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With one of the most amazing pub frontages you'll ever see, Eugene's is a classic choice...
Another great old pub, bright-orange painted and with music most nights in summer and on Wednesday (trad night) in winter. Two doors down from Eugene's.
A trad pub and an undertakers in one. Just the spot for wakes or your last earthly pint.
The place to hear music, new and trad, after a day on the waves. On Tuesday nights don't miss the White Horse sessions, which attract local talent of all kinds.
Right on the river as it runs into the sea, this sprawling favourite packs them in and has a rollicking atmosphere when the music is in full swing. On some summer nights you won't squeeze inside.
McGann's has all the classic touches of a full-on Irish music pub, with action often spilling onto the street. The food here (mains €11 to €18) is the best of Doolin's three famous pubs...
Also known as McDermott's, this simple red-and-white traditional pub is a rowdy favourite. The inside is pretty basic, as is the menu of sandwiches and roasts; there's an outside area.
A tiny family-run place on the left as you head out to the pier, Ólólainn (o-loch -lain) is the place for a timeless moment or two in old-fashioned snugs...
Lots of courtyard tables and regular trad sessions give this old pub next to Vaughan's considerable appeal.
Dapper choice along Main St.
This fine old-style charmer has trad sessions four nights a week in summer.
With performances and classes, this important regional resource centre for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ; Society of the Musicians of Ireland) is 1.5km north of town along the N18...
Aromatic peat fires warm this cosy pub that’s a haven on a rainy day. There’s good food and a few simple B&B rooms upstairs.
Trendy bar/club with a small patio sheltered by shrubs where you can text your crew to come join you. The edgy, moody interior is the place to try some exotic cocktail with an improbable name.
With some of Ennis Friary's stonework incorporated into its fabric, this friendly bar has a long side courtyard that's perfect for enjoying a fresh-air pint, with trad music sessions most nights from 9pm.
Slip into this small place by day and you can be just another geezer pondering a pint. At night trad music gets feet tapping.
On the corner of Cooke's Lane, Brogan's is a big pub that rambles from one room to the next with a fine bunch of musicians rattling even the stone floors from about 9pm Monday to Thursday (more nights in summer).
The old hotel pub sees trad sessions from Thursday to Sunday.
Unchanged since at least the 1950s, this plain-tile-fronted pub is a hideout for local musicians serious about their trad sessions, drawing some of Clare's best.
This place still holds its own for trad sessions, on Monday nights especially (from about 9.30pm). Brandon’s also stages other live music, including blues and rock.
In a striking modern building, Clare's cultural centre offers programs in art, traditional music, theatre, dance, photography, film and more.
Behind the green door lies an old pub that’s quiet for much of the day. The candlelit tables are perfect for planning your journey in convivial climes.
Trendy bar/club with a small patio sheltered by shrubs where you can text your crew to come join you...
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