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The Roadside Tavern

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££ - £££
Irish, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Contemporary, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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Kincora Road | Co. Clare, Lisdoonvarna, Ireland
+353 65 707 4084
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A great spot during the September Matchmaking Festival in Lisdoonvarna. There was a great buzz and really good music. Stop in for an afternoon coffee, an evening drink or to meet the woman of your dreams ❤️. It's got a special place in my heart

Thank victor b
Dublin, Ireland
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Lovely fresh mussels in a light white wine and garlic sauce with home made bread followed by fresh cod in a light batter and handcut chips yum yum came for early dinner and stayed the night for the great Guinness and trad music

Thank JackWSmyth
Stockholm, Sweden
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

This is a very traditional irish pub, on almost every evning traditional irish music is played. The music is rather loud, but if you really like irish music, then you will like this, as well. The food is mostly good, I ate todays vegetarian option, wich was potato gratin with cheese and and a side salad. They also serve fish... More 

Thank Isepise
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

A warm and snug tavern, with really excellent food, incorporating products from the nearby Burren Smokehouse in the menu, the locally produced cold smoked salmon is amazing, and the best we have ever eaten. The entire menu was interesting, and our choice of food was hot, fresh and really delicious. Friendly staff, great service and lovely ambience, we thoroughly recommend... More 

Thank Richard B
Chula Vista, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The roadside Tavern was recommended to my group for dinner the day we arrived in Lisdoonvarna. After seeing the Cliffs of Moher in very good weather- another wise recommendation by our B&B hostess we enjoyed great food and three different local micro brewed beers. The service and quality of food and drinks was outstanding. We enjoyed dinner at the Roadside... More 

Thank Steve S
Stony Plain, Canada
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Travel day, on our way to Galway from Killarney...care of the Cliffs of Moher. In-house beers, fresh made food...we shared the Ploughman's Sandwich and soup de jour. Sandwich masterfully composed of home cooked (i.e. not deli) ham, Award Winning Burren Gouda, pickles, and finished with a brown sauce made from a recipe over 100 years old!!! Not good enough? How... More 

Thank lostcoo
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Chowder lamb burger and smoked salmon. 3 meals very very 😊. Staff nice and helpful and nice friendly barman. Guinness very good and keenly priced at 4.10. Lagers as in Heinekan etc bit over priced at 4.80! Didn't try any micro brews

Thank BoyleMinnie
Houston, Texas
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79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We arrived late one afternoon to sit in this delightful pub with a young pianist playing as we ordered our beverages and meals with a cold plate from the smoke house next door. This place is a gem! Every meal was delicious we ordered several different items and shared them all. DELICIOUS! and within walking distance of our hotel. I'd... More 

Thank 2fridad
County Cork, Ireland
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Good enough choice and helpful staff, however one customer joined the paid piano performer and very loudly sang (badly) whitney houston songs and you couldn't talk with it or hear yourself think - I wish the staff had the sense to politely ask him to sit down but we had to go up twice and request he lower the volume... More 

Thank Nicola C
Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

I have not been in a pub like this in a long time. Decorated with postcards that look as old as the pub, wooden floors and a good atmosphere this harks back to what pubs back in the UK used to be like. The bar staff were great and very friendly and gave us a small sample as my husband... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$21
Irish, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Contemporary, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kincora Road | Co. Clare, Lisdoonvarna, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Clare  >  The Burren  >  Lisdoonvarna
  • Phone Number: +353 65 707 4084
Last orders 8.45

In spring 2011, Peter Curtin embarked on a new
endeavour: He set up the Burren Brewery in the Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna. The building, which in 1865 started off as a pub, then was expanded into a bakery, now also harbours a micro-brewery under its roof. At the same time it is an eatery and a renowned music venue for traditional and contemporary music. Peter realised very quickly how complicated and time-consuming it was to brew his own beer - it really is a labour of love. He enrolled the help of a Master Brewer, and the result can now be tasted in the Roadside Tavern: The Burren Gold is a delicious, characterful lager. The mainstream lagers available every-where just cannot compete with this one!The Burren Red with its great red colour is a spicy, slightly sweet ale which even features a hint of smoke. It seems to become the favourite among the punters at the Roadside! The Burren Black is a stout that does not have to fear the competition of a certain other black stuff. It is smooth and full-bodied, with a creamy crown of froth on top - and definitely alive inside! A heavenly drink.

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