Sean's Bar
10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 11:00 PM
About
Situated in the Heart of Ireland halfway between Dublin and Galway, Sean's Bar plays host to visitors from all around the world. Whether absorbing the history, listening to music, visiting with friends and family or simply enjoying the perfect pint, the appeal is equally strong for everyone. Listed in both "25 of the Most Incredible Bars in the World" and "50 Bars to Blow Your Mind" by Lonely Planet, a visit to Sean's is a must! find out more about why Sean's Bar is not only the oldest, but one of the best-loved pubs in world.
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  • holly74limerick
    County Clare, Ireland308 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old pub experience
    Gorgeous very old pub on a very historical street, 200m from athlone castle. It dates back to 900 AD This pub is so quaint and divine. No TV screens no food & no signs for WiFi this was so refreshing. It's exactly what you need in an old pub. The walls are adorned with old photographs & memorabilia. It's a feast for your eyes. There is Tons of little snugs in this pub. There's sawdust on the floor The pub has a huge section out the back & lovely modern toilets They sell t shirts for 20e and they are very good quality. Of course we bought a t-shirt! Had a great pint of Guinness there 👍 I'd love to visit On a cold evening when the fire is lit & there's a few tunes playing Shur we will have to re visit again soon
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Maria P
    Lutherville Timonium, Maryland150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oldest bar worth a trip.
    Timmy shared stories about the bar's history and many funny tales while we all enjoyed a pint of guiness. Locals passed through each friendlier than the last. We had a large group and I think everyone of us bought merchandise. Very worth a trip to Sean's Bar. Ask for Timmy.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Jim W
    Sindelfingen, Germany7,797 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oldest Bar In Ireland...Perhaps In Europe!
    My wife and I planned our first day in Ireland around coming to Sean's Bar for its historic value. We were told to come early to get a good seat to see the band. We had the best seats in the house. This bar is full of such much history. I wish I could listen to the walls. We did get to listen to some great music and see some fun dancing. The walls are adorned with patches from law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and more. There are also license plates from across the globe. What a fun place. If visiting Ireland, plan a night in Athlone!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Rob D
    Lincoln, United Kingdom188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A M A Z I N G
    It was like stepping back in time to a forgotten age. the bar was full of locals and visiting tourists alike in the most convivial of settings, add to this some lovely traditional background music, lots of people laughing and a buzzing atmosphere, it was impossible not to stay longer then planned and more impossible not to be swept along in the joviality of the place. I have to say that the bar staff were certainly playing their part in helping the atmosphere to bubble along, they were an excellent advert for the pub. I cant wait to return one day in the not too distant future.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Shelley W
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great spot for a pint in Ireland's oldest pub
    Sean's Bar has a lively, friendly vibe in a rustic environment that's full of charm. Sean himself poured our pints and we got a cozy booth table to enjoy them. There's lots to look at on the walls for anyone interested in history, and some cool merch to bring home (even if your name isn't Sean).
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • TannisRob
    Ladner, Canada762 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely a highlight of our trip!
    We've had this on our bucket list for ages and finally made it from Canada. It was just as expected. A loud, noisy fun bar, with a lovely wood fire aroma in the air, sawdust on the floor, and drinks flowing. Impossible not to have a good time here.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2024
  • luv2travel
    Johns Creek, Georgia19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Three Cheers for Sean's Bar
    Having Irish coffee or Irish whiskey in the oldest pub in Ireland was a very memorable experience. Our large group of 44 travelers from the state of Georgia were treated to a wonderful history of the pub by the manager. We also learned that Netflix is creating a documentary about Irish pubs that will include Sean's Bar. Be sure to include a visit to this historic place if you are in Ireland.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 23, 2024
  • tony c
    Euless, Texas311 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    OLD BAR
    The oldest bar in the world!! What a fun place to visit. We never knew this and our tour guide wanted us to see it even though it was not on our tour. We just stopped in to take some pictures but the food did look good and they had such a friendly staff. A must see if you are anywhere near Athlone, Ireland!!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 5, 2024
  • Mary Beth C
    Charleston, South Carolina107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sean's Bar
    this is truly a traditional Irish bar. The people are friendly and it is quite lively. I would recommend people come to see this place. It’s supposedly is one of the oldest bars and Ireland back to the 900. We really didn’t care about that, but we did appreciate the kindness, openness, and the friendliness of everyone I would highly recommend coming. Here is staying in the town. I wish we knew about this sooner. We were just passing by.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 15, 2024
  • Sharon M
    Windham, New Hampshire651 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Bar and Loved the Ambiance!
    The appeal is that it is the "oldest" pub in Ireland. Located in Athlone and lived up to the hype of some place we were told we must pop into for a drink. It is a drinking pub so don't plan on eating anything here. The outside is deceiving as there is quite a bit of room inside, different sitting areas. They have reserved a spot in the front for musicians but we were early in the day so did not have the experience of being there when anyone was playing. I bet it's a lot of fun in the evenings and on weekends.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 7, 2024
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brin
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Undeniably a nice setting, but soured by treatment there. Was in with 4 friends (guys in 30s) for a pint, relatively early in the day, before leaving Athlone after a weekend there.
Half-way through our pint, the barman saw a tour bus pull up outside and asked us to move to the outside area in the back, to leave the most scenic part of the pub empty for people on the tour to enjoy (as he put it). We obliged, as he asked politely, but it was rather strange.
Without our knowledge, some other friends who were in a different part of the town tried to enter soon after, and he refused them entry, saying no large groups, stags or hens allowed, etc. He then came out to the back to say the same to us. We finished our drink and left, walking back through the pub which had a large group of about 50 people from the tour-bus inside. Double standards.
Written April 5, 2022
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Wayoutwhest
Galway, Ireland28 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Tried to vist this bar on a Friday night after having dinner with two friends. We are all male and in our 30's. The bouncer asked us how many of us there were. We explained it was just the three of us. He then accused us of being part of a bigger group and refused to let us in.
We were passing the bar again a couple of hours later and tried again. Same result with different bouncer. He had gotten word through his ear piece not to let us in. He then told us we were part of a bigger group. We asked if the group were still there and he siad they left a while back. If the 'group' we were part of had already left, then why would we want to go in without them...? Nonsense!
In summary, if you are male and in the age range of someone that could possibly be on a stag, you proably won't get in.
Written August 9, 2022
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He H
London, UK120 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
The place is warm and welcoming and the guests as well as staff at the bar is equally great. We spent 3 hours there drinking a lot of excellent beer and non alcoholic alternatives and as we had our 10 year old son with us we wanted to respect the rule of no kids after 8, we left 7.50. After a few minutes our son said he wanted to go to the bathroom so we turned around after approx 75 meters. At the door we explained to the doorman the situation that we just left but our son just needed to go to the bathroom. It was 19.55. He refused. When I then because of the urgency went away with my son to find a alternative, more understanding place, the doorman explained to my wife after figuring out that we was here as tourists that it was a "very dangerous place" and she should be careful.
If the restaurant want to survive on locals I assume it is OK to have this type of bouncers at the door.
Except for the absolute cone head at the door, the experience at the bar was pure joy.
Written February 24, 2023
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blue94
wexford19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
We arrived to be told no one could get in as there was a problem with the toilets but we could wait for a table out front which we did . Service was very slow but young lad was nice and pleasant . We noticed others been stopped going in but some people did get in ! They seem to know the barman he would come to the door and let people . We were able to use the toilets upstairs and when we went in there was lots of free tables so asked why we had to sit outside in the street the bouncer told us to talk to the bar staff and the staff said it’s up to the bouncer . We asked to speak to the manager. Who was off on the Saturday night, so we’re were allowed order drink and food (food was good )use the toilets the exact same as the people inside but not allowed in to sit at the empty tables . What a joke . One of the bouncers was spoke to needs to come down from what ever power trip he is on and get some manners . We left in the end we were looking forward to visiting the oldest pub in Ireland 🇮🇪 on our trip to Athlone, very disappointed . I understand they had a issue with the toilets but have the same rule for everyone
Written July 4, 2021
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Hi Very sorry to read your review. We do pride ourselves on our customer service and work very hard to make sure that everyone's visit to Sean's bar is a memorable one. We did experience a flash flood last week due to the inclement weather which led to some problems. We did have to reduce our capacity momentarily whilst we were solving the problem as we didn't want to cause further problems and wanted to make sure everyone in the place was looked after. We dont do food ourselves so I imagine the food you enjoyed was takeaway from next door - possibly Handsome Burger or My Melody restaurant I would like if you could reach out to me at info@seansbar.ie to discuss further Many thanks for your review and apologies again Kind regards Declan Sean's bar
Written July 7, 2021
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Cynthia rose
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Business
Having heard all about the oldest bar in Ireland I decided that I would give it a visit. With the gorgeous river view and the beautiful cobblestone roads, I have to say at first glance I was quite impressed with this dainty town setting, but that’s about it! Upon arrival to the door I was met by a bouncer asking for id. Myself and my friend proceeded to talk out our passports and drivers license and to our amazement we were told we needed a Garda age card! Despite obviously being over the required age, and having verified ID we were refused entry. Having entered another country with my passport I really thought there should be no issue getting into a bar! I hope to see inside of it some day, perhaps when my age card arrives !
Written January 1, 2020
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luv2travel
Johns Creek, GA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Having Irish coffee or Irish whiskey in the oldest pub in Ireland was a very memorable experience. Our large group of 44 travelers from the state of Georgia were treated to a wonderful history of the pub by the manager. We also learned that Netflix is creating a documentary about Irish pubs that will include Sean's Bar. Be sure to include a visit to this historic place if you are in Ireland.
Written April 23, 2024
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Megavin
Athlone, Ireland154 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
We sat in the back enclosed area beside a heater but close to a door which leads to a laneway or another restaurant. People were in and out and as there is no natural close to the door we spent the night closing the door! Then I noticed several people smoking in the Upper part of the pub. This area was enclosed. I am not sure it qualifiés as a smoking area but security personnel assured me it was a smoking area. Pity as it does not fill me with confidence. We moved to the front area where it was lively, warm and a fantastic band were playing. Well done Mick Slattery. This redeemed our visit.
Written February 1, 2023
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Jcalvert325
84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It's neat to say you've had a pint at Ireland's oldest pub, but beyond that, the bar is not unique. The atmosphere is lovely, and the staff is great. We sat on the back patio by the river and had a lovely conversation with two *very* tipsy locals, who kept us laughing for the better part of an hour. I had a delicious blood orange sour beer. It's worth visiting if you have the time in your schedule, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for international travelers who have time constraints.
Written January 6, 2023
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Jim W
Sindelfingen, Germany7,797 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
My wife and I planned our first day in Ireland around coming to Sean's Bar for its historic value. We were told to come early to get a good seat to see the band. We had the best seats in the house. This bar is full of such much history. I wish I could listen to the walls. We did get to listen to some great music and see some fun dancing. The walls are adorned with patches from law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and more. There are also license plates from across the globe. What a fun place. If visiting Ireland, plan a night in Athlone!
Written August 13, 2023
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Mary L
Reading, PA156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Sean's Bar is a wonderful little pub to go for a drink or just sit and rest for a while. It is the oldest pub in Ireland. I was lucky enough to be there when a local group of musicians were playing. Everyone was very friendly and made you feel at home.
Written March 30, 2023
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