Visiting a pub is an absolute must in Ireland. But, have you even thought of sleeping in one? Pub accommodation in Ireland isn’t too common, however, there are a few spots around the country that offer rooms above the bar. It’s a unique option for sure but, in my opinion, a whole lot of fun and offers you a more local experience. In 2017 I stayed in a room above a pub in Kilkenny and got to experience my first ever lock-in which I absolutely loved.
So, for anyone else who loves the idea of spending a night in a pub, here are some of the best options for pub accommodation in Ireland.
O’Neills Victorian Pub
Pub accommodation in Dublin is the perfect way to experience the city. And one of the best places to stay is at O’Neills Victorian Pub which has been family-owned since 1885. With a perfect location across from Trinity College, friendly staff, and a classic pub, O’Neills Victorian Pub has it all. Rooms at the pub range from twins to triples and have en suites and contemporary furnishings. There is also a spacious three bedroom suite that’s located in a separate building, has views of the city, and is ideal for extended stays. And you’ll love dining or grabbing drinks at O’Neills Victorian Pub. This charming old pub serves top quality food, a range of Irish beers, and even has their own red ale, ‘O’Neill’s Red’. So, if it’s a classic pub experience you’re after with a great location then O’Neills Victorian Pub is where you’ll want to stay.
Murphy’s of Killarney
If you’re looking for pubs with rooms in Ireland and travelling to Killarney then book your stay at Murphy’s of Killarney. Located in the heart of town, Murphy’s of Killarney offers traditions rooms that are spacious, have en suites, and even elevator access. But the party is downstairs at the pub that has been family-run since 1955. Murphy’s Bar is a hit with locals and visitors alike, with their breakfast that guests rave about, live music, and welcoming atmosphere. There are endless reasons why Murphy’s Pub is considered one of the best pubs in Killarney. With wood from an old church used throughout and stained glass from a cathedral combined with delicious food and a wide range of beers, Murphy’s of Killarney is a fantastic place to stay and dine.
The Huntsman Inn, Galway
Another great pub accommodation in Ireland is located in Galway. Just a ten minute walk to the city centre sits the Huntsman Inn. This boutique hotel has a dozen modern rooms with warm accents, sleek en suite bathrooms, and even free parking. There’s also an incredible pub and award-winning restaurant on site. The restaurant offers a wide range of dishes, from traditional beer-battered fish and chips to chickpea halloumi and pesto burger, and sources quality local produce. The pub is stylish and contemporary but offers all the fun of a traditional pub with live music, sports on play, and all the best international and local beers on tap. So, if you’re looking for a place to stay in Galway that’s modern, has incredible food, and a fabulous pub then the Huntsman Inn is the place for you.
The Lombard Townhouse
If you’re planning on visiting the thriving capital of Ireland and looking for pubs with accommodation in Dublin city centre then The Lombard is what you’re after. Located in the heart of Dublin, across from Trinity College, the Lombard is a lively and traditional pub that has accommodation above. Rooms are clean and modern with comfortable beds, flat-screens, and spacious en suites. The pub serves up delicious food all day long, from traditional Irish breakfasts to beef and Guinness stew with a pint for dinner. With dark wood furnishings, comfy banquette seats, a range of fine quality pub grub, and an ideal location, The Lombard is the perfect place to stay in Dublin.
The Moorings, Portmagee
One of Ireland’s most popular destinations is the Wild Atlantic Way. And if you’re looking for a great place to stay in the area then consider The Moorings in the charming little fishing village of Portmagee. Located right on the harbour, The Moorings is home to an award-winning restaurant and pub that serves up incredible food, traditional Irish music and dancing, as well as accommodation. Rooms are warm and inviting, with marble bathrooms, and some even have hot tubs. You can’t go wrong with great food, a fantastic location, and a pub on site.
McGrory’s of Culdaff
McGrory’s Front Bar is one of Ireland’s best bars and is the perfect place to stay while visiting Donegal and the Causeway Coast. Located in Culdaff, McGrory’s is an award-winning hotel for both its food and bars, and has been family-run for over ninety years. Each room at McGrory’s is uniquely styled with vintage pieces, locally made decorations, and have comfortable beds with luxury linens. There are not one but three bars to choose from. The Front Bar has that traditional cozy Irish pub feel with a stone fireplace, old timbers, and a locally inspired menu. The Backroom Bar is the perfect place to take in live music with its stone walls and fantastic acoustics. And the Middle Bar is a relaxed blend of both and is perfect for families or to enjoy watching a game with a beer. So, if you’re looking for pub accommodation for your visit to the Causeway Coast that blends great food and fun nights with comfort then McGrory’s in Culdaff is what you’re after.
The Rusty Mackeral
Set at the base of the scenic Sliabh Liag in the County of Donegal’s village of Teelin, The Rusty Mackeral is a fun and charming place to base yourself for exploring the area. The Rusty Mackeral is renowned for their daily traditional Irish music, fresh fish, and modern accommodation. There are two rooms to choose from, one is a sleek double that’s perfect for couples or solo travellers and the other is a triple that is ideal for friends or family travelling together. All rooms have an en suite and a lovely courtyard with views of the mountains. And between exploring you’ll love their character-filled pub that serves up local craft beers, a fresh and local-inspired menu, and nights full of music and good times.
If you’re visiting Kilkenny and are looking for unique accommodation then consider staying at The Pumphouse. This traditional Irish pub is located in the heart of Kilkenny’s historic downtown and has quaint rooms above. There are three room options, a one bed with shared bath, a three bed with shared bath, or a double with a private en suite. The Pumphouse pub serves up delicious fare, has a fabulous beer garden, and regular music nights. So, if you’re looking for a great place to stay in Kilkenny with a fun pub then plan your stay at The Pumphouse.
The Ferryman Townhouse
Are you looking for a pub hotel in Dublin? Built by Lord Cardiff in the 1780’s, The Ferryman offers historic accommodation, excellent views of the River Liffey, and a classic Irish pub. Rooms at the Ferryman are the perfect blend of old-world charm and modern comfort. Guests rave about the wonderful atmosphere in the pub with its warm and inviting space and staff. You can enjoy everything from a traditional breakfast in their stylish restaurant to a wide range of meal options, whiskey, and brews in their charming pub. So, if you’re looking for fabulous pubs with rooms in Dublin, an ideal location for exploring, and comfort then book your stay at The Ferryman today.
Pub accommodation in Ireland may be a bit different than what you are used to, but it’s definitely a unique experience that will leave you with fun, fond memories.