Out on the town: four of the best pubs in Ireland for live music

Here's where to go to grab a drink and catch some live music.Thursday, 26 March 2020

Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co Louth 

Snugs, sash windows, candles and craft beers. This quayside treasure features Sunday trad sessions downstairs, while upstairs is a lovingly curated venue that has drawn local legends like Just Mustard and Jinx Lennon, as well as touring acts like Snow Patrol and The Handsome Family. It’s a gorgeous space, and offers an authentic taste of the Irish music scene.   

Teach Hiúdaí Beag, bunbeg, Co Donegal

Here’s where to combine good music and Gaeilge (the Irish language). Set in Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht area, the northwest pub features the best of local trad in Monday night seisiúns, with up to a dozen musicians on the go at times. More good news: it’s also a B&B.

De barra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty, Co Cork 

Serving up everything from trad and rock ’n’ roll to comedy and blues, this gregarious, genre-bending pub is a West Cork legend. Don’t miss it.  

Annesley House, North Strand, Dublin

Pubs like Pipers Corner, The Cobblestone and Whelan are better known for live music, but ‘The House Presents’ sessions at Annesley House are one of the Northside’s sweetest surprises. A salon-style setup features an eclectic mix of live rock, blues, acoustic and spoken word. 

Published in the April 2020 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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