We just returned from a lovely three week trip to Northern Ireland and the Republic. We heard a lot of great music and saw a lot of great dancing all over. In fact, we only had one poor, nay, rotten experience with anything the whole trip.
O'Flaherty's Bar in Dingle receives high praise in the RS Ireland Guide. With friends we'd met who were also carrying the Guide, we dropped in at O'Flaherty's after supper one night. The music is all supplied by the owner, a solo performer on multiple instruments-"if he wants to"- as was told to our friends that afternoon.
After entering, we listened for a song, then found seats at the back. Before we even got our coats off, a woman appeared and asked what we wanted to drink. I said I was ok for the moment and she told us that if we weren't drinking, we needed to leave-she was running a business. So, we left. Losing 4 customers doesn't seen like a good business model.
I understand that pubs need to make a living and a fully expected to participate-given the chance, once we determined to stay. In EVERY other pub or venue we visited, if you wanted a drink you approached the bar. Once you had a drink, the bartenders never hounded you for a refill and I saw many patrons sit for lengthy times nursing a pint or even an empty glass.
Ireland is a great place and there are many. many great pubs, including several in Dingle.
Do yourself a favor-visit pubs, patronize the Ireland and enjoy the music-and avoid this snooty establishment.