Back in the mid 1800’s, when this pub first opened, Hargadons was a well-loved, local hostelry with a truly unique quality. Despite the prevalence of music bars and the myriad traditional musicians in the country, Hargadons remained a ‘quiet’ bar, devoid of music and dedicated to its position as a genuine sanctuary. This policy remained in situ until fairly recent times and despite it being relaxed in the last years, it remains free of television and devoted to conversation, story telling and of course good food. The pub has been at the heart of Sligo life for over one hundred and fifty years and despite being closed for some of them, has recently returned to its rightful place, close to the heart of Sligo folk and visitors.
The 1850’s building has been restored to its former glory in a fantastic restoration project, which has been so successful as to render it impossible to tell the restoration work from the renovation. The bar used to bottle its own whiskey and beer and some of the casks are still in evidence, spread throughout the bar. Snugs, alcoves and hide-aways are endless. There are fires roaring at every turn and little rooms with old wooden chairs and benches. Some of the austerity of latter-day living has been softened with cushions, throws, banquettes and soft furnishings, but somehow, nothing of the authentic original bar has been lost. There are still old grocery shelves in place. Attention to detail is quite astounding, and visit to see that alone is a must.
Since taking over at Hargadon's a few years ago, Ray Monahan, Joe Grogan and Joe’s wife, Grainne have made serious waves. The trio are well known these days to Sligo Town and beyond, for the magnificent Source Sligo, which combines, restaurant, wine bar and cookery school in a three story building in the centre of town. At Hargadon's the trio have been gradually evolving a menu at befitting their much more traditional and historic environs.
In keeping with the Good Food Ireland philosophy, menu choices here a real homage to surrounding producers. Ingredients come from less than sixty miles of where you sit. In many cases, much closer, since the Monaghans have started their own tunnel for herbs and salads in season, and much use is made of produce from other nearby growers. Hargadon's runs a full menu with daily specials. Service is warm and friendly, delivered by cheerful Sligo folk, happy to chat about the town and its inhabitants, but perhaps most importantly, highly knowledgeable in local food terms.
Lunch at Hargadon's is always buzzing. Dinner is more elaborate but still in the casual dining category and with good value thrown in. Pop in for a bite with a classic pint of Guinness, served with a smile, a chat - and a tad of local gossip - all in the spirit of a real Irish pub!
Lunch served daily from 12 - 3.30pm (Monday to Saturday)
Evening Dinner & Wine Bar Menu Served daily from 4- 9pm (Monday to Saturday)