Historic pubs

Gibney’s Pub, Malahide Village. co. Dublin – 1890

Gibney's has the charm and feel of a proper authentic Irish Pub. The pub was previously known as The Abercorn Tavern since 1890 but the name was changed in 1937 when James Joseph Gibney bought [...]

T & H Doolan’s Pub, George’s Street. Waterford City. est. c.1710

T & H Doolans is over 300 years old and is Waterford’s Oldest Tavern. The wall in the lounge is actually much older being part of the original city walls built by the Normans over [...]

The Hole in the Wall Pub, Blackhorse Avenue. Dublin City – est.1651

The Hole in the Wall claims to be the longest pub and has the longest bar counter in Ireland. It was originally a coach house and dates to the mid 1650's. During these times, merchants, [...]

The Temple Bar, Temple Bar. Dublin City – est.1840

The Temple Bar is one of the most famous pubs in Dublin. It's history goes back to 1599 when Sir William Temple, a renowned teacher and philosopher, built his house and gardens here on newly [...]

The Brazen Head Pub, Bridge St. Lower. Dublin City – est.1198

The Brazen Head claims to be Ireland's oldest pub, dating back to 1198. It is definitely Dublin's oldest however the official title goes to Sean's Bar in Athlone which dates to 900 ad (which was [...]

J O’Connells Pub, Hill of Skyrne. co.Meath – c.1800

O'Connell's Pub features in the Guinness Christmas advert and  is popularly known as 'Mrs O's' or 'Yankee's'. It is located opposite a national monument called Screen Church. This pub has practically unchanged since the early [...]

Regan’s Pub, Trim. co.Meath – est. c.14th century (claimed)

This small traditional pub is located in a beautiful spot beside St Peter's Bridge near the town of Trim. It claims to be Ireland's second oldest pub (next to Sean's Bar in Athlone) and the [...]

The Merry Ploughboy Pub, Rockbrook. co.Dublin – est. c.1800

This traditional music bar claim's to be the only pub in Ireland that is run by traditional musicians - The Merry Ploughboys. It is located in a scenic location near Rathfarnham on the Dublin Mountains. [...]

Brennan’s Inn, Kilteel. co.Kildare – c.1900

This pub is situated in the Parish of Eadestown in Kildare. It's the only parish in Ireland with 2 race courses and 1 pub. This is also Kildare’s highest pub located at 700ft above sea [...]

Finnegan’s Pub, Dalkey. co.Dublin – est.1862

This famous pub is located in Dalkey; one of Ireland's most beautiful villages. It was built around 1862 during the Victorian era and still manages to combine modern with an old world charm. It's also [...]

The Cock Tavern, Howth. co.Dublin – est c.1780

The Cock Tavern is on Church Street near the ruins of Howth Abbey. It has a an authentic Irish feel with friendly locals, good staff and a nice open fire. I included this for the [...]

The Abbey Tavern, Howth. co.Dublin – est.15th century

The Abbey Tavern nestles against the ancient ruins of Howth Abbey, which dates back to the 11th century. The Tavern itself dates back to the 15th Century, when it was built for the local monks [...]

The Squeelin’ Pig Pub, Muff. co.Donegal – est. c.1880

Had to include this historic pub for the great name alone! located in the village of Muff (also a great name!) in co. Donegal. If you are planning to explore this area CLICK HERE [...]

The Blue Light Pub, Barnacullia, co.Dublin – est. c.1870

The Blue Light is a gem of a pub that is located 700 feet above sea level and has the finest views from any pub in Dublin. It  can be found in an area called [...]

Sean’s Bar, Athlone. co.Westmeath – 900 a.d

This bar dates from 900 ad and is not only the oldest bar in Ireland, but also in Europe and possibly the World. This was officially certified by The Guinness Book of World Records using [...]

Johnnie Fox’s Pub, Glencullen. co.Dublin – est.1798 (Gleann Cuilinn-‘Valley of the Holly’)

Johnnie Fox's Pubs is one of the most famous pubs in Ireland and is visited by everyone from rock stars to royalty. The building used to be a small holding farm and areas within the [...]

The Ponderosa Pub, Glenshane Pass. co.Derry – c.1900 (now renovated)

This pub started its life as a little farmhouse and is located on the Derry to Belfast road on the Glenshane Pass. It is reputedly the highest pub in Ireland. It has to be self [...]

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