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Bridge Bar

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  • Portmagee
  • Irish
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/11/2015

Fodor's Review

Hungry mariners make a beeline for this simple bar on the windswept waterfront of the tiny fishing village of Portmagee. Overlooking the channel between the mainland and Valentia Island, its dramatic location has led the Bridge to being featured in ads as "the quintessential Irish pub." While not overly historic in style, the low-beam interior—with red walls, rustic pine, and an open fire—is a sweet place to enjoy the renowned seafood chowder, or daily specials like grilled haddock with lemon butter or steamed mussels with garlic. From May to September the pretty, adjoining Moorings restaurant serves a more ambitious, pricier menu most evenings. There are also 14 rooms overhead and an ace craft shop next door, as well as set dancing every Tuesday evening. Call to confirm availability of bar food between October and April, as the kitchen closes some days during the off-season, depending on how many visitors are around.

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Main St. , Portmagee, Co. Kerry, Ireland

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Published 08/11/2015


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