Summer has arrived and while we are not guaranteed sunshine that doesn’t stop us from wishing for a week of bliss. There is something about being in a beer garden on a sunny day that puts everyone in a great mood.
If (or when, for the optimists) the moment comes, you cannot waste precious time deciding where to go for a drink in the sun. So, we have done the work for you by compiling a list of 15 of the best beer gardens in Ireland.
Right on the banks of the Grand Canal, The Barge is a prime location in Dublin city centre to enjoy a drink in the sunshine. On a summer evening you will always see a crowd of people at the waterfront, indulging in great pints and enjoying an electric atmosphere .
Where: 42 Charlemont St., Dublin 2
More information: thebarge.ie
Winner of the ‘Best Outdoor Space’ in Ireland, the surroundings alone will entice you to visit this beer garden. The Terrace has live music on the weekends, so a day in the sun can easily turn into a great night out.
Where: Tullow Street, Carlow
More information: dinnri.com
Limerick’s biggest outdoor beer garden, Locke Bar offers breathtaking views of the River Shannon. This large outdoor space has popular BBQ summer parties where you can indulge in tasty food and relax with friends. It is spacious and lively, a choice worthy of your precious sunny time.
Where: 3 Georges Quay, Limerick
More information: lockebar.com/beer-garden-limerick
Full of history, character and dating as far back as 900 AD, Sean’s Bar currently claims to hold the record for the oldest pub in Ireland. Many people flock to this historic venue with its nautical themed beer garden for traditional Irish music and of course, to see the oldest pub in Ireland.
Where: 13 Main St., Athlone
More information: seansbar.ie
The Church, in Dublin City Centre , is a place where people go to worship great food and drink, if you would excuse the pun. Their beer garden is an ideal spot to finish the afternoon after a day of shopping in Dublin City Centre and if you fancy a bite with your pint, they offer tempting options in their BBQ menu.
Where: Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1
More information: thechurch.ie/beer-garden
Sun, Sea & Beer Garden. It doesn’t sound as catchy as the British television programme, however a beer garden can undoubtedly be lot more pleasant than A&E. Sammy’s bar has a stunning view, which you can enjoy while relaxing on traditional picnic benches with the sand at your feet.
Where: Inch Beach, Kerry
More Information: facebook.com/inchbeachkerry
With the largest beer garden in Dublin it is no surprise that The Living Room has made this list. They also possess one of Europe’s largest outdoor screens and were recognised at Dublin’s best Outdoors Bar Experience last year at the Sky Awards. It is definitely the best spot to go watch the game with your friends. There is always something happening day or night at this cool sports bar.
Where: Cathal Brugha St, Dublin 1
More Information: thelivingroom.ie
Gings Bar in Carrick on Shannon is situated along, you guessed it, the famous River Shannon. This beer garden has a large grassy area which can be put to perfect use if you want to get a quick tan while you drink. The place is a favourite of both locals and visitors and it is known for the amazing pint of Guinness they pour!
Where: Bridge Street, Carrick on Shannon
More Information: facebook.com/GingsBarBeerGarden
If you fancy a little boat trip why not head to Inis Oírr, the smallest of the Aran Islands. Less than 3 square kilometres in size, this rural landscape is a tourist’s paradise. The boat trip is little under an hour in duration and with lots to see and do, the beer garden is a perfect place to have a rest… and of course, a refreshing beverage.
Where: Inis óirr, Aran Islands
More Information: tighned.com
Having arguably the best views in Westport, The Towers is located directly on The Quay. As a result of their prime location, you can enjoy their wide range of craft beers, their BBQ and live music while overlooking the beautiful Clew Bay and the towering Croagh Patrick.
Where: The Quay, Westport Harbour
More information: thetowersbar.com
Imagine the relaxation of your sitting room, but outside… and in a beer garden. That pretty much sums up Billy Byrne’s, a cosy outdoor space decked out with couches and cushions. A memorable feature about this beer garden is the impressive graffitied double-decker bus. Billy Byrne’s gives a fantastic new meaning to the term “Meals on Wheels”.
Where: 39 John Street Lower, Highhays
More information: billybyrnes.com
Placed beside the picturesque King John’s Castle, The Moorings is steeped in history. Right at the seafront the rustic hot spot has seen many famous faces in its time. It has had visits from Shane McGowan (The Pogues), Ronnie Drew (The Dubliners) and Michael Byrne (The Wolftones). The Moorings comes alive with both contemporary and traditional music, provided by local musicians. Its beer garden offers the comfort of heating and the charming effect of fairy lights that give the place a wonderful atmosphere.
Where: Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan
More information: mooringsdungarvan.com
In the heart of Galway, Eyre Square to be precise, An Púcán offers great craic whether it be morning, noon or night. With its high bar stools and timber floors, this beer garden boasts all the characteristics of a pub, except for the roof of course! And while beer gardens are all about (surprise, surprise) beers, this bar has an extensive whiskey selection so feel free to order your favourite neat or on the rocks and sip it al fresco.
Where: 11 Forster St, Galway
More information: anpucan.ie
In the coastal town of Malahide, the Gibney family has ran this pub for four generations. With a cosy sports bar as well as the popular beer garden there is always something to do. So whether it is a Saturday night spent in front of their famous big screen or a spontaneous day in the sun, Gibney’s is guaranteed to show you a good time.
Where: 6 New Street, Malahide
More information: gibneys.com
Positioned to the reaer of the popular PJ O’Hares Anchor Bar is their beautiful, walled beer garden. The large outdoor space is the uideal spot for a refreshing drink on a sunny day in Carlingford. This beer garden is also perfect for all you Insta-Photographers, with its summer blossoms providing a great backdrop for all your snaps.
Where: Tholsel St, Carlingford
More information: pjoharescarlingford.com
Growing up with her mother as a chef, Roisín has always had a passion for food. After obtaining a degree in Media and Public Relations she managed to combine her love for food and media. Working with TheTaste allows her to do that and gain a greater insight into the food industry in Ireland.