Ireland’s best pubs and music bars

April 3, 2014

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day we pick the best places in Ireland for a pint and live music, from bustling Dublin bars to hideaways in Donegal

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Cork’s bars are so famous that there’s a heritage pub trail dedicated to them but locals prefer a welcoming spot called Sin é (8 Coburg Street), where the name translates as "That’s it" in reference to the funeral parlour next door. There’s live music every day but, if you’re craving a traditional session, go on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday. Sit at one of the small, rickety tables downstairs and drink pints of stout by candlelight, beneath high red walls covered in rock posters and fairy lights. Beyond the city, De Barra Folk Club in the seaside town of Clonakilty, just 45 minutes away, is another big draw, with a lively mix of rock’n’roll and folk acts, while Trad Monday sees a loyal, local collective serve up bodhrán beats and balladry until late.

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