Looking for somewhere special to drop by for a wee drink? Well then, it’s your lucky day. Whether you’re looking for a breathtaking view, a vibrant atmosphere, an underground cave or a vamped-up church, this list has it all. These are the 11 most unique places to grab a drink in Éire. Check it.
11. Fitzpatrick’s Bar & Restaurant – Rockmarshall, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Drop on by to Fitzpatrick’s Bar and Restaurant, located at the foot of the Cooley Mountains and overlooking the Irish Sea. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be witness to breathtaking views and the endless array of eccentricities this little gem has to offer. A beer garden that’s kitted out with old Irish signs, magnificent statues, summer flowers and flowing water. A vintage car transformed into an overgrowing plant pot. Oh, and a grand piano. Obviously. And past this, you’ll find a petting zoo with donkeys, owls, meerkats and a talking parrot.
The interior is just as wonderful. Irish memorabilia from yesteryear decorate the walls, hang from the ceilings, and sit on shelves. Sure, you could spend hours just wandering around and taking it all in.
10. The Barge – 42 Sráid Charlemont, Dublin 2
Here’s your multi-story, old-fashioned typical Irish bar sitting on none other than the brink of the Grand Canal. In sunny weather you can grab a pint and sit alongside the water knowing that the place will be buzzing with life. Or if you’d prefer a quieter environment to do some people-watching, take a seat upstairs and enjoy the views from a height. There’s also plenty of large screens inside for the sport fanatics among you.
9. Carroll’s – 39 Dominick Street Lower, Galway
Discreetly tucked away in Galway’s West End you’ll find the unassuming looking Carroll’s. Traditional pub in the front, party in the back. Stroll past the long wooden bar with its tall stools and old coasters, and discover the bars biggest secret – a large modernised beer garden featuring a double decker bus that you can climb aboard to grab a pint and pizza. Brilliant.
8. The Cuan – Strangford Co. Down
This is a must-see for any Game of Thrones fan, as its the home of many of the props from the set, including the first door from the Dark Hedges and the Hound’s helmet. Make sure to arrive with an empty stomach as the dishes on the menu are all GOT inspired too – I’m sure you can imagine the hefty portion sizes. The cast are known to hang out here while filming the show, and if you opt to stay the night, the staff will tell you which stars have stayed in your room. Also, the Winterfell tours of Castle Ward are only a ten-minute drive away. Don’t forget your camera.
7. Sophie’s – 33 Harcourt St, Dublin
When you get here, make your way straight up to the fifth floor. The panoramic views from this rooftop bar are a treat for sore eyes, especially at sunset. The room itself is cleverly designed, with the island bar as the focal point in the center of the room, breaking the enormous space. Stay here late into the evening watching the hustle and bustle of everything from a height as the city is taken over by glistening lights. The cocktails come highly recommended.