The Anchor Bar, known locally as PJ’s, is Carlingfords best known & most popular bar. Located in the heart of the village on the picturesque, pedestrianised Tholsel Street, our traditional bar proves a firm favourite among locals and visitors to the area.
In recent years, PJ’s has become particularly well known for it’s top quality food and at the Irish Restaurant Awards in April 2014 we secured the title of
Best Gastro Pub In Louth 2014
from the Restaurant Association of Ireland. This award makes it four years in top spot of us, having also won the prestigious title in 2010, 2011 & 2012!
Winning this award gives fantastic recognition to the excellent quality & value that our menu & service represents.
The idea is a simple one..a Gastro Bar that sources all it’s ingredients from within a 12 mile radius.
We buy from our neighbours firstly because their produce is among the finest in Ireland, secondly, because of our proximity to each other, meaning our produce is freshly delivered every day, and thirdly, we like our neighbours!! To read more about our suppliers click here.
The original bar and part of the grocery store has remained untouched over the years, and is completed by the framed Leprechaun Bones & costume of Sean Og, found by the late PJ O Hare – attracting visitors & producers of documentaries from all over the world! Click here for more on “The Legend Of The Leprechaun.” The blazing open fire warmly welcomes customers in winter months, providing the perfect atmosphere to relax and enjoy fine food or drinks.
The Lounge Bar & Cocktail Bar open at weekends, is a tasteful extension by the current owners, Michael & Bernadette Heaney, who have had the business for twelve years now. The lounge is fully air conditioned and boasts giant LCD Screens making it the ideal venue to view all live sporting events! The Lounge Bar is also Carlingford’s premier hotspot every weekend, attracting visitors from far and wide in search of a great nights craic! It provides the perfect party atmosphere for young and old with a range of live music & entertainment to suit all tastes.
The large Beergarden to the rear of the property is the perfect suntrap in summer months! It is the latest area within the pub to be developed to include a new bar, 50 inch LCD TV & state of the art surround sound system, as well as amazing retractable canopies to protect from the ever unpredictable Irish downpours! Beautifully decorated with colourful flowers and hanging baskets the beergarden is always bustling with atmosphere, whatever the weather !