When it comes to a great pub, Ireland wrote the book. After all, we’ve be churning out public houses at a silly rate since around 900 AD.

As you adventure around Ireland, you’ll find it next to impossible to avoid stumbling across a pub. Some will be great. Some will be alright. And some will be here-lets-grab-the-coats-and-get-out-of-this-kip awful.

They range from pokey little one man shows where you’ll feel like you’re sitting down with a pint in someones living room to enormous gastro pubs that you’d encounter in any city in the world.

Although the majority of pubs you’ll ramble on by (or into) will be pretty unextraordinary, every once and a while you’ll uncover a gem that’ll make you want to tear open the doors and take a gander inside at what’s.

Here’s a handful of some of the wonderful pubs you’ll encounter on your journey across Ireland.

1 – An Teach Beag, Connolly St, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

2 – Hargadons Pub, O’Connell St, Sligo

hargadons pub sligo

Photo by Peter McCabe

3 – Seans Bar, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

seans bar athlone

4 – Mulligan’s Pub, Stoneybatter, Dublin

mulligans dublin

Photo by Gareth Byrne

5 – Gus O’Connor’s Pub, Doolin, Co. Clare

doily pub gus o'conners

6 – Killeen’s Pub, Claremorris, County Mayo

killeens pub mayo

Photo by Derek Cullen

7 – O’Neill’s , Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork

O'Neill's Bar Allihies

Photo by Chris Hill

8 – D O’Sheas Bar, Sneem, Co. Kerry

9 – An Driochead Beag, Dingle, Co. Kerry

10 – Murphy’s Pub, Dingle, Co. Kerry

11 – The Confession Box, Dublin 1

The-Confession-Box-Pub

Photo by psyberartist

12 – The Bulman, Kinsale, Co. Cork

13 – John Kavanagh’s (The Gravediggers), Dublin 9

the gravediggers dublin pub

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