Relax in a modern, smart and stylish bar or cosy up at a crackling log fire in one of our traditional, historic hostelries and be bowled over by our local artisan ciders, so crisp they will make your mouth pucker!
When it comes to whetting your whistle, Armagh certainly has plenty of pubs with a story to tell. Step off Armagh’s busy Market Street to find ‘The Hole In The Wall’, dating back to 1615 and a gaol in its previous life. Friends and relatives of the prisoners brought food and letters and passed them through a hole in the wall, hence the name! People now want in rather than out, as the old building – lots of beams and pillars – exudes history but watch out, it is believed to be haunted by a friendly ghost called Wilfyis!
Tradition comes with time and McConville’s has been situated on the corner of the main street in Portadown since the 1800’s. Still inside are the original snugs, etched windows and moulded ceilings. Look out for buttons which were added to snug tables. When pressed, the bell informed staff when your glass was empty! It’s said that some of the wood on the wooden bar is replicated from a design on the Titanic, the famous ship built just over the mountains in Belfast.
Banbridge can lay claim to the fact that The Downshire Arms was used as the second coach stop from Belfast to Dublin in the times before automated transport. This Hotel is an excellent example of a Georgian coaching inn, two storeys, painted plaster, with hipped roof. At the rear, there is a charming courtyard surrounded by good slated and whitewashed stables, coach houses and outbuildings, very little altered. Although modernisation has taken place the Hotel still has many of its original features like the wide-open fireplace in the Bar area
Be sure to experience our pubs and bars and envisage the people who have met, drank and laughed here before you. Our bustling nightlife promises first-class service, a warm welcome, the foot-tapping brilliance of a live music session and of course – incredibly friendly locals!