This quaint pub used to be a bakery, a butter market as well as a pub. Today it is as vibrant as it was 150 years ago. This is where locals and explorers of the area meet for pints fresh from the Burren Brewery in the same building. Not only craft beer connoisseurs enjoy the Burren Gold (Lager), Burren Red (Ale) and Burren Black (Stout) which can only be got on the premises. Master brewer and publican Peter Curtin has been creating his brews on the premises since 2011. He even offers a gruit beer called ‘Euphoria’ made with the help of wild yeast he gathered in the Burren and wild herbs entirely without hops, which is the old Irish way.
The Roadside Tavern provides lunches and dinners with a modern twist throughout spring, summer and autumn. The menu features organically and locally grown produce and seafood, for example smoked salmon, trout and mackerel from the Burren Smokehouse next door. The dishes are quintessentially Irish with a modern twist.
The Roadside Tavern is well known for its music. For generations, many well known and local traditional musicians alike have had sessions here sampling the best of Irish music. They include Christy Moore, Davy Spillane, Tommy Peoples, the Fureys, Micko Russell, Micilín Conlon and Sharon Shannon. At its summer peak there is live music seven nights a week. Young and old come by to listen, play and sing. The style and standard of the music along with the laid-back old-world atmosphere leads to a unique and a lively night out.
The piano that you can find in the Roadside was owned by former Taoiseach (prime minister) Garret Fitzgerald. It was restored in 2012, and whoever can play it is invited to do so for the patrons in the pub.