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# story of my pub

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# story of my bar
'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.
# story of my bar
'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.
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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
# story of my bar
'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.
# story of my bar
'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.
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'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.
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'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.
# story of my bar
'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.
# story of my pub
'Many legends have played here. It's a long list': The enduring pull of Whelan's after 30 years in business
The Dublin pub has played host to Arctic Monkeys, Ed Sheeran, the late Jeff Buckley and more.
# story of my bar
'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.
# story of my bar
'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.
# story of my bar
'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.
# story of my bar
'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.
# story of my bar
'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.
# story of my bar
'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.
# story of my bar
'It's humbling': How a little-used pool hall become one of Dublin's most exciting music venues
The inside story of Bello Bar.
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'It reminds people of a New York dive bar': From Polish pub to vinyl paradise on Parnell Street
The story of The Big Romance.
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'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.
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'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.
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'We just had to let it be': How The Belfry reopened a long-lost local shuttered for years
Stoneybatter’s new arrival on how they opened the doors after years with the shutters down.
# story of my pub
'You can see the whites of their eyes': How Coughlan's went from quiet local to happening spot
One of Cork’s oldest pubs has a chequered history.
# story of my pub
'Anything can happen at any time': The secret ingredient of 200-year-old Paddy Coyne's in Connemara
The Tully Cross landmark keeps people coming back.
# story of my pub
'If we build here, we'll have to build around you': How The Cobblestone became a traditional icon in a changing Dublin
Smithfield has seen whole urban landscapes come and go – but the Cobblestone is still there.
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'We had one particular guy called Paul O’Connell who used to work the door': Nancy Blake's in Limerick
The long-standing pub on the secret of its success… and a certain former Munster player.
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'It takes a month to put them up': The story of the Hole in the Wall's legendary Christmas decorations
How the Dublin 7 institution built a place in the community.
# story of my pub
'We'd never pulled a pint before opening night': How Kennedy's in Dingle became a pub... again
Opening a pub was an unexpected move for Michael Murphy.
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'We have a massive connection with the GAA': How Devitt's keeps Camden Street old school
New owners gave the much-loved pub a facelift – but the focus is still on a good pint.
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'Someone will walk in and it's 'Oh, you're back from Australia!'': How Tigh Neachtains became a home from home
The story of the Galway institution.
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'If you were loud in the bar, you'd be marched out': The colourful history of Clarke's in Drogheda
The story of a Louth institution.
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'Sit with a creamy pint and look at the wild mountains': The old-fashioned magic of Osborne's in Carlow
New life in an old pub.
# story of my pub
'We use the downtimes to repair': How The Bulman Bar turned an ancient pub into a foodie haunt
The owners of the Kinsale institution share their story.
# story of my pub
'It's the best pub I've ever worked in': Why Walsh's in Stoneybatter is loved by staff and locals alike
And why wouldn’t they all be smitten, with free cheese on Tuesdays?
# story of my pub
'Musicians were looked down upon around here': How Gus O'Connor's became a legendary trad pub
The Doolin landmark has been hosting sessions for decades. So how did it start?
# sky and the ground
'We all have itchy feet': Why The Sky And The Ground is an old-style pub that's always changing
The Wexford institution shares its story.
# story of my pub
'We have 10-15 Ed Sheeran fans a day': O'Connells, the Galway pub that accidentally went global
And Ed Sheeran isn’t even the biggest draw.
# story of my pub
The Easter Rising holdout where a Leinster captain pulled pints: The incredible history of the Swan Bar
“I stuck the rugby jerseys up on the wall, they were all in the hot press.”
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'It has the best view of any pub in Ireland': The secret behind the great pints at JJ Bowles
There’s more to it than just Limerick’s oldest pub.