Fodor's Expert Review Ramsbottom's Bar

Portlaoise Bars

For a glimpse of old Ireland, call into Ramsbottom’s in Lower Main Street where a log fire burns brightly beside comfy settees. It started out in the 1870s selling animal feed and importing the finest teas, wines, and brandies, but this former grocery-cum-bar now sells only alcohol, although reminders of its past are all around. The original bacon-slicing machine from the grocery shop is on display; walls are adorned with sepia-tinted photographs, whiskey and cigarette signs, and record sleeves featuring John McCormack and Bing Crosby, and banknotes from around the world are pinned to the bar. For €2, you can select your own five tunes from the jukebox, sit back, and enjoy a flawless pint.


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101 Lower Main St.
Portlaoise, Co. Laois  Ireland


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