The 155 year old Roadside Tavern next to the Burren Storehouse is a quaint pub that has been in the Curtin Family for 3 generations.
In the old days, the Roadside used to be a bakery, a butter market as well as a pub. Today, it is as vibrant as it was 155 years ago. This is where locals and explorers of the area meet for pints fresh from the BURREN BREWERY and enjoy the Burren Gold (Lager), Burren Red (Ale) and Burren Black (Stout) which can only be got on the premises. Master brewer and publican Peter Curtin has been creating his magic brews on the premises since 2011, and he is doing his best to meet the growing demand.
The Roadside Tavern is well known for its traditional live music. For generations, many well known and local musicians alike have enchanted listeners with their vivid sessions sampling the best of Irish music. They include Christy Moore, Davy Spillane, Tommy Peoples, the Fureys, Paul Dooley, Seán Tyrrell, Christy Barry, Micko Russell, Micilín Conlon, Sharon Shannon and many more. It has a particular draw for the musicians of the region; at its summer peak, there is live music seven nights a week. Young and old come by to listen, play and sing. The style and standard of the music is top class, so along with the laid-back old-world atmosphere it leads to a unique and lively night out.
The piano warrants a special mention as it once was owned by former Taoiseach (prime minister) Garret Fitzgerald. It was restored in 2012, and whoever can play it masterfully enough is invited to delight the patrons in the Roadside Tavern.
The Roadside Tavern will be opening again in July for drinks and the famous beers from the Burren Brewery.