Southwestern & Western Clare drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Pub in Ennistimon


Hand-painted timber panels, including portraits of James Joyce and the cast of cult TV show Father Ted (who drank here during filming), frame the extraordinary facade of this treasure of a pub. Intimate and cosy, th…
Pub in Kilrush


Brimming with character, Crotty's has an old-fashioned high bar, intricately tiled floors and a series of snugs decked out with traditional furnishings. Trad sessions take place at 9.30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday ye…
Pub in Kilkee

Naughton's Bar

Dating from 1856, today Naughton's combines a traditional pub, contemporary cocktail bar and a buzzing pavement terrace, making it a focal point for Kilkee nightlife. Cracking pub fare (mains €12 to €25) includes pl…
Pub in Liscannor & Around

Joseph McHugh's Bar

Lots of courtyard tables, County Clare–brewed craft beers from Western Herd Brewing Company, excellent gastropub fare (mains €14 to €20) served to 9pm and regular trad sessions give this beautiful old timber-lined p…
Pub in Miltown Malbay


Opened in 1891, Miltown Malbay's oldest pub has stained-glass windows and framed photos on the walls. Live trad sessions take place every weekend year-round and most nights in summer.
Pub in Miltown Malbay

Friel's Bar

This old-style charmer has regular trad sessions most nights in summer and up to four nights a week the rest of the year.
Pub in Ennistimon

Cooley's House

Trad musicians perform most nights in summer and on Wednesday in winter at this sociable old low-ceilinged pub.