If you want a real Irish pub, you’ll need to come to Ireland.

Real pints, real music and real chat. If you want a real Irish pub, you’ll need to come to Ireland

It’s true. In Ireland, "the local" isn’t a person. It’s the pub. But which pub? Is it the one where the sessions finish around dawn, or is it the spot your B&B host said has the best porter? At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. Whatever pub you pop into, it’ll be the real thing. The real pints, the real chat and the real regulars.

Not sure what to drink? Sure, just ask. That sound you’re hearing? It’s a session gearing up in the corner. The drink the barman is pouring? That's locally brewed beer.

Got that joyful sense of having your own "local" yet? Well, that’s to be expected.

We’ve asked Irish photographer James Fennell, co-author of a book dedicated to the Irish Pub, to let you see what all the fuss is about:

So come on in to Grace O’Neill’s, De Barra’s, The Crown or The Bulman