Top 5 pubs you need to visit in Killarney


When somebody visits Killarney, they never only visit Killarney. The magnificent Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park, Ross Castle and Muckross Abbey come as a sort of a package deal, and you can hardly visit one without seeing the others as well. Another thing that you can be sure of when you visit Killarney (in addition to the fact that you can never get bored) is that you can fulfill your wildest pub-crawl dreams. With over 50 pubs, a large number for such a small city, there is a great variety of watering holes in Killarney. But when you’ve got a lot to choose from, it gets difficult to pick the right place, so to help you out, here are the top 5 pubs you need to visit in Killarney.

Charley Foley’s

The locals are always a good example on how to have some craic in Killarney, so you might want to take a look at this popular local haunt. Charley Foley is a great favorite with young (and not so young) locals, and on weekends the pub becomes one of the busiest nightlife hotspots in town. On weekdays, Foley’s is the perfect place for a quiet drink and some hearty pub grub.

The Tatler Jack

The Tatler Jack is a family-owned pub that has been in business for quite a while, and if you’re looking for a traditional pub where you can revel in your passion for Irish sports like hurling, Gaelic football or camogie. The pub is full of sports memorabilia and photos of various teams, and the food and drink are always top-notch.

Scott’s Bar

Scott’s Bar has the largest beer garden in Killarney, open throughout the summer months and in autumn as long as the weather allows it. Although the craic is always good in Scott’s, the pub doesn’t appeal only to the young crowd and you can see people of all ages enjoying a pint in the lovely beer garden.

The Fáilte

If the decor of a pub is important for you, then The Fáilte should meet all your expectations. This pub’s decor is so carefully constructed and maintained that it even won awards for it. The Fáilte is a traditional bar with dark wood panels and a cozy, intimate atmosphere, popular with locals and tourists alike. Try some pub grub with your drink, the food is exceptionally good at the Fáilte.


Traditional Irish music is an essential element of the pub experience, and you can find the best musicians and the best tunes in Killarney at Buckley’s. Some of the music sessions are arranged and announced, but it’s really not that unusual to chance upon an impromptu session of good, old-fashioned Irish music.

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