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Reach for the bars: What makes a great Irish pub?

Reach for the bars: What makes a great Irish pub?

As so often with a question like this, the answer can vary widely depending on what you're looking for, be that a quiet pint, a well-made cocktail or a bite to eat

Great Irish Bars: Raising the bar on the pleasures of wine

Great Irish Bars: Raising the bar on the pleasures of wine

The quality, diversity and volume of wine on sale across Ireland has exploded over the last decade, and this has been matched by the arrival of a wave of specialist wine bars in every corner of the country

Great Irish Bars: Pint of view

Great Irish Bars: Pint of view

As we look at our coastal regions with fresh eyes, our hospitality requirements, too, continue to change and evolve. And some of the very best pubs now earn much of their imprimatur by dint of their proximity to an especially attractive maritime view

Great Irish Bars: Oldies but goodies

Great Irish Bars: Oldies but goodies

What makes the bars listed here special is their ability, generation after generation, to absorb each new scene, yet to never become subsumed into them, instead accommodating each new wave by having it adhere to the old rules

Great Irish Bars: Pubs with top-notch grub

Great Irish Bars: Pubs with top-notch grub

It’s not that long ago that food – of any kind – was a rarity in an Irish pub, but these days you’re as likely to get served a great burger as a packet of scampi fries. These ten gastro- pubs are turning out some of the country’s best pub grub

Great Irish Bars: A crafty collection

Great Irish Bars: A crafty collection

It says a lot about the explosion of interest in craft beer in Ireland in recent years that it’s now surprising to find a bar that doesn’t offer any. But there are some that go above and beyond in their selections, including those featured here

Great Irish Bars: A twist in the cocktail

Great Irish Bars: A twist in the cocktail

From the bygone-era glamour of The Sidecar in Dublin to the understated, thoroughly modern America Village Apothecary in Galway, they all offer different, but similarly high-quality, drinks experiences

To try, buy and put by

To try, buy and put by

The glory that was Rome’s other wine

The glory that was Rome’s other wine

Italy’s fragmented modern history means we know far less about the very impressive Frascati than we should

Sublime food from fine local sources in Athlone

Sublime food from fine local sources in Athlone

Lunch at Thyme was really superb value given just how well we’d eaten, and the effort that had gone in to sourcing really excellent ingredients from Irish suppliers.

Brunch with a punch

Brunch with a punch

This week, liven up your brunch table with recipes from Peter Sztal and Frank Kavanagh from Cloud Picker Café (cloudpickercoffee.ie) in Dublin city centre

To try, buy and put by

To try, buy and put by

Tomás Clancy on wine: Bergerac is making a comeback

Tomás Clancy on wine: Bergerac is making a comeback

Winemakers in the region are producing well-priced wines which are giving Bordeaux a run for its money

Bite Size

Bite Size

Gareth Mullins’s grazing board, Limerick's Lobsterfest and Bia Rebel hits the rebel county.

Pint Of View

Pint Of View