Killarney is the glittering jewel in Ireland’s tourism crown with some of the best pubs around. The Kerry town is as synonymous with ancient history and breathtaking vistas as it is with a thriving nightlife and what we Irish call ‘the craic’. Victorian poet Edmund O’Rourke may have spoken of Killarney being the place where angels folded their wings to rest, but he wrote this during the 1800s when those angels would not have had the selection of pubs, bars, and entertainment venues that Killarney offers today.
From bustling busy bars to quiet snugs, and from elegant cocktail venues to effervescent ceol venues, here are six of the best pubs in Killarney where you can enjoy a Muckross Wild Irish Gin and tonic or one of our signature cocktails.
Teddy O’Connor’s Traditional Irish Pub
Fresh from celebrating its 100-year anniversary, this cosy, traditional bar is part of the tapestry of Killarney’s nightlife. With live music every night, deliciously creamy pints and refreshing gins served with all the trimmings, Teddy O’Connors Traditional Irish Pub is a venue that will have you coming back for more.
Nab one of the comfy bar stools inside by the open fire, or sit outside in the lively Milk Market Laneway and watch the world go by.
It may only have opened in 2017, but JM Reidys somehow feels like it’s always been at the heart of Killarney nightlife, thanks in part to how they have kept the old-fashioned exterior (and some of the interior) of the iconic former sweetshop and bar that began trading here in the 1870s.
The warren of beautifully presented bars weaves an Alice in Wonderland tale throughout the venue. Cosy spaces, atmospheric booths, original snugs, and the large outdoor area, which clinched the title of Regional Winner for “Best Outdoor Space” at the 2022 Irish Pub Awards, always keep you on your toes, wondering what’s around the next corner. Live music fills the air in the front bar and courtyard. Paired with a scrumptious food menu and an expansive bar and cocktail list, JM Reidys proudly stands as one of Killarney’s finest pubs, making it an essential visit.
Situated right in the middle of town is a bar that is as Killarney as the hawthorn tree. As soon as you step through the doors of this establishment, which the O’Leary family has run for over a century, you immediately feel a blend of calm continuity and quintessential craic.
With a strong focus on delivering great service, the menu boasts hearty Irish food and a wide selection of local drinks, along with international offerings. During the busier months, you’ll find live music and Irish dancing at The Laurels and you’re guaranteed a toe-tapping good time in this charming bar.
Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder
Tucked away on New Street you’ll find the inviting lane entrance into one of Killarney’s most intriguing, authentic, and impressive bars. The Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder is home to one of Ireland’s largest whiskey collections, with over 1200 Irish and international whiskeys.
And whilst the ‘water of life’ may take center stage, this modern bar is also known for its range of Irish craft gins, craft beers, and bespoke cocktails. The mixologists are incredibly knowledgeable and happy to share the story behind every bottle on their shelves.
Make a dinner reservation and stay for one of their famed whiskey or gin flights.
From its sumptuous, decadent interior to the exposed brick walls, Hilliards exudes old-school glamour with a hint of mischief.
Taking its name from the famed haberdashery that traded in that very spot for 148 years on Killarney’s Main Street, style is in its DNA. And that goes for the food and beverage offerings too, a feast for the eyes and the palate.
The Lane at The Ross Hotel
Follow the fairy lights up the cobbled laneway and step inside The Lane Bar where you’ll be greeted with an upbeat ambiance, plush décor, and more cocktails than you can shake a blackthorn stick at. The perfect venue for a girly night out, a celebration, or a cool brunch with friends, The Lane is popular with tourists and locals alike.
These are just six of the best pubs in Killarney where you will find Muckross Wild Irish Gin. For a full list of stockists, visit our website muckrossirishgin.com, or follow us on Insta @muckrossirishgin.