Do a Pub Crawl Along The Dingle Pensinsula in Ireland

It was cold and rainy when we arrived to the charming fishing town of Dingle located in southwest Ireland. Though tourists flock to this city to drive the picturesque Slea Head Loop along the peninsula or sail to the nearby islands, the weather was not conducive to spending much time outside. Plus, these activities would surely only result in photos filled with several shades of gray. What to do? We decided to start our evening pub crawl in the early afternoon.

Beer drinking was starting before noon today. Tsk, tsk.

Dingle is home to over 30 unique pubs, including one that is half hardware store and half bar. Just in case you need some nails with your pint of Guinness. Very practical. 

We devised a drinking plan, which involved ordering a different brand of beer in each pub we visited, and Peter drinking a majority of them. I was still a wine girl at heart and one day in Dingle couldn’t possibly change that.

Dingle Peninsula Pub Crawl Ireland

1. John Benny’s

We began the crawl right across the street from the pier and tourist information center at the family run John Benny’s. When we entered the traditional style pub there were a handful of locals and a couple of travelers, like ourselves. We ordered one pint of Carlsberg, a Danish beer served widely in Ireland, to share.

Pacing ourselves.

Though John Benny’s is is known for it’s pub grub in Dingle (and traditional Irish music), the plan was to fit the grub in the middle of all the pubs. Noshing would be done slightly after the beer buzz, yet before the sloppy drunk.

John Benny’s | Strand Street, Dingle | WebsiteMap

Dingle Peninsula Pub Crawl Ireland

2. Dick Mack’s

Next on the pub crawl list was the oldest and probably most popular bar in Dingle, Dick Mack’s. We walked into a dimly lit room full of locals who were drinking their pints, mostly of Guinness, and having a lively conversation about sports. 

We sat on a stool at the tiny, dusty bar with stained glass windows. The wall was lined with whiskey and the bar with beer taps. We ordered a pint of Franciscan Well from the bartender who happened to be the original owners grandson.

Dingle Peninsula Pub Crawl Ireland
Dick Macks: Dingle Peninsula Pub Crawl Ireland

During our time there a few people poked their heads in just to take a photo, some stayed for a beer. There was plenty of extra seating in the back rooms, but why sit there when you could be squished in the front drinking with the locals. On lucky days like today, musicians spontaneously stop by to play some Irish music for the appreciative small crowd.

Dick Mack’s is also one of those dual-purposed drinking establishments, where a small part of the pub is reserved for making handcrafted leather goods, a family tradition.

Dick Mack’s | Greene Street, Dingle | Website | MAP

Dingle Peninsula Pub Crawl

3. McCarthy’s Bar

While drinking at Dick Mack’s the bartender told us that McCarthy’s Bar in fact had the best pub food in town, so it was next on our list. We need to get something in our stomachs before this beer drinking caught up with us. Though back in the day McCarthy’s used to serve as a grocery store and bakery, today it’s just a dang good pub.

Chili on the Dingle Pub Crawl Ireland

I ordered a large bowl of chili which was recommended by the bartender and a pint of the black stuff, Guinness, which was recommended by every person in Ireland and could have been a meal in itself, possibly one of the best foods in the world.

Mccarthys | Goat Street, Upper Main Street, Dingle | Website | MAP

Foxy Johns: Dingle Pub Crawl Ireland

4. Foxy Johns

Foxy Johns was a bit tricky to find because not only does the sign out front say ‘HARDWARE’, but there were seeds, hammers and a tricycles in the windows. We walked a couple steps passed it, when I turned around to look deeply into the window, seeing a small bar. Lo and behold there was a pub on the left and hardware on the right. 

A whole new meaning to nuts with your beer.

Foxy Johns: Dingle Peninsula Pub Crawl Ireland

We bellied up to the bar with one other customer, ordered a pint of Tom Crean’s and listened to Enrique Iglesias’ “hero” in the background.

Foxy Johns | Main St, Dingle | Website | MAP


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5. Dingle Pub

After getting Foxy, we were headed a few doors down to Lord Bakers, but they weren’t open until the evening. Daytime drinking must not agree with them like it did to us. So, we opted for a spot on the cushy chairs at Dingle Pub, which was a younger crowd along with a youthful bartender.

By this time, Peter was pooped because he had been drinking his beer and mine, so he ordered a cappuccino and I ordered a Gneas Dingle Pale Ale, which actually ended up being my favorite beer.

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Dingle Pub |Main St, Dingle | MAP

This concluded our crawl, though for the record we were still standing. 

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  1. rebecca September 13, 2015 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    This is cool. Would love to go to Dingle, Nothing like old pubs! such charm! Let’s face it, the Irish are awesome to drink with

    • Annette White September 14, 2015 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      The Irish are a lively bunch and so much fun to drink with!

  2. sravs September 14, 2015 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    wow.. nice and cool to drink a beer.. if we are travel to Irish definitely sure to cover those places..Really i loved to enjoy after watching those places.

  3. Martin September 20, 2015 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Great pubs. I like the architecture. It must have been great to drink a beer in these locations.

  4. Izy Berry September 21, 2015 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    This pubs look like they have alot of stories to tell

  5. Samantha - samstravblog September 22, 2015 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Loved all the local pubs. I am part Irish and look forward to visiting someday. Oddly, I had heard of Foxy John’s but didn’t know if was also a hardware store. Strange. Thanks for sharing all these places. Have a good week.

    • Annette White September 25, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

      If was so wonderful to see so many local pubs in one city and they were all surviving. I suppose I’m not the only one who pub crawls in Dingle 🙂

  6. Juanita Sneeuwjagt April 1, 2016 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    I’m not a big pub person, but did enjoy meeting John and Pauline at McCarth’y Pub. Spent a month in Dingle and had a wonderful time making new friends. I stayed at the Coastline Guest House and highly reccommend it for it’s location, cleanliness, and great breakfast. Also toured the wild and wonderful Blasket Islands. Now that is an experience. If you find time, put that on your bucket list.
    As I am a female traveling alone Dingle is definately a wonderful and safe destination. I went out hiking day and night and had nary a problem. If you’ve also had the delight of visiting there, contact me to chat.

    • Annette White April 7, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

      It’s very interesting to me that you spent an entire month there. It must have been very relaxing and it’s such a small town that I bet you felt like a local by the time you left. I will definitely need to go back to tour the Blasket Islands, thanks for the tip!

  7. Juanita Sneeuwjagt April 7, 2016 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    After one month’s stay, I felt “localized”. On my daily hikes, I met many of the same people and felt myself to know them.They are a warm and friendly people. I don’t do the “tourist” thing, and so, got invited into private homes for tea, coffee, etc.
    The Coastline Guest House was homeport. From there I traveled to Galway, Cork, Waterford, Shannon, and the afore mentioned, Blasked Islands. If I journey back to Ireland, it will definitely be to Dingle.

  8. richard headey July 13, 2016 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Mmmm you’re making it look very appealing 🙂

    Shame, but in June 2016 Google has MMcCarthy’s marked as perm closed and fb does not have any recent shouts or replies on visitors questions
    McCarthys Bar

    Hoping to be in Dingle later this year, I’ve been making a little map with some of the other pubs on it.
    (in the browser, not googlemaps, landscape format) .

  9. wtglimo August 14, 2016 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    I like this blog. thanks for the blog. it was very informative and the pictures are captured very beautifully.

  10. Brian November 15, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Look like some crazy cool pubs! I’d love to check all them out one day. It’s cool how they’ve retained their historical feel all through the years. Thanks for sharing!

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