Not only are the Irish fond of a pint, they have a unique sense of humour with “having the craic” a popular pastime in pubs up and down the country.
But it may not only be the traditional fiddle or the infectious laughter flowing from the pubs of Ireland that catches your attention. Some of the best boozers have the funniest names that will stay with you long after the morning after the night before.
Here are just 10 of the more unique pub names in Ireland. How many have you had a pint in?
10. The Bottom of the Hill, Finglas, Dublin
This Dublin pub has everything you would expect from a good old-fashioned local … and a bit more. With sing-a-longs, plenty of beer and mighty craic, The Bottom of the Hill has by no means lost its original charm and offers a classic night to remember. And yes, it’s at the bottom of the hill!
9. Tom and Jerry’s, Limerick
Set in the heart of Limerick city and welcoming a steady flow of visitors in need of a good night out this cracking pub’s name is not the only thing that will catch your eye.
Live sporting events are shown regularly while traditional music and DJ nights are also held. A super venue to add to a thriving social scene in Limerick.
8. The Sky and The Ground, Wexford
With live music, a heated beer garden, a buzzing atmosphere and great Guinness, this eye-catching pub in Wexford is the place to be. And if pints are not your thing, the choice of Whiskey on offer has been hailed as “one of the best in the country”. A great spot for gigs or a sneeky snifter after shopping on Wexford’s main street.
7. The Blue loo Bar, Glengarriff, Cork
Famous for its blue painted walls and killer sandwiches this popular Glangarriff watering hole is one to watch out for. Proud of its traditional atmosphere, dirty postcards and super pints this Southern gem is worth a visit…if only to check out if the loos are actually blue!
6. The Hole in the Wall, Galway
So the story goes that there was a hole in the garden wall behind this pub that led to the police station on Eglington Street. Gardai on duty would avail of the hole to have a cheeky pint without being seen drinking in uniform. The hole is no longer there but the name remains and The Hole in the Wall is a lively spot for students and horse racing fans during the Galway Races.
5. The Squealing Pig, Monaghan
The Squealing Pig in Monaghan comes highly recommended from visitors far and wide. As last year’s winner of Ulster’s Best Casual Dining Award, Porky’s restaurant offers a fantastic menu and with it set in the heart of town a pint in The Pig is a given on a night out in Monaghan. Not to be oinked at!
4. The Snailbox, Ashbourne, Meath
This quirky bar may just go down in history with its growing display of baseball caps set to enter into the Guinness World Records for the most hats in a public place.
With more than 4000 caps hanging from the ceiling this friendly joint is fun for all ages and a must see on a visit to County Meath.
3. The Mighty Session, Dingle, Kerry
Great Guinness, traditional music and non-stop craic, this pub does exactly what it says on the tin. Step into one of Dingle’s finest and settle down for one hell of a night with welcoming locals, chatty tourists and friendly staff only too happy to line up the drinks.
2. The Filthy Quarter, Belfast
The Filthy Quarter is host to the city’s four favourite venues: Filthy McNastys, The Secret Garden, Filthy Chic and The Gypsy Lounge. From fantastic musicians, delicious food and quirky settings this hotspot is a must visit in Belfast and never fails to disappoint. A true gem in a buzzing city, The Filthy Quarter is the perfect spot for a night to remember.
1. The Hairy Lemon, Dublin
High on the trendy list this Dublin boozer attracts people all year round from all corners of the globe.
A mouthwatering menu of good old Irish dishes, live music and enough twists and turns to make you dizzy, the Hairy Lemon is the perfect pub for a night out in the capital. And with a name like that you’re not likely to forget the experience!