The top ten pubs in the picturesque town of Dingle
Rich vistas, colorful scenery and some of the best pubs in Ireland on the Dingle Peninsula, in County Kerry
Lord Baker’s – claiming to be the oldest pub in Dingle, this local landmark is named after Tom Baker, who purchased this premise in 1890 and turned it into a hive of activity, selling wine and spirits, tea, flour, wool and general farm supplies. When not behind the bar or shop counter, he was elected to the Kerry County Council and also worked as an auctioneer and wrote poetry in the Irish language. He earned the unofficial title of “Lord Baker” from his fellow townspeople. His legacy lives on in the atmosphere of the bar. Good bar food is served throughout the day. (Main St., Dingle Town, tel. 066-915-1277); www.lordbakers.ie)
MacCártaìg/MacCarthy’s Pub – has been in the McCarthy family since the early 1800’s. Like many early pubs, it had a dual purpose in earlier days, serving as a pub-grocery store and then a pub-bakery. Pictures on the walls tell the pub’s story through the years. Music is on tap many nights. (Goat St., Dingle Town, tel. 066-915-1205; www.maccarthyspub.com)
O'Flaherty's – a vintage pub near the Pier, known for its rustic atmosphere and great sessions of Irish traditional music. Enter from Strand Street or from the musically-themed back gate along the harborfront. (Strand Street, Dingle Town, tel. 066-915-1461)
South Pole Inn – a handy stop between Tralee and Dingle. Formerly owned by Tom Crean who was famed for his Antarctic explorations, this pub is full of memorabilia from Tom’s travels. (Main St., Annascaul, tel. 066-915-7388)
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* Originally published in 2010.