Along with Guinness and potatoes, live music bars in Ireland are one of the stereotypical images you might think of when conjuring up thoughts of Ireland.
You might imagine something like the beautiful Corrs or you might favour something along the lines of the slightly less aesthetically pleasing to the eye The Pogues. Either way there’s going to be violins, guitars, drums and great voices, but what you really need is a good bar to do it all in. There’s obviously no shortage but to come up with a list is nigh on impossible. Here are just a few of the best bars for a sing along on the island.
The Pavilion Bar – Cork
Located in the Huguenot area of the city just off the rather commonly named Patrick Street, Pavilion Bar is an all out music and drinking experience. Not only are there live acts almost every night of the week, but there’s a bit of comedy sometimes too, a great bar full of great drinks, and a late licence for the place to turn into a nightclub. There’s a really interesting mixture of live acts, from the cool and up and coming likes of Fionn Regan to people you might not have heard of unless you live in Cork. Not only will it be your traditional Irish songs, but bands playing all brass, singer songwriters and even a wee bit of ska thrown in there for da craic. Well worth a look.
Jagger’s Common Room – Dungannon
Head up to Northern Ireland for some of the most up to date contemporary Irish live music at the fairly new (since 2005) Jagger’s Common Room. You might not find the likes of The Chieftains plugging in their harps in this place but you will find some of the coolest new live music from all different styles, from indie to ska to blues and to rock. There’s also a great opportunity for you yourselves to get up and in front of the mike, as Sundays are Unplugged nights, where you can show the room why you’re as good as any of those on The X Factor. Worth a look if you’re not too fussed about tradition.
Eamonn Doran’s – Dublin
If you want to go straight for the jugulars, so to speak, look no further than this place. Like many of the bars and pubs in Dublin, especially around the Temple Bar area, you will find a mixture of ‘real’ establishments and then those out to get the Americans in their doors and spending their travellers cheques. Eamonn Doran’s live music bar is the real McCoy but isn’t just exclusive for locals. It’s a great place to not only have a few quiet drinks with mates but also get to witness some amazing Irish music played with the rawness and drunkenss you’d expect. It’s got everything you could want, from great pints of the black stuff to plenty of cool people watching cool music and even a pizza place inside to satisfy that hunger when it kicks in. Not to be missed.
Photo of Irish band playing live music in Cork originally posted by Txapulin