Kerry Coast Inn (Cahersiveen )

As any avid readers of this blog will know we review a lot of pubs in the south Kerry region as we have a base down there in Waterville. The Kerry Coast inn is located in the town of Cahersiveen Co Kerry. It appeared on the ‘at your service’ programme hosted by the Kerry legends Francis and John Brennan. We headed in on a Saturday evening and it was very busy. We managed to get a seat just inside the door to the right by the front window. The first thing that struck me was the amount of people eating in the bar. It was obvious that it is popular for food and the meals looked very apitising it has to be said. I had two pints of Guinness and Jen had two glasses of wine and they went down very well.

The bar staff were extremely efficient and polite despite there being a crowd around the bar waiting to be served. The toilets were very well maintained and I would have no complaints about. You can stay at the Kerry Coast inn and there is a nightclub in the premed is for good measure.

Toilet rating: 8/10
Pint rating: 8/10
Overall rating: 8/10

Final comment: Cahersiveen has a lot of pubs and this is up there with the best.

Florry Batts (F.B O Sullivan) (Kenmare)

The last pub that we visited in Kenmare on Fos’s stag was Florry Batts. We had just come from Crowleys bar down the road. The bar is on your right on the way in and there is another area down the back with a pool table and an open fire. We all stayed down in this section for our drink. The bar staff here were pleasant and the pint of Guinness was good it has to be said. There was a good atmosphere in this pub.

The toilets were out the back and were fine when i checked then. Kenmare has some good pubs to offer their locals and visitors alike.

Toilet rating: 7/10
Pint rating: 7/10
Overall rating: 7/10

Final comment: Florry Batts is a pub worth popping into for a pint.

PF Mc Carthy’s (Kenmare)

After our disappointing trip to O Murchus bar we continued down the street when we came to PF Mc Carthys. This pub had been recommended to us by locals we were talking to earlier in the day. It was buzzing when we walked in and got the drinks in. Live music was just about to start as we went in and we stayed here for a few pints. The pints of Guinness were good here and went down well. I found this bar to be extremely enjoyable.

The toilets are located down the back of the pub. They were in good condition and well maintained to be fair. I didn’t go out but i think there is a smoking area out the back. This is a very decent pub with efficient bar staff and is most certainly worth a visit.

Toilet rating: 7.5/10
Pint rating: 8/10
Overall rating: 7.5/10

Final comment: This pub is certainly one of Kenmare’s hot spots and i’d head in there again.

O’ Murchu’s (Kenmare)

After a pleasant trip to Ryan’s bar in Kenmare our stag group continued down the main street and crossed the road to O’ Murchu’s bar. First impressions were good. We got a decent spot just inside the door just across from the bar. There was a few people at the bar and others down the back playing pool. As we ordered the drinks we noticed that the bar man was acting a bit strange. One of our group asked him if they could get a glass of water with their pint. Quite a reasonable request in my book. Mr bar man thought that this was very funny for some reason but did eventually get the water. I asked him how much a pint of Smithwicks was and again being smart he asked me why i would want to know this. We all sat down and were enjoying our drinks when it became aparent that we were sitting in the reserved area of the local basketball team committee. They came in and sat behind us with their plates of food but moved out again. There was no signs on the tables to say that the area was reserved. We didn’t feel at all welcome at this stage.

One of our group then went to find the toilets and came back a bit startled looking. He told us that the same smart ass bar man had grabbed him by the arm and started slapping his face. The toilets in this pub do not have gents/ladies signs on the doors so you could easily end up in the wrong one. Thats what happened to the member of our group and he was reprimanded by the idiot working there.

We were a stag party going into a bar. None of us was any way drunk, we were all behaved impeccably yet this pub didn’t appear to want our business even in these bleak recessionary times. For that reason and the complete idiotic behaviour of the bar man we will not be recommending visiting this pub. We took a picture outside the bar and everyone gave it the thumbs down.

I’m not going to give any rating as i feel i’ve said enough about the place.

Ryans (Kenmare)

After a nice pint in the Bold thady quill bar at the Lansdowne hotel which was previously reviewed, the stag party headed down the street to Ryans bar. It was quiet when we headed in. There was a match on the tv and plenty of seating available. Some of us headed to the pool table down the back for a few games. To be fair the pint here was top notch and it went down easily. The bar man was efficient and we got served quickly. I have to say that i liked this bar and there was a good crowd of people coming in as we were moving on after our drink.

The toilets are out the back and were in fairly good condition when checked. Overall visiting this pub was an enjoyable experience.

Toilet rating: 7/10
Pint rating: 7/10
Overall rating: 7/10

Final comment: Ryans bar is one to check out in Kenmare.

The Courtyard bar (Kenmare)

Last weekend we attended Fos’s stag party in Kenmare, Co. Kerry. After an enjoyable day of activities at eclipse adventure centre and a great bbq we headed back to the Kenmare bay hotel where we were staying. We had a drink in the hotel bar before hitting the town. Everybody was in good spirits and ready for some fun. The coutryard bar is small and cosy. We all just had the one drink before moving on. The pint of Guinness that i had was very enjoyable and reasonably priced too.

The toilets are near the reception desk outside the bar and were perfectly clean and well maintained when i saw them. Overall this hotel is a very decent place to stay. I found the breakfast to be excellent and only 7.50 which was well worth it.

Toilet rating: 7.5/10
Pint rating: 7.5/10
Overall rating: 7.5/10

Final comment: A very good hotel and a nice bar for a drink.

The Lane Cafe Bar (Killarney)

While away on Aggers stag recently this was one of the pubs that we ventured into in Killarney. It is situated in the Ross hotel. It is a very contemporary pub with bright decor and a great atmosphere. I had a pint of Guinness and it was reasonably good. We were all standing near the bar and there was a good crowd in the seating areas. There was also a lot of people sitting outside enjoying a drink.

The toilets were in very good condition when i saw them. We were only in the pub for a short while before we moved on but i have to say i got a very good vibe from the place. When we are in Killarney next i will definately consider this bar again.

Toilet rating:7.5/10
Pint rating: 7.5/10
Overall rating: 7.5/10

Final comment: The Lane Cafe Bar is somewhat hidden away but when you find it, its worth having a drink there.

Healy Raes (Kilgarvan)

Coming along the road from Kenmare a few weeks ago we stopped off in this pub in the small town of Kilgarvan. I have wanted to go into this pub for years and finally headed in at around lunch time on a Sunday. There was nobody else in the pub at the time except the lady behind the bar and a dog. A guinness and a diet 7up were ordered and the pub was taken in. It’s not the most comfortable pub in the world but it certainly has a lot of charm. We sat across from the bar and the pint was delivered by the very friendly bar lady. She chatted to us during the visit and was telling us a bit about the pub and also about her home in Eastern Europe. There are lots of pictures up behind the bar and also lots of notices of local events scattered around. The pint of Guinness was a very good one and i could have no complaints.

The pub itself is relatively small and has a few different sections. While i was walking to check the toilets i noticed a room at the back with a big television. The gents toilets were reasonably maintained but like the rest of the pub could be described as old fashioned. Overall our quick visit to this pub was enjoyable and i would have certainly liked to have been there when it was busier. It is definately one to check out if in Kilgarvan.

Toilet rating: 6/10
Pint rating: 7.5/10
Overall rating: 7/10

Final comment: Healy Raes is owned by a very prominent local family. I don’t think i need to tell you their names! It’s not a pub that will appeal to everyone but i found it charming.

Park Hotel Bar (Kenmare)

We spent a fantastic night away in the most elegant Park Hotel Kenmare two weeks ago. We had wanted to go here for a while and finally made the journey down. The service in the hotel was the best i have experienced anywhere in the world and this is testament to Francis and John Brennan and their excellent team. On arrival at the hotel we decided to have the one drink in the bar. Since our daughter arrived, this is something we don’t/can’t do at all much any more. The bar man told us to take a seat and that he would drop the drinks over. He was dressed in a tuxedo and was chatting to a couple at the bar who had every interest in talking to him but not much between themselves. The Guinness and the glass of chardonnay went down a treat so we decided why not have another. Of course service being as it was i only needed to look in the direction of the bar man and he read my mind! Those next drinks were even nicer so we stayed for a third before checking out the hotels facilities.

After possibly the best meal i have ever consumed we wobbled our way to the bar and listened to this amazing piano player. He even started playing some Beatles tunes when i walked in. Again reading my mind! We just lounged about for a couple of drinks before retiring to our ultra comfortable room. The bar area is split into three. There is the bar itself then there is another room off the bar and the piano area as well. There are plenty comfortable seats and couches available for use. The toilets were just immaculate. You could have literally eaten your dinner off the floor there. There is a small room you enter before the toilets and then you’l find the spacious and spotless toilets. I have to say that i fully recommend visiting this hotel. It is not cheap but here you most certainly pay for what you get, which is exellence in every sense of the word.

Toilet rating: 9/10
Pint rating: 8/10
Overall rating: 8.5/10

Final comment: This is one of the highest ratings i have ever given in all my time reviewing. From the carpets to the old portraits scattered everywhere this is a must visit at least once kind of place.

The Deacon Bar (Tralee)

The last pub that we visited on our night out in Tralee Co, Kerry was The Deacon Bar. The bar is on Castle Street in the town in the Benners Hotel. There was a guy on the door on the way in and he was friendly. I ordered a pint of Guinness and a Bulmers draught and we were served very efficiently. I only drank half the pint even though it was perfectly fine. I had just had my fill for the night. It was quiet in this bar when we headed in. It was at closing time and and also it was a Monday night. It appeared to be a very chilled out bar with very nice and modern decor.

The toilets were extremely impressive. They are a good size and were in excellent condition when i saw them. There is a also a night club as part of this venue. Its called the syndicate Rooms and the pub was advertising that it has Irelands only glass dancefloor so that could certainly be fun! They have a website that i found at www.bennershoteltralee.ie

Toilet rating: 8.5/10
Pint rating: 7/10
Overall rating: 7/10

Final comment: Even though it was quiet when we went in i would say that this pub and nightclub get very busy at the weekends. This place is definately worth a look.