17 Goooorgeous Pubs You’ll Encounter As You Explore Ireland

When it comes to a great pub, Ireland wrote the book. After all, we’ve been churning out public houses at a silly rate since around 900 AD.

As you adventure around Ireland, you’ll find it next to impossible to avoid stumbling across a pub or ten.

In search of a great pub? Here’s a map with HUNDREDS of the best pubs across Ireland’s 32 counties!

Some will be great. Some will be alright. And some will be here-lets-grab-the-coats-and-get-out-of-this-kip awful.

They range from pokey little one-man shows where you’ll feel like you’re sitting down with a pint in someone’s living room to enormous gastropubs that you’d encounter in any city in the world.

Although the majority of pubs you’ll ramble on by (or into) will be pretty unextraordinary, every once and a while you’ll uncover a gem that’ll make you want to tear open the doors and take a gander inside at what’s.

Here’s a handful of some of the wonderful pubs you’ll encounter on your journey across Ireland.

1 – An Teach Beag, Connolly St, Clonakilty, Co. Cork


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2 – The Thatch Crinkill, Offaly

the Thatch Crinkill pub
Photo via the Thatch Crinkill

3 – Dan Foleys – closed, but still beautiful – Kerry

4 – Hargadons Pub, O’Connell St, Sligo

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Photo by Peter McCabe via Tourism Ireland

5 – Seans Bar, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

If you’ve never heard of Sean’s Bar, it’s the oldest pub in Ireland.

Find out more about Sean’s Bar here!

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6 – Mulligan’s Pub, Stoneybatter, Dublin

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Photo by Gareth Byrne via Tourism Ireland

7 – Lowry’s Irish Music and Whiskey Bar, Galway

9 – O’Neill’s , Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork

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Photo by Chris Hill via Tourism Ireland

11 – The Palace Bar, Dublin


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13 – The Crosskeys Inn, Antrim

And that's a wrap!
Have you stumbled upon a pub in Ireland that was only feckin’ gorgeous? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll add it to the list!
Howaya! Thanks for visiting the Irish road trip! This site exists to inspire and guide you on an Irish adventure that’ll give birth to a lifetime of memories (sounds very arsey altogether, I know!) You'll find everything from things to do in Ireland to where to stay in Ireland (unique and unusual places) if you have a nosey around!


  1. Hi Keith
    Great idea hope you are enjoying your journey. If you are passing Moate Co.Westmeath drop by P EGAN BAR & enjoy a tipple beside our original Stanley 8 open fire.


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