Top 5 best bars in Sligo you need to visit before you die

From traditional pubs to fancy cocktails, there is something for everyone in Sligo. Here are the five best bars in Sligo you need to visit before you die.

Ireland is well-known for its bars. From gastropubs to cocktail clubs and dance bars, there really is something for everyone in every town in the country. Sligo is no exception.

A great place to live or to visit, Sligo is a hidden gem for nightlife in Ireland. It boasts a large range of bars and venues, catering to anyone and everyone.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet pint or a fun night out, these are the five best bars in Sligo that everyone needs to visit.

5. The Garavogue – a Sligo staple

The Garavogue is a Sligo staple.
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The Garavogue is one of Sligo’s most well-known bars. Situated on the banks of the Garavogue River, it’s an extremely versatile spot, suitable for anything from casual weekend drinks to a wild night out.

The interior is separated into three different bars. Alongside the main bar, there is the Blind Tiger that serves an extensive cocktail list, and the Secret Garden, where they host functions and groups.

The Garavogue is one of the best bars in Sligo.
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As well as being a great entertainment venue for parties of all sizes, the bar’s outdoor seating area along the picturesque riverbank is perfect for drinks on a sunny afternoon.

Having recently teamed up with Camile Thai, The Garavogue now also serves great food to accompany their award-winning cocktails.

Address: 16 Stephen St, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo, F91 ADK4

4. The Snug – for a traditional session

Enjoy a trad session at The Snug.
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Right next to The Garavogue, The Snug is a traditional-style pub in the heart of town and undoubtedly one of the best bars in Sligo for tourists who want to feel like locals.

Whether you’re in the mood for a craft beer or the old reliable Guinness, you’ll get a perfect pint in The Snug. The expert bartenders are friendly and always up for a chat, giving visitors the proper Irish welcome.

Adding to the traditional atmosphere, there is live music throughout the week, and any travelling musicians are welcome to join in on the sessions.

Address: Stephen Street, Sligo

3. Lillies Cocktail Bar – for great drinks with a vintage vibe

Lillies is one of the best bars in Sligo.
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Lillies is a cosy bar known primarily for its signature cocktail menu and cool vintage vibe. But with great food and even better music, it has a lot on offer for those looking for a great night out in Sligo.

The extensive cocktail menu includes classics like the Mojito and Sex on the Beach, along with less popular but equally delicious drinks.

Lillie's Latino nights are a must.
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Live music takes place regularly – a particular favourite being the Latino Nights on the first Thursday of every month. On these nights, you can dance the night away to great Latin music.

Grab a serving of chicken wings or nachos to share, along with one of their beautiful signature cocktails, and soak in the atmosphere. This is undoubtedly one of the best bars in Sligo.

Address: Bridge St, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo

2. Hargadon Bros – for great pub grub and a warm welcome

Hargadon Bros is one of the best bars in Sligo.
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Established in the late 1800s and having changed ownership several times, this gastropub retains its traditional feel and welcoming atmosphere.

It’s located right in the centre of town and is a firm favourite for locals and tourists alike.

The food menu has a selection of lunch and dinner options ranging from snacks and sandwiches to hearty main courses. The focus is on locally sourced ingredients, resulting in delicious food that won’t break the bank.

And, for those wanting just a drink, there is a large selection of beers, wines, and spirits to enjoy while savouring the charmingly traditional interior.

Address: O’Connell Street, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo

1. Thomas Connolly Bar – a traditional pub steeped in history

Grab a pint at Thomas Connollys.
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Having a pint in Thomas Connollys is like stepping into history. A self-described ‘Heritage Pub’, it was first licensed in 1890, though the first pub was opened on the premises in 1780.

The place is ingrained in the history of Sligo Town, with Thomas Connolly himself becoming mayor of Sligo in 1890. 

Thomas Connollys tops our list of best bars in Sligo.
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Once considered a haunt for the older generation, the pub now draws in customers of all ages. Many Sligo locals consider this to be the best bar in town.

With its wide range of drink options, fantastic live music, friendly staff, and cosy atmosphere, it is no wonder Thomas Connolly’s tops our list of best bars in Sligo to visit before you die.

Address: 1 Markievicz Rd, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo

By Tríona Marshall

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