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Had a great pint of Guinness and some good company. John the barman and owner was very welcoming... read more

Reviewed January 30, 2015
Bristol, United Kingdom
Two craicing nights

Just back from three days in Donegal read reviews about Joe and the Forge before going and boy did... read more

Reviewed January 30, 2015
Neil C
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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All reviews in town eye catching wonderful person half door great atmosphere old world a real irish pub friendly barman pint of guinness before dinner live music return visit great night top class joe pubs sweeney
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Reviewed January 30, 2015

Had a great pint of Guinness and some good company. John the barman and owner was very welcoming, music on a Wednesday. Went two nights running.

Date of experience: January 2015
3  Thank Paul76543
Reviewed January 30, 2015

Just back from three days in Donegal read reviews about Joe and the Forge before going and boy did it live up to its review. Spent two of the three nights here, first one was spiced up by the best dressed guitar player in town...More

Date of experience: January 2015
4  Thank Neil C
Reviewed December 15, 2014

My friend and I were driving across Ireland and stopped in Donegal. It was such a beautiful town and we had to go exploring. After having dinner we popped down to this pub randomly and intstantly our night changed. We started off as 2 random...More

Date of experience: December 2014
4  Thank JerBearCanada
Reviewed December 4, 2014

Most welcoming owner, and fantastic atmosphere , makes you want to come back again and again . My favorite pub.

Date of experience: August 2014
4  Thank Noreen M
Reviewed July 25, 2014

We popped in for a quiet pint before dinner but had to return after it because the Guinness was amazing. We ended up having pints and chat with the owner and a local and stayed late to enjoy the live music. The owner even offered...More

Date of experience: June 2014
5  Thank aloiv80
Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

We came here for a couple drinks as a recommendation from our cab driver. It is a very quaint yet eclectic little pub with more history packed inside of it than you could ever think possible. Wonderful atmosphere and a friendly owner named Joe, I...More

4  Thank Kristen L
Reviewed April 21, 2014

This little pub is wonderful. It is the traditional irish pub and Joe the bar man with keep you entertained, for of fun and criac

Date of experience: April 2014
3  Thank donard b
Reviewed February 3, 2014

This is a wonderful pub from times gone by. We got a really warm welcome, and a great pint of Guinness. Put this on on your list of places to visit!!

Date of experience: December 2013
2  Thank Rhona96
Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is off the beaten track ever so slightly but thats not a bad thing, its worth the walk along the bridge and down past the church to a distinctly different public house than the norm in Donegal town. Joe and his staff will treat...More

Date of experience: September 2013
4  Thank Dodger6942
Reviewed November 9, 2013

This is a great bar with lots of character & history. Lovely half door as you enter. Lots of old newspapers and original bits & pieces inside the bar. They serve a great pint of Guinness and the bar girl was very friendly and filled...More

Date of experience: October 2013
3  Thank 21Ross
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