We aren’t sure about the oldest booze-point in the world, but Sean’s Bar in Ireland is officially the oldest one in Europe. And it predates biblical times. Well, almost. Um, that isn’t surprising. If anything, Ireland is the country of pubs.
Booze might have been around for a long, long time but humans only figured out the joy of drinking at bars 1,100 years back. Which is when this Irish dream pub was established. Let’s look into the history of the bar and its specialities.
How did Sean’s Bar come to be?
Legend goes that in 900 AD lived a man called Luain Mac Luighseach. He had established an inn close to a fort across the Shannon. Settlement slowly grew and a wooden castle was built in the 12th C to protect this settlement. This inn is the very pub we are talking about! You see, Luain Mac Luighseach’s inn, ‘Áth Mor – The Great Ford’ grew to be Sean’s Bar.
Is the pub really this old?
Well, carbon dating of the materials like wood, mud and wattle supports the claim of Sean’s Bar being as old as we think. In the 1970s, a wall was discovered that was made of materials used in the olden times. This further assures us that this Irish pub is, in fact, a millennium old!
What should I drink when I finally visit this Irish tavern?
Sean’s Bar offers a plethora of drinks, but you simply cannot miss its very own whiskey. This blend of malt and grain is left to mature over a period of time in bourbon casks. Unsurprisingly, the whiskey at Sean’s Bar is dedicated to our very own Luain!
Another beverage to get your hands on is the ‘Clonmacnoise’, dedicated to monks who have been perfecting the art of distillation to a T, for many centuries.
How do I get to Sean’s Bar?
The bar is in the Althone city of Ireland, between Dulbin and Galway. There are a number of public transportation options available to reach the historian location. It has music 7 nights a week, and tourists from across the world. Live bands make the atmosphere so electric that you’ll recognise the bar a mile away.
Are you ready to visit Sean’s Bar?
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