There’s some class pubs in Wexford Town… especially if you’re partial to a traditional-style bars!
With miles of beaches and some gorgeous landscapes, there’s heaps of reasons to spend time in the great outdoors when visiting County Wexford.
However, Wexford Town isn’t short of allure itself, and much that begins with its cracking collection of pubs! Discover the best of the bunch below!
Our favourite pubs in Wexford Town
The first section of this guide is packed with what we think are the best pubs Wexford has to offer.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from the Sky & The Ground and Mary’s to Lambert & Sons and more.
1. The Sky & The Ground
With a lovely wood-panelled interior and loads of room outside in their excellent beer garden, there’s plenty of craic to be had at The Sky & The Ground. Formerly painted bright red from the outside, the pub underwent a facelift a couple of years ago and is just as striking in its new teal exterior.
Though no matter how conspicuous The Sky & The Ground is from the outside, inside the warm welcome is always the same. Whether it’s a few pints, a solid feed or some deadly live music you’re after, this lively spot at the southern end of Main St will have you covered.
2. Mary’s Bar
Some pubs don’t need an ostentatious exterior or pumping music to get punters in. In fact, that’s the very thing that sets Mary’s Bar apart from the competition!
This snug little spot on John’s Gate St hasn’t changed a whole lot since it was first built way back in 1775 and it intends to keep things that way.
With its unpretentious wooden exterior and old-world signage, Mary’s Bar is a sort of ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ place from the outside but this snug little spot is a great example of Irish bars at their best. This is widely regarded as one of the best pubs in Wexford Town for good reason.
3. Thomas Moore Tavern
The Thomas Moore Tavern boldly claims to have the best pub food in Wexford Town, so I guess there’s only one way to find out!
Located on Cornmarket as it bends around and turns into Main St, The Thomas More Tavern actually does a whole lot more than just bar food and rolls out an extensive menu of mouthwatering mains, including 28-day matured steaks and pan-fried cod fillets.
But if you’re just here for music and craic, then you’re in good hands too. With plenty of beers to choose from, head down on a Tuesday for their excellent weekly trad sessions.
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4. Simon Lambert & Sons
Another fine spot for food, this gastropub is an award-winner and was voted pub of the year in Co. Wexford in 2017. And with so many strings to their bow, it’s no surprise that Simon Lambert & Sons is held in such high regard.
A brewery, smokehouse and live music venue all in one, whatever you’re in the mood for, this place will take care of it!
Located on the corner of Main St and Henrietta St, Simon Lambert & Sons has been around since the first half of the 19th-century and has a rich history in Wexford. But in the 21st century, who’d say no to pints and award-winning BBQ food?
5. T Morris
After announcing that it would be closing in 2020, T Morris is was saved by new ownership and is now arguably one of the most traditional looking pubs in Wexford Town!
And while it might also be one Wexford’s better live music pubs, the real secret to T Morris’s appeal lies in its superb beer garden.
You’d never know it from the street, but their leafy sheltered beer garden is one of the best spots in the city for a pint so definitely try and get here for a beer in the summer.
Other Wexford Town pubs with rave reviews online
Now that we have our favourite pubs in Wexford Town out of the way, it’s time to see what else the town has to offer.
Below, you’ll find some often-overlooked Wexford pubs along with some long-standing local favourites.
1. Bugler Doyles
Dating back to the 1850s, this historic pub owns a piece of prime Wexford real estate and lies in the heart of Main St.
And that 150-year history is apparent from the moment you step inside and see Bugler Doyles’s lovely wood panelling around the bar and the elegant long leather seats.
A trip here on a Saturday night is bound to be some craic as there’s live trad music and their sizeable beer garden is fully covered too if the weather starts playing up! And if you’re here in the summer, then you’ll get seasonal trad nights on Fridays too.
2. Kellys on the Corner
Much like its name, Kellys on the Corner is a pretty straightforward place. If you’re looking for a few pints, a good feed and a load of live sport, then this is very much the spot for you!
Lying at the southern end of Main St, Kellys on the Corner keeps things simple inside decor-wise so you can just focus on having the craic and enjoying the game on TV.
Through rather than offering traditional pub grub, one cool thing about Kellys is their fine range of wood-fired pizzas to go with your beer. Definitely one of the better Wexford pubs on match day.
Mackens is another of the more popular pubs in Wexford and you’ll find it in the heart of the town in the iconic Bull Ring, Macken’s Bar is easy to spot with its turquoise exterior, colourful flower beds and hanging canopies.
Step inside and you’ll be hit by a ton of old-world charm and a warm welcome. Cosy during the winter months and a great spot for watching the world go by outside during the summer, Macken’s is a great one for a pint at any time of year.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best things to do in Wexford Town (and nearby) this weekend (walks, hikes + tours)
4. Maggie May’s Bar
Talking of places that’ll keep you warm in the winter months, Maggie May’s Bar boasts a lovely log fire that’ll ensure you stay nice and toasty during those cold days!
And don’t worry about the summer months too, as their award-winning beer garden means you can enjoy your pint while taking in a few rays too!
Find them just off Main St on lively Monck St and see what they’re all about. As well as fine pints, they also offer live music and all the big sports events on their TV, which is handy if you’re looking for pubs in Wexford Town that’ll suit a group.
5. The Crown Bar
Staying on Monck St, head a little further down towards the harbour and you’ll come across The Crown Bar. Arguably the most visually appealing pub in the town, The Crown is newly renovated and perfect for a big weekend party when you’re looking to paint the town red!
From the globe lanterns above the bar to the colourful beer garden, it’s a cracking place to look at but dig deeper and you’ll find there’s loads more to discover.
Home to a Garden Bar, Cocktail Bar and Craft Beer Bar, there are options to cater for every taste and they do a fine range of food too.
What great bars in Wexford have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant Wexford pubs from the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!
FAQs about the best Wexford pubs
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Which bars in Wexford do live music?’ to ‘Which ones are best for a match?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What are the best pubs in Wexford Town?
Our favourites in the town are the Sky & The Ground, Mary’s Bar and Thomas Moore Tavern.
Where does the best pub food in Wexford Town?
If you’re after pub grub, Thomas Moore Tavern is hard to beat. Simon Lambert & Sons do some tasty dishes, too.