Recently I had the pleasure of being up in Sligo to help The White Hag celebrate their second birthday.
The after party was to be held in The Swagman in Sligo town. This was an opportunity for me to visit a bar that’s been on the radar for a long time.
There is literally something for everyone, something I like to see in a bar. People who’s taste is still aligned to the industrial monoliths are looked after, those with a hankering for great beer, have ample choice, both on draught and bottle etc to keep them interested.
The pub was very busy on account of it being Saturday evening, but there were no undue delays in getting served. There is a large beer garden that could easily host long sessions during our brief summer.
My favourite beer of the evening was The Pale Ale by Yellowbelly which was served on Cask. I’m pretty sure that was an old Tetley’s handpump. Either way it was delicious.
The guys also serve food, which sadly I didn’t get to try. On our next visit we will make sure to get there for some soakage.
A bar like this is in my opinion has to be viewed as a template for what to do with pubs in large regional towns, where maybe the market couldn’t sustain say a Craft Only bar. Serving food, having regular entertainment, and a great team working behind the bar are key requirements to having a successful bar. No doubt Dale and the team will continue to be a beacon in the North West for those who love great Irish, and international craft beer.