Ireland is synonymous with green rolling hills, lilting music, and of course - pubs! Irish pubs have their own unique culture, food, sports, music, and of course, drinks.

Today, there are thousands of Irish pubs all around the world, but if you are in Ireland, you have to experience the real thing for yourself!

In this article, we'll share a round-up of the best pubs in Ireland.

1. The Beach Bar, Sligo Town

The Beach Bar Best Pubs in Ireland


This traditional pub is located on an Atlantic beach, with stunning views of the mountains that surround the town.

Originally an old fishing cottage, the Beach Bar is lined with eccentric trinkets and paraphernalia. It's family-owned and -operated, and the owners operate a campsite next door.

There's plenty to see and do in Sligo, as well, including several castles and monuments. It's not to be missed.

2. The Crosskeys Inn, Antrim

The Crosskeys Inn

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The Crosskeys Inn is the oldest thatch pub in Ireland, dating back to the mid-1600s. It's also one of the best-looking and has been featured in the Lonely Planet Guide. It's known for live traditional Irish music and generous pints of Guinness.

Entering through the latched doors and stepping onto its worn stone floors to the smell of a burning turf fire will make you feel as though you've stepped back through time.

3. O'Connor's Famous Pub, Galway City

O Connors Famous Pub

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This traditional Irish Pub has become famous thanks to Ed Sheeran's Galway Girl music video, but it's been a popular spot with tourists and locals alike for years.

The Pub's claim to fame is that it's the first-ever singing bar in the country, although that's up for debate.

Be warned, this Pub is extremely traditional, which means there are no televisions and no food.

4. Power's Thatch, Oughterard

Powers Thatch

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Power's Thatch in Oughterard is a stone's throw from Galway and the largest lake in the Republic, Lough Corrib.

The Pub is known for serving good Guinness and honey bread, with traditional music, great food, and a level of Irish hospitality that can't be found anywhere else.

The owner says he wants his staff to treat patrons like they are your grandmother, who's just cooked you a Sunday meal and is delighted to see you, which makes a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

5. The Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast

The Crown Liquor Saloon

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The Crown Liquor Saloon was dubbed "one of the mightiest Victorian gin palaces in the British Isles."

Some might say this Pub has become a tourist trap, but it's one that is well worth visiting for its rich history and beautiful, quirky decor.

6. Sean's Bar, Westmeath

Seans Bar Best Pubs in Ireland

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This ancient Pub has been a popular watering hole for more than a thousand years. Situated in Athlone, this Sean's Bar has been recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as Ireland's Oldest Pub. 

There are traditional music sessions, flowing pints, and plenty of laughs to enjoy, both inside or in the beautiful riverside garden.

7. Kyteler's Inn, Kilkenny City

Kytelers Inn Best Pubs in Ireland

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The original owner of this infamous inn was Dame Alice De Kyteler, who funded her business thanks to a fortune she acquired from her four husbands. She was accused of being a poisoner and a condemned witch and burnt at stake.

While we now know that the charges were probably untrue, all records indicate that the Kyteler's Inn Pub was a "place of merrymaking and good cheer," and it hasn't changed in that regard.

8. Dick Mack's Pub, Dingle

Dick Macks Pub

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Dick Mack doesn't rank among the oldest pubs in Ireland, but it has been serving pints since 1899. There is a fully-functioning brewhouse and a large selection of whiskeys, as well as a leather shop. 

The Dick Mack's Pub eclectic blend of tradition and new brewing techniques makes it a perfect spot for the after-work crowd to enjoy.

9. South Pole Inn, Annascaul

South Pole Inn

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This landmark building, located in Annascaul, County Kerry, Ireland, contains a collection of memorabilia dedicated to its famous owner, Tom Crean.

It also features a gallery of works by Jerome Connor, a major sculptor. Located next to a river, the South Pole Inn is a great place to stop for a drink and a meal.

10. The Rusty Mackerel, Carrick

The Rusty Mackerel

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This world-famous bar offers local craft beers from the Kinnegar & Ballayshannon Brewing Company, Silkie Irish Whiskey, and local gin.

There's an open turf fire for cold winter days and outdoor seating overlooking the Sliabh Liag on sunnier days.

11. McConville's Pub, Armagh

McConvilles Pub


McConville's Pub has been around since the 1800s, and you'll find the original walls, ceilings, and etched windows to admire.

According to the pub owners, the Russian oak fixtures in the Pub were replicated from a design found on the Titanic.

12. Matt Molloy's Mayo

Matt Molloys Mayo

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Matt Molloy is owned and operated by the famous flautist of the Irish music group The Chieftains. They offer music and Irish craic to create a festive atmosphere seven nights a week.

13. The Gravediggers, Dublin

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The Gravediggers have been in the same family for seven generations. The Pub's quirky name is derived from its unusual location: it's built into the wall of the Glasnevin Cemetery.

Gravediggers often stopped by for a few drinks after finishing their work. Anthony Bourdain once called it "a little piece of heaven," with a cozy atmosphere and Irish tapas.

14. De Barra's Folk Club, Clonakilty

De Barras Folk Club

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De Barra's Folk Club has entertained every folk musician in Ireland, from Damien Dempsey to Christy Moore. The walls are covered with musical instruments to set the stage for a night of entertainment.

It's also well worth visiting the town of Clon (as the locals call it) and taking in the fresh sea air.

15. Sunflower Public House, Belfast

Sunflower Public House

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The Sunflower Public House is a colorful pub owned by Argentinian Pedro Donald, who also owns the famous American bar.

It's a tribute to 1980s Belfast, with a preserved security cage (thankfully no longer in use) and many collectibles commemorating the social history of the city. There are no gimmicks, just great quality food, and drink.


No visit to Ireland will be complete without a stopover at one of its many famous pubs and bars. Whether you prefer something modern or a tribute to history, Ireland has a pub that will quench your thirst and suit your tastes.

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