The Ultimate Guide to Carrick-on-Shannon Nightlife (Top Bars & Clubs)

Best known for its hen parties and stag parties, Carrick-on-Shannon turns from a quaint riverside town into a vibrant weekend destination for grooms and brides-to-be.

While the town is home to a myriad of restaurants, scenic tours and water activities that are perfectly suited to family breaks, Carrick-on-Shannon also offers an assortment of bars and clubs for those whose fun begins when the sun goes down.

If you and your group are down to have a drink or two (or more), chill with live music, or bust your moves on the dance floor, this town will not disappoint:

1. Murtagh’s Bar

Located on Main Street, Murtagh’s Bar is uniquely designed to house three levels of entertainment, allowing it cater to everyone of all age groups and musical tastes.

The ground floor is a gastropub, perfect for a group of friends or families. It also comes alive during rugby, football and GAA seasons (Gaelic games) with four large screens showing the big games of the day.

The basement is a funky club with guest DJs from Ireland and abroad, while the Elevation Bar on the third floor offers chic and elegant surroundings.

Murtagh’s Bar

2. Dunne’s Bar

Award-winning Dunne’s Bar is a popular destination for live entertainment, as well as hen and stag parties.

With its 12 LCD HD screens, it also turns into a live sports bar fuelled by the exuberance of fans and the competitive atmosphere between allies and foes.

Dunne’s Bar is located on Main Street.

Dunne’s Bar

3. Gings Bar and Riverside Beer Garden

Catering to the old schoolers around town, this joint is the perfect spot for a pint of Guinness and a game of pool.

Gings Bar and Riverside Beer Garden stretches along the Roscommon bank, with the pub itself overlooking the river Shannon—a prime spot, especially if you want to stay cool during warmer days.

Gings Bar and Riverside Beer Garden

4. Cryan’s Bar and Restaurant

If you want to get in touch with your roots, Cryan’s Bar and Restaurant offers traditional music sessions, on top of its great food and atmosphere.

Its proprietor, Frances Cryan, is a local sports hero—a multiple rowing champion and the first woman from Ireland to compete in rowing at the Olympics.

Cryan’s Bar is located across Cryan’s Hotel on the Quay.

Cryan’s Bar and Restaurant

5. The Anchorage Bar

With its nautical theme and a wide range of traditional beer, ales, whiskeys and cocktail drinks, The Anchorage has solidified its reputation among locals and guests.

Its cosy ambience—thanks to the bar’s open fire and comfortable seating—is complemented by live bands, open mic sessions and sporting events.

The Anchorage, one of Ireland’s oldest pubs, is located on Bridge Street.

The Anchorage Bar

6. The Swan Bar

The Swan Bar offers three floors for sporting and celebratory events. Its ambience marries the traditional and modern, giving its guests a comforting and welcoming feel.

It’s located on Main Street and open the entire week. Check out their site if you want to reserve an entire floor for your group or if you want to see their latest events.

The Swan Bar

7. Vittos Restaurant and Wine Bar

Vittos is a wood-beamed stone building located on the corner of Market Yard Centre and caters to a more family-friendly demographic.

Its menu is composed of classic and modern Italian dishes, so pasta and pizza lovers will be spoilt for choice in this restaurant.

Vittos Restaurant and Wine Bar

8. Flynn’s Corner House

Flynn’s Corner House sets itself apart by focusing on what a traditional Irish pub offers—fantastic pints of Guinness, accommodating staff and a great atmosphere. It doesn’t offer any live music or host any sporting events, which makes it a great place to keep conversations running between family and friends.

Because of its unique location—right at the corner of Main St and Bridge St—Flynn’s takes on an unusual shape, making it impossible for guests to see what’s happening from one end of the bar to the other.

Flynn’s Corner House

9. Anderson’s Thatched Pub

With its history dating back to 1734, Anderson’s Thatched Pub brings the old world into the modern age.

There are no television sets inside this pub. There is, however, beautiful antique furniture and traditional Irish music and dance. Ran by a musician proprietor, Anderson’s opens its doors to all singers, poets and storytellers to come together and make art together.

Anderson’s is located along R368 towards Elphin, four kilometres south of town. They also host parties, weddings and other events.

Anderson’s Thatched Pub

10. Oarsman Bar and Restaurant

This multiple award-winning gastropub traces its history back to 1781, with seven generations now serving locals and guests of Carrick-on-Shannon.

Known for its high-end dining, The Oarsman is the place to be if you want to cater to your expensive tastes. Given its high footfall and fame in Carrick-on-Shannon, it’s advisable that you book early if you intend to eat here.

Oarsman Bar and Restaurant

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