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Westport nightlife – restaurants, pubs and craic


Matt Molloy's pub

Matt Molloy’s, owned by the famous Chieftains flautist, one of the most famous pubs in Ireland. Pic: Ap jen/Creative Commons

Westport, well-known for the variety of its restaurants, pubs and late bars, is one of the best places in Ireland to enjoy a night’s craic with friends.


Restaurants in Westport

There is a varied selection of Irish, continental, Nepalese, Indian, Chinese and Thai restaurants in Westport, a good number of which prepare food using seasonal local ingredients. And touching the shores of Clew Bay, it is little wonder that many of the town’s best loved eateries specialise in tasty, fresh seafood treasures.



From the larger, better-known pubs such as Matt Molloy’s to smaller, traditional establishments like Moran’s on Bridge Street which still has a grocer’s shop in the front bar, Westport pubs and bars have something to suit everyone.

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.

Most Westport pubs have televisions for big sporting occasions although there are still a few that cling to the old ways.


C2 nightclub

C2 nightclub

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. C2 on Castlebar Street is a regular, year round nightclub, while Cosy Joe’s and Heneghan’s on Bridge Street open later than most of the other bars in the town.


Take in a show

There are two regular shows in Westport this summer: The Magic Parlour magic show and The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol musical extravaganza based on the life of Granuaile, both at Hotel Westport.


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.

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Pic: Ap jen/Creative Commons

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