5 Pubs & Bars in Carlingford Everyone Needs To Experience

Carlingford is a town on the Cooley Peninsula, between the waters of Carlingford Lough and the mountain of Slieve Foye, in the northeast of Ireland.

Whether you are looking for a lively weekend or a quieter mid-week break, Carlingford can offer the individual visitor, families, friends and groups, small and large, a memorable and lasting experience.

Here is our list of the FIVE pubs in Carlingford you must visit in our lifetime.

5. Carlingford Arms

This is a great spot. With beautiful fresh food cooked to order and entertainment year round it is the perfect retreat when travelling.

The weekends are quality with good craic as the pub attracts a lot of Stag & Hen weekends. The DJ plays music that everyone can dance to and you’re guaranteed a great day or night.

4. John Longs

For those looking for a quiet pint with some traditional music then look no further than John Longs. Known for their Guinness it is a favourite for locals and visitors alike.

It is very well priced too at only 4 Euro a pint which is pretty reasonable for the area. It has that real homely feeling too, with a beautiful open fire that you’ll more than likely find a traditional Irish music session in full swing at the weekend.

3. Taaffes Castle Bar

Downstairs in Taaffes is a quintessential Irish country pub. It is nestled nearby the King John’s Castle or as it’s locally known as the Carlingford Castle and to this end, the décor within the pub ties in neatly with the nearby castle with beautiful wooden features throughout. Their Guinness is simply heavenly.

They offer very well received cocktail making classes for those interested in learning a new skill.

One drawback, however, is at weekends upstairs is quite rowdy with Hen & Stag parties but that is a similar feature throughout the town.

2. PJ O’Hare’s

This is a nice little pub for good pints and good food. If you are partial to oysters then look no further.

Their oysters are simply beautiful, as you’d expect being beside the coast they are fresh and go down well with a pint of the black stuff.

They have a massive beer garden too which is quality come summer time. When Armagh, Down or Louth are playing you’re sure to have a great day’s craic with the locals.

1. Lilly Finnegan’s

Lilly Finnegan’s is a warm, homely little pub. What it lacks in size it makes up in character and quality. Like all the pubs in Carlingford, the Guinness is simply delicious.

One feels immediately at home in Lilly’s with the welcoming staff and friendly local punters. While not directly in the village it is a short 5km away, an ideal walk through the Cooley peninsula to fill the lungs with fresh Louth country air.

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