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20-page National Geographic supplement on Donegal

The fun hasn’t stopped for Donegal since being dubbed “Coolest Place on the Planet” by National Geographic, our great county was recently honoured with a 20 page spread by Nat Geo Traveller about all the fantastic things to do, see and taste in Donegal. Biddy’s gets a small mention for a cozy place for weary feet to travel, but the rest of the supplement is just fab too!

To read the edition, simply click on the link below:

Biddy’s O’Barnes ‘Best Pint’ winners…

Biddy’s O’Barnes ‘Best Pint’ winners generous in their praise of all pubs in Donegal

by Eamonn McFadden
Donegal Democrat
6 Jul 2017

“The owners of the pub crowned as having the best pint of Guinness in Donegal say they are delighted with their win as they knew how strong the competition was in the online Donegal Democrat readers’ poll.

Biddy’s O’Barnes, in Barnes Gap, were declared the winners after polling over 5,000 votes in our online poll.

The pub is now run by Aaron Slevin and his wife Megan.

Megan said the competition caused quite a stir in the bar and they were delighted with the result.

“Myself and Aaron are pretty good connoisseurs of the pubs in Donegal so we knew we had some good competition. I think Donegal has the best pub culture in Ireland,” she stated.
The popular pub has been in the Slevin family for a number of generations and Aaron is the son of John Slevin, the former landlord, and Megan originally hails from Texas in the United States.

“We were delighted and excited by the news we won. We knew we had a ton of good competition. We chalked the win up to the locals who keep the Guinness free flowing and fresh in the bar.

“Our staff were also super keen on the competition and sent the link out to all their friends and families. We owe it to our staff who are amazing,” Megan added.
All the bars in the poll received a large amount of votes with the runners up being Sharkey’s Bar, Annagry and Whoriskey’s Bar in Cashelard, Ballyshannon.”

Donegal’s best pint of Guinness…

By Eamonn McFadden
Donegal Democrat
30 Jun 2017



The public have voted in huge numbers and the winner, according to our recent poll, of where the best pint of Guinness in Donegal is ……….is Biddy’s O’Barnes, in the Barnesmore Gap.

The well-known hostelry, just off the N15 between Donegal town and Ballybofey, polled well over 5,000 votes to finish in the top spot in the quest for a great pint.

They were pushed all the way by the patrons of Sharkey’s Bar in Annagry who came a close second and Whoriskeys Bar, Cashelard, Ballyshannon, also polling strongly to come in third place.

Proving that local pubs are still at the heart of many local communities, each of the top ten pubs in our poll, received hundreds of votes and were very well supported.

Thanks to everyone who made almost 40 pub nominations to us via social media and to all who voted.

So, wherever you go this weekend have a fun, safe weekend and if you’re enjoying a pint of the black stuff in any of Donegal’s brilliant pubs, slainté to you!”

Funny pub signs found on instagram

😂 #pubhumour

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Winter Pub Quiz Nights @ Biddy’s

Calling all ‘eggheads’ for some rockin’ rounds of pub quiz fun @ Biddy’s!

This winter we decided to heat things up with some fun competition at the pub in support of some of our favorite local charities. Each month we will be putting on an epic pub quiz with 6 rounds of general knowledge questions to stump even the most clever of teams.

How can you put your years of game show knowledge to the test? Grab a couple friends (max teams of 8) a few bucks (€5 p/p) and head on over to Biddy’s on one of the designated nights at 8pm. All the dates and information can be found on our website under the ‘events‘ section or as always stay tuned to our Facebook page for the latest going ons!

The first pub quiz of the season will be on October 26th in support of Animals in Need Donegal; a fantastic organisation that is very close to my heart.

Hope to see you there!
Megan Slevin


Pub Hours Ireland

We often get asked “What is the normal closing times for pubs in ireland?” — this information is per the VFI:

Normal trading hours for the sale of alcohol in pubs:

  • Monday – Thursday (incl): 10.30am – 11.30pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 10.30am – 12.30am
  • Sunday: 12.30pm – 11.00pm


  • St Patrick’s Day: 12.30pm – 12.30am
  • Christmas Eve: 10.30am – 11.30pm
  • Christmas Day: Trading prohibited all day
  • Good Friday: Trading prohibited all day
  • The Eve of a Public Holiday (except Christmas Eve): 10.30am – 12.30am (Mon – Sat), 12.30pm – 12.30am (Sun)

Drinking up time applies for 30 minutes after normal closing hours.

Off sales must cease at 10.00pm every day and cannot commence before 10.30am (12.30pm on Sunday)

Pit stop after victory!!

Well deserved pit stop for some of the County team last night..





Now stocking: Donegal Brewing Company

We had the pleasure of visiting the Donegal Brewing Company back in March and after a few samples we knew it was something that locals and tourist alike would like to try, so to add to our ever-expanding craft beer menu we’ve brought in DBC’s very popular Blonde and we also have the Pale Ale and Amber Ale for a limited time.


About Donegal Brewing Company

Donegal Brewing Company was established in 2011 and sits high on the banks of the Erne in Ballyshannon, Ireland’s oldest town.

Biddy meets McGargles

We’re soooooo excited to announce that we have picked up our FIRST craft beer. We will have Irish Family Brewers McGargles on tap and in the bottle THIS WEEKEND! (we just couldn’t wait!)

On tap we have the ever so lovely Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale — why? Well, we got to say we’re being pretty selfish with this one because we personally love PALE ALE! Yum, yum and particular Cousin Rosie’s — so you should really get a pint in before we get to it!


McGargles describes it as…

“Perfectly balances bitter citrus fruit notes with a caramelised palate. The hop aroma gives an strong tropical fruit sensation of pink grapefruit, mango and citrus from the Chinook and Summit hops used to dry hop the beer.  The aroma is well balanced by the taste as the hop character follows through in the taste giving it a well-rounded finish. A perfectly balanced Pale Ale.”

In the bottle we have the AWARD winning Francis’ Big Bangin’ IPA — this bad boy just won the overall Dublin Craft Beer Cup at the AllTech Craft Brews and Food Fair we’re told this is the first time EVER that an Irish beer has won this prestigious award so count us honored to be making room for this champion on our shelves.


McGargles describes it as…

“A full on West Coast style IPA that comes bangin’ down your door with a trio of Columbus, Mosaic and Simcoe hops which give it a tropical balanced flavour with a lingering aftertaste.”