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
2 – The Thatch Crinkill, Offaly
3 – Dan Foleys – closed, but still beautiful – Kerry
4 – Hargadons Pub, O’Connell St, Sligo
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!
6 – Mulligan’s Pub, Stoneybatter, Dublin
7 – Lowry’s Irish Music and Whiskey Bar, Galway
9 – O’Neill’s , Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork
11 – The Palace Bar, Dublin
13 – The Crosskeys Inn, Antrim
Keith O’Hara has lived in Ireland for 34 years and has spent most of the last 10 years creating what is now The Irish Road Trip guide. Over the years, the website has published thousands of meticulously researched Ireland travel guides, welcoming 30 million+ visitors along the way. In 2022, the Irish Road Trip team published the world’s largest collection of Irish Road Trip itineraries. Keith lives in Dublin with his dog Toby and finds writing in the 3rd person minus craic altogether.