Some might say it would be considered a sin to pass through Laois and not stop off and sample some of what the local watering holes have to offer. The county of Laois located in the heart of Ireland comes alive at night, to reveal some of the very best nightlife this little country has to offer. From quaint country pubs to alternative late bars it has something for everyone’s tastes. Somehow we have managed to narrow down all that Laois has to offer to the TOP 10 pubs in this article.
10. Poole’s Tavern
There’s always something a bit mad and very likeable about a country pub. Poole’s bar is in the small village of Rosenallis, north of the county Laois. It is well known to have some great sessions particularly after the local GAA has triumphed. The regulars are always ready to have some craic and tell you a tall story or two.
9. Napper Tandy’s
Napper Tandy’s is one of those bars that offers something for everyone. In Stradbally just 11km from Portlaoise, it offers some of the best beer, food and music around. It also is a great spot for catching any kind of sports on TV. A one-stop pub for everything.
8. O’Gormans Bar
O’Gorman’s bar on the outskirts of Portlaoise has arguably one of the best carveries Laois has to offer. It’s a great place to head after a tough Saturday night out for some delicious food and maybe a sneaky Sunday session. Also, the big screens make it the place to be for any matches. Its sister pub O’Gorman’s “The Bog Road” opened recently on the other side of Portlaoise, and since opening has lived up to the high standard of the original O’Gorman’s.
7. Bob’s Bar
You will always receive a warm, and unique welcoming by the owners in Bob’s bar situated in the Heritage town of Durrow. It is a pub that is renowned for its friendly atmosphere. The evenings are filled with trad sessions where people come from far and wide to join in and play late into the night. This pub has an old world charm that is a cosy alternative to modern super pubs.
6. Funky Munky Late bar
For an alternative night out, Funky Munky is a must. With its amazing interior, to its extensive beer and gin selection, this late bar caters to everyone’s fancies. Also, the cocktail menu will blow your mind, particularly if you drink one too many. On a usual Saturday night, the electric atmosphere is filled with some cool tunes by the DJ. This is a really funky place hence the name.