Irish Pubs-Ireland

Almost every country in the world has an Irish pub filled with great craic, live music and friendly locals. However, Ireland is, of course, home to the first and most authentic Irish pubs. Keen to discover some of Ireland’s oldest pubs? Below is a list of pubs to visit when travelling through Ireland, some of them practically unchanged since the day they first opened, others adapted over time.

1 The Crown Liquor Salon, Belfast, County Antrim

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Located in a Grade A listed building owned by the National Trust, the Crown Liquor Salon is visually wonderful with bright coloured tiles and a red granite topped bar. Inside, the pub has carved mahogany booths that were traditionally for more reserved customers. The pub recently welcomed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their pre-wedding trip to Belfast.

The Europa Hotel is right across the road that has housed famous guests like Bill and Hillary Clinton. Find the latest hotel deals in Belfast and discover more of the city’s historic gems.

2 Brazen Head, Dublin, County Dublin

The Brazen is supposedly the oldest pub in Dublin. Seeped in culture, famous past patrons include the likes of James Joyce, Daniel O’Connell and Michael Collins, to name a few. These days you may also spy a famous face; Van Morrison and Garth Brooks were recently spotted in the bar.

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3 Sean’s Bar, Athlone, County Westmeath

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Don’t let the modern exterior fool you; Sean’s is reputed to be the oldest pub in Ireland. Dating back to 900AD, this bar and tourist attraction is a must-visit when travelling through Ireland. Take a look at our piece on 8 Reasons to Visit Athlone for some more inspiration for a trip to this beautiful part of the country.

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4 The Mutton Lane Inn, Cork, County Cork

One of the oldest pubs in the city, the Mutton Lane Inn is part of the Cork Heritage Pub Trail. This charming traditional pub is located on Mutton Lane (unsurprisingly!) and is a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre and enjoy a tipple of your choice.

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5 Grace Neill’s, Donaghadee, County Down

Opened in 1611, Grace Neill’s was originally named The King’s Arms but changed its name in 1842 when it was given to Grace as a wedding gift. Grace was famed for being a vibrant and friendly character who liked to greet her customers with a hug and a kiss on the cheek. Expect a similarly warm welcome today.

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6 E.J. Morrissey’s, Abbeyleix, County Laois

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E.J. Morrissey’s pub is filled with little hints of its greengrocer past. Look out for old-fashioned artefacts like sweet tins and copper measuring jugs. To add to the atmosphere, the staff all wear white shop coats.

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7 McHugh’s, Belfast, County Antrim

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Not only is this the oldest bar in Belfast, it is also one of the oldest buildings in the city. Open fires and live music throughout the week make this one of the busiest bars in the city centre. Have a look at our 25 Reasons to Consider a Trip to Belfast for an insight into the city.

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8 Kyteler’s Inn, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

This pub in the heart of Kilkenny dates back to 1324. Extremely proud of its roots, Kyteler’s Inn delivers traditional Irish food and local beers to Kilkenny locals and tourists alike. For more information on this popular destination, take a look at our article detailing 48 Hours in Kilkenny.

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9 Toners, Dublin, County Dublin

Toners is one of the most traditional bars in Dublin with deep literary roots. The snug venue is said to be the only place W.B. Yeats would frequent for a tipple. Some say Toners offers the best pint of Guinness in Dublin – a very high acclaim!

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10 The Crosskeys Inn, Ardnaglass, County Antrim

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Ireland’s oldest thatched bar, established in 1654, acts as a time machine, transporting you to a more traditional time. The uneven walls are filled with pictures of past patrons, musicians and newspaper clippings of the bar’s history.

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11 The Kings Head, Galway, County Galway

This pub in vibrant Galway has a history dating back around 800 years. Although many pubs in Ireland hold the name ‘The Kings Head’, Galway’s is said to be the original, as part of the property was given to the executioner of Charles I.

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12 McCarthy’s, Fethard, County Tipperary

McCarthy’s prides itself on being barely unchanged since it was established in the 1850s. Rich with tradition, it has been run by the same family since its beginning. McCarthy’s features on many Irish bucket lists of pubs because of its great history and lively atmosphere. Many famous characters like Eamon De Valera and Michael Collins have enjoyed a drink here.

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13 Reddy’s, Carlow, County Carlow

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This family-owned business is Carlow’s oldest pub and is famed for always offering a warm welcome. It’s a great place to eat, watch sports and, of course, sample a pint. Our Guide to Carlow should give you inspiration for what else to do while in Ireland’s second smallest county.

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14 J.J. Hough’s Pub, Banagher, County Offaly

Affectionately called ‘The Singing Pub‘, this charming bar is over 250 years old. The building itself is soothingly dark inside which is contrasted by the jovial owner, Michael Hough, who guarantees a warm welcome. The daily music sessions draw tourists from all over the world looking to experience an authentic Irish pub.

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15 Anderson’s Thatch Pub, Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim

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Established in 1734, Gene Anderson’s Traditional Thatched Cottage Pub is filled with country charm. Located on the very outskirts of Carrick-on-Shannon, this traditional pub features amazing antiques, fantastic service and an atmosphere unrivalled by modern bars.

If you are planning to visit Carrick-on-Shannon this summer have a look at our 48 Hour Guide and find the best hotel deals in Carrick-On-Shannon.

Discover even more Irish Pubs on the Irish Pubs Around the World section of our website.

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