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Harbour Bar Bray

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1-4 Dock Terrace,
Bray, Co. Wicklow , Ireland

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Harbour Bar Bray - the Best Bar In The World

The Harbour Bar Bray, voted by the Travel website Lonely Planet as “The Best Bar In The World” in a recent poll. This charming haven in the shadow of Bray’s pretty harbour has stories to tell and has had some of the most famous people in the World as customers. Located a stone’s throw from James Joyce’s house and mentioned in his puzzling masterpiece “Finnegan’s Wake” it was Ireland’s greatest writer of the 20th century’s local pub.

Oscar Winning Actor’s Favourite Pub

The great actor Peter O’Toole was also a regular drinker at the Harbour Bar Bray when filming at the award winning Ardmore Studios. He donated the famous moosehead which now adorns the bar and was a star of the Woody Allen 60’s classic “What’s New Pussycat”. O’Toole donated it to express his thanks for the owners making sure he got back to his hotel in one piece! There has been a galaxy of stars who have frequented the bar including the great Laurence Olivier, Katherine Hepburn & Brendan Behan who drank the bar dry on occasion. U2’s lead singer Bono used to live in the Martello Tower just a few minutes walk away and was a regular visitor.

The Boat On The Roof

There probably is no other bar in Ireland and possibly nowhere else in the World with a boat on its roof but that’s why The Harbour Bar Bray is so quirky. The Harbour Bar’s layout is also interesting with a snug for a quiet pint, there's a lounge and a cosy backroom as well as a covered beer garden. Where you can sit and watch the boats going out & enjoy the sight of kids running from the swans that live in Bray Harbour. There is also a lovely bright conservatory too. It is also one of the landmark venues in Bray for live music both indoors and outside. Where you can enjoy a beer and a bite to eat as you listen to music that covers all tastes but there is a particular love for traditional music which has seen some of Ireland’s finest singers and musicians ply their trade over the years.

Harbour Bar Bray opening hours

Mon - Thurs 1pm - 11:30pm, Fri: 1pm - 12:30am, Sat: 12 - 12:30am and Sun: 12 - 11:00pm

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