Ireland is a country that is known all over the world for our pubs.
They come in all shapes and sizes and are invariably served with a good dose of craic, giving them their universal appeal.
While there are thousands across the country we wanted to focus today on a very specific type of Irish Pub; the cosiest. These are the pubs you'll never want to leave. Small places. Places with a fire. Places with a warm cosy atmosphere where the pints taste better than in any other pub.
All you have to do now is find a friend and travel the length and breadth of the country ticking them all off the list. Hard work but somebody has to do it!
1. McDermott’s, Doolin, Clare
It beat out stiff competition to be deemed the comfiest pub in Clare, but the soft seats and deadly chips do it for us.
2. EJ Morrissey's, Abbeyleix, Co Laois
The epitome of cosy Irish pub.
And enough memorabilia to stake a stick at. Important.
3. M Finucane, Ballylongford, Co Kerry
The Finucane family have been serving up cold ones in this pub for ions now. Nestled in on the main street in Ballylongford, this pub is a must-perch-in.
4. The Brazen Head, Dublin
It doesn't attract one billion* tourists a year for no reason...
*figures may not be entirely accurate.
5. McHugh's, Belfast
Slick food? Check.
Comfy perches? Check.
Enough history to keep us chatting 'til the cows come home, and maybe then chat with the cows? Check.
6. Sean's Bar, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Its all about the fire when you come in here in the depths of winter. Throw in amazing pints, great service and live music and this place is the absolute dream.
7. Old Thatch, Killeagh, Co. Cork
A pub that is made to be say in for long numbers of hours supping pints and having the craic. As comfortable as it gets.
8. Foxy John’s, Dingle
Whats not to love about this awesome town in Kerry? Once you've seen the sights head in here for an awesome pint and hours of craic.
9. Matt Molloys, Westport
One of the great towns in Ireland to get away from it all and find outdoor pursuits. You'll then want to settle into a pub and this one is perfect for the job.
11. De Barra's, Clonakilty, Co Cork
One of the best little towns in Ireland to head to for a bit of a session. This pub has a great focus on live music and you'll struggle to find a reason to leave once you do settle in here.
12. McCarthy's, Fethard, Co Tipperary
A place that is packed full of tradition and where you feel like you can hear the walls telling you stories of the people who have drank here over the years.
13. The Blue Note, Galway
Cracking spot that is popular with locals who like a good time and who enjoy live music several times a week. Also a great cosy place to come and get lost during the day.
14. Moran's Oyster Cottage, Galway
A cracking little spot in Galway that ticks all the boxes when it comes to great things in Ireland. Amazing food, service, and most of all pints.
15. M O’Shea, Borris, Carlow
What you think a pub would look like if you walked back in time 30 years and we love that. A wonderful piece of Ireland preserved.
16. O'Donoghues, Baggot Street, Dublin
Has been around for decades and we are talking about the original small bar at the front. The Dubliners started off here and the place is made for live music and craic.
17. The Strand Bar, Strandhill, Sligo
Way out West and the key selling point here is a rip roaring fire. Nothing takes a pub to the next level better than a fire does.