Irish Bar Ranked Best Bar in the World by The Lonely Planet

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Contrary to media reports, the luck of the Irish is still intact. Irish eyes are currently smiling in recognition of the Harbour Bar in Bray. This family-owned institution has been voted the number one overall “Best Bar in the World” in this year’s Singha Beer sponsored Lonely Planet “Great Bars of the World” survey. The bar is one of the oldest, most well-known and storied bars in Ireland.

“When you consider the sheer amount of bars in the world, we are really delighted to hear this. If the walls could talk, the stories they could tell.” says Colin O’Toole, the bar’s General Manager.

Contrary to media reports, the luck of the Irish is still intact. Irish eyes are currently smiling in recognition of the Harbour Bar in Bray, County Wicklow. This family-owned institution has been voted the number one overall “Best Bar in the World” in this year’s Singha Beer sponsored Lonely Planet “Great Bars of the World” survey.

The bar is one of the oldest, most well-known and storied bars in Ireland. The bar is located across from the Harbour about 20 km (12 mi) south of Dublin on the east coast. This third generation, traditional family-run pub has been in the O’Toole family since 1931. The bar itself dates back to the mid 1800’s.

“When you consider the sheer amount of bars in the world, we are really delighted to hear this. If the walls could talk, the stories they could tell,” says Colin O’Toole, the bar’s General Manager. His mother and his uncle own the bar. “Our customers are the best! We take pride in offering a wide and varied set of entertainment to everybody within a unique traditional setting. And even better it puts Bray in the international spotlight.”

Link to Lonely Planet Guide survey: http://singha.lonelyplanet.com/

This bar has an amazingly diverse crowd and a unique look – the bar is littered with original antiques and interesting bric-a-brac, accumulated over 80 years, by 3 generations of the O’Toole family. The Harbour Bar offers a truly authentic Irish pub experience as an antidote to the sterile atmosphere of some modern pubs. The bar apparently served as the original model for all the worldwide “Irish” superpubs.

Over the last century, the bar has been home to a who’s who of both an international and national assortment of writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians.

The likes of Brendan Behan, James Joyce (who once lived across the road), Peter O’Toole, Neil Jordan, Lawrence Oliver, Katherine Hepburn to U2, Bono, Sinead O’Conner, Def Leopard, Mary Coughlin, Shane MacGowan, Audio Fiction, Brendan Gleeson, Ian Harte, Beverly D’Angelo, Cillian Murphy, Jim Sheridan, and Irish artist Rasher to just name a few of the regulars. On any given Thursday and Saturday night there is a traditional Irish band playing in the bar. The bar also boasts the best live indie band venue south of Dublin.

With Ardmore Film Studios nearby, many celebrities often pass through the door to enjoy the uniquely Irish hospitality they offer. This can be seen from the framed articles in the hallway, the autographs in the Kilmainham Jail register, to the huge moose head in the Lounge gifted by the legendary Peter O’Toole. Over the years many movies scenes, T.V. series and advertisements have been filmed in the bar. Most recently Neil Jordan’s “Breakfast on Pluto” and the acclaimed cult hit Zonad (from the writer/director team of the film Once) filmed major scenes in the bar.

Bray Train and DART station is only a 5 minute walk away.

Harbour Bar Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/harbourbarbray

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