8. M Finucane, Ballylongford, Co Kerry
The local pub in Ballylongford has maintained its name through a series of Michael Finucanes, currently standing with the current owner Michael Finucane III, who inherited the place after the passing of his father in 1982. One of those bars that is popular with the locals, it promotes a good atmosphere and good craic amongst the patrons. The upper shelf is lined with bits and bobs, crowded with things like tobacco-stained footballs, whiskey jars, brass lamps, and fishing nets. You might come to Ballylongford for the oysters, but you'll stay for a few rounds in Finucane's.
9. The Stag's Head, Dublin
The Stag's Head is a landmark pub in Dublin. Slightly off the beaten path, the way to find it in its alleyway location is to notice the tiled picture of a stag on the sidewalk just around the way from the pub proper. Composed of one large room with tables spaced intermittently along one wall, the Stag's Head boasts a couple of huge whiskey casks recessed into the right side of the pub.
10. Kelly's Cellars, Belfast, Co Antrim
The oldest licensed premises in Belfast, Kelly's Cellars is also one of the most attractive. Originally built in 1720 by Hugh Kelly, the pub started out as a bonded warehouse where rum, gin, and whiskey were the mainstays. Now almost 300 years old, the pub finds itself somewhere between an everyman drinking pub, political meeting ground, and historic museum. On weekends, there is a regular fare of folk musicians, and the Irish language is in full swing between both patrons and and staff. For a truly historical craic, this pub would be the ticket.
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