Hole in the Wall: Another Pub
Pubs are the core of Ireland's night life. Any pub you stumble into will have it's own character. So try a few. Guiness (black beer) takes a long time to draw. It is interesting to watch how they have them in progress, as you want a good head on your beer. If it is too strong for you, you can order a half and half, Guiness and Smithwicks. (We call them black and tans).
O'Conners Muskery Arms: Great Pub
We were in Blarney on the eve of my birthday and we stumbled across this pub. We had been walking for a bit out in the cold so we went in and I had an Irish Coffee. Let me just say, they don't make them like that in the US! The bartender was excellent. My man got to play darts which he had been dying to do since we had arrived into the country. We met some locals that were in the pub that night to watch a soccer game. The people at the pub that night were very passionate about there soccer teams! It was just an excellent evening, and we met some great people!
Dress Code: Very casual.
Galway: Tigh Coili
Tigh Coili is my favorite pub in Galway! The people and atmosphere at Tigh Coili are delightfully refreshing. We made fast freinds with the bartenders who showed us around Galway the following night. (Say hi from Chicago Morgan to Dave the bartender if you go here!) Everyone is very friendly and inviting. There was traditional Irish music playing the first night we went there. A group of about 12 musicians. It was the best place I'd been yet to hear Irish music. It's right in the heart of Galway, too. Right along the pedestrian streets. You can't miss it.
Dress Code: Whatever you want. Casual or cute. It all works.Related to:
The Temple Bar and The Auld Dubliner: Temple Bar
If you're in your 20s or 30s and looking for a fun area to go drinking, hit up Temple Bar. We actually stayed in this hood when we were there the first time. You meet a TON of people and everyone is there for the same reason ... to drink and have fun! The Temple Bar and The Auld Dubliner are great fun. The Temple Bar is A LOT bigger than it looks from the outside. Auld Dubliner had great live music. A lot of pubs don't let under 23s in ... which is great, because it weeds out the sometimes irritating younger crew. Less riff raff in the pubs is good.
Dress Code: Casual. You can dress up cute in a skirt or dress or wear jeans and a T. Anything works.Related to:
Dublin: Crazy Ireland
Temple Bar collects people from all over the world. In that crazy atmospher everybody feels unity with all strangers who becomes friends for one evening. Life consist of moments and people who fills even one of them makes your life more colourfull.
Dress Code: casual
The Porterhouse, Dublin: One of Sourbugger's favourite Dublin haunts
Try one over the eight - all brewed here.
The Porterhouse chain only has three pubs - in Bray, Temple bar (Dublin) and London.
The pub in Parliment Street is perhaps mainly frequented by tourists and beer-lovers, rather than 'locals' , but is still very worthwhile sampling.
The signs in the pub could be seen as a direct dig against Guinness -
e.g "Home of the best stout in the world", when the Guinness brewery is only about half a mile up the road. Another sign says "Home of the largest Irish-owned brewery in the world".
They brew eight different beers here, including several stouts (originally called Porters after the men who used to drink the stuff in ancient markets), ales and lagers.
I was especially enamoured of the Porterhouse Red, which was a fine hoppy brew.
This micro-brewery is a refreshing throwback to the days when the Liffey was lined with small breweries - before the days of mass production and mass-marketing. Support it - and enjoy it!
When in Ireland you will just have to go to a pub or two or three - that's what it is all about! I especially enjoyed the traditional pubs with the old wooden bar, copper pots and utensils all over the place and people chatting and having a beer (or two or three...). Some pubs have life music, others have TV screens (especially for sports watching) and oftentimes you will be surprised of the size of a place, because there will be more rooms in the back or on various levels or so!
Just go inside and explore!
it can happen anywhere: great pub sessions
Try to go to a small village pub somewhere off the tourist trail and sooner or later you will hit a great music session. Musicians will come in and just begin playing and others will join in ,and the guinness will flow.The Irish people are very friendly and will just start talking to you. It is a great experience. They are just so spontaneous about the music and the atmosphere is brilliant.
This happened to us in the Tigh Hughes pub in Spiddal and in Kilkenny the Pumphouse and also in a pub in Ennis, I don't remember the name of....
anyway it is fun fun funRelated to:
- Road Trip
Matt Molloy's Pub: A nice, but crowded pub
I suppose no visit to Westport is complete without a pint at Matt Molloy's pub. Matt Molloy is the extraordinary flute player of the Chieftains, and this is his pub. It is a very nice place inside, and they have great traditional music most nights, but it gets PACKED with tourists. You might be better off having a pint there early and looking for a less crowded bar for music, unless of course Matt Molloy himself is there.
Dress Code: casualRelated to:
Titanic Queenstown complex - Cobh: Avoid the bloody big ice cubes
Many thousands of punts (or Euros now) has been spent on transforming the old departure point of the White Star line into a bar and a couple of restaurants.
The historical connections, as the last port of call of the ill-fated Titanic cannot be denied and it's setting on the watersedge is terrific.
We did not see the two restaurants, but the main bar itself was, if anything, a little uninspiring. Food and drink was also a tad overpriced and distinctly average.
It was only later when their website was being viewed that we appreciated the amount of effort that had been expended making elements of the bar relevant to the TItanic ship.
For example, the ceiling is supposed to replicate the ceiling of the 1st class smoking rooms (how appropriated when it is now banned from bars in Ireland !) on the Titanic.
There are also a number of relevant arefacts and records concerning the ship and its sisters, together with explanation boards by the toilets.
Worth a quick drink if you have time.
The wolfgang pub is great,...
The wolfgang pub is great, such a collection of people, your teenagers on the pull to the grandads proping up the bar. For such a small place there are numerous bars, all good as the irish are so friendly, althoug some of the women were scary, spitting on the floor etc!
There are about two very dodgy clubs which are tiny and play the most cheesiest of music. Peoper meat markets so if your on the pull you are on to a winner in thse places.
Dress Code: anything
Ahh - the Pubs!
When in Ireland, one must of course partake of the pub nightlife! We were fortunate to be in Ireland during the Euro 2000 football tournament. It was really great to sit there in the evenings rubbing shoulders with travellers from all over the world while we all traded stories and revelled in the games on the tube! Would England prevail, or that upstart young team from Portugal or could France go all the way?!
This definitely was my favourite pasttime in Ireland: going to a pub and listen to their live music! We saw various combinations ranging from one person (banjo and vocals) to two people (banjo and fiddle) to three people (banjo, fiddle and accordeon) to up to 6 people (with additional guitar and flute).
They usually sit on one of the tables, have a microphone hooked up, a pint of beer in front of them and off they go! It really is a great experience!
various: Tommy Tiernan - stand up comedy
Tommy has been doing the rounds recently. I caught him at the Galway Arts festival in July 2003. Reviews of his shows are somewhat mixed, but if you like comedy in the tradition of Billy Connely then you will probably be laughing away like a good 'un
I liked the fact that much of his comedy was connected to Ireland and his life there.
I especially liked his comparison of the Irish attitude to life with Buddhist philosophy. Buddhism teaches that we have to accept the pain and suffering of life which we know will end in death. Only then can we reach true happiness in this life.
In the same way he argues if an Irishman is invited to a party, then you just know it's going to be sh*te, so you accept it's sh*te, but then sure, you can have some craic.
Dress Code: Tommy makes no effort - why should you ?
What a scruffy buggerRelated to:
- Theater Travel
Dublin: O'Sheas Merchant
Looking for a night out, we happened here only because it was near our hotel. We seemed to be the only tourists. Nice to find a local place, but got lots of looks...
There is live traditional music and at about 9pm-10pm some older couples appeared and began dancing on a little spot o' wood floor space available. Kind of looked like square dancing--but whatever-- it was fun to watch! Walls were heavily decorated with newspapers articles umpteen years old...
Dress Code: CasualRelated to:
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