The Tap Tavern bar is one of the oldest, if not the oldest bar in Kinsale. It is unique for many reasons. Firstly, it is the only family run bar in Kinsale. It has been in the same family for the past four generations. Each generation has put its own stamp on the bar without destroying the work of previous generations. This makes The Tap Tavern a very old looking bar but with very modern facilities.
The Tap Tavern lies in the shadow of St. Multose Church, a 12th century church and in the beer garden of the bar you will find a 15th century well. The origin of this well is unclear. It may have been in a cloister next to St. Multose Church or it may simply have been one of many wells in the centre of the old walled town of Kinsale. Whatever its origin there can be no coincidence between the existence of this well and the address of The Tap Tavern (Guardwell).
The Tap Tavern is also the only bar in Kinsale that is part of the Ireland Whiskey trail. Here you will have an opportunity to sample many different types of whiskey, not the least of which is the Kinsale 2000. This is single malt Bushmills, put in a cask in 1975 and matured for the millennium. The Tap Tavern is the only bar in the country where you will find such a rare bottle of whiskey. So if its music, chat, entertainment or the very finest of fine whiskeys you are looking for, or maybe you just want to sit and contemplate a fine pint by a cosy fire then why not visit The Tap Tavern Bar.
WHAT’S ON OFFER / FACILITIES
The Tap Tavern is popular with tourists and locals alike. Locals enjoy an opportunity to have a chat of a gossip next to a roaring turf fire with the owner of the bar, Mary O’Neill or occasionally her son Brian. Tourists on the other hand are attracted to the originality of the bar and its historical importance. The Tap Tavern can also boast or a number of musical events that occur throughout the year but by the far the most popular attraction is the very successful Kinsale Ghost Tour.
The Kinsale Ghost Tour is one of the most popular attractions in Kinsale. Its success is due to the zany antics and pyton-esque humour of its authors; David Peare and Brian O’Neill. The tour will also supply enough historical facts to keep even the most avid historian happy. The Kinsale Ghost Tour leaves from The Tap Tavern six nights a week (Sunday to Friday) during high season. Enquiries to Brian, tel: 087 948 0910.
Whats on Offer:
- Live Music
- Beer Garden
- Family Friendly
- Family Run
- Open Fire
- Smoking Area
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