OFFICIAL: Here are the best pubs in Ireland 5 years ago

OFFICIAL: Here are the best pubs in Ireland

Ever had a pint in any of these places?

Farren’s Pub in Malin Head, Donegal has been named as the ‘Best Bar in Ireland’ after winning the prestigious accolade at the Irish Hospitality Awards 2018.


Aside from this overall prize, various other Irish pubs were also acknowledged because several of the awards were split into local regions to ensure that the diverse range of hospitality businesses from across Ireland were recognised for their exceptional work.

This being said, Farren’s Pub scooped the main prize and in an interview with the Derry Journal, the pub's owner, Hugh Farren, said that he's “delighted and shocked” with the award.

The bar first opened its doors in 1825 but it received plenty of attention when Mark Hamill popped in for a pint and some intergalactic chat.

Hugh is the sixth generation of his family to run the bar and we offer a huge congratulations to everyone associated with Farren's.


The Award for Best Pub/Inn of the Year went to Lanigan’s Pub, Dublin, while Murray’s in Dublin won the award for Best Sports Bar.

Elsewhere, the following pubs and bars also received awards:

Pub/Inn of the Year - Midlands: Danny Byrnes (Mullingar, Westmeath)
Pub/Inn of the Year - West: Guirys Bar (Foxford, Mayo)
Pub/Inn of the Year - Dublin: Lanigan’s Pub (Eden Quay, Dublin)
Pub/Inn of the Year - Borders: Nancy’s Bar (Ardara, Donegal)
Pub/Inn of the Year - South West: Kate Kearneys Cottage (Killarney, Kerry)
Pub/Inn of the Year - South East: Phil Grimes Pub (Waterford)
Live Entertainment Venue of the Year: Monroe's Live (Galway)