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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Pub
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“The MOST famous of all Pubs in Doolin is the legendary Gus Oconnor's. Made famous by the Russell family this place provides nightly music and lively weekend day sessions, the food is top class and always consistent. It can get quite busy but there is ample table space with a little patience.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Pub
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“The famous McGanns provides first rate pub grub and entertainment. Each night you will find music here with the best nights probably Sundays and Tuesday when Blackie and Cyril play, accompanied by the lovely voice of Geraldine. Throw in a bowl of McGanns Beef stew and you have a recipe for a great night. As Doolin is famous for Irish music you can never be quite sure who may turn up for an impromptu session, many a famous artist has turned up to thrill the nightly crowd”
  • 14 locals recommend
Pub
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“The homely and cosy McDermott's Pub provides fine food and local entertainment nightly. The famous Blackie and Cyril are normally here on a Monday and Wednesday night and in between those days there is always a decent band of local musicians.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food selection and nightly music program to enjoy. Great place for wedding after party's. Hosts the Doolin Music Festival through the nearby Doolin Hotel.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The Formation of Doolin Cave Limestone is predominantly calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and this is soluble in water that contains carbon dioxide (CO2). There has been much publicity about carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and its role in global warming but there is much more CO2 in the soil. Initially water moves through the rock very slowly along tiny passages but as it does so it dissolves the rock and gradually enlarges the passages to form discrete conduits. When these conduits become large enough for people to pass through they are referred to as caves. Active caves, like Pol an Ionáin, Doolin Cave, have a stream flowing through them which continues to dissolve the limestone.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Souvenir Shop
“Want to shop? This is the place for you. The store stocks a huge array of Irish made crafts and clothing and also ships worldwide .As our guest you can avail of a 5% discount. It also has a lovely coffee dock, An Cupán, with delicious locally made cakes. Tell them Emer sent you!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Just passed McDermots pub and on the right hand side this wonderful little place has the best of breakfasts with a really cracking Guinness steak potato pie and sumptuous deserts which are to die for! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A must visit!!! Without doubt the very best Seafood Chowder in the country. Top class deserts and a general culinary experience - host Frank will guide you through the menu and this place will always hit the spot.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Take a paddle out in the bay, discover the coast line from the sea, get close to the birds and seals ... Deadly! :-)”
  • 1 local recommends
Locality
“Doolin for some food and Irish music and back up the coast road via Cliffs of Moher, Ballyvaughan and Kinvara (Dunguaire Castle). There are excellent cafes and restaurants in Kinvara.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Lodging
“Excellent seafood and steaks...Family run business for the past 30 years...”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
Travel Agency
“There are two tourist information offices in Doolin, one in Hotel Doolin and the other in Fisher Street, Be sure to pop in and get free maps of the area and guide books that will help you get around the Burren.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“This is our location in the center of Doolin. Our cafe is well know for good coffee, home baking and local produce. (open 8am-9pm)”
  • 1 local recommends
Store
“Home made Chocolate and fudge. delicious, a must stop when passing. Not for sharing!!! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Coffee Shop
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“This craft shop and gallery also serves terrific coffee and icecream! Located right next door the Piper's Chair house”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Pub
“The MOST famous of all Pubs in Doolin is the legendary Gus Oconnor's. Made famous by the Russell family this place provides nightly music and lively weekend day sessions, the food is top class and always consistent. It can get quite busy but there is ample table space with a little patience.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Just passed McDermots pub and on the right hand side this wonderful little place has the best of breakfasts with a really cracking Guinness steak potato pie and sumptuous deserts which are to die for! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A must visit!!! Without doubt the very best Seafood Chowder in the country. Top class deserts and a general culinary experience - host Frank will guide you through the menu and this place will always hit the spot.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“For a really special treat! If you are visiting the Cliffs of Moher or the Aran Islands, go to Doolin and have a meal here. The Early Bird menue is great value for the exceptional quality of food, service and surroundings. ”
  • 1 local recommends

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