Nothing beats the feel of a good Irish pub with a mixture of good craic, superb Guinness and that warm feeling as you settle in for a couple of scoops.
Although there are hundreds around the country we thought we’d pick 17 of the very best to create a check list of places you have to visit.
The only thing you have to do now is get out a map, find a safe place to park the car and get a bit of a thirst on you as you head off to complete one of the most important lists you’ll ever read…
1.The Old Thatch, Killeagh, Sligo
Located in Cork this is the oldest thatch pub in Ireland and looks exactly what and Irish pub should look like both on the outside and the inside.
2.The Long Hall, Dublin
Like stepping into a different era while still being on one of the most hip and trendy streets in Dublin. You’ll struggle to find a better pint or more professional bar staff.
3.Gus O’Connor’s, Doolin
A brilliant old style pub on the Wild Atlantic way in the heart of Clare. Not only will you get a great pint and super service but the trad sessions are out of this world.
A pub that has been in the same family for seven generations. The locals treat it as their own (as they should) but it feels like walking onto a movie set. Great pints and super bar snacks.
It is hard to pick just one pub in Galway but the pints, food and sport in here are second to none. Come early and prepare to settle in for the day.
6.Dick Mack’s, Dingle
It started off as a shoe business but quickly morphed into a pub. If you are a local or a tourist handing around the Dingle peninsula this is the place to find refuge.
7.Clancy’s, Athy, Co Kildare
One of those places where you come for a pint and end up in the middle of a live music session having the time of your life. A proper proper Irish pub.
A drak bar where as you sip your drink you can feel and smell the thousands of people who have been here before you. Exactly what every pub in the world should be like.
9. O’Donoghues, Dublin 2
It doesn’t get more authentic than this and you can still feel the spirit of the Dubliner’s playing here as you sup wonderful pints of Guinness.
10.Johnnie Fox’s, Glencullen
Probably the most famous pub in Ireland and a place where tourists mix alongside locals with a casual charm. Great food and even better drinks.
11.The Beach Bar, Sligo
Just about as far West as you can go for a pint in Ireland and a wonderful place to escape the world. If you happen to be here when it is sunny outside you’ll be in heaven.
12.The Stag’s Head – Dublin
The key to this place is that it is as popular with the tourists as it is with the locals. Pints inside in the winter or spilling out onto the streets in the summer.
13.Kelly’s Cellars, Belfast
You’ll find very few Irish cities better than Belfast for the craic and when the music starts rocking in here, the pints are flowing or the weekend is in full flow this is the place to be for fun.
14.The Beachcomber Bar Rathmullan, Donegal
Probably a long drive from wherever you are in Ireland but once you get here you are in for a real treat, Ideally you’ll come in summer and have some of the best views in the country with your drink.
15.L Mulligan Grocer, Stoneybatter Dublin
The perfect mix between an old Irish pub and a modern boozer. Great drinks with a particular focus on whisket and some amazing gastro pub style food.
16.The Crown Bar, Belfast
Right across the road from the Europa hotel and literally one of the best bars in the world. Might seem like something from decades ago but have a pint and enjoy drinking in a historic setting.
17.Paddy Blues – Gorey
A brilliant pub down a side street where you would be as comfortable watching a match as listening to live music sessions that just seem to pop up out of nowhere.