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11 of the best pubs for a trad session
Enjoy a trad session at Merry Ploughboy and other Irish music pubs around the country.
Although traditional Irish music can be heard at large venues and concert halls across the country, there’s something unique about catching a trad session at a music pub. Here, you can sit by the fire and sip on a pint while listening to some of Ireland’s best musicians play the uilleann pipes, the bodhrán and the fiddle, or join in the crowd for a sing-along.

Here are some of the best bars, pubs and restaurants for a trad session.

Traditional Irish music pub offering live Irish music and dance 7 nights a week. Right in the heart of Donegal Town and the Wild Atlantic Way.

The Reel Inn

Unique traditional thatched pub with warm open fires and lovely atmosphere that serves tasty pub grub from 13:00 to 21:00 pm daily (seasonal and every weekend). There is a separate restaurant and the menu changes weekly. Specialising in seafood and steak.

Singing Pub

A country pub in the heart of the city, Barr an Chaladh is just a stone's throw from Eyre Square and features traditional music performances seven nights a week.

Barr An Chaladh

Joe Watty's Bar and Seafood Restaurant is a traditional Irish pub and restaurant which also hosts Irish music sessions.

Thomas Connolly's Bar is the oldest traditional public house located in the town of Sligo in the North West corner of Ireland, along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Thomas Connolly Bar

Enjoy the ultimate craft beer experience at the legendary Franciscan Well Brewery and Brew Pub, in Cork City. There are brewery tours, storytelling, traditional music and woodfired pizza. They have a cocktail bar and outdoor beer garden. They also host their own beer festivals.

A completely unique experience, the Tinteán Ceoil is a traditional Irish fireside music session. Local musicians lead the evening, incorporating any and all who want to contribute through music, dance, singing, recitation, and much more.

Tinteán Ceoil

Bofey Quinns is a family owned traditional music bar and restaurant in Corofin, County Clare. Guests can enjoy a varied menu or join in the music session and sing a song.

The Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Pub, Rathfarnham, County Dublin, offers Irish and European cuisine in a cosy traditional pub setting. They also host an Irish music and dancing dinner show every night.

Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Pub

The Cobblestone Pub and Music Venue is based in Smithfield. The pub has music seven nights a week and is located close by to the famous Four Courts, The Museum of Decorative, Arts & History in Collins Barracks and the Jameson Distillery.


Connolly's Pub/Teach Chonghóile is a traditional family run pub established since 1963. The Chillax Le Blogaimín coffee van is also situated on the premises.

Connolly's Pub
Cosy up in a pub

If you're looking to explore more of the trad scene, find more traditional pubs to cosy up in and enjoy a pint.

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