Friday Night Pub Roundup
The weekend is here and what better way to kick it off than with a couple of drinks and a good feed?! We’ve got just the very places where you can get a craft beer or something stronger with a great plate of pub grub on a Friday evening. You don’t need to wear your best bib and tucker to enjoy a night out at these friendly places. There’s a welcome on the mat and craic to be had – your Friday night has arrived!
ASHTON’S GASTROPUB CLONSKEAGH
In the south Dublin suburb of Clonskeagh, a lovely pub beckons. Ashton’s Gastropub is a sister premises of Harte’s Bar and Grill in Kildare and the Dew Drop Inn Gastropub, all owned by Ronan Kinsella and Paul Lenehan. Ronan is in permanent residence at Ashton’s, bringing his love of Irish produce and craft beers to a grateful clientele who appreciate the thought and care that goes into the offering here.
Turn up as you are, straight from work or whatever you’ve spent your Friday doing. Enjoy a full A la Carte menu plus house specials including the 8 hour braised Blade of Beef, melt in the mouth. Try the house craft brews made specially for all the Linehan Kinsella pubs and seen over by Ronan, who has a fondness for craft brewing and knows a good pint when he sees one! Not to be missed.
BLAIRS INN, BLARNEY, CO. CORK
Pretty as a picture this time of year, Blairs Inn welcomes customers with hanging baskets of colourful summer blooms outside and warm friendly service when you get in the door. Run by brothers Richard and Duncan Blair, the boys combine great cooking with good service and that air of familiarity you want when you go to the pub. Richard works front of house, while Duncan rocks the kitchen. Find great pub grub with a twist here, plus some traditional dishes of Cork. Craft beer and cider selection, craft spirits and the full bar service.
CRONIN’S PUB, CROSSHAVEN, CO. CORK
Cronin’s occupies a great position in Crosshaven, overlooking Cork harbour. Grab a table outside where you can watch dusk turn to night as the stars light up and the vibe gets mighty! Cronin’s offers the best in fresh seafood, from the house special Mad Fish Soup, made Mediterranean style with shellfish stock, a mix of local seasonal fish, brandy and cream, to Salt and Pepper Squid and Nude Oysters served with shallot and tarragon vinegar and fresh lemon.
Mad Fish restaurant at Cronin’s is a formal dining space featuring the best of fish and meat starters and mains, followed by house desserts. There’s even a great menu for kids – all homemade so you can bring them with you and know they are getting good food too.
EAT GASTROPUB, GALWAY CITY
One of several food ventures from JP McMahon, Eat brings a gourmet casual dining offering to the retro feel of Massimo’s pub on William Street West. JP’s ethos of using everything local applies here as well as it does to his Michelin starred Aniar. Choose from a collection of Little Eats, Big Eats and house Burgers served on the lauded Waterford Blaa, served with homemade ketchup and house chips. Sounds yummy already. Sweet Eats are simple but tempting. Wine and full bar service available for drinks to go with your food.
FLANAGAN’S GASTROPUB BRICKENS, CO.MAYO
A little gem in a country location. That’s Flanagan’s Gastro Pub in Brickens, five kilometres from Claremorris town in Co. Mayo. ‘We’re your typical rural Irish pub, on a crossroads with a community centre and the church’, says Luke Flanagan, who owns and runs the pub with his wife Caroline. That just about describes this pub, worth travelling to find for the great food.
Head Chef Luke serves a menu of traditional Irish dishes with a modern take, relying on local producers and suppliers for the best ingredients. You’ll get fed well here, with wine from the list or an Irish craft beer or cider to go with your food. From Mayo mussels, to the House Burger, slow cooked lamb shanks and fresh fish, it’s all here. Outdoor tables make the most of the long evenings if the weather is good.
HARGADON’S SLIGO TOWN
Back in the mid 1800’s, when Hargadons first opened, it was a well-loved, local hostelry with a truly unique quality. A ‘quiet’ bar, dedicated to its position as a genuine sanctuary. Today it remains free of television and devoted to conversation story telling and good food. So if that’s what you’re looking for on a Friday night, this place is for you. The nooks and crannies of this old bar are a haven for proper chat over a few drinks while tucking into the specialities of the house.
Hargadons is proud to list its local suppliers for fish, meat and veggies. Food is modern Irish and always a talking point. Wines are sourced from the family’s own vineyard in the Languedoc region of France. Plus there’s a full bar serving all the traditional drinks you’d expect as well as Irish craft beers, ciders and spirits. You can even choose a stool to prop up the bar and exchange some juicy gossip, as locals have done for over 150 years. Something old, something new, it all blends very well together here in historic surroundings.
LARKIN’S BAR, PORTROE, CO. TIPPERARY
On the banks of Lough Derg, Maura and Cormac Boyle’s beautiful little pub Larkin’s Bar is just the sort of hostelry you want to find when you come to Ireland. Its idyllic setting on the banks of Lough Derg couldn’t be more perfect. Food is an eclectic mix of dishes with varied influences, all made with the freshest Irish produce. The pub has an old fashioned family run feel and there are tables out front or in the private garden if you want to dine outside. If there’s a group of you, the ‘Snug’ at Larkins seats up to 12 people in cosy comfort with a warming stove and cosy surroundings.
THE ROADSIDE TAVERN GASTROPUB
Lisdoonvarna is known for two things – the matchmaking festival and The Roadside Tavern, a fantastic old pub that’s been around longer than the festival! The Curtin family, namely Peter Curtin and his wife Birgitta of Burren Smokehouse fame run this pub, while the kitchen is the domaine of Kieran O’Halloran. Menu includes lots of local meats plus smoked fish from Burren Smokehouse just next door.
Peter Curtin’s microbrewery on site here provides unique ales that are only available here, so try them while you can. If there was ever a typical Irish pub, this is it. Dedicated to trad and folk music, you may find there’s a band in the house or an impromptu session will strike up. The Roadside is a gem in Co. Clare.
DEW DROP INN GASTROPUB, KILL, CO.KILDARE
Another winner from Paul Lenehan and Ronan Kinsella, the Dew Drop Inn Gastropub provides great food and friendly service with lots of live banter and conversation thrown in. A casual dining menu includes Hot Steaks on the Rock as a house speciality or Beer Battered Fish and Chips, which everyone loves on a Friday night! Try Ronan’s house Dew Drop Brewing Co ‘Craft on Draught’ beers plus a selection of other Irish craft beers on rotation, and a fine whiskey collection.