Sneem Pubs are Best
There are currently five Sneem Pubs, each offering a different experience for customers. Located conveniently close to each other, you don't have far to walk to quickly find your favourite pub. No matter which one becomes your particular favourite, you'll find a great welcome in all the pubs in Sneem.
Crawl of the Sneem Pubs
Let's begin in South Square where the Killarney and Kenmare Roads enter the village. Our Sneem pub crawl will ultimately take us from here across Sneem bridge to the other end of the village passing these great pubs:
Blue Bull Pub, South Square, Sneem
So our first Sneem pub The Blue Bull sits between The Green Chair gift shop and haberdashery and Quills Woollens. The Blue Bull has a wonderful traditional hardwood bar just inside the door. This is a great spot to take a stool for a chat.
The Blue Bull also incorporates a lounge areas with a real fireplace, perfect for spending a cosy evening. It offers a full restaurant menu with seafood, steak and vegetarian specialties. The Management welcome and can cater for larger groups.
Murphy's Bar, South Square, Sneem
Crossing the road and walking towards Sneem bridge you'll arrive at the second of Sneem's pubs Murphy's Bar, the first in a row of three licensed premises. Murphy's is a friendly, welcoming bar where you can mix with the locals.
Known for its 'Stone outside Dan Murphy's Bar', the outside seating area draws passersby to its outside seating area. Particularly on a warm day, watching village life from here is an enjoyable experience.
Inside you will find a corner dedicated to the history of Sneem Gaelic Football and Sneem's own footballing legend John Egan. A native of Sneem, John Egan won 6 All Ireland football medals with the Kerry team.
Murphy's frequently has live music and recently has added an upstairs bar to cater to bigger crowds for busy events and occasions.
Riney's Bar, South Square, Sneem
Riney's Bar is our third stop with its long narrow traditionally styled bar. It's many television screens means it is a favourite pub for sporting occasions. Riney's bar offers spacious areas towards the rear and can cater to large crowds.
Live music and disco nights happen regularly and its outside beer garden is a popular spot, both day and night. Similarly to Murphys, Riney's also has a seated area at its front, which provides cover from the elements.
Sneem Tavern, Sneem Bridge
The Sneem Tavern pub is part of the building that housed the old Sneem Hotel and sits behind Sneem's Post Office. You access the pub itself from the side door nearest the river and it's an interesting place inside.
Once inside a spacious brightly lit bar area greets you, where music and other events regularly take place. Keep going and you'll find the cosy snug with a small bar and comfy seating. This is a great little spot to spend an evening with plenty of memorabilia to view and read on the walls.
D O'Shea's Bar, North Square, Sneem
On leaving Sneem Tavern, we now cross Sneem bridge on our way to D O'Shea's pub. When crossing, make sure you use the pedestrian walkway on the bridge so you can view the river flowing underneath your feet - a pretty cool feature.
D O'Shea's is the fifth and last pub on our crawl of the town and a popular and maybe recognisable spot. Many photographers have captured its standout pink frontage and I once saw it in a Visa Card advert in Germany's Der Spiegel Magazine. The tagline stated 'Visa - Accepted Everywhere you are'!
Here you'll find plenty of craft beers, great food and music on certain nights. If thinking of trying their considerable list of daily menu specials, I advise booking ahead to reserve a table.
Of course, you can visit the pubs in Sneem in any order you like. You'll find out what music and entertainment is going on in each pub in the Sneem Newsletter.