DRINK TO THAT Ireland’s cheapest boozer reveals secret behind €3.90 pints – and unwritten rule that means they’ll never change
A pub owner proves Ireland isn’t a tourist rip-off by selling pints for under €4.
Helen’s Bar has the cheapest pints of Guinness, Smithwick’s, and Murphy’s at €3.90.
Helen Moriarty owns the inflation-defying rural boozer on Kilmackillogue’s pier.
The pub has been serving Wild Atlantic Way visitors for almost 125 years.
Helen also serves delicious food, including €8 bowls of mussels.
A group’s bill on social media spread the word about the watering hole’s value.
In Dublin, pints can cost €8.
When asked how she can sell a pint of plain for €3.90, she said many regulars travel to the isolated tavern.
She told The Irish Sun, “They’ve traveled to get here, and the last thing they need is to be ripped off.”
“Both our food and pints are top-notch.”
The Irish Sun found Helen’s Bar packed with locals and visitors enjoying a real Irish pub.
American tourists in Killarney traveled far to try the food and beer.
Helen, who has worked at the bar for 50 years, gets her fish as soon as it lands in Castletownbere, Co. Cork. Muscles and salmon are also sourced locally.
“I believe in good quality fresh food so diners won’t be disappointed,” she said.
Landlady Helen chats with and serves each table.
She’s proud of her young employees, saying, “I’m lucky that they’re great kids.”
“When people ask if I have kids, I always say no, but I do.
“I advise them to go to college and pursue careers, and I tell them bartending is real-world training.”
“My regular customers, the locals, are incredibly supportive, and they always make visitors feel welcome.
“When famous people visit — and we’ve had many — they give them space to eat and drink.
“That’s rural Ireland, but I fear it’s disappearing as post offices, banks, and grocery stores close.”
BACK UP AND RUNNING
Helen said her pub survived Covid because the government helped businesses cope with people staying home.
She was glad when the rules were lifted so she could serve again.
She also runs a bed and breakfast where double rooms cost €70 and singles cost €50, including a full Irish breakfast.
Mick Gill, a Blue Knights international biking group member, visited Helen’s Bar this week.
WORTH THE TRIP
The Mayo man told The Irish Sun, “When my wife and I left our hotel, a man showed us Helen’s receipt on Facebook.”
“We came here for the drive and got the best food and drink anywhere.
“It was worth the trip, and I recommend it to visitors. We’ll return to the B&B.
Eimhin Boland’s receipt for Helen’s Bar’s cheap prices went viral this week.
He drank €3.90 Guinness and €4.90 Bulmers with friends.
The satisfied punter tweeted that he enjoyed “high-quality” food and a “real Irish welcome”
“High-quality food at reasonable prices and a warm Irish welcome,” he said. It’s a long time since I paid less than €4 for a pint of Guinness too!”
Twitter users were shocked when someone paid €8.10 for a Guinness in Dublin’s Temple Bar.