Nightlife

Top Choice Pub in Cooley Peninsula

Fitzpatrick's

Overflowing inside and out with bric-a-brac – milk cans, lanterns, antlers, church pews, crockery, street signs, barrels, bellows, bank notes and even tables dangling upside-down from the ceiling – Fitzpatrick's is …
Top Choice Bar in Drogheda

Grey Goose

Drogheda's newest and hippest venue has a vast downstairs bar with herringbone floors, stained glass and leather sofas, and a grand piano in its upstairs cocktail lounge, the Birdcage, where a resident DJ spins cool…
Top Choice Pub in Around Drogheda

Glyde Inn

Dating from 1770, this wonderful pub anchors Annagassan life. It has its own beer, Linn Duachaill (named for a local Viking settlement currently being excavated), which is also the name of its excellent restaurant (…
Top Choice Pub in Slane

Boyles

Behind a fire-engine-red facade, this nook-and-cranny-filled pub has snug, stained-glass partitions and a toasty wood stove. It's owned by musician Andrew Cassidy, who hosts a knockout line-up of gigs and trad-music…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Monaghan Town

Shifty Mulhares

Down a flight of stairs from the street, this basement cocktail bar at the Westenra Arms is ingeniously themed as the home of fictitious intrepid explorer Shifty Mulhares. It's decked out with items collected on his…
Pub in Trim

Marcy Regan's

This small, traditional pub beside Norman-era St Peter's Bridge, facing Newtown's ruins, claims to be Ireland's second oldest (after Sean's Pub in Athlone, County Westmeath). It's a no-frills kind of place steeped i…
Pub in Carrickmacross

Fiddlers Elbow

On Carrickmacross' wide main street, Fiddlers Elbow contains a buzzing bar, an upmarket restaurant serving dishes like honey-glazed duck (mains €12.50 to €26) and an upstairs nightclub (open 9pm to 2am Friday and Sa…
Pub in Monaghan Town

McKenna's Bar

This historic pub is famous throughout the region for its jam sessions, predominantly blues. They take place in its upstairs bar 'the Brewery': the ideal moody venue with its dark wood, barrel tables and exposed bri…
Pub in Trim

James Griffin

This award-winning historic pub dates from 1904 and hosts trad-music sessions (Monday and Thursday), live bands (Friday and Sunday) and DJs (Saturday). The interior has retained its traditional-Irish-pub atmosphere …
Pub in Drogheda

Peter Matthews

One of Drogheda's top spots for live music, McPhails (as it's always called, no matter what the sign says) features everything from heavy-metal cover bands to trad-music sessions. There's a traditional bar at the fr…