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Top Choice Pub in Doolin

Gus O'Connor's

Right on the river where it runs into the sea, this sprawling place dating from 1832 has a rollicking atmosphere when the music is in full swing. On some summer nights you won't squeeze inside. Music plays from 9.30…
Top Choice Traditional Music in Doolin

Doolin Music House

For a change from Doolin's crowded music pubs, book ahead to visit local musician Christy Barry's cosy home, which is filled with artworks by his artist partner Sheila. By the open fire, Christy plays traditional tu…
Top Choice Cave in Doolin

Doolin Cave

The longest stalactite in the northern hemisphere, measuring 7.3m, is the drawcard of the Doolin Cave, 3.5km north of Roadford. Tour times vary seasonally, but are usually on the hour. Glacial clay from deep within …
Pub in Doolin


McGann's has all the classic touches of a full-on Irish music pub, with action often spilling onto the street. Inside you'll find locals playing darts in its warren of small rooms, some with peat fires. Trad session…
Pub in Doolin


At Hotel Doolin, relative newcomer Fitz's has trad sessions twice nightly from April to October and at least three times a week from November to March. In addition to a superb whiskey selection it has great craft be…
Food in Doolin

Clare Jam Shop

Jams (such as wild blueberry; strawberry and champagne; and blackberry and apple), marmalades (including Irish whiskey), jellies (eg rose petal), chutneys (tomato and rhubarb) and mustards (including Guinness mustar…
Chocolate in Doolin

Doolin Chocolate Shop

Lavender and rose, seaweed and lime, and hazelnut and raisin are among the chocolate flavours made by Clare company Wilde Irish Chocolates, which has its factory in Tuamgraney near Lough Derg in the county's east. T…
Modern Irish in Doolin


Below the guesthouse of the same name, this superb restaurant has a brief menu that changes depending on what's fresh, accompanied by a long wine list. Expect dishes such as whiskey-cured salmon, chargrilled sirloin…
Pub in Doolin


This simple red-and-white traditional pub is a rowdy favourite. Picnic tables face the street; the inside is pretty basic, as is the menu of sandwiches and roasts. Music kicks off at 9.30pm nightly from Easter to Oc…
Music in Doolin

Russell Memorial Weekend

Held on the last weekend in February, this festival celebrates the work of legendary Doolin musician Micho Russell and his brothers, and features workshops, dancing classes and trad music sessions throughout town.