A trip to Ireland isn’t complete without several key things: traditional live Irish music, hearing some Gaelic, seeing some rugby, viewing scenic coastal sites and castles, and lastly, going into several pubs. Ireland is known for it’s pubs—and even if you haven’t gone to one, you can already picture how one would appear like.
When coordinating your trip, you should know the best locations to grab a pint or order an Irish whiskey. Some will take you to tiny remote places that you’d never consider going to.
Which pubs are the best? Here is the top 3 worth considering:
The Stags Head
The Stags Head is the epitome of an Irish pub. First off, it has a long mahogany bar where patrons order both a mixture of pints and shots. And while it’s in a large space, its décor makes it feel inviting for anyone stopping in. It doesn’t matter if you are a regular here or are just passing through, you’ll feel like you belong when you go to the Stags Head; here, everyone is family. One thing that makes the Stags Head so attractive is its live traditional music that puts patrons in the mood to sling back a few, sing and dance. All at this venue will have a good time; however, the old Victorian smoking lounge provides a quieter atmosphere to sit down and strike a more intimate conversation.
Moran’s Oyster Cottage
To understand the appeal of Moran’s Oyster Cottage, you need to look at the town itself. First off, it’s the oyster capital of Ireland. This means many in the town make their living collecting, shucking and serving oysters. It’s located outside of Galway, a harbor city on Ireland’s west coast. So when it comes to Moran’s Oyster Cottage, they too take their oysters seriously, making them the leading bar and oyster shack. The place is exactly what it sounds like: a cottage, which is actually thatched. The building is 250-years old and is owned by the same family that has run it for the past 7 generations.
The Pavilion is located in Cork and it’s a fairly busy bar to go to—but for good reason: it’s a great music venue. In its basement bare, there is live music almost every night and there are also DJs playing the latest mixes, comedians doing stand-up and all of the like performing some sort of live entertainment. With that said, everyone wants to come through the door! So not only can you order your favorite drink, you can stay to catch a live show while you sip or knock a few down.
Ireland’s pubs are a great attraction—it’s certainly undeniable. So as you are getting ready to go, make sure you have everything at home settled. Things like a home security system will give you peace of mind as you leave the country for several days or even weeks. Something so simple can let you focus on the things that really matter, such as making some really great memories.