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'When someone walks through the door, they forget where they are': Inside Galway's most innovative cocktail bar
The America Village Apothecary and Tasting Room aims to change the way we think about cocktails.
'At the end of the day I just love it': How one man's passion for poitín led to one of Dublin's most talked-about new bars
New bar 1661 aims to bring back an overlooked spirit, according to its founder.
'Fans started knocking on the door': How the namesake pub of blues legend Rory Gallagher was reborn
Gallagher’s Gastro Pub is now a husband-and-wife operation with an impressive food offering.
'The annoying pimple on the music establishment': A melting pot of tribes on Dublin's Thomas Street
How the Thomas House keeps the flame burning in an increasingly “sanitised” city.
'Jesus, we're a brilliant pub, but we're a terrible off-licence': The story of Galway's legendary Blue Note bar
Malachy Duggan explains why it’s the only pub in the city with its own 30-piece choir.
'When they step into the room, there's magic': The Grand Social's rise from the ashes of a superpub
In a former life this was Pravda, a Celtic Tiger cavern. It’s now something very different.
'People meet, discuss, hear stories and sing': How one of Ireland's oldest houses became a pub... again
The chequered history of the Hole In The Wall in Kilkenny.
'We all got very excited': How Drop Dead Twice grew a bar from a chance conversation
A new bar concept came to life at a Bruce Springsteen gig… and here’s what happened next.
'Only the front face of the building was left': The rebirth of the Oyster Tavern in Cork
How a premises from another century was brought back to life.
'There's been nothing but support': How 'a bunch of hipsters' in Lucky's regenerated a Liberties shopfront
The Dublin 8 spot has also become a haven for local artists.
'You never know who you'll bump into': How The Boar's Head cemented its place among Dublin's best sports pubs
Shane Lowry, the late Alex Higgins and Ian Woosnam are among fans of The Boar’s Head.
'Everyone advised us to be subtle. We ignored them': The unlikely rise of The Barbers Bar
Want a pint and a haircut? That’s fine. Just a pint? That’s fine too.
'It's all very casual. We don't even have plates': The simple ethos that drives Caribou in Galway
The craft beer bar in Woodquay has built a reputation as a welcoming space.
'Also we'll need a wrestling ring': How Token became a one-of-a-kind Dublin bar
From after-work staff night to full-blown concept bar – the journey wasn’t easy.
'Neon lights, smoke and hazy images': How 80s movies inspired a very different bar in Hang Dai
Will Dempsey and Karl Whelan wanted to create a unique atmosphere.
'I'd have it even darker than this': Dive bar magic and an ex-wife's shoes in Frank Ryan's
From a traditional ‘Guinness and the radio’ bar to something quite different.
'For the quiet gigs you can hear a pin drop': How The Roundy in Cork makes magic with music
The iconic Cork space has changed a lot in the last decade.
'It's humbling': How a little-used pool hall become one of Dublin's most exciting music venues
The inside story of Bello Bar.
'It reminds people of a New York dive bar': From Polish pub to vinyl paradise on Parnell Street
The story of The Big Romance.
'I saw Ray Davies perform to 160 people here': How the Róisín Dubh became one of Ireland's must-play music venues
Once a folk pub, the Galway venue has hosted Ed Sheeran, The xx and many more.
'Every weekend we have a brilliant buzz': How Dali rose from the ashes of the legendary Pav
The managers on how they brought a new kind of music venue to Cork city.