Here are some of the best places to eat and drink in Ireland according to IrishCentral's reader survey. They know their stuff.
Editor's Note: On June 29, 2020, the Republic of Ireland officially allowed the reopening of pubs (that serve food) after they had been shut down during coronavirus restrictions. Below is a look back on some of IrishCentral's readers' favorite pubs in Ireland.
In June 2019, IrishCentral spent a month celebrating the wonder that is Irish food and drink. As part of our celebration of Irish cuisine, we asked our readers to tell us where the best place to eat in Ireland is.
Almost 200 IrishCentral readers responded to our survey, telling us where their favorite place in Ireland was and why.
Not surprisingly, "great food," "friendly people," and "music" were among the most popular reasons readers cited a pub or restaurant as their favorite:
And from all the way up in Co Donegal, and all the way down to Co Waterford, it’s evident that there’s no shortage of great places to eat in Ireland:
Here are some of the most popular spots in Ireland for a bite and or a pint, as submitted by our readers:
Bofey Quinn’s - Corofin, Co Clare
Reviewers said: "Absolutely fantastic music, food and staff. I've never had a bad night there and the food is always amazing. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves atmosphere and music!" and "Great food, great music, and warm amazing people." Learn more on their Facebook.
Foxy John’s - Dingle, Co Kerry
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Reviewers said: "An unsuspecting bar/hardware store, small and homey," and "authentic, friendly, great craic."
Gus O’Connor’s - Doolin, Co Clare
Reviewers said: "The food is wonderful!!!! The atmosphere is pure Ireland!!!" and "Quaint and friendly with great food, spirits, and music." Learn more on their Facebook.
Burke’s - Clonbur, Co Galway
Reviewers said: "Best food, service, drinks, authentic Irish music, and very friendly customers," and "Great food, staff, and atmosphere." Learn more on their Facebook.
John Benny’s, Dingle
Reviewers said: "Great pub, music, and food!" Learn more on their Facebook.
Matt Molloy’s - Westport, Co Mayo
Reviewers said they loved the trad music at this Co Mayo pub, which is offered seven nights a week! Learn more on their Facebook.
Mother Mac’s - Limerick City, Co Limerick
Reviewers said: "A quaint pub in the city centre that boasts a fine Range of craft beers from all over Ireland as well as the regular beers (Guinness /Heineken, etc)," and "A warm welcome, great selection of beer and very unique pub." Learn more on their Facebook.
The Stag’s Head - Dublin City Center, Co Dublin
Reviewers said: "It's old and quaint," and "friendly barkeeps." Learn more on their Facebook.
Thomas Maher’s - Waterford City, Co Waterford
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Reviewers said: "Traditional with staff and patrons friendly, talkative, hospitable, and helpful," and that they loved "The history behind it and people."
L. Mulligan’s - Dublin
Reviewers said: "Incredible food, great whiskeys, extensive beer selection. The staff are friendly too!" and that they loved the "Craic and conversations." Learn more on their Facebook.
What is your favorite pub or restaurant to visit in Ireland? Let us know in the comments!
* Originally published in July 2019.