Athlone, County Westmeath
The Guinness Book of World Records lists this Athlone pub, established in 900, as the oldest bar in Ireland, if not the world. How do they know? During renovations in 1970, construction workers tore open the walls and found they were made with “wattle and wicker,” a 9th century process wherein woven wooden strips are covered with a sticky substance made by mixing soil, clay, sand, animal dung, straw, or some combination of the five. Now, a small section of that wall is on display. Drop in to indulge in a piece of history, live music, and of course food and drink, both of which have only improved for the past 1,100 years.