Wexford, located at the heart of the Sunny South East, is dotted with some of the best watering holes in our country.
With so many to choose from however, it can be hard to decide where to go to quench your thirst for a pint.
To help you with your predicament we’ve decided to put together this list of 5 of the most authentically Irish pubs to be found in Wexford.
5. The Antique Tavern – an authentic pub in colourful surroundings
This is a favourite among locals and visitors alike situated in the heart of Enniscorthy, within a stone throw of the River Slaney.
Its precarious setting on the side of a slanted hill gives this creaky black and white pub dating from the 1790s a unique view over the River Slaney and the historic Vinegar Hill.
This view can be enjoyed best from their upstairs glassed-in terrace balcony with a Gin and Tonic in hand.
A venture inside this truly ancient building reveals a quirky collection of traditional antiques, ornaments and pictures hanging from the walls. Bar food is available, and they host a wide variety of musical acts. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
Address: 14 Slaney St, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Y21 DC82, Ireland
4. Maggie Mays – a favourite with locals
Maggie Mays has not been around for long, but in the 14 years since it first opened its door, it has managed to capture the essence of the traditional Irish bar and the hearts of the Wexford people in the process.
Maggie May’s has fast become a firm favourite for locals. This is a result of the friendly and helpful staff, the discount they offer to visiting pensioners, the award-winning beer garden and courtyard featuring an open fire and the live music they host five nights a week.
Address: 1 Monck St, Ferrybank South, Wexford, Ireland
3. Mary’s Bar – a timeless classic
While you might not expect much from the simple exterior, you will discover after walking through the door that you have happened a cross a hidden gem.
Most locals you speak to will tell you that walking through the doors of Mary’s is like arriving home.
If that isn’t what a traditional Irish pub is all about then, I don’t know what is!
There aren’t many pubs left in Ireland like Mary’s. It is one of those rare little Irish pubs that genuinely hasn’t changed in decades, so much so that it is probably Irelands only pub without a television.
Go in, have a pint, chat to the locals and get lost in all of the things to read and look at on the walls.
Mary’s has live music every Saturday night and on Bank Holiday Sundays.
Address: John’s Gate St, Ferrybank South, Wexford, Ireland
2. The Sky and the Ground – a perfect Irish Pub
The Sky and the Ground combines all the elements of a traditional Irish perfectly.
From the picturesque pub front, the warm and friendly bar staff and the welcoming atmosphere, this place has got it covered with its truly unique character you just won’t find anywhere else.
Customers praise this pub for its varied choice of unique and local craft beers, stouts and spirits, its excellent standard of live music and its colourful and mural decorated beer garden.
The Sky and the Ground pretty much have it all so make sure to check it out when you’re in Wexford Town.
Address: 112 S Main St, Whitewell, Wexford, Ireland
1. French’s Of Gorey – Our Favourite
Located in the centre of the Main Street this is one of Gorey in North Wexford’s most beloved pubs which has truly stood the test of time.
With its traditional black and white Irish pub frontage and cosy interior, French’s has been oozing old school charm since 1775.
French’s is renowned locally for serving the best pint of Guinness in all of County Wexford and for its legendary Thursday night music sessions.
Every Thursday night from 9.30 pm the best musicians from near and far flock to this much-loved pub to share their musical talents with those lucky enough to be in on the night.
If you find yourself in Gorey, make sure to go along for this musical experience you won’t forget. Unless you have one too many pints of Guinness. We wouldn’t blame you!