"Best Bar in the World" - The Lonely Planet Guide!
Welcome to the official site of the Harbour Bar, Bray Co. Wicklow, Ireland
“The Harbour Bar is … a terrific pub near the seafront in Bray” - Frommer’s Ireland
Highlighted "top things to see in Wicklow" by Discover Ireland and Failte Ireland
This family owned institution has been voted the best bar in the world by the Lonely Planet Guide. The bar is one of the oldest, most well known and storied bars in Ireland. Originally opened in 1871, the bar was immortalised in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake.
The bar has four distinct parts that caters to everyone. The old main bar for trad sessions, the snug for a quieter pint, the Conservatory and the back lounge for indie music.
With 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 served as the original model for all the worldwide “Irish” super pubs.
On any given Thursday, Friday and Saturday night there are traditional Irish musicians playing in the bar. The bar also boasts the best live indie band venue south of Dublin. And if you’re in the mood for more, the bar also hosts open mike nights, special events and burlesque shows. They also play host to the yearly Irish Music Video awards.
The bar has a large sheltered, heated beer garden. Ample parking is available directly in front of the premises free of charge, while the Bray Train and DART station is only a 5 minute walk away. Check out our Directions page.
The bar caters to both tourists and locals alike. (See our Bookings page)
For current upcoming events check our facebook page!
Tel 01 286 2274