It is a rare town or neighborhood in Ireland without a pub to call its “local.” A place to spend a few hours, see friends, hear the news, and have a pint at leisure, the public house binds a community together. Irish Pubs 2020 takes you to some of the most picturesque of these establishments to be found on the Emerald Isle. Sláinte!
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Pubs and places pictured in the 2020 edition include:
There is a place for you at Matt the Millers in Kilkenny. The Main Bar offers music and drink. The Tobacco Shop offers views of the River Nore, along with dinner. The Loft Bar and Restaurant has great food. The Cellar Bar is ideal for private parties. The Stage Bar is the place for music and dancing. Along with any version of Tullamore Dew you fancy, it’s good to know the bar was named Music Pub of the Year in 2017
The locals contend that the village of Adare in County Limerick is the prettiest in Ireland and the Chawke family has worked to apply that high standard to Aunty Lena’s, the bar and restaurant they established in 1806. Today the kitchen delivers traditional Irish fare and the bar offers a broad selection of craft beers and fine Irish whiskeys.
The accolades mount for the Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna. Voted the best gastro pub in County Clare in 2016, Lonely Planet named its craft brewery one of Ireland’s best in 2017, and the tavern was named County Clare’s Pub of the Year in 2018. The Curtain family has run the Roadside Tavern since 1893 and seems to have gotten the knack of it.
The Joseph McHugh Pub began serving patrons in Liscannor, County Clare in 1899. Mr. McHugh was a sporting enthusiast who kept greyhounds in the pub’s back yard, in addition to celebrating golf, football, and hurling. The Considine family purchased the pub in 2015 and not only refurbished the interior, but also added a wonderful outdoor beer garden behind the pub where the greyhounds once lounged, a sensible bet on the future of McHugh’s.
The wood-paneled walls of Dan Murphy’s Bar in the village of Sneem, County Clare display pictures of local people, some of whom may be sitting along with you at the bar. This is small, local institution where on good days the patrons spill outside to sit and enjoy the fine weather. To quote a bit of poetry, “Those days in our hearts we will cherish, contented although we were poor, and the songs that were sung in the days we were young, on the stone outside Dan Murphy’s door.”
On Parkgate Street in Dublin, Nancy Hands Bar can serve as a gustatory hub following your excursions to Phoenix Park, The Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery, the museum at Collin’s Barracks, or the Zoological Gardens. In addition to food and drink, the bar features Guinness advertising memorabilia, and a chance to climb the staircase from Trinity College on which Michael Caine trod in the film “Educating Rita.”
McNamara's Irish Arms is a small family run pub and restaurant in Lisdoonvarna. County Clare. This historic landmark building is owned by The McNamara Family who have run the bar for more than 25 years. They offering their guests excellent food and drink, but always, they say, provided with a personal touch.
Riney's Bar & Beer Garden in Sneem, County Kerry is a small pub in an historic building that offers a bustling beer garden in good weather. One customer reported, “Stopped in for lunch and a break while on the Ring of Kerry. Nice little pub that offered toasted sandwiches, soup, pizza, etc. Had a toasted sandwich and soup, both of which were home cooked and satisfying. Enjoyed a cold pint while having lunch.”
The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is one of Ireland’s oldest and longest traditional festivals. Every September it attracts singles from all over the world who are looking for love and a bit of ‘craic.’ One of the most obvious places to visit in September or any time of the year is the Matchmaker Bar that is part of the Imperial Hotel.
An historic bar dating back to 1789. In 1934 the O’Donoghues began running what has become a storied pub on Merrion Row in Dublin. O'Donoghue's Pub established the tradition of presenting Irish music nightly. This devotion to music has attracted many notable musicians and the pub was the place where the Irish folk group the Dubliners formed their band.
Established in 1620, Durty Nelly's pub in Bunratty stands in the shadow of Bunratty Castle in County Clare. The main bar features a stone floor and beamed ceilings, a fireplace and nightly sing-alongs. Durty Nelly is said to have been the toll-taker on the Owengarney Bridge. She also brewed a magical poteen in her secret still. Its curative powers attracted many who sought to cure their thirst, and thus it was that this bar came to serve Bunratty.
Twice named a Dining Pub of the Year, John Benny’s Pub can be found on the seafront in Dingle, County Kerry. It is not surprising that seafood is at the heart of John Benny’s menu. Along with good food, there is always good music, and especially traditional Irish songs. The bar features Tom Crean’s Premium Irish Lager, brewed in Dingle. After one or two, you may be inspired to pick up one of the songbooks in the bar and croon to the crowd.
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