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Postby timroderick » Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:00 pm

I'm spending a night in Athlone soon. Can anyone recommend pubs with a decent selection of craft beer
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Postby TheBeerNut » Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:39 am

The Malt House? Never been but it hosts the Athlone Beer Club so probably worth a shot.
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Postby Aaron » Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:14 pm

Maguires and The Malt House (in that order) are definitely the best. Great selection in both. Maguires is quite small and fairly quiet, The Malt House has a good combination of great beer and a good buzz at the weekends.

The Shack has a small craft selection, but is one of the best pubs around. It's a bit out of town though, so would be good for starting the evening off perhaps, or for a few quiet ones on a Sunday.

Unfortunately not much other craft beer around, but there are some other good pubs. Not much in the way of late bars though - avoid the Piano Bar at all costs!!
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Postby timroderick » Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:30 pm

John, Aaron

Thanks for that, MaGuires and the Malthouse it is.
By the way, are there any beer clubs in the north west?
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Postby brendy_éire » Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:32 pm

Sean's had a single tap (Galway Hooker) and a few bottles (Carlow, IIRC) last time I was in. Not a great selection, but worth the visit as the oldest pub in Ireland (or Europe).
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Postby irish_goat » Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:37 pm

timroderick wrote:By the way, are there any beer clubs in the north west?


Whereabouts you based? We have a small group just starting up in Derry.
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Postby timroderick » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:48 pm

Sligo...so a bit of a trek from Derry
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Postby irish_goat » Tue May 23, 2017 12:55 pm

Heading there next week for a wedding. Any newer venues to look out for?

On an aside, is there much else to do? I'll have a bit of time to waste on the morning of the wedding but other than the castle there doesn't seem to be much to see.
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Postby andrew » Wed May 24, 2017 8:51 am

irish_goat wrote:Heading there next week for a wedding. Any newer venues to look out for?

On an aside, is there much else to do? I'll have a bit of time to waste on the morning of the wedding but other than the castle there doesn't seem to be much to see.

Hit the Wineport Lodge and go to the spa. Or drop into the Fatted Calf in Glasson for lunch- they have craft beer too.
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Postby og_sean » Wed May 24, 2017 9:05 am

Tha Fatted Calf has moved from Glasson and is now based in Athlone town center. Hop on one of the tour boats and go out on the lakes for a few hours if you have the weather. They leave near the castle. The selection in Seans bar has improved lately and you'll get some local St. Mels in there along with a few more plus it's claiming to be Irelands oldest pub so there's another thing to see! McGuires is good but doesn't open till late and The Malt House still has a small but decent selection like St. Mels, Kinnegar and Mescan.
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Postby Saruman » Wed May 24, 2017 5:24 pm

The Ritz is also a good spot, right on the Shannon too.
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Postby og_sean » Thu May 25, 2017 9:02 am

The Ritz, sadly, is no more but did have a decent selection.
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Postby Saruman » Thu May 25, 2017 9:09 am

Oh when did that go? That's a shame. Has anything replaced it?
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Postby Saruman » Thu May 25, 2017 9:11 am

Ah, I see this on their Facebook page.

DEAR GUESTS
The Ritz Restaurant will be closed through January, February & some of March for urgent refurbishment to the building .
We apologise for any inconvenience and if you wish to use your CHRISTMAS Vouchers soon we are opened until next Saturday evening , the 31 St of DECEMBER or can be used from April onwards otherwise ; any queries to ritzathlone@gmail.com
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year
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Postby andrew » Fri May 26, 2017 12:49 pm

Carrig are opening The Junction Beer and Wing House shortly on Sean Costello Street...
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