25 Great Pubs in Ireland to enjoy a pint in this Paddy’s Day
Come Saint Patrick’s Day, there is nowhere quite like a traditional Irish pub to celebrate in. In Ireland, we are obviously coming down with them. From Galway to Cork, Westport to Belfast, you won’t be hard tasked to find a cosy and inviting pub to celebrate March 17th in. Many people right across the world celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with friends and family. This year why not celebrate in a traditional Irish pub with a pint of the black stuff and enjoy a few days away? Find below a list of 25 pubs to choose from across Ireland this Saint Patrick’s Day.
1 Matt Molloy’s, Westport
This traditional Irish pub is named after its owner Matt Molloy. Matt is a member of one of Ireland’s most famous traditional Irish music groups, The Chieftains. Renowned for its live music and upbeat atmosphere, this Westport pub attracts visitors from right across the world. You can be guaranteed a great pint and good craic here this Saint Patrick’s Day. See 10 more great reasons to visit Westport this Spring.
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2 The Irish House bar, Castlebar
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.
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3 The Fiddlestone Bar, Belleek
Immediately recognisable for its pottery, the County Fermanagh town of Belleek has a great selection of pubs and cafes for visitors. One of the most popular pubs in the town is The Fiddlestone Bar on Main Street. The Fiddlestone has built up a reputation for its live music sessions. Whilst you’re there, you could explore the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre, which runs guided tours daily.
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4 Red Neds, Armagh City
This almost 200-year-old bar has plenty to offer visitors. You will find a warm and friendly atmosphere with screenings of the top sports games showing daily. You can easily whittle away a few hours in Red Ned’s of Armagh. Popular for its live music session every Friday, you can be sure of a lively crowd and lively music session come March 17th.
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5 Johnnie Fox’s Pub, Glencullen
Johnnie Fox’s Pub is famed as one of Ireland’s highest pubs. Here you will find traditional music, award-winning food and dancing. The pub is located at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains. When visiting, be sure to take a walk around the nearby Powerscourt Estate. Powerscourt is one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland and was named as one of the most romantic locations in Ireland that everyone should visit.
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6 Duke of York, Belfast
Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter has an array of lively pubs well worth a visit. It will be hard to pass the Duke of York without stepping in. From the outside, the pub beams tradition with a quaint cobbled street and red benches. Inside, you can enjoy the intimate atmosphere where you will be sure to pick up a traditional music session. Make sure to sample a selection of their vast Irish Whiskey collection.
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7 PJ O’Hare’s, Carlingford
The County Louth town of Carlingford is a popular destination for Saint Patrick’s Day. Here you can enjoy the spacious beer garden of PJ O’Hare’s where you will find an impressive selection of beer and cider. Come night time, a line up of live music kicks in attracting large crowds and party goers.
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8 The West End Bar, Cootehill
If you are on the lookout for a lively spot with a wide selection of drinks, The West End Bar in Cootehill is an ideal location. The pub is known locally for its great selection of beers, whiskey, cider and wine menu. It is well worth a visit if you are planning a trip to Cavan this Saint Patrick’s Day.
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9 Peadar O’Donnell’s, Derry CITY
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. This pub 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.
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10 Ollie Hayes Pub, Moneygall
You might recognise the name of Ollie Hayes Pub in Moneygall. This bar hit the headlines when Barack and Michelle Obama visited in 2011. The family-run pub famously served pints of Guinness to the then-President of the United States and the First Lady. Owned by the Hayes family since the 1930s, this pub has become increasingly popular since the Obamas’ visit. A perfect spot to celebrate with any Irish-American relations this Saint Patrick’s Day!
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11 Kirby’s Brogue Inn, Tralee
Kirby’s Brogue Inn is frequented by the Roses and their entourages during the famous Rose of Tralee Festival each August. An award-winning bar and restaurant, it showcases the best in local produce and talent. This is the perfect pub to enjoy a selection of Kerry craft beers, ciders, gin, and whiskey whilst in the area. The pub attracts talented local musicians, with impromptu live music sessions across the week.
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12 The Crown Bar, Belfast
Dating back to 1826, the Crown Bar is a National Trust-owned property with an exquisite décor both inside and out. Enjoy a whiskey or pint whilst mingling with locals and tourists. Many people come here to visit one of Ireland’s most beautiful pubs.
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13 Hole in the Wall, Kilkenny City
This restored 16th-Century tavern is said to be housed in the oldest surviving townhouse in Ireland. Find a quiet nook to curl up with a book or get an in-depth catch up with a friend. In the Archer Room upstairs you can find a live music session. Because of its fantastic history, tours of the whole building are available on evenings and at the weekend.
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14 Carpe Diem, Carlow
Carpe Diem was named as Carlow’s best-licensed premises in 2016. It is a pleasant pub with open fires and a rooftop beer garden. The pub can get busy at the weekends when a great schedule of live music is put on and locals pack into the pub.
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15 The Front Door (Sonny Molloy’s), Galway City
If you fancy a nightclub vibe for your Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, the historic Front Door pub in Galway City comes alive at night. This is a sure location for enjoying a pint and if you fancy something a little less noisy, head into one of the quieter nooks and crannies as there are five bars to choose from.
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16 Lily Finnegan’s, Carlingford
Tucked away along an old country lane, 5 kilometres outside of Carlingford village, Lily Finnegan’s is well worth the visit. This small and cosy pub serves up a great pint of Guinness. Pay a visit this Saint Patrick’s Day and enjoy a pint by the wide-open fire with live traditional music sessions in full swing.
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17 McDonnell’s Bar, Newbridge
If the sun is shining this Saint Patrick’s Day, head to McDonnell’s Bar in Newbridge. Here you might find one of their popular barbeques in the open beer garden. A lively, family-run pub, you can watch sport on the big screen. Cocktail fans can enjoy the dedicated cocktail bar out the back.
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18 Tomney’s, Moy
Tomney’s is one of the oldest pubs in Northern Ireland, dating back to 1765. This County Tyrone pub has built up a great reputation for food, a warm welcome and a cosy corner to sip over a pint with friends. A former winner of the best bar in Tyrone, Tomney’s of Moy has served customers well for over 300 years.
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19 Treaceys Bar, Portlaoise
A great spot for a group snap, Treaceys Bar is one of the few Irish pubs with a thatched exterior still intact. This pub’s warm and welcoming feel extends inside. Now the seventh and eighth generations of the Treacey family run the pub and have spent that time perfecting the ultimate pint of Guinness.
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20 The Maghera Inn
Nestled in the middle of the stunning Mourne countryside, this award-winning bar and restaurant is famed for its top-quality steaks. The cosy surroundings will make you relax and feel at ease whilst soaking up the gentle vibes from the regular acoustic music gigs.
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21 The Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna
Awarded Ireland’s first Michelin-star pub, The Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna provides a gastro experience you will remember. The pub also serves a great range of beers and spirits including some popular local craft favourites. This is the perfect hangout if you’re looking for some downtime over Saint Patrick’s Day and a good pub to enjoy a few pints. The area of Lisdoonvarna is also a treat for all the senses with its pretty countryside and quaint town.
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22 The Franciscan Well, Cork City
The Franciscan Well is a brewery pub at the famous Franciscan Well craft brewery in Cork City. Choose from a range of house lagers, ales and stouts on tap with an opportunity to sample all the house brands. The bar serves food seven days a week, with traditional sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday, and a jazz session every Sunday. You can be guaranteed of a lively afternoon here this Saint Patrick’s Day.
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23 Farren’s Bar, Malin Head
Established in 1825, Farren’s has been a popular stop for visitors to Ireland’s most northern point, Malin Head. A quirky pub with plenty of Star Wars memorabilia, here you can also enjoy a personalised pint of Guinness. With a good selection of pub grub, you can expect a warm welcome from the family-run pub now in its sixth generation.
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24 The Brazen Head, Dublin City Centre
This Dublin City pub has welcomed many a popular guest with locals suggesting that James Joyce, Daniel O’Connell and Michael Collins used to drink here. The pub has attracted many famous musicians with Van Morrison and Garth Brooks having been spotted enjoying a drink. You can find Dublin’s Christchurch Cathedral and the Guinness Store House nearby. This is a great place to spend Saint Patrick’s Day whilst visiting popular Dublin landmarks.
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25 James Griffin Pub, Trim
The oldest standing pub in Meath is the sure place to hear a story or two about Saint Patrick’s Days gone by. Opened in 1904, the pub has since been renovated; however, the traditional charm has remained intact. Hosting frequent whiskey tasting sessions, the bar staff will be able to match a drink to your specific tastes. Trim Castle is just a short journey and ideal for a day of exploration. Named recently in our eight Irish locations made famous by movies article, find out more about Ireland’s hidden big screen locations.
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