Athlone has a range of fantastic local boutiques and shopping centres with high street favourites including Zara, H&M, and designer labels like Tommy Hilfiger at the heart of Athlone Town Centre. Take a trip to Burgess Department store, Ireland’s longest established department store, or visit one of the many quaint gift stores such as Strawberry Hill Antiques.
From the sawdust on the floor, to the live music from the band, Sean’s bar is a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. Experience the ‘Craic agus Ceol’ in a cozy bar located in the heart of Athlone. Sample Sean’s very own Irish Whiskey, these signature blends focus on three distinct flavors. Sean’s Bar is Ireland’s oldest pub.
Exploring Local Galleries
Stroll across the bridge in Athlone and nestling on the right hand bank you’ll find the stunning Luan Gallery. A showcase for the most interesting artists from the midlands, Ireland and abroad, the building itself is a modern work of art in its own right. Or browse through Bastion Gallery, a gift shop on Athlone’s Left Bank area that is a treasure trove of beautiful and ethically sourced products.
Enjoy a pint in Ireland’s oldest bar or party the night away with great bars and live entertainment until late in Athlone, at the heart of great nights and even better memories. Enjoy signature cocktails in the newly renovated S Bar and Bistro in Sheraton. Whether you’re looking for a casual light bite or an evening meal the S Bar is the perfect place to catch up over cocktails in the heart of Athlone Town Centre.
Classic Coffee Shops and Cafes
Athlone is home to so many unique and tasty cafes throughout the town. From sandwich bars and vegan menus to locally sourced produce and home-baked goods, visitors are spoilt for choice. When enjoying some retail therapy in Athlone Town Centre, why not take a break in Harvest Homemade Café with a healthy salad, carvery dinner or delicious sweet treats with your coffee. The choice is endless!
Discover a World of Books
Athlone is home to well known Easons and Book Station however for those who love to get lost in a hidden gem, John’s Bookshop is a must! They sell antiquarian, used, rare, and a few new books. They also sell original documents, signed first editions, photographs, ephemera and a few select paintings. Whilst they stock books of all sorts there is an emphasis towards Irish Literature, Local History, Inland Waterways, and Irish language books.