I want to go to an Irish pub - a real Irish pub. I am sure I will need to go County Donegal to accomplish this task.
What I will be missing is the Irish language, and for this reason going to rugged northern reaches of Ireland and County Donegal to see the stone circles, the dolmens, the castles, the cliffs, and of course - the pubs is on my list of 1,000 things to do before I die.
This list of 115 pubs is a good starting place for finding your way around the pub life of County Donegal. You will also need a car, and can find a good deal at this Dublin car rental company.
Donegal is about three hour drive from Dublin. Along the way you can take a detour and climb Saint Patrick's mountain in Murrisk, but be sure to visit the rugged, beautiful coastline, see the castles, and most of all do a pub tour for the music of Ireland, and the music of the Irish language. This is on my list of things to do. How about you?