The Best Authentic Irish Pubs
Ireland is filled with great pubs. It’s not just the big cities where you will find delicious food and a properly poured pint of Guinness, even the tiny towns and fishing villages have world-renowned pubs.
You can’t go to Ireland without popping into a pub to enjoy the music and make some new friends.
- The Stags Head – Dublin
This 19th-century pub in Dublin is both cozy and ornate. The richly carved woodwork gives visitors a sense of elegance and grandeur. The pub has a lively atmosphere to it and can get crowded but if you want a place with good food, good drinks and plenty of “people watching” The Stags Head is the perfect place.
- Mulligans of Poolbeg St – Dublin
Mulligans is one of the last few remaining authentic, big-name pubs in Ireland. It has retained the original charm of a true Irish pub with only slight modernization. It is said it’s here you will find some of the best Guinness beer in Ireland.
- The Field – Kilkenny
The unassuming pub is actually one of the liveliest bars in Kilkenny. Locals come here to listen to local musicians play everything from traditional music to rock-n-rock covers. It’s a great place to mingle with the locals and enjoy some good food and drinks.
- Gus O’Connor’s Pub – Doolin
The pub has been in operation since 1832 and its fame is evident by the souvenirs that decorate the walls and ceiling. Currency, patches, stickers and other trinkets from all over the world. You can listen to lively music or cozy up to a roaring fire for some relaxation.
- O’Dowd’s – Roundstone
A local favorite but less known by tourists, this gem is known for its delicious seafood. Located on the harbor front in a picture-perfect fishing village, the pub is sure to be among your favorites.
- Smugglers Creek – Rossnowlagh
The rustic décor will make you feel right at home. The views Rossnowlagh bay make for a stunning backdrop. Guests can sit outside and enjoy the fresh sea air or relax in this inside with plenty of large windows so you can still enjoy the sea views.
- Kelly’s Cellars – Belfast
This pub is filled with Irish history. The United Irishmen met here to plot against the English rule in 1798. As the story goes, the leader of the group hid behind the bar when the British authorities came to arrest him. The bar still has many of its original features and you can often hear the bartenders and patrons speaking Gaelic.
- Foxy John’s – Dingle
You are not going to believe this one. Foxy John’s is a BAR and a HARDWARE store. You can drink and use tools at the same time. This place is worth visiting just to see it for yourself.
- Black Bird – Ballycotton
Sitting amongst the ruins if the oldest part of the city, this authentic Irish pub offers delicious home-made food made with ingredients fresh from the farm. The pub is decorated with traditional décor. On warm days guests can enjoy the lovely beer garden.
- An Droichead Beag – Dingle
This crazy loud, carney yellow pub screams “come in,” though the pub is more subdued inside. Known for its live music and good beer, the candlelit atmosphere is lively.