Successful tip: Tin Pub, Ahakista, Co Cork
On a great night time, the Tin Pub on the Sheep’s Head peninsula is a harmful place. The identify comes from the sheets of corrugated iron holding it collectively round a concrete flooring and a small wood bar that serves Murphy’s and a cocktail known as Cormac on the Seaside, named after the red-headed barman. The backyard runs all the way down to the ocean and a view to the hills of the Mizen. That good night time could be a few males enjoying guitars after which some singing begins, and out of the blue it’s an early morning stroll dwelling.• On FacebookRalph
Seaside Bar, Aughris, Co Sligo

An image postcard thatched Irish cottage perched on a beautiful Atlantic seaside with beautiful views of the distant mountain ranges would possibly sound just like the stuff of fantasy. However it exists within the Seaside Bar. Inside the unique cottage, eccentric trinkets line the partitions, from previous fishing paraphernalia to Irish cottage dioramas. This household that runs the bar and restaurant additionally runs the campsite subsequent door. However the actual draw of the Seaside Bar is its location, in west Sligo, an space steeped in historical past, with castles, holy wells and megalithic monument.• thebeachbarsligo.comJulie

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JJ Hough’s Singing Pub, Banagher, Co Offaly

I took 5 associates on per week’s boat journey on the River Shannon, and this was our most memorable cease. Timber and vines develop out and in of the home windows. The wall decorations have accrued organically over three generations and vary from marketing campaign posters from the 1970s to objects selling now-defunct beer model Merch. On our first go to I requested the younger lad behind the bar if I might borrow his bodhrán and play with the band. He gladly obliged and performed the spoons whereas pulling pints. His aged aunt was on the piano. I’ve by no means seen a household enterprise fairly prefer it.• On FacebookStephen Herlihy
Bridge St bar, Castlebar, Co Mayo

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My cousin introduced us straight to her “locals’ native” in Castlebar shortly after we flew into Knock. On a Thursday afternoon, I wasn’t anticipating to discover a pub that may genuinely rival one of the best on this planet, hidden behind an unassuming entrance door – with an acoustic music session in full circulate. The decor in Bridge St bar is just fabulous. The eye to element is unbelievable (Castlebar Comedy Membership was upstairs that night time and there was a pint holder on the mic stand!). Castlebar goals to be Eire’s gin capital and Bridge St is likely one of the pubs in town’s gin path – we cherished it.•
Powers Thatch, Oughterard, Co Galway

It is a great pub in pleasant Oughterard, a city proper on Lough Corrib, the biggest lake within the Republic and never removed from Galway. The meals is admittedly fabulous with superb do-it-yourself Guinness and honey bread. There’s quirky decor, dwell Irish music, however better of all of the friendliest customer support one of the best I’ve had anyplace ever. The owner says his workers ought to deal with you as in the event you have been visiting your grandmother who has cooked you your favorite Sunday lunch and is overjoyed to see you. And that’s the way it was throughout each go to.• On Fb Celia
The Quays Bar and Restaurant, Galway

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On our biking tour of Eire’s west coast we fetched up within the 400-year-old Quays Bar in Galway’s vibrant Latin Quarter. It’s a hanging place, with stained glass, inlaid wooden, Gothic arches and church pews. Through the summer season there’s dwell music seven nights per week. We caught glorious native folks band Caltra. The Quays additionally hosts the filming of Glór Tíre (a extremely popular TV nation and western expertise competitors). Pleasant, with an actual buzz and a high notch à la carte menu, it was simply the raise that two rain-bedraggled, saddle-sore guests wanted. •
South Pole Inn, Annascaul, Co Kerry

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Regardless of having a glacier and a mountain named for him, Tom Crean’s most enduring legacy is definitely the South Pole Inn, which he opened within the early 1920s. The blue and orange pub is an ideal pitstop on a visit round Dingle, the within is roofed with maps, images and all types of polar memorabilia in celebration of the three-time Antarctic explorer (with Scott and Shackleton, with whom he made the astonishing small boat journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia), and former landlord. Drink Expedition Ale Irish Crimson, which is made by Tom’s granddaughter Aileen. A life-sized statue of the person himself holding two husky pups stands in a park throughout the highway. Although additional afield Shackleton and Scott will at all times be extra well-known, in Annascaul Crean is king.• annascaul-village.comHywel
Murphy’s Bar, Brandon, Co Kerry

This conventional family-run pub sits on the finish of Brandon pier, the place the mackerel appear to leap in the direction of fishermen’s hooks. The view of the bay is gorgeous and the skin tables permit guests to soak up the ocean air whereas having fun with a wonderfully poured pint of the black stuff. The meals menu is brief however in content material solely. Attempt the pleasant crab sandwich with a great previous packet of Taytos. Don’t overlook your swimwear and luxuriate in a dip within the sea earlier than your drink.• murphysbarbrandon.comRita Cunha
Ned Natterjacks, Fort Gregory, Co Kerry

On vacation on the Dingle peninsula we used to go right here for lunch and for evenings out. The pub’s identify is taken from the natterjack toads discovered within the space. The inside is stone and beams, and the ambiance was terrific, with locals and guests mixing. The music and repair have been glorious. It’s not removed from the coast, with glorious walks and views of mountains. When the drummer stated the band was generally known as the Chippendales as a result of they appeared like furnishings, I knew we have been in the proper place.• nednatterjacks.enterprise.siteAnthony
Charlie’s Bar, Cork

Dwell fiddlers and flute gamers appear to show up out of skinny air at Charlie’s Bar, subsequent to the waterside on Union Quay. Eire’s rogue insurgent spirit is captured in a number of hours right here, whether or not you’re cranking up the ambiance with the pleasant locals or having a morning espresso alone with the bar workers. Guinness and native beers circulate as soon as the solar units and free folks music, with conventional Irish bands on Sunday evenings, attracts a full of life crowd. The standard coal hearth warms up the ambiance too – dancing, with linked arms, usually spills out on to the streets in summer season – simply watch out you don’t fall into the water.• charliesbarcork.comNigel Cox
The Marine Bar, Pulla, Co Waterford

On the fringes of the Ring Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking space), the Marine Bar has been holding the locals watered for greater than 300 years. These days the pub is understood throughout the sunny south east for its conventional music periods, led by proprietor Christy O’Neill. Hunker down for some ballads (participation welcomed) after a day’s exertion on the wild Copper Coast or biking the wonderful Waterford Greenway. Friday night time fireplace periods are the most well-liked, however there’s music all through the week. The black stuff non-compulsory, however extremely really useful.• marinebar.ieSteve Kirby
The Conferences, Vale of Avoca, Co Wicklow

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“There may be not on this extensive world a valley so candy, because the vale in whose bosom the brilliant waters meet.” The previous folks track precisely describes the wonderful setting of The Conferences pub on the confluence of the burbling Avonmore and Beg rivers. We loved a conventional seisiún with bodhrán, whistle and fiddle, within the firm of pleasant regulars. One, seeing us scrabble our few remaining euros collectively for a bar snack, beckoned us over, opened her capacious purse and doled out ham sandwiches and bananas. “Save your cash for the Guinness,” she stated.• Moira
The Outdated Faculty Home, Swords, County Dublin

In the event you’re near Dublin airport, try The Outdated Faculty Home, 5 minutes away, which has nice meals and common music evenings. The place is well-liked with locals and at all times packed. It’s on a number of ranges and plenty of small alcoves add to the cosy ambiance. The place is steeped in historical past, with the constructing courting from 1846, straight throughout from a spherical tower courting from 512AD – all that’s left of an early Christian monastery – and a brief stroll from a Norman fort. A should for folks searching for an genuine expertise. • theoldschoolhouse.ieChris Wilson
Mulligan’s, Dublin

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Between Tara Road Dart station and the Display screen cinema on Poolbeg Road, this boozer is just about unchanged since James Joyce’s time. It’s the place to go to if you wish to see a conventional pub (no jukeboxes, no musak, no pool tables) that sells what might be one of the best Guinness in Dublin (and due to this fact the world), the place the pints are saved on trays whereas going by way of the varied levels of being pulled.• mulligans.ieFergal
Blakes of the Hole, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

Earlier than I used to be sufficiently old to drink I used to be conscious that Blakes of the Hole in Enniskillen was a particular place – the purple and black-painted entrance, gaslights dim within the excessive steamed-up home windows, chatter and laughing and the beautiful scent I knew from my father’s beer at dwelling wafting from the door. I’m gone from Enniskillen now however going again brings a go to to that slim entrance bar, the marble high, the previous barrels behind the bar, hearth, pictures and, after all, one of many most interesting pints of Guinness in Eire. The little Victorian bar stays in a constructing now internet hosting a number of bars and restaurant and but retains its character – it’s the place for a drink for any customer to Fermanagh.blakesofthehollowNigel
The Belfast Empire, Belfast

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On Botanic Avenue within the college quarter, this historic bar and music corridor is on one of many primary thoroughfares of Belfast nightlife. Its attraction lies in its authenticity, the sense of historical past and the soul of a long-loved bar that was adorned lengthy earlier than Instagram got here round. Weekly blues bands, comedy nights and sport on the large display. Native crowd and college students. No fuss, no must shout over acoustic covers of pop songs (the plague of many Belfast bars). Pours a great Guinness. The beneath-street-level outside space is a should in the summertime. thebelfastempire.comJack
The Spirit Retailer, Dundalk, Co Louth

Folks band Villagers on stage on the Spirit Retailer
The Spirit Retailer at George’s Quay in Dundalk bay overlooks the mythology-steeped Cooley mountains. A 19th-century port service provider’s home lovingly restored and reopened 20 years in the past, it’s a place for dialog, characters, chess, native beers and whiskey, roaring fires, and imbibing by the harbour’s edge when the solar ultimately peeps by way of. To high it off, upstairs is one in all Eire’s main dwell music venues, cherished by musicians and comedians alike for the sound system and the heat of the group. Sunday afternoon trad periods are legendary, as have been the late night time lock-ins with Glen Hansard of The Frames.• spiritstore.iePatrick
Packies Bar, close to Lettermacaward, Co Donegal
On a leisurely amble towards Corr Level, we found an incongruous-looking place known as Packies Bar, resembling extra somebody’s dwelling than a pub. There have been no indicators exterior to recommend whether or not it was open, solely the solitary previous bartender’s matter of reality assertion: “Is the door open? Then I’m open.” We have been despatched to take a seat down whereas, with meticulous precision, he poured us the creamiest Guinness we’ve ever had. Merely scrumptious. We drank black nectar in his “front room” overlooking breathtaking Gweebarra Bay. What a discover! Martin
The Seaview Tavern, Malin Head, Co Donegal

This pub is passionately run by the Doherty household and frequented by a loyal clientele for over 30 years. A picturesque setting out and in: conventional Irish décor – now dotted with Star Wars paraphernalia after its capturing close by – and a shocking view over the Atlantic. It serves as a eating pub and three-star lodge with cheap costs. The northernmost level in Eire is understood for drinks being so low cost that individuals depart them behind untouched; the £15 primary programs could seem dear, however include a stuffing vary of sides. Both for a full meal, a drink within the salon or a decadent pint in “the wee bar”, it’s definitely probably the greatest spots within the nation.• seaviewtavern.ieEtienne
Dawros Bay Home, Rosbeg, Co Donegal

This have to be the pub with one of the best view in Eire. It’s acquired a spectacular location looking over Loughros Beg Bay to the hanging Tor Mor rock. The pub’s scrumptious fare attracts on one of the best of the (very) native seafood – these crab claws in your plate have been in all probability within the bay that morning. In excessive summer season there’s a preferred pub quiz each Thursday night time, the place some groups have a 20-year-long rivalry. It’s a hidden gem on Eire’s Wild Atlantic Means.• On FacebookRose