Enniskillen is an island town uniquely situated in the centre of Fermanagh between Upper and Lower Lough Erne. In its most romantic interpretation, Enniskillen derives its name from a translation of the Irish ‘Inis Ceithlean’ meaning ‘Island of Kathleen’.
With a castle built some 600 years ago by the Gaelic Maguires, it is no wonder that Enniskillen now houses the Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum, which are known jointly as Enniskillen Castle Museums.
History aside, Enniskillen has become a hotspot for a good night out due to the collection of pubs and nightclubs offering a wide range of live entertainment to cater to just about anyone. In this list, we bring you a selection of the best places to head for a drink in Enniskillen.
5. The Bush Deli & Bistro
The Bush Bar & Bistro is a long-standing family-run establishment with a family ethic and community ethos. A New York-style deli by day and low-lit bistro by night, The Bush Bars invites guests and locals alike to enjoy some unique craft beers, a book of house cocktails and a long wine list to flick through.
The minimal, preppy interior, private diner style seating areas, and intimate candlelit ambience make The Bush Deli and Bisto a fantastic location for a first date.
The staff are efficient and friendly, and the table service is swift so you can spend less time standing at the bar waiting to order, and more time trying to decide between drinks of the slinky cocktail menu.
Address: 26 Townhall St, Enniskillen BT74 7BA
4. The Crowe’s Nest
Located in the heart of the high street and established in 1945, The Crowe’s Nest is an integral part of Enniskillen’s cultural heritage.
A family affair, this pub has stayed in the possession of the Mc Manus family for three generations. The Crowe’s Nest is steeped in history and oozes character, and on a cold day, a warm fire welcomes you.
The pub houses two buzzing bars on the ground floor and an up-market nightclub on the first. Tuesdays are a folk night at The Crowe’s Nest while Friday and Saturday are aimed towards the more serious dancers, as the weekend is when The Thatch Night Club opens its doors.
The resident DJ at The Crowe’s Nest will keep you dancing all night to the latest chart toppers.
Address: 12 High St, Enniskillen BT74 7EH
3. Granny Annies
Looking for something a little bit different? Granny Annies may be the pub for you. With bars in Belfast, Limavady and Derry, the Granny Annies’ franchise is quickly taking over Northern Ireland. Why is that I hear you ask? I will tell you why.
With clocks drapped from the walls, more lamps than your granny could stuff a cottage with and a cocktail menu’s that feature drinks like ‘Granny’s Bramble’ and ‘Fiddle Me Silly’, this Enniskillen bar has a unique design and a fun, frivolous atmosphere.
Even the bathrooms, designed as replicates of the O.G. Granny Annie’s dressing room (complete with bonnets) and Granda’s’ garage are worth a trip to this bar alone.
Address: 1 Townhall St, Enniskillen BT74 7BD
2. Horseshoe & Saddlers
The Horseshoe Bar and Saddlers Bistro & Wine Bar is a family run business. Since 1967, Marshall and Norman Coalter have developed The Horseshoe Bar is into one of Enniskillen’s most popular traditional public houses.
Recently, The Horseshoe was refurbished, so they’ve added a brand new Wine Bar upstairs which offers the high-quality craft beers, and a selection of fine wines. That new wine bar is a nice feature but it doesn’t rob The Horseshoe Bar of its authentic classical Irish style.
The Horseshoe is on the upscale side, so it may suit the annual office party or the venue for your classiest friend’s birthday.
Address: 66 Belmore St, Enniskillen BT74 6AA
1. Blakes of the Hollow
Renowned for its traditional Irish heritage, Blakes of the Hollow is one of the most famous and well recognised Victorian pubs in Ireland.
It is a must-see attraction which has graced Co. Fermanagh’s shores for over 125 years. The bar keeps its tradition to the best of its ability and yet suits all different age groups. The cosy snugs are a testament to this, crowded with groups of people looking for a famously poured pint of Guinness or a delicious Irish coffee.
Live traditional music is played every Friday creating a genuine Irish pub atmosphere that is not one to be missed. Blake’s is well worth a visit, especially if you have some overseas guests to entertain and you want to bring them along to a proper Irish pub.
Address: 6 Church St, Enniskillen BT74 7EJ