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Sean's Bar

Open Now: 10:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Open today: 10:30 AM - 12:30 AM
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Fantastic Bar for a drink, conversation and you feel at home.

Excellent pub for a pint, fire side chat, chat to the locals, listen to great music. Staff are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
FJB_1969
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Limerick, Ireland
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Pub is always packed with locals and tourists, plenty a craic on offer good spot for a few bevs... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
skybus320
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Timbuktu, Mali
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13 Main Street, Athlone N37 E9H2, Ireland
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All reviews oldest pub in ireland great atmosphere beer garden live music the pub traditional music pint of guinness smoking area friendly staff irish coffee great guinness open fire few drinks great night old style visiting athlone definitely worth a visit
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent pub for a pint, fire side chat, chat to the locals, listen to great music. Staff are great. Old style pub with a great atmosphere.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank FJB_1969
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pub is always packed with locals and tourists, plenty a craic on offer good spot for a few bevs, most famous pub for miles

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank skybus320
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were driving from Dublin to Galway and decided it was time for a pint and a bite and pulled off in Athlone and after a bit of tension between the wife and I over downtown traffic.... turned a corner below the castle and saw...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank gjk5dave
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I guess most places would be humming the weekend before Christmas but there was a wonderful welcoming atmosphere. Like a tardis the further back u go..the more u discover and space was well able to accomodate the high volume and service was not compromised...look forward...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mary k
Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

Always a busy little spot so if you want to experience Irelands oldest public, try get in a little early. Very small inside but the outdoor area is huge! Fantastic atmosphere, always entertainment playing. Great place to visit!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kenno_Kenno
Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

Heard quite a bit about Sean's bar , happy to say all was true. Horrendous weather didn't deter us , delighted to see an open fire on arrival. Warmly greeted by the barman. I had been told the Guinness was excellent it was superb, my...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tonyking1006
Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

Nice pub always guaranteed a crowd. Big beer garden for when inside is very busy. Good pint of stout

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Brian M
Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

Lovely quaint bar in the heart of Athlone. We sat in one of the nookes for a few hours listening to a trad session. It was lovely. Guiness was great (reported by my husband) We have visited Sean's Bar over the years and definetly recommend...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 234rosemarieo
Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

We went to Sean’s Bar after dinner at Bacchus to have a birthday drink. There weren’t many people in the bar as it was a week night around 9pm. We sat at the bar in the hopes of having conversations with other people since we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank KTRWAnderson
Reviewed November 26, 2018

My second visit and it's not changed. Excellent Guinness and great entertainment. It was reasonably quiet on the Friday night but after the rugby international on the Saturday it was bouncing! Don't expect a quiet evening!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Joseca80
July 22, 2018|
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Response from 3chooks | Reviewed this property |
There's a super organic cafe just up the road from Sean's below the Bastion b&b. Highly recommended for breakfast and lunch or just yummy drinks/snacks.
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car0lfitzgerald
February 7, 2017|
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Response from Cathy M | Property representative |
yes we have music every night. music starts about 10pm. trad/ballads/accoustic each night . hope to see you soon
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rumgurl
December 28, 2016|
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Response from Cathy M | Property representative |
Hi rumgurl, hope all is well with you. Yes there are trains from Heuston station Dublin to Athlone daily. We are only a five minute walk from the train station in Athlone. If you were planning to visit us for a night there... More
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xxxyyy2014
Northumberland, United Kingdom
Sean's Bar (previously Kate's Cottage)? (10 Replies)
Any difference in the change of name regarding meals? Kate's Cottage was very good and surprised it's changed.
January 11, 2016|
Response fromjoxxer|
I wonder if the owners, Sharon and Peter, really believe that there is a need for another Irish bar to add to the seven already there within 100 metres or so? Will they offer the steaks which made them famous?
ferdia35
County Clare, Ireland
Sean's bar...lunch? (2 Replies)
Heading Athlone way next weekend...anyone know if Sean's Bar serves lunch / bar food? The website is down...thanks!
September 23, 2016|
Response fromTanya M|
Sean's doesn't serve food but there's several restaurants in that corner of town so you won't need to go far.
janit368
Bloomington, IL
Sean's Bar (1 Replies)
What time would Sean's Bar be open on a Monday in November?
September 11, 2010|
Response fromtravavboy|
i think it opens in the afternoon