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Nine must-visit beer gardens in Co Armagh

Basil Shiels

Whether’s it’s sipping on a cool pint or a refreshing lemonade, there’s no better place to do it than in a beer garden as the sun beats down from above.

With the sun well and truly shining down on us and the mercury levels rising, it is time to start planning those weekends and long summer nights.

We have compiled a list of eight must-visit pubs across the county to while away those hot picture-perfect summer days and evenings…

And if we’ve missed any, be sure to let us know!

The Hole in the Wall, Armagh

The Hole in the Wall Bar, Armagh

The Hole in the Wall Bar, Armagh

An Armagh institution. A cosy pub nestled right in the heart of the city centre; found down the alleyway of McCrum’s Court, this somewhat hidden gem has added another string to its bow in recent times, with the introduction of this fabulous beer garden.

This is definitely one of the quirkiest beer gardens in the county – no surprise really for a pub renowned for having a resident parrot.

Basil Shiels Bar, Tassagh 

Basil Shiels Bar in Tassagh

Basil Shiels Bar in Tassagh

Nestled deep in the heart of the Tassagh countryside, Shiels’ beer garden is one of the Orchard county’s finest outdoor venues.

The picturesque surroundings far from the hustle and bustle, makes this an idyllic setting for a lazy afternoon by the river, which runs adjacent to the garden. It’s a stunning visit all year around.

Groucho’s on the Square, Richhill 

Groucho's on the Square beer garden

Groucho’s on the Square beer garden

Groucho’s is a family run ‘olde worlde’ pub situated in the heartland of the Orchard County, located on the Seventeenth Century Market Square of Richhill.

It will cater to any visitor with  Italian Specialist Coffee, along with local craft beers, ciders and great food or something a bit stronger from their extensive listing. A must-visit for everyone.

Toby Jug, Armagh 

Toby Jug, Armagh

Toby Jug, Armagh

From the roadside, it might come as a surprise that this bar on the corner of Irish Street and Upper Irish Street has actually got a beer garden. It certainly does and a quaint one at that too. Befitting of Armagh architecture, this little greenery, surrounded by sprawling walls is a great hideaway in the city.

Devlin’s Bar, Armagh

Devlins Beer Garden

Devlins Beer Garden

With music on Friday through Sunday, Devlin’s will not disappoint, so if you find yourself in Armagh on a warm summer’s day why not call in for a bit of a refreshment and entertainment all rolled into one.

Sally McNally’s, Portadown 

Food, music and craic. Here’s the perfect spot to perch yourself on a warm Portadown summer’s evening.

The pub regularly hosts music events with a pizza oven in the beer garden. What more could you ask for?

The Courthouse Bar, Lurgan

The Courthouse Bar, Lurgan

The Courthouse Bar, Lurgan

The first floor terrace is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a prosecco alfresco, or beers and cocktails, under the stars. The Courthouse Bar also has the added advantage of a retractable roof for occasions when the weather lets us down. So whatever the weather, you’re in luck in Lurgan.

Red Fella’s Bar, Crossmaglen

RedFellas Bar at Hearty's Cottage

RedFellas Bar at Hearty’s Cottage

Deep in the heart of South Armagh, RedFella’s Bar at Hearty’s Cottage is a unique experience. Pretty much set in the wilderness, the quaint little cottage (thatched roof to boot) is on the Lurgan Road between Crossmaglen and Silverbridge. Plenty of live music at the weekend’s too.

The Corner House Bar, Derrymacash

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