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“Soulless bar, salty food.”
Review of Erin's Isle

Erin's Isle
Ranked #13 of 71 Nightlife in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
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Kent
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Soulless bar, salty food.”
Reviewed 9 May 2014 via mobile

My partner is Irish, and whenever we go on holiday it has become a tradition that we try an Irish pub wherever we are staying.

Before I go on, I will say it was the start of the season, however some simple changes could have made this place work.

On arrival you enter into this huge cavernous area that has the feeling of a warehouse. When we got there there was only one other group in, and they were wrapping up to leave. As the bar is way out of town we thought we would at least have 1 drink and have dinner there as the menu looked to be good and it said home cooked food.

One thing that makes an Irish bar is being able to sit at the bar and chat to your fellow guests. This is not allowed here. So you have to sit on uncomfortable wooden benches. That rather killed the atmosphere.

We then headed up to the huge and empty dining room, and should have turned around and got in a cab.

On a good point, the staff are attentive, although we were at one point the only couple dining there. The food however is a different matter.

My partners starter looked like it was fresh out of a freezer bag from a budget supermarket, and mine was average putting it politely.

Main course of steak pie and salmon were a huge let down. The salmon did not taste fresh, the only good thing was the vegetables. My pie contained more salt than meat making it virtually inedible. Needless to say we left the dining room hungry and are both feeling the after effects the next day.

Just before we left we used the toilets, to get to these you have to walk through a cosy, air conditioned bar with comfy seating and what could be a lovely atmosphere. One suggestion that could make the place much better. Close the drinking warehouse and restaurant in the quiet season and use this lovely area instead for everything instead of having it closed. It would make such a difference. Oh, and less salt would be good too.

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Dublin, Ireland
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best Irish Bar”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

I have seen a few bad reviews and I am very shocked, myself and my friend had the best time in Erin's Isle. We have returned to Erin's Isle over the years and it never let us down. We are both mid 20s and out of our 2 week holiday we spent more a less every night in Erin's Isle.

We always's started our night here before heading down the strip, Erin's Isle provides great entertainment. Max is on the guitar and singing most nights and Ray also gets out from behind the bar and joins him playing the Bodhrán, never fails to get the crowd going. They also have a dancing show 2 nights a week and it is a really amazing show. They also have karaoke night's and a Michael Jackson Impersonator every week. It has something for everyone.

The best breakfast in Albufeira with out a doubt, really great bar food generous portions and the restaurant upstairs provides great food with fantastic service.

The staff are so friendly and welcoming, very helpful and never let your glass go empty. The cleanliness is great makes a change from most bars on the strip.

I really love this bar and have to say it made our holiday, I can not wait to return again next year.

Visited September 2013
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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Had a ball in Erin's Isle”
Reviewed 11 September 2013

We spent the most nights of our holiday in Erins Isle, we had dinner once which was beautiful, i had the battered cod (as good as any you'd find in an irish/italian chipper in dublin) michelle had the chicken which she said was lovely too, we had breakfast/lunch a couple of times through the week also and it was nice.

we loved the nights out here, the entertainment was usually great craic, from max taylor (fat scottish git) who was actually a great singer and great for a laugh with his one liners, to michael jackson tribute, who was a bit odd and freaky to start with but really got the crowd goin by the end, the karaoke was average, when the barman ray done it it was enjoyable but another guy comes in also and he was very poor, the dancers that came in were also very good, well worth seeing.

Onto the staff, from the first night we went in we found the staff very accomodating, sharp, witty and friendly, the floor staff always had your empties off your table and ash trays cleaned within minutes, always kept an eye on your drinks to make sure you wouldnt run out, (some people might not like this but i did, in the end of the day its better to have your drink topped up than wait 15 minutes for another pint!!) we had great fun with also and made a lot of new friends in the shape of the staff.

Price wise it is more expensive than some of the bars down the strip but the sagres E3 was lovely and its still cheaper compared to home, cocktails were expensive but this isnt a cocktail bar either! food was fairly reasonable prices also

all in all we had a great time and made some great friends, cant wait till next year to get back over again

Visited September 2013
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Mayo
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Not worth the hassle”
Reviewed 10 September 2013

Food average to poor for what it was , Kids happy enough with the food but the adult dishes were expensive even by Albuferia standards, staff mildy interested in customers but more in each other and phones . Big place that can feel empty when not packed out . Service was slow . I walked here with the family and it is a trek from the top of the strip and unless your with group for a few beers its hardly worth the effort .

Visited September 2013
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Roscommon, Ireland
1 review
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“lovely pub to visit”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

visited erins isle was a lonely pub staff wer lovely great music and just good craic i would totaly recommend a vist here we had breakfast and it was lovely great place to watch any match and the owner is a lovely man fully of chat a vv gud singer so had a great time there and dont miss out on it if ur in albufeira

Visited September 2013
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