Saint Patrick's Day

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Pubs to experience when visiting the Emerald Isle

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in countries across the globe. Each March 17, St. Patrick's Day celebrants of all backgrounds are infused with the spirit of the Emerald Isle, prompting many to book vacations to visit this stunning country loaded with personality and history.

While there are many sights to see and adventures to experience in Ireland, a visit is not truly complete until travelers find themselves an Irish pub in which to enjoy a creamy pint. The following are a handful of pubs travelers won't want to miss when visiting Ireland.

The Temple Bar, Dublin

Though it's a genuine tourist attraction and landmark, Dublin's The Temple Bar, established in 1840, features live music each day and night and a jovial staff ready to serve both food and the pub's famed Irish Coffee. The lively pub is located in the city's famed Temple Bar neighborhood, and visitors should not hesitate to grab a seat on the bench outside to pose for photos with friends or family before heading inside to hoist a pint in appreciation of the day's performer.

The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

Though not a pub in the most technical sense, the Guinness Storehouse in the St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin is a great place to learn about Ireland's most famous export. Visitors can tour the brewery and learn how to pour the perfect pint, even earning their own certificate before enjoying the fruits of their labors. Once you finish the pint you're now certified to pour, don't forget to head up to the brewery's rooftop Gravity Bar, where you can enjoy a pint and take in the stunning, panoramic views of the city below.

The Mutton Lane Inn, Cork

Virtually hidden down an alleyway off St. Patrick's Street in Cork, the Mutton Lane Inn instantly sends visitors back centuries thanks to its dark, wooden and candlelit interior. The pub dates back to 1787 and makes for a great place to enjoy a break from Cork's bustling shopping district to enjoy some conversation.

Durty Nelly's, Bunratty

Located in the idyllic village of Bunratty in County Clare, Durty Nelly's is steps away from Bunratty Castle, which was built in the 15th century and hosts nightly medieval banquets. Like many pubs across the Emerald Isle, Durty Nelly's offers nightly live music and encourages crowd participation and input. The pub even boasts a Pull Your Own Pint tradition, which allows visitors to step behind the bar and pour their own pint of Guinness.

The Hole In The Wall, Kilkenny

Situated in the heart of vibrant Kilkenny City, The Hole In The Wall traces its history to the 16th century. To visitors, the pub truly appears to be a hole in the wall, and there's a reason for that impression. During the 17th century, the resident in the High Street mansion where the pub is housed married a French restaurateur, who had a hole punctured in the exterior wall to allow access from High Street to the rear of the Inner House. While in Kilkenny, those who want to try another renowned Irish beer can visit the Smithwick's Brewery, also located in the heart of the city.