The Pubs and bars of Westport
Irish pubs are famous the world over for their atmosphere and entertainment and Westport’s bars and pubs deliver this in spades. For the majority of people “a bit of craic” in one of the local pubs a must-do item on any visit to Westport. There are an abundance of hostelries for you to enjoy, from the larger, better-known bars such as Matt Molloy’s which is world famous for Irish music, to smaller, traditional establishments like Moran’s on Bridge Street which still has a grocer’s shop in the front bar. Whatever your idea of a good night out, Westport has something to suit you.
If it’s music you’re after, Matt Molloy’s is best known for traditional Irish gigs and sessions. Petie Joe’s at the Castlecourt Hotel, T Bourke’s, The Clock Tavern and the Porterhouse have regular music throughout the year, while McGing’s hosts a monthly jazz gig and other, more sedate concerts and sessions. Late bars and nightclubs.
For those who want to party to the small hours there are a number of late bars and nightclubs to choose from. The Castle Late Night Venue on Castlebar Street is a regular, year round nightclub, while Cosy Joe’s on Bridge Street opens later than most of the other bars in the town and has a DJ.
Purple Flag Award
Since February 2015, Westport has been designated as a Purple Flag destination.
Purple Flag destinations are clean, safe, vibrant, convivial and are welcoming to everyone.
What is the Purple Flag?
The Purple Flag signifies that Westport offers:
- A safe night time environment
- A vibrant & friendly atmosphere
- High standards of comfort & cleanliness
Purple Flag centres are vibrant and well-managed between 5pm and 5am, the accreditation requires towns to prove themselves in 30 criteria relevant to evening and night-time management. Town centres that achieve Purple Flag are built on partnership who are working to continue improving the standard and broaden the appeal of the town centre in the evenings and at night time.
What’s on in Westport
We’ve built a complete What’s on in Westport guide into this site. If you’re looking for something to do, a show to see, or a festival to get stuck into, start below.
Bench Café Bar
The Bench Café Bar in the Westport Woods Hotel is the perfect location for your dining experience. With outdoor seating to soak up the rays or the big screen to watch the matches, they have something for everyone.
The Brehon Bar
A place to relax, dine and drink, guests are welcome to visit The Brehon Bar in Knockranny House Hotel. From early morning coffees and scones, to long lunches overlooking the views of Clew Bay, the delights of afternoon tea, sipping Ireland’s best cocktails, rolling into the buzz of dinner and drinks under the stars.
The Castle Late Night Venue
The Castle Late Night Venue is a large versatile space occupying 4 different rooms each with their own individual style. It is home to a state of the art acoustics sound system, lighting system and a continuously diverse cross section of music events throughout the year. With lavish interior design and expertly mixed cocktails, The Castle Late Night Venue is the only place to be seen every weekend.
Cobbler’s Bar & Courtyard is one of Westport’s great traditional pubs offering customers a relaxed setting with friendly staff. Varied live music acts play 4 nights a week which includes the extremely popular Sunday Trad Session. Also serving bar food which offers traditionally styled Irish dishes at reasonable prices
Cosy Joe’s offers FREE entertainment with a wide variety of Live Music that ranges from traditional to the latest covers. Live music starts from 9pm – 11.30pm every Thurs, Fri & Sun night with extra nights added during the summer months & holidays. Cosy Joe’s also transforms into a mind blowing Laser Light Disco until 2am with a DJ playing all your favourites.
The Coast Bar
The Coast Bar has very quickly become the hotspot for bar food in Westport. On any night of the week, the place is positively bussing with visitors and locals alike. Situated on the stunning setting of the Harbour, the Coast Bar serves food daily from 12.30pm – 9.30pm with specials changing for both lunch and evening service. Live Music on selected nights.
Gracy’s Bar & Restaurant, conveniently located on the grounds of Westport House has something to offer everyone. Situated right beside the Pirates’ Den in the Pirate Adventure Park and an outdoor play area it offers a safe, family friendly environment for kids of all ages, along with complimentary parking, delicious food, live entertainment and craft beers.
Madden’s Bar & Bistro
Madden’s a bustling bar and restaurant in the heart of Westport is popular with everyone, guests, locals and visitors alike to the Clew Bay Hotel. Let your taste buds test us, try seafood, traditional roasts or some continental dishes. Serving food daily from 12.30pm also have a children’s playroom available.
The Maple Bar
Sit back and relax in the cosy Maple Bar, a stylish place to meet during the day or evening. Serving an extensive Bar Menu and Daily Specials from 12 – 9pm or sample something from the Cocktail Menu, with their very own in house specialty Cocktail. Also showing all major sporting events on the Big Screen and nightly entertainment in season too.
Petie Joe’s is the perfect place to entertain friends or enjoy a quiet drink. A popular local Westport pub with live music every night to suit all tastes, you’ll find excellent service and somewhere you can dance your cares away in the 4 star surroundings of the Westport Hotels Resort.
The Plaza Bar
Whether you’re looking for a quick bite before heading out, or meeting for pre-dinner drinks with friends, the Plaza Bar is the perfect place to linger a while. Sip cocktails or choose from our carefully selected food and wine menu. Food served daily from 12 – 9.30pm.
The Porter House
The Porter House bar is unpretentious and comes with a rustic character with its wooden floors, low ceilings and comfortable seating areas, creating a very cosy atmosphere. To the rear of the premises it has a heated outdoor bear garden. Local and visiting musicians alike find a warm and welcoming atmosphere day and night summer and winter in The Porter House.
Uncle Sam’s bar
Organizing an event in Westport for family and friends, Uncle Sam’s Cafe Bar is the perfect spot, with a relaxed & vibrant setting, courteous & professional staff, heated Beer garden, quality food at the right price and live music every weekend. You will truly be looked after.