If you’re planning on visiting Ireland, chances are you’re planning on visiting a few (or many) pubs while you’re there. Since Ireland is the home of Guinness and you can find a pub on every corner, we’ve put together a favorites list with the help of some knowledgeable Ireland affectionados. Trust us: if you visit any of these pubs, you’ll want to stay for more than just one pint! Bonus: We’ve put together a comprehensive Ireland chauffeur-driven pub tour itinerary for you! Check it out here.
- Naughtons, Galway. If you’re traveling through Galway Naughtons is a must-visit while you’re in town. Naughtons is one of the best pubs in Galway city, located on the corner of Cross St. and Quay St. in the heart of the Latin Quarter. With it’s interior mostly unchanged since 1894 this pub is full of tradition and is regularly the scene of impromptu traditional music sessions. They serve a great pint of Guinness! And they stock over 130 whiskeys, so there’s another reason to visit. -Tip: Fiona Lydon
- The Long Hall, Dublin. The Long Hall was a favorite of Bruce Springsteen during his visits to Dublin! Dating back to the 1800’s, they’ve retained most of it’s old fittings. Not nearly as touristy as some of the other Dublin pubs, you can come in for a pint in a relatively quieter atmosphere. No food, but you won’t need it: the drinks are that good. Tip: Bill, Isle Inn Tours
- The Whiskey Corner at The Malton, Killarney. Situated in a corner of the Punchbowl Bar inside of The Malton in Killarney, this whiskey tasting bar is exquisite. Featuring over 190 of the world’s finest whiskies, you can try several with their whiskey flights (three samplings or whiskey, five different types of flights to choose from) No idea where to begin with whiskey? Don’t worry! The staff is more than happy to help you choose the perfect tipple.
- Foxy John’s, Dingle. If you’re looking for more of a local, authentic feel, check out Foxy John’s while in Dingle. One side of the bar is a hardware store, the other side is the pub! Catch it on a night where local artists come out and play or sit outside and people watch. A pub where you can have a pint and pick up a pound of roofing nails when you leave: it’s a must-see! Tip: Evan McElligott, LongerVacations/Independent Ireland
- Peadar O’Donnell’s, Derry. The must-visit pub is Derry is definitely Peadar O’Donnells. As the #1 traditional Irish music pub in Derry, you’ll get to see some fantastic live music while you’re there. With floor to ceiling Irish memorabilia covering the walls, you’ll have a lot to look at, a lot to listen to and a lot to drink at this one! Tip: Mike Hawe, Isle Inn Tours
Davy Byrnes, Dublin. This pub is over 100 years old and is known for being frequented by James Joyce. In fact, it’s mentioned is his book Dubliners and Ulysses! Davy Byrnes is a great demonstration of keeping the past and it’s history while also staying current. The food is amazing, especially the sandwiches and the fish and chips. Tip: Virginia, Isle Inn Tours
- Matt Malloy’s, Westport. A quaint, lively and traditional pub in Westport to have a nice pint at and listen to some great Irish music! The Dingle Gin is a must-have. This is a great spot for mingling with locals and doesn’t feel too touristy. Owned by a member of the Chieftains and covered in antiques and Chieftain memorabilia!
Pub culture is at the heart of Ireland and visiting some of them is a necessary task while in Ireland. We’ve put together a pub tour Ireland vacation for you that hits all of the best pubs and spots to get a pint! Check it out here.