32 Irish pubs: the best pub to visit in every county of Ireland

Irish pubs are an important part of the country’s culture and are renowned for being places that are always friendly and fun. Read on to discover the top drinking hole from every county of Ireland.

32 Irish pubs: the best pub to visit in every county of Ireland

There are over 7000 pubs in Ireland so it’s not an understatement to say that Irish pubs are popular, both for the locals and for the tourists who come to the Emerald Isle.

It is where magic happens; friends laughing, strangers cobbled together, the best of the pints downed and Irish music dominating the atmosphere. There truly is no place like the Irish pub.

In this article, we have complied a list of 32 Irish pubs which we believe make up the best pubs to visit in every county of Ireland.

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1. Antrim – Kelly’s Cellars

Kelly's Cellars in Belfast is one of the best Irish pubs.

It’s one of the oldest traditional Irish pubs in Belfast and is known for its excellent pints of Guinness and delicious Irish stew. This is one of the best bars in Belfast that celebrities have been to.

Address30-32 Bank St, Belfast BT1 1HL

 2. Armagh – Courthouse Bar

The Courthouse Bar has a wide variety of beers, wines, cocktails and great food.

Address46 William St, Lurgan, Craigavon BT66 6JB

3. Carlow – Tully’s Bar

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Tully’s Bar is a spacious and stylish pub which is perfectly located in the Carlow town centre.

Address148-149 Tullow St, Graigue, Carlow, R93 W243, Ireland

4. Cavan – Fox’s Bar and Restaurant

This pub is renowned for its tasty and fresh home-cooked food.

AddressMain St, Beckscourt, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan, Ireland

5. Clare – Gus O’Connor’s Pub

This pub is a famous listening venue in the heart of the coastal village of Doolin.

AddressFisher St, Ballyvara, Doolin, Co. Clare, V95 FY67, Ireland

6. Cork – Sin É

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‘Sin É’ – means ‘this is it’ in Gaelic and is a perfectly suited name to this pub because if you are looking for a great pub, then this is it

Address8 Coburg St, Victorian Quarter, Cork, T23 KF5N, Ireland

7. Derry – Peadar O’Donnell’s

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This pub is famed for its great pints of Guinness and its performances of both conventional and contemporary music.

Address63 Waterloo St, Derry BT48 6HD

8. Donegal – The Singing Pub

The Singing Pub, true to its name, hosts an amazing amount of musical talent.

AddressUnnamed Road,, Mevagh, Co. Donegal, Ireland

9. Down – The Maghera Inn

The Maghera Inn, due to its location, is a great place to enjoy a quiet pint after a day of adventuring.

Address86 Ballyloughlin Rd, Castlewellan BT31 9HE

10. Dublin – The Gravediggers

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The Gravediggers pub in Glasnevin is commonly regarded as having the best pint of Guinness in Dublin.

Address1 Prospect Square, Glasnevin, Dublin, D09 CF72, Ireland

11. Fermanagh – Blakes of the Hollow

Blakes of the Hollow is one of the best-known Victorian pubs in Ireland and has been running for over 125 years.

Address6 Church St, Enniskillen BT74 7EJ

12. Galway – O’Connell’s Bar

O'Connell's Bar in Galway is one of the best Irish pubs.

O’Connells is a major sporting pub and is the perfect place to catch a game in the city!

Address8 Eyre Square, Galway, H91 FT22, Ireland!

13. Kerry – Foxy Johns

Foxy John’s is one of the most unique pubs in Ireland as it’s both a hardware store and a pub in the heart of Dingle.

AddressMain St, Grove, Dingle, Co. Kerry, V92 PD6F, Ireland

14. Kildare – Kavanaghs

Kavanaghs is situated ideally in the middle of Naas town and has something to offer every customer.

Address10 S Main St, Naas East, Naas, Co. Kildare, W91 ANP2, Ireland

15. Kilkenny – Kytelers Inn

Kilkenny - Kytelers Inn, one of the best Irish pubs.
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Kytelers Inn was established in 1263 by Dame Alice de Kyteler who is famous for being the first person to be condemned for witchcraft in Ireland.

AddressSt Kieran’s St, Gardens, Kilkenny, Ireland

16. Laois – Morrissey’s Pub

Morrisey’s Pub has a unique interior which can bring you back in time to when it used to be a Grocery.

AddressMain St, Knocknamoe, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, Ireland

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17. Leitrim – The Stanford Village Inn

This is a unique old-world pub in County Leitrim is well worth visiting.

AddressMain St, Drumahaire, Dromahair, Co. Leitrim, Ireland

18. Limerick – Dolan’s

Dolan's of Limerick is one of the best Irish pubs.

The perfect place for those wishing to enjoy some great pints and dance to live music.

AddressV94 PD79, 4 St Alphonsus St, Limerick, V94 NTV7, Ireland

19. Longford – Duignan’s Tallyho

An institution in Longford, Duignan’s Tallyho offers excellent pints in cosy and relaxing surroundings.  

AddressNew St, Deanscurragh, Longford, Ireland

20. Louth – The Glyde Inn

This traditional Irish pub has recently achieved much success at the Irish Pub Awards.

AddressMain Street, Linns, Annagassan, Co. Louth, Ireland

21. Mayo – Matt Molloy’s

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This is widely regarded as one of the best pubs not only in Mayo but also in Ireland for live Irish traditional music.

AddressBridge St, Cahernamart, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland

22. Meath – James O’Connell

This pub is instantly recognisable as it was featured on the popular Guinness Christmas ad.

AddressSkreen, Co. Meath, C15 EY76, Ireland

23. Monaghan – Terry’s Bar

Terry’s Bar was established in 1981 and can be found in the heart of Monaghan town.

Address6 Market St, Mullaghmonaghan, Monaghan, H18 WR53, Ireland

24. Offaly – The Thatch Crinkill

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This pub has been owned by the same family for over 200 years and offers a traditional Irish welcome.

AddressMilitary Rd, Ballinree, Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland

25. Roscommon – Andersons Thatch Pub

Andersons, or “The Thatch” as it’s referred to locally, is a pub full of great historical interest.

AddressElphin Road, Ballindrehid, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

26. Sligo – Hargadon’s

Hargadons in Sligo is one of the best Irish pubs.
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With its old stone floors and panelled snugs, going to Hardagon’s is a trip back in time.

 AddressO’Connell St, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo, Ireland

27. Tipperary – McCarthy’s

A pub that doubles as an undertakers is too intriguing not to visit!

Address17 Main St, Spitalfield, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, E91 HP86, Ireland

28. Tyrone – O’Connor’s Restaurant and Bar

This new pub has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to their excellent quality food and service.

Address48 Main St, Dromore, Omagh BT78 3AD

29. Waterford – Geoff’s Bar

Waterford - Geoff’s Bar
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Geoff’s is an old school pub that oozes charm and class.

Address9 John St, Waterford, X91 WP98, Ireland

30. Westmeath – Sean’s Bar

Sean's is the oldest bar in Ireland and is one of the best Irish pubs.

The oldest bar in Ireland and the pride and joy of Athlone Town.

Address13 Main St, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 DW76, Ireland

31. Wexford – The Sky and The Ground

Besides being reasonably priced, there is also live music from local bands and great craft beers to enjoy.

Address112 S Main St, Whitewell, Wexford, Y35 C65F, Ireland

32. Wicklow – The Harbour Bar

Wicklow - The Harbour Bar
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An old-school Irish pub full of character that is said to be immortalized in James Joyce’s ‘Finnegan’s Wake‘.

Address1 Strand Rd, Ravenswell, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

That concludes our list of the 32 best Irish pubs in Ireland. Have you tried them all yet? If not, why not give them a go as the country slowly reopens?

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