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Killarney Town is a bustling place in the summer months, many of the pubs have live music, some of it impromptu traditional. If you are in a bar and this starts stay there and settle down and spend a night in Killarney Town.

Entertainment, Food, Drink & The Craic.

The Laurels, 

A lively pub with plenty of music catering for large groups and plenty entertainment for everyone. This charming public house has been in the O'Leary family since Thado Leary first opened for business in 1917. It now has three distinct characters. The front pub has a welcoming atmosphere from days gone by, with open fires and lots of banter, traditional sessions and a pleasant mix of people.

The entertainment lounge behind the pub was Killarney's first "singing pub" and still packs them in. With room for 200, there is lots of rousing ballad singing, music, craic and dancing, aimed primarily at giving the tourist a blast of Irish hospitality and traditional Irish culture. The Laurels also has a fine restaurant from May through to October. Intimate yet casual, it features a menu with delicious venison, steaks, and salmon, but note: no vegetarian dishes.

O’Connor’s. A great venue for a mix of all things Irish. There’s traditional music, stand up comedy, readings and pub theatre. Entertainment starts at around 9.15 each night.

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The 98 Bar. Trendy and hip, the '98 Bar is different from many of the other public houses in town. Even with the front doors wide open, your eyes will really have to adjust once you pass through the portals. There is a mature crowd here, just past their disco days but still hankers after them. Bar lunches are served on the two floors. In addition to the usual array of lagers, stouts, and ciders, The '98 Bar makes a mean cocktail. Lunchtime bar food is unexceptional but filling, offering the standard sandwiches, salads, and hot entrees.

Granary. There’s something on every night at The Granary. A lively place where you can join in pub quizzes and Karaoke. On Friday night there is a late bar till 2.30.

The Gleneagle. The Gleneagle is synonymous with live entertainment in Killarney, catering to hordes of visitors for decades. Particularly popular is the Gleneagles’ Summer Cabaret, featuring big name Irish acts like Joe Dolan, Brendan Grace, and The Wolfe Tones. Ballroom dancing and Country Western festivals frequently feature as well.

The National Events Centre offers a music and dance extravaganza each summer. To keep the masses content between acts, the Gleneagle has several restaurants. The Flesk boasts a Mountain View, O'D's Chestnut Tree Bar and Restaurant serves food from a wide variety of countries. O'D's also has a nightclub which is open late.

The Mangerton Suite is available for banqueting. With a capacity for 350 people, a large dance floor and a dedicated team of banqueting staff, this venue is ideal for weddings and other functions.

Killarney Grand. This large bar is very popular. It has traditional music nightly but the music can get a bit lost in the general lively atmosphere. At 11pm live bands take over and really grab your attention.

Buckley’s Bar. This charming public house is adjacent to the Arbutus Hotel in the heart of Killarney town. First opened in 1926, Buckley's serves a variety of beverages in the oak-panelled bar while traditional music weaves its way through the air. Good food is served all day until nine in the evening, featuring fresh seafood and local produce. The menu has an international flare with ciabatta sandwiches and bruschetta. Traditional music always provides a rollicking and friendly atmosphere with musicians playing every night during the summer months.

Buckley's is currently undergoing extensive restoration, but once inside the fun continues as normal.

Murphy’s. A long established favourite in Killarney, Murphy's has a strong local clientele and provides a warm welcome to tourists. This pub has a genuine Old World feel, with stone floors and wooden stools, complemented by an interesting array of characters that add to the atmosphere. Known locally for good music and fun, the public house is popular throughout the year. Ballad entertainment is nightly during the summer. A limited bar menu is served daily from 10:30am-9pm.

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Mustang Sally’s. Mustang Sally's is a lively venue both day and night. An American theme is carried throughout the decor, with flags and signs on the walls, and a diner-style menu. There is an excellent range of hot and cold sandwiches, salads, burgers, and other specialities. The huge Mississippi Mud Pie is not to be missed for dessert. At night Mustang's becomes a great loud music bar for over 21s. The old wood pine surroundings seem to do wonders for the acoustics, and Mustang's can be relied upon for good live rock bands and DJs. Admission is free.

Scott’s Gardens. There is always something going on in Scott's Gardens. This extensive complex provides a variety of entertainment options. There is piano music in the bar, traditional music with fiddles and bodhrans in the lounge, and Scott's trademark open-air jazz music and singing in the beer garden. As with all outdoor activities in Ireland, the latter is weather permitting, and it is not unknown for rain to stop play. Entertainment is nightly during July and August and Thursday through Sunday the rest of the year. A light bar menu is available from 6:30pm-9pm.

Tatler Jacks. Serving up porter and pub grub to the locals since 1795, the Tatler Jack has retained its popular status through the centuries. This old style Irish pub is characterised by lively banter, centring primarily on Gaelic football and favourite players. This is the home pub of Dr. Crokes, a local Killarney Gaelic football team. Photos and posters documenting the club's history cover the pub's walls. In addition to the usual array of beverages, the Tatler Jack has a modest menu. The focus is hearty Irish fare served in ample portions. Cromane mussels and smoked wild salmon are particularly popular.

Danny Mann Inn. This quintessentially Irish pub has been entertaining locals and tourists alike for many years. There is an old fashioned atmosphere, with tourists and the local clientele mixing freely. The pints flow while conversation is kept at a low ebb. Nightly entertainment is provided by a variety of resident bands, featuring traditional Irish sessions and evocative ballads. Bar food is served all day until nine in the evening and you are guaranteed a good meal at a reasonable price.

Busy B`s Bistro. The pleasant loft location of Busy B's Bistro is a good place for a bite to eat at any time of the day. The service is fast and the restaurant very informal. Breakfast is served all day, in addition to a diverse range of Italian dishes, soups and sandwiches. A wine bar is open until 2:30am at the weekends, so it's an ideal place for a late drink and a snack after a night out. Busy B's is on New Street across from the Killarney Shopping Arcade.

The Cooperage. Pleasantly situated on Old Market Lane, the Cooperage has a unique view of terraced stone cottages from long ago. Though it's in the centre of Killarney, it enjoys a more peaceful existence than the restaurants on the bustling main streets. It comes highly recommended by Le Routiers Best in Ireland Guide and has featured many times in prominent national papers. The main restaurant serves lunch and dinner for up to 70 people. The menu offers numerous European dishes served in a contemporary style. Steak, seafood and vegetarian options are all cooked to perfection. Intensely popular with twentysomethings, booking is essential.

Jordie`s. This friendly cafe has a Continental feel, with a warm terracotta decor and an entire wall that opens onto a terrace for alfresco dining. The large menu offers many interesting choices with prawns in filo, a variety of omelettes, lasagne and sizzling steak as highlights. Vegetarians have three tasty options from which to choose each day. Children are also catered for with a special menu of popular proteins and chips. Jordie's has a surprisingly diverse wine list too. Clientele tend to be lively twentysomethings, particularly on the weekends.

There's also a bar and deli shop on the premises.

Kelly’s Corner. This tiny pub is quite compact, but manages to take in a large number. Depending on the crowd, the pub seems to tread the line between cosy and claustrophobic. Hordes flow in from the hostel next door and the clientele tends to be young, exuberant, and optimistic. If you manage to make it all the way to the back, you can view the impressive Harley Davidson. There are many outdoor tables for those looking for a more spacious drinking area.

Crock O Gold. This small, old style Irish pub serves modest fare for lunch and dinner in a central dining area. Irish stew, corned beef and cod make up an economically priced menu that has wide tourist appeal. Stone floors, Guinness memorabilia and lots of chat and craic make this a great place to spend an evening, though you won't hear many Irish accents. According to legend, if you can find the end of a rainbow you may just find a crock of gold waiting there for you. It is always worth a try.

Laune & Taylor`s. This is a family run pub/restaurant with a cosy interior and strong, local character. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they serve an old fashioned Irish menu with steak and a generous pile of potatoes a particular speciality. Vegetarian dishes are also available. During summer, food is available from 7:30am, with shorter hours in the quieter winter months. The restaurant is fully licensed, with room for 90 diners. Accommodation is also available on the premises. The Laune & Taylors can be found on New Street close to the central Market Cross.

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