Dingle is home to over 50 unique pubs, including one that is half hardware store and half bar. Just in case you need some nails with your pint of Guinness. Here are some of our favorites.
John Benny’s (Strand St.)
A toasty cast iron woodstove, stone slab floor, memorabilia on the walls, great staff and no intrusive TV make this one of Dingle's most enjoyable traditional pubs. Local musicians pour in most nights for rockin' trad sessions. Click here for an example
Foxy John’s (Main St)
Dingle, with its more than 50 pubs, many of them mongrel affairs that still have vestiges of their lives as shops. Foxy John’s on Main St is one example and stocks hardware and outdoor clothing as well as beer and whiskey. They even rent out bikes!
The Courthouse (The Mall)
The Courthouse is the first place we send people looking for traditional Irish music and a relaxing, memorable evening. If you are a tourist on a short visit and are craving outstanding music, this is the place. Candle-lit tables, quick and warm service and music you won't soon forget.
Lord Baker’s (Main St)
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. As well as tending to his bar and shop, Baker served as a county councilor, 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.
O'Flaherty's (Strand St.)
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 harbor-front.
An Droichead Beag (Main St)
Sitting beside a bridge leading to the road over the Conor Pass, this pub is known for its “mighty” sessions of Irish traditional music scheduled every night of the year, usually commencing at 9:30pm.
Dick Mack’s (Green St)
Probably Dingle’s most well-known Dingle pub. Named after the late leather-craftsman Richard MacDonnell (the current owner’s father), this family pub carries on a cobbler’s tradition, with a small leather shop still on the premises and an array of handcrafted leather boots, belts, and key fobs still on display. The walls are lined with family memorabilia, old pictures and books. The bar area is small and includes an old-fashioned snug. Outside there is a Hollywood-style pavement with star slabs showing the names of famous people who have visited such as Sean Connery, Robert Mitchum, and Julia Roberts, to name a few.