Clare Island is a hot spot for traditional music, dancing and craic. The island has two pubs, Sailor’s Bar and the Community Centre. Both pubs have an extensive line up of entertainment throughout the year.
Located beside Go Explore Hostel, Sailor’s Bar attracts musicians, singers and dancers from around the country and indeed around the world. Travelling musicians are always welcome to join in on music sessions so bring your guitar.
With stunning evening views across the bay to the mainland and great pints of Guinness, Sailor’s Bar is the place to wind down after a busy day exploring the Island.
Sailor’s Bar hosts an Open Mic night every Thursday evening run by local singer, songwriter and multi -instrumentalist John Hoban. This is an evening of listening where musicians get an opportunity to have their music and song heard in a quiet, intimate setting. Of course this is in addition to the full line up of music at weekends.
The Community Centre Bar hosts Comhlatas evenings every Tuesday in the summer months. These evenings comprise of traditional singing, set dancing, sean-nós dancing, music and recitations. Of course this is also in addition to the full line up of music at weekends.
Sailor’s Restaurant specialises in locally sourced foods such as fresh Pollock and Mackerel which we catch ourselves every morning and vegetables, some of which we grow ourselves and some we source from other islanders. Some say that Sailor’s Bar has the most spectacular view in all of Ireland, one which can be viewed from every table in the restaurant. Sailor’s Bar is open daily for lunch and dinner.
Anna’s Cafe along the North Road specialises in homemade cakes and snacks. Anna’s Chocolate Cake is world class. Anna opens for lunch daily during the summer months.
The Clare Island Lighthouse re-opened for service in summer 2013 as fully catered, luxury accommodation. What a way to finish a walk to the most beautiful and dramatic cliffs on the West Coast of Ireland than with a hot cup of coffee.
Situated beside the church and primary school, about three kilometres from the harbour, O’ Malley’s Food Store has a nice range of snacks and drinks that walkers can look forward to en route around the island.
Clare Island is probably the best Island on the Irish Coast for walking and between all of the services listed above you have plenty of options for where to take a break.