Thomas Connolly's Bar pub was first licensed in 1861. There's a great account of Connolly's in the book The Irish Pub, by James Fennell and Turtle Bunbury. Connolly's storied past includes at least one visit from Charles Stewart Parnell during the pub's early days, plus Thomas Connolly himself becoming Mayor of Sligo in 1890 (the same year he acquired the premises).
The pub was established during a time of plentiful maritime trade; deliveries of rope, linen and tea came into Sligo on ships from all over Europe. There was once a grocer’s shop at one end of the pub – now gone – popular for making sugar, selling tea and bottling whiskey.
These days, Connolly’s is best known for its warm welcome, its famous pint of stout, and its relaxing tongue and groove snugs. Looking to the future, we want to both continue and build on this tradition. Recently we’ve put Thomas Connolly’s pub online with the launch of a new website and online store. We encourage conversations on social media as we aim to connect and share our story with friends around the world. In the pub there’s an ever-growing craft beer, whiskey and gin collection. With a new coffee machine we’ll happily prepare a freshly ground or speciality coffee for you.
Live music, live screening of all major sporting events, craft and draught beers, speciality whiskey, gin and coffee providers. Free Wi-Fi. Est. 1861. Est. 1861. Come join us!