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Irish, Bar, Pub
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Lunch, Brunch
FEATURES
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol, Live Music
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Reviewed 7 September 2022

The staff are very friendly and helpful, and the inside of the place is covered with all kinds of knick knacks as well as posters, signs, photos, etc. Of course there's a signed poster of Pete McCarthy's book too and even a pug (presumably not...the same!) as on the cover of the book. We ate lunch outside in the nice weather and the chowder and crab sandwich were good. This is a hugely popular place, with visitors from all over the world - loads of different nationalities. The staff are friendly, helpful and efficient - no long wait to get a beer. They stop serving food in the afternoon, so don't expect to get dinner here.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 14 July 2022 via mobile

Not our first visit and McCarthys never fails, lovely atmosphere set by the owner, Adrianne. We attended a talk about her dad who was a doctor but survived World War II, it was fascinating and horrific at the same time, so if you’re in the...area and they do it again try to attend, you won’t be disappointedMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 8 June 2022

It's always good to find a pub which is popular with locals when travelling, you know it will be good and MacCarthy's Bar certainly is. The welcome was genuine and warm and there was a bit of chat about all sorts of things and life...in general. Recommendations were made about the freshness of the fish and what to try which were welcome and we had a delicious lunch made up of the freshest of fish caught and landed in Castletownbere. The price was very fair for what we had, we just need to pass by again to try it more!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 1 November 2019

Had been here as a boy with my mother, and you would be hard pressed to notice any changes. Too few of these shop and pub combinations still exist in Ireland, but thankfully MaCcarthy's is still going great guns. In the family for generations, the...current owner's father was a World War 2 decorated veteran. The place consists of a 'snug', shop and bar, while at night they all join forces to become 'the bar'.. It's as cosmopolitan as you are likely to get here, with plenty of 'craic' on the menu. This is a delightful establishment that you will find difficult to leave. If you like stepping back in time, this is the place for you. returning to the present day will be the problemMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 28 September 2019

What an amazing pub - still has the old convenience store feel to it - buy a pint and a bag of sugar or some spam or a pair of tights?? Are you confused. Call in for a drink and you'll see what I mean!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 26 September 2019 via mobile

Really lovely pub! Great character & atmosphere. Toby (dog) provides a lovely welcome. They've a great selection of drinks. I'll be back to try out the food menu in the near future

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 23 September 2019

Go for a pint or two and stay for the craic a great place to relax and join in the many conversations .

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 September 2019

Friendly ,engaging staff and if you don't already know it, this Bar is associated with a fantastic WW2 story and book , 'A Doctor's Sword' The bar owner Nicky and daughter of the book's author was extremely kind and generous with her time and with...sharing details of the book and of her father's story - well worth a visit , well worth a readMore

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 16 August 2019

I called there recently specifically to enjoy their seafood chowder and brown bread as I had enjoyed it there about 3 years ago. I was really disappointed. The chowder consisted of farmed salmon and smoked fish, served in what could be best described as hot...milky water. It lacked any real flavour. The brown bread was clearly shop bought. Such a pity in the busiest fishing port in Ireland that this easy to make soup, should have been so bad. The restroom was filthy.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 10 August 2019 via mobile

Mc Carthy’s pub is a warm welcoming environment filled with a collection of artifacts from all around the world. It’s sure to keep you entertain!

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 6 August 2019

We had a great night here, we were made very welcome , we were six senior (!!) ladies & no problem being seated. Great selection of drinks particularly gin. Excellent music the night we were there & still chat & enjoy. Wonderful night & wonderful...memories of Castletownbere.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 6 August 2019 via mobile

Love this bar, I go to it every time I go home. Staff are welcoming, and the drinks are good. You can pick up shopping whilst you are having a drink. Very cosy and traditional bar.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 6 August 2019

came here one afternoon when staying locally for lunch for my wifes birthday, sat outside and got lunch for 4 Very reasonable pricing and good portions Staff were very friendly and do a great sandwich and soup Decided to come back in the evening for...a few drinks and got the table in the snug at the front very nice would recommend for food or drinks or bothMore

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 5 August 2019

This pub was highly recommend my folks we met in Killaloe and it was certainly worth the stop. The bar keep's father was. WWII POW and was recognized by his Japanese captors for his honor with a katana (very high honor). The two sisters who...own it sell their fathers autobiography, and if you buy it there, they'll stamp it with the pub seal. Decent pints, great historic atmosphereMore

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 2 July 2019

We stopped in for some drinks and a sandwich. The atmosphere was great fun with lots of activity and patrons. The fresh crab sandwich was really fresh and tasty. A great place for a drink and a snack.

Date of visit: July 2019
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5