8 Lovely Places To Eat And Drink In County Clare
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While some of you may swear that Ireland's Costa Del Sol is on the sunny south east, the even sunnier south west seems to prevail year in, year out - giving Curracloe and Blackwater a run for their money.
For some of the best, safest and most exciting beaches in the country - where else would you go but Clare? Surf, music and friendly faces await you on arrival, with endless opportunities to live out the Irish holiday of your dreams while you're there.
We've done a little digging, and found that the food and drink scene is also absolutely incredible.
Go for the seafood alone.
1. Barrtrá Seafood Restaurant, Milltown Malbay Road
Located 3.5 kilometres outside Lahinch, on the Miltown Malbay road, Barrtrá hits the nail on the head when it comes to fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere.
Their cosy dining room overlooks Liscannor bay, with constant breath-taking views and awe-inspiring sunsets. It's romantic, yet understated and boasts some of the best and freshest fish in The Banner County
2. Kenny's, Lahinch
Situated on the main street of Lahinch is the wildly famous Kenny's pub - where live music is king and the atmosphere is palpable. For those of you looking to warm up the cockles after a surf in some of Ireland's best waters - Kenny's have a deadly menu too, showcasing the best of Irish food.
Hit it up during a summer weekend and rub shoulders with the likes of Lisa Hannigan or Luka Bloom as you tuck into your well-deserved pint.
3. Oh La La Creperie, Ennistymon
Right smack bang in the middle of the small Irish town that is Ennistymon (Shtymon to locals) is the humble café and crêperie, Oh La La. It accommodates all diets and tastes, and is run by a French woman - so you know it's legit.
Basically, Oh La La's treats are so good, you crêpe yourself.
4. Suas, Ennis
People come from far and wide to visit this hidden gem, and you should definitely make it a priority if you're heading to the wild, wild west for the summer.
5. Ginger Lou's, Ennistymon
Ginger Lou's is a special little place, where everything is homemade and your all-day-breakfast dreams become a reality.
Everything is organic, locally sourced and made with a whole lotta love. Their vegetarian options are some of the best in the business, and on another note, pricing is really reasonable - leaving you with a full tummy, full smile and full wallet.
6. The Greyhound Bar, Kilkee
The Greyhound is a fantastic live music bar, with cosy fireside seating, super friendly staff and a truly warm atmosphere. Week after week they bring top notch live music to the area too, attracting a fun crowd and guaranteeing you a deadly night.
They also have an impressive range of craft beers, one that would rival most Dublin pubs.
7. The Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna
Yet another whopper venue for live music and tasty pints is The Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna. In here, the sophistication of a seaside town and the divilment of a long night is married effortlessly and admirably.
Upstairs is Ireland's smallest microbrewery, and downstairs you'll find locals and tourists gelling as one in this beautifully quaint hidden gem.
8. Egan's, Liscannor
A long established family pub, and a favourite with Paul O'Connell, no less, Egan's pub in Liscannor is a pretty special pub with a vast alcohol selection and cracking menu. Live music can be heard in here most nights during the summer, as well as impromptu sessions almost every day of the week.
Homely, tasty, welcoming, with ample opportunity for anything to happen - these guys certainly know the recipe for the perfect evening.