Clarion Hotel Sligo
Phone: (353) 71 9119000
Fax: (353) 71 9119001
Bars & Cafes
This is an attractive bar with intimate little snugs and old, well-worn chairs - - and low ceilings, so mind your head! It's just beside the canal, so you can admire the Famine Memorial just outside the bar, or visit the old City Hall round the corner. It serves excellent home-made soup and sandwiches at lunchtime, though other than that, the emphasis is on serious drinking. Some good music sessions take place, particularly during the summer, with traditional music on Mondays. The highlight of the week, however, is probably the very popular Sunday jazz session.
This pleasant store occupies a very popular spot, close to Hyde Bridge and overlooking the River Garavogue. Here you can enjoy a good selection of coffees or snacks with Lunch from as little as IEP2.30. Alternatively you can spend your time browsing through an excellent selection of books. The shop specialises in books of Irish and Celtic interest but there is also a wide range of topics carried including children's books and New Age titles. The shop will also deal in mail orders.
As Sligo's best-established Internet café, Cygo has a decided advantage. There are several top class PCs, comfortable chairs, and expert advice close at hand. A variety of coffee, tea, and light snacks will keep you going while you surf. Cygo also offers printing, scanning, photocopying, web design, and web hosting services. Computer gaming aficionados will enjoy the Friday night game special between 7-9pm. Rates: £1/10 min; £1.50/15 min; £2.50/30 min; £4/45 min; £5/60 min; discounts for members, children, seniors, and students
This is an award-winning bar and restaurant, centrally located and overlooking the Garavogue River. Winner of the Black and White Pub of the Year Award in 1997, it generates a warm intimate atmosphere, relaxed and comfortable, with the wooden and stone interior and candlelit tables creating just the right mood. The menu has a very distinctive international flavour to it, serving Mexican, Portuguese and Moroccan dishes, along with some interesting French and Chinese cuisine. During the week you can also enjoy an excellent pub lunch and there is a fine selection of French and South African vintage wines. Dinner is served after 5p till the last guest finishes.
This fine, attractive restaurant and award-winning bar are just outside the little village of Drumcliffe, burial place of the Irish poet W.B. Yeats. Immensely popular with tourists and locals, it does a thriving trade. The restaurant offers an excellent menu, with something to suit most tastes and all reasonably priced. There is live music at weekends and during the season there are regular traditional music sessions. This family-owned establishment is also listed in the publication Irish Pubs of Distinction.
A popular bar in the attractive village of Dromohair. It's something of a tourist attraction and its appearance would remind you of an English village pub but with the traditional charm and hospitality that this quiet, restful county generates in its people. They serve excellent food, specialising in fresh and smoked cuisine. The set dinner will cost you IR£14 and the Sunday lunch IR£8.
Barry's Public House has been around for a long time now and is one of Sligo's best when it comes to live music. Located in Grange, this lively pub has been enthralling pub-goers with jam sessions, Céilidh (Irish folk music and dancing) and live gigs over a pint of beer and fine drinks. It is the musical hub for touring musicians both national and international alike who love to give an impromptu performance here. Barry's Public House is a cozy venue and has had artists like Paul Brady, John Martyn and Shane McGown play here.
The exterior of this quaint family-owned pub has clearly been ravaged by the Atlantic gales blowing from the shore. However, inside it offers genuine warm hospitality in traditionally styled surroundings; and so it is a pub from which it is hard to drag yourself away. It's cosy, comfortable and cluttered, and inside, draping from the walls and ceilings, you will find many mementoes left behind by visitors. They also serve excellent lunches and bar meals, all home cooked; ample portions, served up with a smile.
This is one of the oldest pubs in Ballyshannon and also one of the most popular. Now under the new management of the O'Donnell family, it still retains its marvellous character and appeal. Large, spacious, and traditionally furnished, it is covered, (practically from wall to wall) with posters, photographs, musical instruments, pots and pans and all sorts of local bric-a-brac. It serves excellent pub food all day but most of all it serves drink - one of the best pints of Guinness in the town. Very much part of the local music scene, it regularly features some of the finest traditional musicians in live sessions.
Only four years old but looks a hundred and four! Much of the interior has been recreated from salvaged church furniture or other old buildings and the mood is pleasantly authentic and very comfortable. Old pews, marvellous turf fires, stone floors, antique glass cupboards with lots of knick-knacks, working lanterns swinging from the ceiling, old street signs, milk churns; all kinds of everything have created a little museum. All the space has been well utilised with cosy alcoves and a charming beer garden. There is of course traditional music at the weekends and--regrettably some would argue, a disco on Saturday nights. Well worth a visit, particularly during the early evening when you can sup a fine pint and soak up the atmosphere
This is a great pub: warm, old-fashioned and featuring interesting seating with no two chairs the same! It seems to be cobbled together, but it has it fact been thoughtfully designed. Very much in the traditional mould, it features open fires, reclaimed church pews for seating, a small balcony that seats no more than a dozen customers, and a very attractive beer garden. There are regular traditional music sessions at the weekend, a small off licence and, for those who like a gamble on the horses, a bookmaker's office next door. It is worth visiting at Christmas, when the whole bar is tastefully decorated and the festive spirit is fuelled by liberal helpings of free punch.