The Pubs of Ireland
Posted by Neil Hand on the 26th of June 2015 at 15:53:01
Ireland's pubs are legendary around the world! They are the place where a cold pint and a warm fire meet, where the “craic” with the locals is legendary and a lone voice sings of Ireland’s tears and triumphs and a rowdy band plays a Celtic beat which whips the crowd into a frenzied thigh slapping, foot tapping, drink spilling sweaty mob.
With over 7,400 pubs in Ireland – one literally around every corner there is no time to visit them all, so here are just some of my favorite pubs! Might see you in there!
Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast City – one of the most aesthetically beautiful pubs in Ireland, this Victorian Gin Palace first opened in 1826 with its current décor dating to the 1880’s when Italian craftsmen styled the pub with beautifully crafted glasswork, tiling and woodwork - just as vivid and as stunning today. Offering tasty dining options and award winning ales, be sure and pop in for a swift one in Belfast’s most famous pub!
Dolan’s Pub, Limerick City - a fantastic place to find a traditional music session in the heart of Limerick City, it is known for being one of Limericks premier music venues and with a restaurant and a Traditional Irish Pub on site too, there is something for everyone! It has some of the best acoustic sessions around, with musicians such as Snow Patrol, Sharon Shannon and Imelda May playing there. With great culinary offerings, spend a boisterous evening enjoying a medley of different genres of music all topped off by the warmth, friendliness and charm of the staff.
Joe Watty’s Bar, Inishmore, Aran Islands, Galway – this is a traditional Irish pub at its best! With turf fires, rowdy traditional music and some of the best cuisine around (make sure you get the sea-food chowder!) you will remember a night in this friendly pub in one of the best locations around!
The Quays Pub, Galway City – located in the Latin Quarter of the city, this sprawling historic pub has served local and tourist alike for almost 400 years. There have been changes to the pub over the years, but on the ground floor you can still find the Old Bar a true Irish pub with traditional music sessions taking place most nights. The rest of the building is a myriad of different sections, all sensitively renovated with a plethora of church artefacts and even a stained glass window. Eclectic yet traditional – this is one to visit!
The Stags Head, Dublin City – located in Temple Bar this is one popular spot for both locals and tourists– with even the likes of James Joyce and Quentin Tarantino having enjoyed a drink here. A Victorian pub, with a beautiful mahogany bar it has an authentic Victorian feel to it infused with a traditional Irish welcome! Enjoy one of the best Guinness’ around in this intimate pub.