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Casual pub in Ballyvaughn?

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Casual pub in Ballyvaughn?

Our group of 8 will be visiting Ireland for the first time in August 2015. We will spend 3 nights in Dublin and then rent a house in the west to tour the natural wonders of that area, golf and possibly head into Galway if time permits. I found a wonderful house that is walking distance to Ballyvaughn. My husband wants to be sure there is a small casual pub there. We have looked on www.discoverballyvaughn.com. He thinks the restaurants and pubs there look "fancy". Can anyone put his mind at ease so I can book this fantastic house? (any other touring tips are welcome - we plan on the Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, Dingle Peninsula and/or Ring of Kerry, hopefully a castle along the way) Thank you!

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1. Re: Casual pub in Ballyvaughn?

Had a quick look at the site you mentioned, the pubs arent fancy, we dnt really have fancy pubs in Ireland, if it sells alcohol and is fancy then its more than likely a wine bar, cocktail bar or somewhere in a city, not Ballyvaughan.

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There are no 'fancy' pubs in Ballyvaughan..Logues Lodge, and Monks sell food as well as drinks.O'Loughlins pub specialises in whisky and serves good Guinness.Greenes is a small pub with a beer garden at the rear and has traditional music on Wednesday evenings.There are restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes...from traditional tea rooms to Italian pasta and pizza but all are fairly casual.Possibly An Fulacht Fia would be the more upmarket and require a reservation but casual dress would be acceptable.Hylands Hotel also serves food and has a bar open to non-residents and is also casual.Book your self-catering accommodation and try them all!!

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Hi Amy,

Sorry not really of any help to you but...

We're doing a similar thing in 2016 so hope you come back with a trip report and let us know how it was... where you stayed etc.

Have fun.. Larn

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4. Re: Casual pub in Ballyvaughn?

You would really struggle to find a pub that wasn't casual! and most restaurants are happy for you to be just clean and polite. What you are wearing is not an issue,.

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5. Re: Casual pub in Ballyvaughn?

Greetings Amy,

I was in Ballvaughn, the 26 & 27th of Oct. 2014. On Sunday, everyone, was casual, in layers, jackets & hats, a few folks were wearing wellies, it was a bit, wet, wild & windy in the area.

I just spent 8 days in Co. Clare, including West Clare, East Clare, & Ennis, I never saw anyone dressed-up (w/the exception of non-local folks).

Come & Enjoy!

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Even eating in Creggans Castle you wouldn't be expected to be above "Smart Casual". As KG implies above, the only folk done to the nines will be your fellow tourists.

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We eat several times a year in L'Arco and Logue's and tend to drop in after a day on the Burren, so dressed in jeans, t-shirts or fleeces and hiking boots. Never felt out of place, so please tell your husband that he can relax on that point.

Lots to see and do in/around the Burren; we rented a house there several years ago and found plenty of activities to fill the week:






Some great walks in the Burren, either guided, or self-tour; there's a super little tourist office/shop opposite Logue's where you can pick up information.




Dingle and Ring of Kerry are too far away for a day-trip, but there's certainly enough in Clare to keep you busy. If you want to see a castle, Bunratty is around 70-minute drive away:


And you could combine with:


Or an afternoon in Ennis:


Galway is around 60-75 minute drive away and is a nice city, small enough to explore on foot.





If you have young children with you, or wish to take gifts back for young children, this little shop is delightful :


My daughter and I dropped in here last week for brunch and I'll definitely eat there again:


That should keep you busy for several days :-)

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8. Re: Casual pub in Ballyvaughn?

Amy, I would go ahead and book the house. Your husband will love Ballyvaughan.

You have got some great advice already and I just wanted to agree with everything that has been said.

I love O'Loughlin's Bar and have been to some great trad music sessions there, and you couldn't get a more casual pub.

As for Logue's, casual doesn't even begin to describe it:-)

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