Sean's Bar
10:30 - 00:30
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10:30 - 00:30
Tuesday
10:30 - 00:30
Wednesday
10:30 - 00:30
Thursday
10:30 - 00:30
Friday
10:30 - 00:30
Saturday
10:30 - 00:30
Sunday
12:30 - 23:30
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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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  • Sarah H
    15 contributions
    The Real Irish Pub Experience
    Can not believe what an amazing time we had. If you are looking for an authentic Irish pub experience, and longing to feel all the charm the Irish locals have then this is your place. The bartenders Paul, and Brendan "Dougie" (sorry if I spelled any of that wrong) where amazingly welcoming and the stories that the whole bar's patron's joined in on and embellished kept all the infectious laughter going. I have to say that the people we met in this bar had the most welcoming and inclusive manner. I felt instantly at home and encouraged to join in the conversations. One of the bartenders in fact told us that they intentionally kept the bar TV and Wifi free to encourage camaraderie and real human connections. Later in the evening there was a band playing an acoustic set of Irish Country music, that was really a treat. We want to go back. Our trip from Texas to Ireland was long, the journey arduous and expensive for us, but Sean's made the whole thing worth it. We had only allotted a short time to Athlone, and now we want to return just to stay there and spend a few more nights laughing around the peat moss hearth fire.
    Visited March 2020
    Written 15 March 2020
  • Gary B
    Vancouver, Canada484 contributions
    Oldest pub in the world and the whisky is also good
    We visited the pub in May 2019; sorry for delayed review. The town of Athlone is worth a quick walk-about for the walls, church and old buildings. Sean's is supposed to be the oldest pub in the world or at least in Ireland dating back to 900 AD according to the Guinness book of records. It was originally known as Luan's Inn. It is small, dark, low ceitlinged and cozy, and could easily become crowded. We visited as part of a small tour group (8 people) and enjoyed a bit of history provided by I think the owner, which was interesting plus one free drink (Irish coffee). Bought a T-shirt (if you do, get the next size up from your regular size) and a separate shot of Sean's Whisky which is distilled by the pub. If you believe the story, the first whisky ever was distilled in a nearby monastery, and the distiller uses a recipe as close as possible to the original monk's recipe. This whisky is surprisingly mellow and easy to drink. If they sold it on the west coast of Canada, I'd would definitely purchase. Sean's is definitely worth a quick visit for the stories and a drink.
    Visited October 2020
    Written 12 September 2021
  • rob60607
    Chicago, Illinois48 contributions
    Historic, definitely not touristy
    Sean's Bar dates back to AD 900 and bills itself as "Ireland's Oldest Pub." Before arriving, our fears were that this would be a tacky tourist trap. Those fears were completely unfounded. Inside is a small, cozy tavern with friendly bartenders and century's worth of charm: dim lights, low ceilings, small tables. I'm sure there are dozens (hundreds?) of similar pubs in similar towns in Ireland, but there's only one that's the oldest :) The town of Athlone is colorful and cute, with the River Shannon splitting it down the center. So glad we made the trek out there.
    Visited November 2019
    Written 3 January 2020
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danisaigab
Halifax, PA36 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Cool bar. Huge inside. Loved the history. Bartender super friendly. Clean bathrooms. The original bar area is full of old history, cool fireplace, pictures, etc.
Written 28 June 2023
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Jim D
Monroe, nj3 contributions
Jun 2023
I’ve been visiting Sean’s since the late 60s before it was famous. I’ve always had fun there either playing music or listening and having a pint or two. Highly recommend visiting Sean’s.
Written 28 June 2023
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pamjb
Allentown, PA6 contributions
Jan 2023
This place was recommended to us by the car rental agency. And it did not disappoint. Parking was challenging to us, as we are not used to the tiny Irish roads. We had a great conversation with the owner, who told us the story of Sean's seat at the bar. We even found a Fire Department patch from a town near home, Schuykill Haven Fire Dept. It truly is a small world
Written 11 June 2023
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Betsy P
73 contributions
May 2023
Fun daytrip from Galway. Just an hour by train. Very small pub but wasn't crowded when we were there. Had a beer at the bar. Staff was friendly and helpful. Athlone is an interesting city. Others thing to see. The castle was cool.
Written 29 May 2023
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Experience814290
Bend, OR22 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
We had so much fun and felt like
Family!! Brendon receives the BEST bar tender award here too! Their are a lot of Pubs but if you want fabulous services and loads of fun.. head here!!
Written 8 May 2023
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Scott M
Eugene, OR15 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
If you are in or around Athlone, be sure to visit Sean’s Bar. We had such a great time and the live music made it even better. Don’t miss the oldest bar in Ireland.
Written 26 April 2023
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Michellechampers
England, UK1,619 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
If you are in the neighbourhood you must visit this bar, it is in Guinness Book of Records and proudly holds the record for the Oldest Pub in Ireland, however no pub in the world has been found to be older! It full of a huge mix of customers, old, young, tourists and locals, only the front part is original, they put sawdust on the floor which is what all bars and inns once put on the floor to soak up spills. The bar at the back has additional areas built on to make it a fun night out, it has an outdoor back patio with amazing views of the river Shannon, staff working hard and really polite making guests feel welcome.
Written 22 April 2023
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Mary L
Reading, PA144 contributions
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 30 March 2023
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krazysworld
Silly, Belgium14 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
Sean's bar is a quaint little bar with a lot of personality. The bar staff were very friendly, Told me of the history of the bar, and were quick with service. Many little bars in Ireland have a tiny bathroom that is as old as the foundation...not Sean's! The bathroom was surprisingly big, updated, and very clean! For a small pub as a stop for tourists, it was a great little place that I would highly recommend! They do NOT do food, but there are several little cafes around the area. They also sell t-shirts and hoodies.
Written 30 March 2023
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Bob L
College Station, TX67 contributions
Mar 2023
This place should be on everyone's Ireland bucket list. Timmy is a fun and helpful host and the atmosphere and history are incredible. Their house whiskey is great and brought some home to the US. I highly recommend stopping by for a pint or a shot.
Written 21 March 2023
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