Drinking at Ireland’s Oldest Bar, Athlone, Ireland
Ireland has a lot of attractions that aren’t always top of mind. Today’s visit to Athlone, Ireland had us inspecting Athlone’s waterway locks and Ireland’s oldest bar. We would end up spending the day walking through Athlone’s town taking in the sights and experiencing life in a charming recreational town.
This post is one chapter on our trip to Portugal, the United Kingdom (England and Norther Ireland) and Ireland. This trip was redeemed through American Airlines Advantage and enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
Read more from this trip:
- Introduction: Portugal, the United Kingdom, Ireland via TAP Portugal and British Airways Business Class.
- A Positioning Flight: Air Canada Vancouver – Toronto
- TAP Portugal Business Class: Toronto – Lisbon
- Sheraton Lisboa Hotel and Spa, Lisbon, Portugal
- The First Steps in the Hilly Capital City of Lisbon, Portugal
- Exploring the Turrets of Castelo del São Jorge, Lisbon, Portugal
- The Seaside Town of Belem and the Jerónimos Monastery, Portugal
- The Lisbon Cathedral and Iberico Ham at Time Out Market, Lisbon, Portugal
- TAP Portugal Premium Business Lounge, Lisbon, Portugal
- TAP Portugal Business Class: Lisbon – London Heathrow
- Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge: London Heathrow Terminal Two
- The Residence Inn by Marriott London Kensington, United Kingdom
- Walking Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, London, United Kingdom
- Churchill’s War Rooms & Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
- Touring the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom
- Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
- De-Cyphering the Rosetta Stone and Camden Locks, London United Kingdom
- Day Tripping to Stonehenge, Salisbury, United Kingdom
- The Moxy London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom
- The Plaza Premium Lounge, London Heathrow Terminal Two
- Aer Lingus: London Heathrow – Dublin
- Aloft Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
- Discovering Temple Bar District, Dublin, Ireland
- Calling on the Guiness Storehouse and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
- The Shertaon Athlone Hotel, Athlone, Ireland
- Drinking at Ireland’s Oldest Bar, Athlone, Ireland
- Hiking Along the Cliff’s of Moher, Ireland
- Crystal Springs Bed and Breakfast, Killarney, Ireland
- Circling The Skelling Islands and Driving the Ring of Kerry, Ireland
- Kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, Cork, Ireland
- AC Hotel by Marriott, Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Experiencing the Tragedy of the Titanic at the Titanic Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
- In the Shadows at the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
- Terminal One T1 Lounge, Dublin Airport, Ireland
- British Airways Club Europe: Dublin – London Heathrow
- Cathay Pacific Business Lounge, London Heathrow
- No1 Lounge, London Heathrow
- British Airways Club World Business Class: London – Vancouver
Activity City Visit: Drinking at Ireland’s Oldest Bar, Athlone, Ireland
We spent the morning driving in from Dublin and getting settled into the Sheraton Athlone Hotel. After we had settled, we headed out for a walk around town. The city of Athlone, Ireland is a charming summer side resort on the River Shannon. It is a boating gateway to much of central Ireland.
Walking Athlone’s Left Bank:
The town of Athlone is divided into two by the Locks from the River Shannon. We crossed the river and headed over to the Left Bank. It’s the home of some quirky streets, in addition to the town Castle. Unfortunately, we did not visit the town castle on this trip.
Inspecting Athlone’s Lock’s:
We wandered down to the water and the locks. Athlone was a charming “sleepy hollow” town that was easy to wander around in. It was also a boating centre for many travellers and it was clear that there was quite a boating community that was set up for this town in central Ireland.
Visiting Ireland’s Oldest Bar:
After that, we headed to WT73Jr”s main attraction on his Ireland’s list; “Sean’s Bar”. It’s reportedly the oldest bar in Ireland, along with an undergoing assessment for the world’s oldest continuously operating bar. It has apparently been continuously operating since 920 AD.
With sawdust on the floor, and a ground surface that was slanted to prevent lock flooding, we set up shop inside the ancient facility and along with an Ohara IPA, and a Coke for junior, we hung out for an hour enjoying the place. There was terrific old school ambience in this place and it was an essential place to visit if you ever happen to pass through this town.
From there, we headed over to Murphy’s Law, a gastro pub that had been reviewed by the Lonely Planet. Dinner was 24 € and featured chicken strips for junior along with a Texas burger for me. The food was reasonably tasty and the place was quite busy despite it being a small restaurant.
After dinner, we returned to the Sheraton Athlone Hotel for a much needed night of rest.
My Thoughts on Our Time in Athlone:
All in all a great day and a charming small town to visit. Athlone was a very easy stopover for a mid way trip through Ireland with enough attractions there to keep you entertained for a least a day or two while you are passing through.