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13 Irish pubs that give the Michelin Pub of the Year a run for its money

Pub crawl, anyone?

LAST WEEK, MICHELIN Guide announced named The Butcher’s Arms in Eldersfield as the Michelin Pub of the Year 2016.

The Guardian reports that the 16th century pub was named the best pub in the UK and Ireland and praised for being a “laid-back home from home”.

Sure, it might serve gourmet food and it might be really old and quaint, but is it really better than our Irish pubs?

We think not.

1. Keep your mini oxtail pies — the true measure of a pub is the quality of its ham and cheese toasties

Monday blues with Skelly @togetherdisco Source: maserart

Toastiefrom Grogan’s > everything else

2. Can you do a spot of hardware shopping in The Butcher’s Arms like you can in Foxy John’s?

Didn’t think so.

The bars in Oz may be cool, but you only do your hardware shopping at the same time you drink your beer in Dingle! Source: deemurph

3. Do the staff of The Butcher’s Arms wear lab coats?

Because they most certainly do in Morrissey’s, Abbeyleix.

Monday pint #Abbyleix #downthecountry #ireland #igersireland #pint #vscocam #vsco Source: kevinjackmurphy

4. You think The Butcher’s Arms is old because it dates from the 16th century? Sean’s Bar, Athlone, dates from 900 AD and is the oldest pub in Europe

So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

On s'est arrêté dans le plus vieux pub d'Irlande, il date du 9e siècle et c'est joli. Source: hypathie_

5. Does it have toilet graffiti like this?

Because you have to go all the way to Ballycotton to find the best toilet graffiti in Ireland Source: oisindavis

Spotted in Blackbird, Ballycotton.

6. Does it have views like this?

#cheers @dublinguinness #thebluelight #sunshine #view #dublinmountains Source: arkiema

The Blue Light, Stepaside

Had to leave down my drink to take a picture of this view on Wednesday ❤#outfordrinks #girlynight #lahinch #surfcity #o'looneys #surfbar #home #breathtakingview #sea #sunset #nofilter #ireland #potd #followforfollow Source: nicolakenneally

O’Looneys Bar, Lahinch

Mr. Sun please come back! The amazing view from our veranda #GalteeMountains #BlueSky #NoFilter Source: aherlowhousehotel

Aherlow House Hotel, Co. Tipperary

And do they have sessions like this?

Cobblestone Bar from our last night in Dublin. Hunting for storytellers, musicians and Irish fairies with @ladyjacquelined Source: mattmerchant7

Or pints as glorious as this?

Gotta have a Guinness.... Source: opheliasflowers

Pulled in Matt Molloy’s, Westport.

Take that, Michelin Guide

Perfect combo....pint of the black stuff and these beauts #Guinness #Oysters #Galway #InstaIreland Source: japeck88

O’Dowd’s, Roundstone

But, of course. #dickmacks #Dingle Source: thecailinrua

Dick Mack’s, Dingle

There is no place like an Irish pub especially when it's one that serves good food and tasty craft beer. Source: frenchfoodieindublin

L. Mulligan Grocer, Stoneybatter

Previously: 21 pubs in Dublin you have to visit before you die >

19 of Ireland’s most spectacular pubs to drink pints with a view >

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Amy O'Connor

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