You don’t have to set foot in a nightclub, to enjoy Wexford’s prominent music scene. In fact, the county boasts one of the most vibrant scenes in Ireland, with an outstanding music offering that stretches from festivals, to contemporary performances from live bands and world class musicians, to Celtic traditional sessions and more. No matter your musical taste, or venue preference, you’re bound to find it live in Wexford.
Thomas Moore Tavern
An atmospheric old pub in the heart of the town, with live music Friday and Saturday nights, Thomas Moore Tavern is an ideal venue for making memories. A Piano bar, Cellar Room and Spires Rooftop Restaurant all under the one roof showcases an eclectic selection of musicians over the year. Additionally, every Tuesday evening the pub plays host to a variety of local musicians performing Traditional ballads and music as part of the Wexford Trad Trail, so immerse yourself in Irish culture, and sit back to enjoy folk songs and ceoils that get your feet tapping!
Maggie May’s Bar
Maggie May’s is one of Wexford’s most revered bars and music venues, with a magnificent atmosphere, great craic and live music five nights a week. A busy spot where you’ll find modern, live bands, and the odd traditional set too. The Shed, Maggie May’s hidden gem is a fantastic beer garden out back, which is extremely popular with those looking for a party venue and cocktail bar.
The Sky and the Ground
Named after local musician Pierce Turner’s song, The Sky and the Ground, it’s no wonder music is at the beating heard of this traditional, character-laden pub. With a tradition of nurturing Irish musicians, this is a favourite venue amongst artists and an incubator for good talent. It features a bright and airy, heated beer garden with a lively atmosphere any night of the week, yet inside is a dark, wooden bar where you can enjoy a quiet Guinness alone. Voted ‘overall bar of the year’, for the third time running, at the South East Radio Hospitality Awards, this is an ideal spot for a gig and a craft beer with a large group of friends.
Located on the Hook Peninsula, Neville’s Bar is a family run, award-winning gastro pub serving delicious meals and changing chalk board specials. Family friendly, with an enviable seaside location, come here for its casual and friendly atmosphere, extensive craft beer selection, and of course its live music, which often comes in the form of an acoustic session.
The Temple Bar (Tracey’s Hotel)
Located within Tracey’s Hotel, but open to the public, The Temple Bar combines traditional themes with modern comfort in a warm and friendly surrounding. Live entertainment is a regular feature here, with a large area dedicated to dancing, lights and disco balls and a mix of fantastic bands and singers on a recurring basis. Locals and visitors both come here for its welcoming atmosphere and stay here for the craic!
Katie Day’s Gorey
Kate Daly’s is fast becoming one of the town’s most accredited music venues where creatives converge. The intimate Cellar Bar is home to regular jam sessions with local, national and international acts such as Jerry Hannan from California, or Mundy to name a few! With music to suit every taste, an enclosed beer garden and Monday night acoustic sessions which attract talented musicians from afar, it’s no wonder this is one of the Southeast’s social hotspots.