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Fiver a pint a bit steep but we enjoyed our visit.

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Maggie Mays Bar in Drogheda

Maggie Mays Bar in Drogheda

Maggie Mays Bar in Drogheda

Maggie Mays - Drogheda

THE Old Commando was itching for a visit to Drogheda for quite some time and following the latest introduction of restrictions on the hospitality sector he ramped up his campaign in fear Dr Tony & Micheál will close them all just in time for Christmas.

“Would you be remotely ­surprised if pubs are shut by Christmas Eve until sometime in January, we can’t risk ­people enjoying themselves after two years of misery,” the Old Commando moaned.

“Well you couldn’t rule anything out with the current circus in town that’s for sure,” the Young Commando replied.

“Primary school students ­driving the numbers through the roof so the Government closes the nightclubs, where only vaccinated people can go in the first place. You’d find it hard to understand that logic now wouldn’t you,” the Young Commando continued.

As we walked down West Street in Drogheda town we came across Maggie Mays pub, not one we are familiar with.

We decided to check it out as the attractive blue exterior caught our eye and we’re glad to report that the interior was just as ­impressive and clean to the highest of standards.

In fact, while he wasn’t serving pints, the barman on duty was constantly scrubbing and cleaning every square inch of the pub.

Just inside the front door on the right-hand side is the perfect setting for the Old Commando, a private snug where you can enjoy your pint but also savour the atmosphere in the rest of the bar.

The young bearded barman on duty was wearing a white shirt uniform and was well able to converse with us and the few locals who were present at the time.

It wasn’t overly busy but did enjoy a steady enough trade, with a mixed clientele that was predominately middle aged.

The pints of stout were on the expensive side, costing €5 each which surprised us and we noticed Guinness Zero on tap also.

“That’s a crime,” the Old ­Commando joked.

There are plenty of options available on draught such as Tuborg, Coors, Birra Moretti and an espresso martini cocktail tap at the end of the bar.

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Our Female Commando picked the wrong week to take holidays.

The fridges were well stocked and there are two TVs at either end of the counter.

The red neon lights under the counter are a nice feature and the brown leather barstools and the bench seating were all in good condition.

A second section to this pub is where they were serving food

and one of the locals informed us that this building used to comprise of two entities, ‘JB’s Bar’ and the ‘Bitter & Twisted cocktail bar and restaurant’.

However, it is now operating all under the one name, ‘Maggie Mays’ pub.

There is a vast amount of options available on the top shelf, with scores of bottles of Gordon’s Gin, Malibu, Jameson, Hennessey, Bacardi and Bushmills, to name just a few.

The Old Commando is known for finishing off his night out with a Jameson or two.

The Young Commando was tasked with inspecting the loos and he reported back that while they are quite small, they were clean, with just one cubicle, two urinals and the electric dryer was in perfect working order.

We finished off pints of plain and bid farewell to the barman.

We really liked our surroundings in Maggie Mays and perhaps had it been a little bit busier we may have stayed longer.

Rating: Four pints out of Five

One for the road

Gleeson’s Drogheda

THIS boozer was enjoying a roaring trade when Pub Spy and the team stopped by.

A red-haired barmaid checked us in and took our details and delivered our pints to the table. There were at least five staff on duty and nobody was idle.

The fridges were well stocked and there’s a €1,000 Christmas draw prize – “I’d tell them to put it behind the bar until I’m finished it,” the Old Commando joked.

The brown leather bench seating and red velvet covered barstools were in good condition and we counted at least five TVs with locals watching live football.

There was a mixed clientele of all ages and the atmosphere was pre-pandemic like, enjoyable!

We gave the toilets a quick inspection before we departed and everything was above aboard.

Pub Spy will return here again someday.

Rating: Four pints out of Five




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