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O’Keeffe’s Bar and Lounge in Ennis Co. Clare is a family run business that buzzes with the sounds of intense conversation and excellent music. With a local reputation for quality Guinness you can tell by the number of people in the bar that it is not a rumour.
Located in the heart of the town O’Keeffe’s incorporates O’Keeffe’s Bar and Lounge and Tom Steele’s Bar. If you are interested in settling down for a few late drinks and some excellent music then don’t miss the late bar on Saturday nights. They also put on local bands that play a variety of music from ballad’s to rock to jazz. Any night of the weekend you can expect the place to be busy and there is always a friendly atmosphere and great staff to take care of you.
The bar and lounge are large and can cater for big numbers and they also provide an excellent outside area, for anyone that smokes, where you will be kept warm with heaters and you can continue to watch the game on TV.
If you are a sports enthusiast then O’Keeffe’s is for you. The bar has numerous TV’s where you can catch the most recent Champions League or Heineken Cup Match. If you are more drawn towards our native sports these are all well catered for as is horse and greyhound racing. At any time during the week you can pop in for a “quite one” and slip next door to put a few pence on your pick for the next race.
Tom Steele’s bar is named after the Infamous County Clare Landlord and politician, Honest Tom Steele (1788-1847). It is said that he sat on the rock, which can still be seen across the street in the River Fergus, to catch a glimpse of Eileen Crowe, who lived in the house across the river. The story has it that she never acknowledged his presence.
Tom Steele’s is a modern bar with two floors and is very popular with the younger crowd. You can listen to great music in Tom Steele’s and if the weather permits enjoy a drink outside and watch the world pass by.