Sunday 26 February 2017

8 seaside beer gardens to soak up the sunshine this weekend

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

The Harbour Bar, Downings, Co. Donegal
The Harbour Bar, Downings, Co. Donegal
Towers Bar and Restaurant, Westport, Co Mayo
'Tigh mhuirithe’ or Murray’s- Helvick Head, Ring. Co. Waterford.
Teddy O’Sullivan’s Kilmackillogue, Co. Kerry Photo
The view from Deasy’s, Ring, Co Cork
Sammy’s Bar, Inch, Co Kerry Photo
Blue Bar, Skerries, Co Dublin

Rumour has it that Ireland will be hotter than Ibiza this weekend as temperatures get set to reach peaks of 24C. And what better way to soak up the sunshine than in one of Ireland’s best seaside beer gardens?

If you’re thinking of making hay while the sun shines (and by that we mean have a fun few scoops in the uncharacteristically fantastic weather) here are some of the country’s most scenic alfresco spots to enjoy a drink and a bite.

Teddy O’Sullivan’s Kilmackillogue, Co. Kerry

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Located in the Kilmackillogue on the Beara Peninsula in Co. Kerry , patrons can enjoy a pint of Murphy’s right on the pier with fantastic seaside food. Known to the locals as Helen’s Bar, the establishment also doubles as a B&B and the seafood platter comes recommended

Sammy’s Bar, Inch, Co Kerry

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The fare at this Co. Kerry gastropub is lapped up by tourists and locals alike who flock to Sammy’s for its coastal views, which can be lapped up just metres from the sea outside the establishment. A stroll along Inch Strand might be called for to work up an appetite.

Deasy’s, Ring, Co Cork

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Just a few miles away from tourist hotspot Clonakilty, Deasy’s offers the best of both worlds, whether you just want a few bevies, or indeed a top class bite to eat. The establishment is included in the Michelin Guide, who credit the seasonable menus and “lovely views out across the bay”.

The Harbour Bar, Downings, Co. Donegal

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Who can resist a bit of live music of a Saturday night? By all account’s Harbour Bar in Downings Co. Donegal is a the place for a good night’s craic and a perfect pint of Guinness, which can be enjoyed alfresco out the back.

Blue Bar, Skerries, Co Dublin

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Chicken-wing aficionados rave about the Blue Bar’s most famous offering but the Skerries joint is the perfect escape for Dubliners hoping to flee the city to enjoy the sun this weekend. As well as offering delicious fare that will please all your mates, the few of the bay in the sunshine will make the hectic week gone by but a distant memory.

Eithne’s by the Sea in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo

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This week shortlisted for the Best Seafood Restaurant at The Irish Restaurant Awards, Eithne’s by the Sea offers just what it says on the tin (along with top notch seafood to boot).

Towers Bar and Restaurant, Westport, Co Mayo

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Westport is an ideal destination when the sun decides to shine and The Towers Bar with its sparkling ocean views is the perfect way to spent an afternoon in Co. Mayo (perhaps with a giant plate of local mussels too).

'Tigh mhuirithe’ or Murray’s- Helvick Head, Ring. Co. Waterford.

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Murray’s Bar was once named one of the best beach bars in the country and is an old reliable just a few miles away from Dungarvan in Co. Waterford

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