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06th Jul 2017

This Is The Best Spot To Get The Shneaky Shift In Every County In Ireland

Alana Laverty

Are you in dire need of some tender loving care?

Well, you’ve come to the wrong place, my friend. 

Because what you’ll find below is a list of places that will provide anything but love. These are places where you can get a sneaky, sly shift in every county in Ireland. 

Don’t agree? Let us know…

Antrim – Thompsons Garage, Belfast

Patterson’s Place, Belfast

It wouldn’t be a trip to Belfast without a good gobbin’ in Thompsons Garage, our sources reliably inform us. 

It is possible to find luv in da club, or in this case, in a garage.

READ: 16 Northern Irish Slang Phrases Explained In Perfect English

Thompsons Garage

Armagh – The Hole In The Wall

Market Street, Armagh Town

Generations upon generations of locals have fallen in love in this bar.

But don’t lose sights of what you’re really there for… the shift. 

Carlow – Scraggs

Tullow Street, Co Carlow

Slime and grime aside, if you’re on the prowl for a guaranteed shift then Scraggs is almost always a reliable spot for just that. 

Pucker up. 


Cavan – Imperial Nightclub and Bar

Main Street, Cavan Town

You can’t beat a good old tongue wrestle in The Imperial – it’s a coming of age and a rite of passage that all Cavan people must endure. 

You’ll never forget your first <3

Clare – Willie Clancy

Miltown Malbay, Co Clare

Did you even go to Willie Clancy if you didn’t get the shift? 

The masses descend upon Miltown Malbay for what is always an unforgettable week of music, culture, dance and plenty of… you guessed it… shiftin’. 

Cork – The Savoy 

St Patrick’s Street, Cork City

A clear winner when it comes to shifting, all sides; if you don’t pull in The Savoy there’s no hope for the human race. 

READ: 44 Things Cork Has That You Simply Won’t Get In Dublin

Donegal – Barca Bar

Navenny Street, Ballybofey, Co Donegal 

Previously known as ‘Barcelona’, the Barca Bar is solid venue for a bit of tongue-twister. 

We’ve all been there.

Barca Bar

Derry – Granny Annie’s

Waterloo Street, Derry City 

If you’re looking for The One, then you would wanna look somewhere else because you won’t find ’em here – Granny Annie’s is for instant regrets only.

And, oh, the regrets you will have. 

Down – The Goat’s Toe

Main Street, Bangor, Co Down

The name of this alt bar really, um, sets the tone for the evening.

Their Facebook page description says it all really: “The same as everyone else but slightly better”. 

Dublin – Temple Bar

Anywhere in Temple Bar, Dublin City Centre 

Obviously we all know Coppers as a steamy hub of suspicious, borderline-illicit behaviour. But if you take your sneaky shifts seriously then you will know Temple Bar is where things really go down.

No tourist can resist a quick póg, a lovely Irish accent or the fact that ye will never see each other again. The drinks may be extortionate but the memories will last a lifetime. 

Temple bar

Fermanagh – The Crowes Nest, Enniskillen

High Street, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

Lock eyes from across the room, down your pint, pluck up some courage and ask: “Will you shift my friend?”


“Oh. Ok, will you shift me?”


A modern day romance. 

Galway – Róisín Dubh 

Dominick Street, Galway City Centre

As a consistent venue for a good oul’ shift you just can’t go wrong with Róisín Dubh. Whether it’s that lad you went to primary school with, an old estranged friend or a perfect stranger you’re after – you’ll find them all in Róisín.

(Honourable mention: Hole in the Wall during RAG Week is also a solid option for an annual exchange of saliva.)

READ: 33 Things Galway Has That You Won’t Get In Dublin

Kerry – Hillgrove Niteclub, Dingle 

Spa Road, Dingle, Co Kerry

If you’re looking to get the face worn off ya, then you’ve come to the right place. 

The Hillgrove has taken many a frigidity over the last three decades. Now that’s something to be proud of. 

READ: 44 Amazing Things Kerry Has That You Simply Won’t Get In Dublin


Kildare – The Court, Naas

Main Street, Naas, Co Kildare

Time waits for no man, but The Court is home to some of the most unforgettable shifts in the history of shifts. 

Sweet, sweet memories. 

READ: 25 Things Naas Has That You Absolutely Won’t Find In Dublin

Kilkenny – Left Bank

The Parade, Kilkenny Town

Well known for satisfied customers getting their bit. 

Where better to have a fling than in Kilkenny?

READ: 47 Things Kilkenny Has That You Simply Won’t Get In Dublin

Left Bank

Laois – Coppers, Portlaoise

Market Square, Portlaoise, Co Laois

Well known to locals but an alien concept to outsiders: Portlaoise has its very own Coppers. Who knew?

Loved by locals for a good jaw-lock. 

Leitrim – Club 360, Carrick-on-Shannon

The Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim

Some say the club is named after the most shifts by one person in a single night.

Is that a challenge? It sounds like a challenge. 

Limerick – Angel Lane

Robert Street, Limerick City

Basic but golden. Find the randomer of your dreams and maul the face off them.

Love IS real. 

READ: 47 Things Limerick Has That You Quite Simply Won’t Get In Dublin


Longford – The Spiral Tree

Main Street, Co Longford

Filled to the brim with craytures of the finest variety.

A trustworthy club to satisfy your necking-on needs. 

Louth – Electric Ballroom, Drogheda 

Fairgreen, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Masses of youths aside, Electric Ballroom will find you a partner to ‘meet’, and maybe more…

You minx, you. 

Mayo – The Castle, Westport

Castlebar Street, Westport, Co Mayo

Worth a special visit in its own right.

All you need to do is say “Mayo for Sam” with a wink and you’ll have them in the palm of your hand. 

The Castle Late Night Venue1

Meath – The Palace, Navan

Ludlow Street, Navan, Co. Meath

You can nearly see the hormones pumping out of The Palace as you stagger through the queue, beer goggles locked and ready.

Tonight’s the night…

Monaghan – Vanity Nightclub

Main Street, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan

As scarred for life as this place will leave you, it had to be included on this list. 


Offaly – The Palace, Tullamore

Bridge Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Tullamore’s “premiere venue” always plays host to a wide variety of shiftable suitors. 

You won’t be stuck for choice. And sure if all else fails you’ll always find someone outside of Supermacs. 

Roscommon – Rockfords Nightclub

Castle Street, Co Roscommon

Being able to say that you’ve sucked face in Rockfords will earn you brownie points all over the country. 

Legend status, confirmed. 

Sligo – The Strand, Strandhill 

Shore Road, Strandhill, Co Sligo

The only place to grab a sly shift after tag rugby on a Thursday. When you need it most.


Tipperary – Lar Corbett’s At Coppinger’s

Parnell Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

A notorious spot for that sort of carry on – with shifts as legendary as the man after whom it’s named. 

Lar Corbett’s Monday and Thursday nights will go down in history. 

READ: 30 Things Tipperary Has That You Simply Won’t Get In Dublin

Tyrone – Sense 

Drum Road, Cookstown, Co Tyrone

Maybe it’s love, or maybe it’s your lack of sight in the dark club, but tonight everyone in Sense is shiftable. 

Take your pick. 


Waterford – Masons Bar

Manor Street, Waterford City 

With drinks for just €3 it won’t be long before you’re flirting with the wall.

But if you can manage to latch onto a gal or guy before you’ve hit that level of drunk then bat those eyelashes and pucker the fuck up. 

Westmeath – Fence

Oliver Plunkett Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

If you’re looking for a slightly fancier facial-frolic then Fence is the exact place to descend upon. 



Wexford – The Strawberry Festival

Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

It wasn’t easy to look past The Stores and Benedict’s, where everyone and their mother has once gotten the shift. 

But all Wexford locals know that the annual Strawberry Festival is where true love is born. And by true love I mean a regret-filled snog. 

Shedfest is also a good shout for an annual smooch. Because what happens in the shed, stays in the shed. 

Wicklow – The Harbour Bar, Bray

Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Escape upstairs with your bae-du-jour. Find a nice couch in front of the fire and lob the gob.

Be sure to close your eyes though. The paintings on the walls are creepy af and mood killers for sure.

READ: 47 Things Bray Has That You Simply Won’t Get In Dublin

So now. Let the fighting commence…

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