Top 10 counties in Ireland with the most pubs per person

It’s no secret that Ireland has a pub on almost every corner, so here are the ten counties in Ireland with the most pubs per person.

The Irish love a pint for almost any occasion, and that’s no secret. In fact, that’s what we are known for around the world. It may be a stereotype, but it’s a true one, and these stereotypes have to hail from somewhere, don’t they?

People who visit Ireland are always surprised at how many pubs it has, and despite already expecting to see quite a few, they are still bewildered at just how many we actually have.

It’s quite normal to visit a tiny town that barely has a main street, but yet you’re sure to find at least one church and about ten pubs. That’s Ireland for you, we’ve got our priorities in order!

So if you like to head to the pub once in a while (or more than once in a while), you may want to consider relocating to one of these counties where you’ll be spoiled for choice.

And after all, having a pint often means socialising, and socialising often means you can let off steam and de-stress, and we have to look after our health now, don’t we?

You might assume that Ireland’s capital Dublin is on the list, but you’ll be at surprised how it ranks despite its population. If you’re wondering which counties have the most pubs per person, look no further. Here are the ten counties in Ireland with the most pubs per person.

10. Co. Carlow/Co. Kilkenny – one pub per 506 people

County Carlow and County Kilkenny have one pub per 506 people.
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With a total of 288 pubs in the counties of Carlow and Kilkenny, this means they have 506 people per pub.

9. Co. Galway – one pub per 506 people

County Galway is number nine on our list of counties in Ireland with the most pubs per person.
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Galway has a total of 475 pubs so, just like Carlow and Kilkenny, County Galway has 506 people per pub.

8. Co. Sligo/Co. Leitrim – one pub per 469 people

County Sligo and County Leitrim have one pub per 469 people.
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With 469 people per pub and a total of 254 pubs in the counties of Sligo and Leitrim, these counties are good options to head for a quiet pint or two.

7. Co. Longford/Co. Westmeath – one pub per 451 people

County Longford and County Westmeath are joint counties in Ireland with the most pubs per person.
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Both Longford and Westmeath have 451 people per pub and a total of 259 pubs. So if you find yourself in these areas, you have a decent choice of pubs to choose from.

6. Co. Roscommon – one pub per 417 people

County Roscommon has one pub per 417 people.
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Roscommon has 203 pubs in the whole county and 417 people per pub. Not bad, not bad at all!

5. Co Cavan/Co. Monaghan – one pub per 407 people

Number five on our list of counties in Ireland with the most pubs per person is Cavan and Monaghan.
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Tied with 407 people per pub, Cavan and Monaghan are strong competitors when it comes to counties with the most pubs per person.

4. Co. Clare – one pub per 383 people

County Clare has a pub for every 383 people.
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County Clare has one pub per 383 people, which is still very promising. If you’re living in Galway, you may not have the most pubs per person, but you’ve got the best of both worlds with Clare and Mayo beside you.

3. Co. Tipperary – one pub per 350 people

Tipperary is up there with the counties in Ireland with the most pubs per person.
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With one pub for every 350 citizens of the county, Tipperary still stands strong being the third county in Ireland with the most pubs per person.

So if you live here, you can go on many a pub crawl without ever leaving the county.

2. Co. Kerry – one pub per 334 people

County Kerry has 334 people per pub.
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County Kerry has one pub for every 334 people, giving it the number two spot on our list. The Kerry folk love a good knees up, so it’s no surprise that they are in the top five.

1. Co. Mayo – one pub per 323 people

Number one on our list of counties in Ireland with the most pubs per person is Mayo.
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Number one on our list of counties in Ireland with the most pubs per person is Mayo. So if you’re already living in Mayo, you’ve hit the jackpot!

You’ve got one pub for every 323 people living in the county. So don’t worry if you’ve had a falling out with someone and you want to dodge them, there are plenty of pubs to choose from in County Mayo, the Irish county with the most pubs per person.

On the flip side, counties Laois and Offaly have the least number of pubs overall, and counties surrounding Dublin, including Meath and Kildare, have the least number of pubs per head.

The county with the most pubs in Ireland is not Dublin; in fact, it is County Cork with a total of 955 pubs compared to Dublin’s 772. In Cork, Ireland’s largest county, there is one pub for every 543 people.

Well, we certainly know where to go now to have a pint in peace or to indulge in a big Irish pub crawl. So if you didn’t know these figures already, it’s time to get familiar with your local not-so-local ‘teach tabhairne’ (Irish for pub).