Sean's Bar

Have a Guinness at a Guinness Book of World Records Bar. For a true Irish experience—and a tasty one at that—visit Sean's Bar in Athlone. Enjoy traditional Irish music over a well-poured Guinness or Irish whiskey at the oldest bar in Ireland.

The history of Sean's Bar

Dating back to 900AD, Sean's Bar is officially the oldest bar in Ireland and said to be one of the oldest bars in the world. Coins dating back to the 10th century were found in the walls and are now on display at the National Museum.

Relax at the bar

Enjoy a warm atmosphere all year round thanks to exceptional service and the old-style open turf fireplace, or relax in the beer garden overlooking the Ford of Luain. Famed for its friendly atmosphere, Sean's Bar is a must-see destination in Athlone. Learn the six-step ritual to pour the perfect pint of Guinness said to take 119.5 seconds to accomplish. Receive a certificate at the end. Enjoy live, traditional Irish music. People from all over the world stop by to "have one" at Sean's Bar, so the clientele is a perfect mix of locals and tourists from all over the world.