The Emerald Isle is full of authentic, traditional pubs, however finding a place to rest you weary self in a non-touristy establishment can sometimes be tricky. From small, quiet taverns to classy bars or lively music venues, Ireland has a watering hole for everyone. The social importance of these places should not be underestimated. Historically speaking, it was a novelty for people living far away or in isolation coming together to exchange stories or viewpoints. To assist you in your thirst-quenching search, here are a few of the best. Hot tip before you begin - remember to remove your hat before entering any drinking establishment out of respect, the Irish take their drinking very seriously.
The Stags Head - Image Courtesy of Cedric
With live customary music every night, an old Victorian smoking lounge and a Renaissance-style wood ceiling, this is the backbone of Dublin's Temple Bar neighbourhood. Students comprise much of the client base, however it is also frequented by journalists and politicians, giving it that unique buzz.
Still standing since 1711, this is Belfast's oldest pub, situated in a building over 300 years old. Having been restored in the interim, it is a gastronomic and nighttime delight. Entertainment, craic and culture all play a part at McHugh's and their Belfast Black Stout is something you must try. The character here matches the service and quality, so pull up an armchair by the fire and while away your afternoon.
Louie's Backyard & Bar
The owner was born in this pub and played with his childhood toys in his bedroom upstairs. Little has changed and being located on one of the busiest streets in the city, the atmosphere is constantly humming. Musical and literary customers are a regular feature here, along with locals and visitors alike.
A fully heated beer garden with blazing open fire awaits you in winter and a retractable roof for warm summer days. Open for all conditions, there are various bars with plasma screens keeping you up to date with sporting and entertainment events. Having replaced the Bank of Ireland branch that once occupied here, this building was erected in 1870. Live jazz bands and DJs on a Saturday night - there is plenty of fun to be had at Louie's. For those of you who are eager to try them all, here's a nice little drive around the country. Remember, driving and drinking is dangerous. Always have a have a designated driver behind the wheel.
If you're ready to try any one of these pubs, feel free to book online or simply give us a call on 1300 656 601. But remember, don't drink and drive!