a similar warm and traditional feel. The name Treaceys dates back to the late 1700s, with the seventh and eighth generations of the family now running the pub. The pub is seen as a heritage pub and boasts an impressive food menu. Enjoy your lunch or dinner with a pint of Guinness or any one of the long list of drinks sold behind the bar.
Fisherman’s Thatched Inn is loved by locals and those visiting from afar. The quaint and cosy pub has a well-stocked bar and a lively traditional music scene that is enjoyed throughout the year. The pub’s exterior is extremely photogenic and makes for a great resting place when travelling through this part of Ireland.
E.J. Morrissey’s has made a name for itself having been previously mentioned on The Guardian’s Top 10 Traditional Pubs in Ireland. The pub is cosy and everything you would expect of a traditional Irish pub. E.J. Morrissey’s is conveniently located on the main Dublin to Cork road, making it a popular stopping place. The pub’s walls are lined with old memorabilia and there is live traditional music playing regularly. Morrissey’s also have a pub in Abbeyleix in Laois.
Bob’s bar is renowned for its friendly and cosy atmosphere and is typical of a traditional Irish pub. The pub started as a thatched house, run by the Cashin family up until 2003 under the name “Martie’s Bar”. Marian and Bob Campion took over the running of the pub and eventually renamed it “Bob’s Bar”. The pub retains its historic charm and even has a museum dedicated to the pub’s history. It is also known to serve a very fine GUINNESS!