For better or worse Ireland is a culture of drink, and at the epicentre; “the pub.” For many, the pub is their ‘Third Place’ serving many communities as the only alternative to home, church or work. Below I focus on a few untold pub titles across the island whists highlighting some forgotten or even unknown trivia and lingo associated with Irelands most popular social venue.
For millennia, Pubs have offered spirts, food, places of shelter, warmth and for ‘Celi and the Craic’.
The current building has been here since the 1700s and opened as the “Coaching Inn”
It’s located on Bridge Street, near Christ Church and on the site of the original city of Dublin.
Grace Neill’s pub located in Co. Down was opened in 1611. Originally the King’s Inn, the bar was purchased and gifted to Grace by her Father for her wedding. Many a character have passed threw these doors from sailors to pirates.
It is believed to be extremely haunted with paranormal enthusiasts flocking here regularly.
The bar is Ireland’s old licensed pub. Emphasis on the ‘licensed’ part, because remember the oldest pub is in Athlone, however, in 1635 the government required all publicans to hold a licence to serve alcohol and Grace Neill was first in line.
The Snug- An area for women to socialise while the men drank in the bar. During the 19th and early 20th century, it was unacceptable for women to be in Pubs.
“The Local” – A frequently visited pub, within close proximity to home.