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Top Choice Pub in Doolin


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. Inside you'll find locals pl…
Top Choice Pub Food in Lisdoonvarna

Roadside Tavern

Down by the river, this pub is pure craic: third-generation owner Peter Curtin knows every story worth telling. There are trad sessions daily in summer and during the weekends in winter. The fun extends to the kitch…
Top Choice Perfumery in Carron & Around

Burren Perfumery & Floral Centre

The wildflowers of the Burren are the inspiration for the subtle scents at this excellent diversion. There's an audiovisual presentation on the flora of the Burren, which has a surprising diversity, including many f…
Top Choice Pub Food in Kilfenora

Vaughan's Pub

A pub with a big reputation in Irish music circles, there's seafood, traditional foods and local produce feature on the menu. Have a pint under the big tree out front. There's music in the bar every night during the…
Top Choice Seafood in New Quay & the Flaggy Shore

Linnane's Lobster Bar

Fresh seafood sourced from the trap-covered docks behind the restaurant are the hallmark of this casual, compartmentalised restaurant with views over the water. It's also famous for oysters and platters of house-smo…
Top Choice Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna

Burren Smokehouse

Learn about the ancient Irish art of oak-smoking salmon from a video at the Burren Smokehouse. Tasty smoked salmon and other fishies in myriad forms are offered for free tasting. Good coffee, tea and deli-type food …
Top Choice Pub in Ballyvaughan & Around


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. The old whiskey bottles in the window offers clues to the ama…
Pub in Doolin


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.
Pub in Doolin

Gus O'Connor's

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.
Cultural in Lisdoonvarna

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

The County Clare town hosts this famous festival that attracts hopefuls from the four corners; it’s all a bit of fun throughout September.