Lonely Planet reveals list of top 20 Irish pubs

St. Patrick’s Day may be long gone, but the Lonely Planet team clearly can’t get Ireland off of its mind. The iconic travel publication has just released its list of the 20 best Irish pubs in the country – so bank these for your summer sessions.

“The Irish pub is an essential part of Ireland’s culture”, the publication writes, and it has named some classic Irish spots across the country in their list, with old favourites the Gravedigger’s in Dublin, Dick Mack’s in Dingle and more in their round up of the top tier pubs.

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“Ireland is home to more than 7,000 pubs many of which serve food, are open all day and late into the night and host unbeatable Irish music sessions”, they write, so grab your creamy pints and steal that snug before someone else beats you to it.

Top of the list is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Gravedigger’s in Dublin’s Glasnevin neighbourhood, right beside the graveyard, a classic and authentic Irish pub that once charmed the heart of one Anthony Bourdain. He sampled traditional coddle at the counter and relished his “pint of plain” on a whistle-stop tour of Ireland.

“Now run by the seventh generation of Kavanaghs, the pub is so called as it was built into the wall of Glasnevin Cemetery and gravediggers used to come in for a few drinks after a hard day’s labor”, the editors write, and they suggest trying the “Irish and continental tapas from chef Ciarán Kavanagh” while you’re there.

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Elsewhere on the list is Tigh Neachtain, in Galway city, the lively spot recently shouted out by local star Nicola Coughlan in an interview with Elle UK. Coughlan noted it for its incredible trade music nights, which is exactly what Lonely Planet has singled it out for.

“Squeeze inside for their live music sessions or head there early to nab a place outside in their sunny drinks area”, they write. “If you can get a seat inside, you might never leave.”

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The Rusty Mackerel, County Donegal gets a spot for “serving fresh fish caught at night and delivered to their door every morning”, and is without a doubt one of the best known pubs in the area. Nestled at the foot of Sliabh Liag, this authentic pubs has rooms for rent upstairs for those wishing to lap up the atmosphere all night.

Read the full list of Irish pubs here:

  1. The Gravediggers, Dublin
  2. Teach Hiudaí Beag, County Donegal
  3. De Barra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty, Co Cork
  4. The Moorings, Dungarvan, Co Waterford
  5. O’Connell’s, Skryne, Co Meath
  6. Dick Mack’s, Dingle, Co Kerry
  7. Morrissey’s, Abbeyleix, Co Laois
  8. Thomas Connolly, Sligo town
  9. Mickey Finn’s Pub, Co Wicklow
  10. JJ Houghs Singing Pub, Banagher, Co Offaly
  11. The Rusty Mackerel, County Donegal
  12. Street 66, Dublin
  13. Sunflower Public House, Belfast
  14. Tigh Neachtain, Galway city
  15. O’Loclainn’s Irish Whiskey Bar, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare
  16. Clarke & Sons, Drogheda, Co Louth
  17. Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh
  18. The Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin
  19. Mother Macs, Limerick City
  20. The Duke of York, Belfast

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