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Tuesday 6 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C
How many of these great pubs around Ireland have you been to?
Here’s a guide to make finding a great pub near you a touch easier.

NO MATTER IF you’re enjoying a pint or just a packet of crisps and a mineral, Irish pubs are some of the best places in the world to spend some time.

It’s one thing we can be relied upon to do right. From snugs to beer gardens, taking into account sound bar staff with a proper pour… No matter where you are around the country, you’re probably not far from a decent pub.

Let’s see how many you can check off your Irish bucket list.

1. Toners, Baggot Street

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Despite being a stone’s throw from the centre of Dublin city centre, Toners maintains a lot of classic Irish pub charm. It can get wedged at the weekend, so aim to try it during a quiet midweek afternoon to enjoy it fully.

2. The Blue Light, Barnacullia

Nestled into the foothills of the Dublin mountains in Sandyford, The Blue Light offers a rural pub idyll not too far outside of the capital’s city limits. On a warm day, you can enjoy views all over Dublin in the sunshine, while at night you can have a pint by the fire if it gets chilly. Ideal.

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3. Matt Molloys, Westport

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Looking for a pub with a traditional Irish music session? You’ve found it. This pub in Westport, Co Mayo, is owned by Matt Molloy – a man whose musical CV includes The Bothy Band, Planxty and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

4. The Oval, Cork

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The Oval boasts an inclusion on the Cork Heritage Pubs Trail and can be found just opposite Cork’s old Beamish and Crawford brewery. Worth checking out for its old school design at the very least – but stay for a natter as well, of course.

5. Geoffs, Waterford

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It’s fair to say Geoffs is a bit of a Waterford institution and a must-visit if you’re swinging through. As well-known for its pub grub as it is for the friendly Déise welcome.

6. Cassidys, Westmoreland Street

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A bit buzzier than our previous recommendations, Cassidys is in the thick of it in Dublin’s city centre, within sight of O’Connell Bridge. Its lovably ramshackle interior design and pizza deals makes it a surefire favourite for bearded Dubliners who enjoy craft beers. If you know what we mean.

7. Neachtains, Galway

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Can you truly say you’ve been to Galway if you’ve never step foot in Neachtains? From the instantly recognisable murals on the outside to elbowing your way around inside trying to find a seat, everything about it sums up the city. The outdoor area makes it ideal for a blazing hot summer’s day as well – if it ever arrives in Galway.

What’s your favourite pub around the country? Let us know in the comments and let’s make this bucket list longer.

All of these pubs use Visa contactless – now that’ll make queuing at the bar to get a round for your mates in your favourite Irish pub a touch easier. As many as 3 million Visa contactless cards have been issued across Ireland and over 20,000 merchants are accepting Visa contactless payments for up to €30. Touch and pay with Visa for even more everyday essentials. 

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