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“This became "our" pub in Clifden”
Review of J Conneely's Restaurant & bar - CLOSED

J Conneely's Restaurant & bar
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Reviewed October 2, 2012

We discovered Conneely's early in our trip - and returned there several more times in less than a week.My husband enjoyed the drinks (he had a Smithwick's with a Guinness head there - a first for him - as well as a whiskey he'd never tried before.) I loved the cocoa - real cocoa, made with hot milk, topped with foam, and dusted with cocoa powder. Ask Martin to make it - and eat your heart out, Starbucks!

Conneely's has 2 sessions of traditional Irish music every night, and the first set starts at 6:30pm, much earlier than most other pubs, which don't start their live music until 9:00 or 10:00.

According to my husband, the food was good - and very reasonably priced. During our stay, I spent most of my half of our meal budget on shopping, so I pretty much survived on seafood chowder and brown bread and had it everywhere we went. Conneely's chowder was easily the best I had all week.

What kept us coming back, though, wasn't the food or the drinks or even the music. It was the people. Martin, Declan, Mark, and the rest at the bar could not have been friendlier to a pair of tourists who decided to "adopt" their establishment for a week.

Tip: go in the early afternoon, when there aren't many customers yet, and chances are you'll find a few of the musicians for that evenings session having lunch and swapping stories. When the bartenders join in, things get REALLY interesting! Just listen and enjoy!

If your travel plans include Clifden, Conneely's (with its bright, warm interior and spectacular view of the bay from the patio out back) is a must-go!

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Enjoyed the early live dinner music as well as the later set with sing-a-long. Micky Mac, Fergal Scahill & Garry O'Meara put on a good show! Also, the seafood linguine is great!

1  Thank Culverman
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

We had dinner at Conneely's and were drawn in by the traditional live music starting at 6:30. The duo was extremely talented and it was nice not to have to stay out late to hear live music. The food was good and the service was great.

2  Thank Lesley B
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

We enjoyed a great meal of fish and chips and listened to the fiddler Fergal Seahill and his guitar/banjo sidekick David Howley. Both were very talented and fun to watch. A classic Irish Pub that serves its Guinness cold and with a good head of foam. Enjoyed our time here.

1  Thank TripTalkHawaii
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

We went to listen to some good music, which there was, but we're not able to sit down, stand or even take photos of the live band without having the bar list forced in our face and one of the bar tenders stating if we were going to sit, listen or take photos of the band we had to buy a drink even after purchasing three beverages and being kicked off the bar stools.

Thank Lizz D
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