Athlone Pub Makes World's Best Bar List
Sean's Bar in Athlone is one of the top 25 best bars in the world, according to the Lonely Planet.
The travel guide has released their latest book '50 Bars to Blow Your Mind', which has chosen some of the world's most extraordinary drinking holes, from caverns to a bar nestled in an ancient tree trunk.
The Athlone bar is Ireland's oldest pub, according to the Guinness Book of Records, with an official date of 900AD. After undergoing renovation in the 1970's, the bar's walls were found to be made of wattle and wicker and there was the discovery of old coins dating back to the 9th century.
These coins can be seen on display in the National Museum of Ireland, however Sean's Bar has retained one section of them that can be seen within the pub.
Other locations included on the list were bars in Iceland, Vietnam, Mumbai, Romania, Havana and Petra in Jordan.