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Remember November!

Remember November!

Halloween has passed, Christmas is creeping in, but bang smack in the middle our November line up comes up trumps.

To ward off any signs of the winter blues, this month we’re delighted to bring you a taste of some of the Harbour Bar favourites, to whet your appetite for the season ahead. AND the best part is, they’re all FREE, how good is that? So let’s take a peek… 

Firstly, we’re very excited to introduce the brand new Harbour Bar Growler. Stop into the Harbour Bar on the 21st & 22nd November for a weekend-long celebration of our local Craft Beers. Pick up your own Harbour Bar Growler, have it filled with your favourite beer & have a chat with some of our local brewers from Wicklow Wolf, O Brother and Rascal’s.

Kicking off the first week in November and puttin’ the boss in bossa nova are festival favourites East Coast Jazz Band on Thursday 5th November. With their own twist on Dixieland and Ragtime jazz, it’s no wonder they’ve been described as the “lively band with cool sounds from the sunny side”.  Southern Rock, New Orleans grooves, rockin' guitars, is just what you can expect on Friday 6th November from Dublin based four-piece Mongrel State. Hailing from Ireland, Argentina, Italy and Spain, their sound is a melting pot of influences. Skilled in creative songwriting, their energetic live performances are filled with honky-tonk and harmonies. Having recorded an album with acclaimed producer Gavin Glass, these gents are fast becoming ones to watch. 

With their own special brew of Jamaican beats and Irish soul The Bionic Rats showcase their mix of Reggae, Ska and Rocksteady on Saturday 7th November. These guys have already shared stages with the likes of Madness and Bad Manners and have amassed a huge following along the way, so get up front early! With no shortage of Irish emerging talent, The Song Room Presents is a real treat as we welcome some fine new acts to the stage on Sunday 8th November. Just remember - you saw them here first folks! With their awesome style of heavy soul, bluesy and swampy rock grooves, Bray natives The Fever hit the stage on Thursday 12th November. 

Lucky for us, on Friday 13th November we’ve got the amazingly talented singer songwriter Mark Geary. Known for his heartfelt storytelling through his songs, this promises to be a special evening from one of the most hardworking musicians around. Delivering effortless blues with a side order of soul on Saturday 14th November is expat New Yorker Ben Prevo. With influences from blues, jazz, funk, right through to rock, his musical dexterity is second to none. 

Next to grace the Bray stage, we look forward to welcoming the roots and bluegrass sounds of Sligo foursome Old Hannah on Sunday 15th November. If you like the sound of trad with a twist then on Thursday 19th November you need to check out Bunoscionn. With a background deep rooted in folk and trad they inventively blend in elements of reggae and dance for a creative sound that just works so well.   

Wicklow band The Cujo Family have been creating their own brand of “hard folk” for a number of years and appearing on many a festival bill, catch these lads live on Friday 20th November.  For all your party tune needs, we’ve got you covered with our very own house band Toasted Special. With covers and mash ups a plenty on Saturday 21st November, what more could you want from your Saturday night! Sunday 22nd November we’re delighted to bring you the Delta Blues sound with the wonderful pairing of Dermot Byrne & Danny Tobin. 

Bringing their inimitable style of rhythm and groove to ours on Thursday 26th November we’ve got Oddsocks. They’ve developed a sound rich in harmonies and melody and always get the crowd stomping. Kick off your weekend with the unique Baile an Salsa on Friday 27th November. This ten strong band of international musicians, skillfully combine traditional Irish music with flavours of Latin salsa.   

Just what every Saturday needs is a bit of Ska, so come check out The Dodgy Few on Saturday 28th November. This six piece are steadily turning heads with their own original Ska and Rocksteady tunes. Helping to bring the weekend to a close, we’ve got a night of jazz and soul from the talented duo that is Lee Meehan and Hugh Buckley on Sunday 29th November. 


All our events are FREE unless noted. Doors at 8pm. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute details on what’s happening!


For media enquiries please contact Stef @ We Are RedHead / 086 1594764


 For booking enquiries please contact Donagh @ Turning Pirate



For more information on The Harbour Bar check out our Twitter @theharbour_bar / Facebook or visit our website


You can find us in real life here:

1-4 Dock Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow (across from the harbour!)

Posted by The Harbour Bar on November 01 2015

Solus Street Art in The Harbour Bar

Solus Street Art in The Harbour Bar

If you've taken a turn about our beer garden in the past few months, you've probably noticed some of the street art growing on our walls. The man behind the spray can is Dublin-based, internationally acclaimed Solus, who's been a street artist for the past seven years. 

He started out with basic stencils and immediately loved it, nothing else held his attention the way street art did and it wasn't long before various Irish and international websites started featuring his pieces and his illegal hobby became a legitimate career! 

The past few years, his international career has really taken off with multiple mural commissions and galleries representing him in New York, Toronto and Miami and a recent solo exhibition in Montreal. 

Many of his pieces are site specific - they are influenced by the history and culture of the area - such as his Punch Above Your Weight piece, dedicated to the Irish and Italian immigrants who settled in Little Italy, Manhattan and his iconic Joey Ramone mural opposite the famous CBGBs music club in Manhattan's East Village, which was spotted by The Ramones' estate manager who's interested in working with him.

His pieces for The Harbour Bar are a combination of some of his favourite stencils and Harbour-specific ideas we've developed with him over the past year. 

He was recently featured in Time Out NY and street art book 'Walls New York City'. His next big exhibitions are in Paris this month and Art Basel, Miami in December, but if you can't make either of those, just pop into us! Solus says there's a growing appreciation for street art in Ireland, so next time you're down, make sure you join in the appreciating!

Posted by The Harbour Bar on October 19 2015

October at The Harbour Bar

October at The Harbour Bar

It feels like only yesterday that we were wiling away the summer days. Wait, it WAS only yesterday. How quickly the autumn comes upon us. Never mind, we have a whole lot of brilliant live music coming your way at The Harbour Bar. As always, we invite you to come on down, grab a comfy chair, have a pint of plain (or whatever else takes your fancy) and check out what we’ve got in store for October. 

TONIGHT, Thursday, 1 October we’ll be kicking off October with Arklow blues rock four-piece Feel The Pinch rocking up to ours. If a 3 piece powerhouse of hard hitting, no nonsense rock is your thing then you’ll want to be front and centre for Brain Donation on Saturday, 3 October.  Their close harmonies, grungy guitar, sucker-punching bass lines and heavy dance beats produce an enormous sound that could drive even the most miserable of men to dance.  Sunday, 4 October will see funk merchants What Gives shaking it on our stage. 


WATSON ACE is the name of Colm Lynch’s new musical collective. It is a brilliant blend of soulful, stylish melodic rock by a group of supremely talented Irish musicians – and they’ll be doing their thing on Thursday, 8 October. The very next night, Friday, 9 October, The Hard Chargers will be bringing you dirty blues from Belfast. This trio take blues, roots and rock into thrilling territory - from aggressive washboard/resonator driven roots music, to provocative raunchy roadhouse style blues rock. They’ve performed across the Ireland since 2009, performing at a stellar list of music & arts festivals, opening for cult US artists Bob Log III and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Waterboys and recently The Alabama 3. A recent Belfast gig prompted Belfast’s Godfather of Punk, the legendary Terri Hooley, to describe them as ‘my kind of fecking band’.  We’ll be bringing you vintage rock and roll, 1950s style Saturday, 10 October in the shape of the deadly 4 piece The Rockets. 

There’s something special coming up on Sunday, 11 October when we welcome the stunning French duo  Alex De Vree and Erwan Le Fichant to ours to play some beautiful blues, jazz, afro and soul. What a way to spend a Sunday. 

We invite you to come and hold our hand on Monday, 12 October! The Classic Beatles are an absolutely exceptional act and never fail to get the crowd going. They very nearly blew the roof off our place the last time they played with a gig that was packed to the rafters - this perfect way to kickstart your week. 


On Thursday, 15t October we’ll be flinging open the doors to welcome some of the finest Americana, blues and country courtesy of The Whipperwills.  This is going to be a really special musical treat! The following night, Friday, 16 October is the turn of Galway’s finest Amazing Apples. This five piece multi-istrumentalist band play indie folk. And how! 

After The Ibis are an 8-piece roots reggae band with dub, jazz and soul influences.
Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, After The Ibis have established a reputation that has seen them perform alongside the likes of Toots and the Maytals, Max Romeo, Third World, Tosh/Marley Band, The Skatalites and Junior Marvin. They take to our stage on Saturday, 17 October.

We are thrilled to welcome The Suitcase Junket on Sunday, 18 October. Prepare to be amazed at this truly original one man show. It’s an astonishing thing to watch Matt Lorenz, the architect and sole member of The Suitcase Junket, perform. For just one guy, he stirs up a considerable racket, his raspy voice and jangly guitar enlarged and distorted through two ancient Gibson amplifiers. Perched atop an empty accordion case, which also doubles as a bass drum, he manipulates a host of percussive instruments clustered at his feet. They are empty gas cans and dented cook pots, castaways pilfered from dumpsters and back alleys, any memory of their original purpose erased in the exuberant and frenzied compulsion to make noise. We URGE you to come and see this show! 

We’re gearing up for the banker! So, let’s kick it off on Thursday! Thursday, 22 October will see Hold Up, fine purveyors of funk, soul and pop. We’ve got the awesome Cronin playing on Friday, 23 October. These guys knocked it outta the park when they played Electric Picnic recently and this is their very first visit to The Harbour Bar, so get in to catch them. The weekend keeps going with the bluegrass and folk stylings of the wondrous five piece Blood Red Mountain Band on Saturday, 24 October.  Get your hip hop on and roll down the street to ours on Sunday, 25 October when we welcome back the awesome Gin ‘n’ Juice, a four piece hip hop powerhouse. This is a no gimmicks band, no shell suits or clock-medallions will be donned at their gigs. Just four top-class musicians with great taste in music, killing it on the stage and driving the crowd wild. The Bank Holiday Monday, 26 October will see the return of The Song Room Presents, where the very best of emerging Irish talent have a chance to reveal their wares. 

The last weekend of October – and we’ve made it a good ‘un! Thursday, 29 October we’ll be welcoming the musical folk stylings of the former Fleadh Cowboy, Pete Cummins. Pete has recorded and played with Townes van Zandt, Donovan, The Chieftains, John Prine and Nanci Griffith, with whom he was awarded a Grammy citation for his contribution to her album Other Voices, Other Rooms.  Friday, 30 October is going to be a whopper with the fabulous Irish duo Cry Monster Cry. This pair of brothers create beautiful, melodic harmonies with some heavier dark undertones present in the lyrics. They have been wowing critics both here and in the UK, come check them out! Halloween, Saturday, 31 October we know what’ll get you going! Prepare to raise the roof with the great The Eskies! They’ll be banging out their trademark brand of sea soaked gypsy folk and they guarantee a good time.  Also on Saturday, 31 October the Bray Beach Halloween Market returns to us from 11am to 4pm. Free in, all welcome! We’ll have lots to check out, The Crafty Fox, Ace Of Spades Stencils, Diane’s candles are just some of the stalls to see.. have a browse, ghoulfriends!


We have some great regular features at The Harbour Bar, too. On Wednesday nights we have the incredible roots stylings of the Brand New Switcharoo. On Thursday nights we have trad from favourites Rake The Ashes. On Friday nights we welcome Crooked Jack & Friends as they treat us to some great traditional tunes. Grab a seat by the fire on Saturday nights and tune in to the talented Seoidin.

On Monday nights we have Tin Whistle Classes with Rie. Rie hails from Japan and has only been living here in Ireland for a few years and is already a champion tin whistler. She gives lessons, so give her a call on 0894601768 to organise! 


We love beer and we love clubs, so we’d never miss Tom’s Beer Club! It’s on every second Tuesday, but keep an eye on for more details. 


**RUGBY FANS** We’ll be showing all matches on the flat screen in the Main Bar and the Irish matches on the Big Screen ** 


All our event are FREE unless noted. Doors at 8pm. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute details on what’s happening! 

For media enquiries please contact Jenny @ We Are RedHead / 087 9815585

 For booking enquiries please contact Donagh @ Turning Pirate 

For more information on The Harbour Bar check out our Twitter @theharbour_bar / Facebook or visit our website


You can find us in real life here:

1-4 Dock Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow (across from the harbour!)

Posted by The Harbour Bar on October 05 2015

Row-A-Round Ireland 2015

Huge congratulations to Ger Crowley and all the team behind Row-A-Round Ireland​, who finished their 1,000km journey around the country last Saturday!

The crew returned to their starting point at Bray Harbour, and stopped by for a few well-deserved celebratory pints. This epic voyage was undertaken in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, and the team have so far managed to raise over €75,000!

Please show your support and donate to this worthy cause:

Posted by The Harbour Bar on September 30 2015

Jumper Season

Jumper Season

The crinkly crunch of brown leaves underfoot. The coziness of a decent scarf wrapped round your throat. The late-starting mornings and the long-lasting evenings. 

We've always had a soft spot for autumn here at The Harbour Bar. After the hullabaloo of summertime has passed, and before the rigmarole of Christmas sets in, autumn is a welcome rest. When life slows down a little, the days draw in, and you can pull that warm woolly jumper out of the wardrobe again. 

It's a time for settling down in a big, soft armchair by the fireside, with a warm toastie and a pint of whatever you're having. Curled up like a cat on a sofa, watching the sunlight ebb through a misted-up window, autumn is a time for dawdling, a time for staying inside that little bit longer before venturing out into the crisp, cool air. 

Come taste the best of craft beers with Tom's Beer Club, settle in for a movie with Bray Cult Film Club, or slap your knees along with our regular trad bands. Or - if you're feeling in the mood to learn something new - why not take up a musical instrument? Learn to play tin whistle with Rie or ukulele with Pat.

We hope you'll pop down to us over the next few months to celebrate autumn with us. 

We'll have the fires burning for you.

Posted by The Harbour Bar on September 11 2015

You Should Ukulele

You Should Ukulele

Widely considered to be one of the sexiest instruments in the world (might have something to do with it originally being played by topless Hawaiian hula dancers), the Ukulele is lots of fun, very portable and relatively easy to learn! 

Founding member of The Hotspot Ukes, Pat Byrne is holding a 6 week beginner course in The Harbour Bar this autumn - if you'd like to learn some strumming techniques and basic chords to get you going, give him a call on 087 676 4443.

Posted by The Harbour Bar on August 24 2015

August and September fun times ahead…

August and September fun times ahead…

It’s been all go this summer at The Harbour bar, and we are certainly not ready to relinquish what is left of the summer just yet, we’ve got lots in store for you!

But at what cost I hear you ask? The answer is… no euros, nothin’, nada and zip.

Following on from an August Bank Holiday packed with live music, we’re keeping it her lit with Bray natives, The Fever taking to the stage on Thursday, 6th August with their awesome style of heavy soul and bluesy rock, just what the doctor ordered!

Friday, 7th August Galwegian multi instrumentalists Amazing Apples bring their indie folk style tothe stage after a successful host of summer festival slots. And remember, this gig counts as one of your five a day!

We’ve got something very special lined up for the weekend! On Saturday 8th and Sunday, 9thAugust we’ve got The Harbour Hopster Fest. From 1 – 6pm we’ll be throwing open our doors and hosting our own mini festival to celebrate our love of craft brews and all things tasty! We’ll have gorgeous brews from The Wicked Wolf Brewing Company, O Brother Brewing, Craigies Irish Craft Cider, Rascals Brewing Co., The Big Dog’s Galley. Foodies, we’ve got Just Wing It,hot dogs and toasties. Live music is your thing? We’ll have Rake The Ashes, Brand New Switcheroo, Mickey McDonnell and Crooked Jack playing for your delight! We’ve also got giant Jenga, ring toss, Pitch-A-Penny and board games. Plus, why not join in on our Beer Pong League?  Later on that night you can check out the sounds of Jim Morrison, when legendary Californian tribute band The Back Doors hit the stage.

Sunday, 9th August, following another day of Hopster Fest revelry, The Song Room Presentswill take place again. This is a night where we welcome some of the finest unsigned artists to take to our Bray stage.

This is one special night you don’t want to miss on Thursday, 13th August, with a double solo headline from Marc O'Reilly and Ciaran Lavery.  Showcasing the best of Irish folk and blues, you’ll see why they ‘re two of the most talked about acts amongst music fans and industry folk alike.

Friday, 14th August Full House will be hitting ya with their brilliant mix of party covers.

Saturday, 15th August we’ve got Whelan's regular and Electric Picnic 2014 veteran, Pete Pamf at our place, bringing his unique funk rock sound back to the Live Lounge stage! 

Bringing a little bit of funk to your Sunday, catch the cool classic funk sounds of What Gives? onSunday, 16th August.

We have a Grammy Award winner in the house on Thursday, 20th August! Folk musician Pete Cummins, winner of Best Contemporary Folk Album for his collaboration to the album Other Voices, Other Rooms will be with us for what promises to be a very special evening indeed. This is Pete’s second visit to our Live Lounge following a brilliant first show at ours back in April. Make sure to get in early! This will be brilliant.

On Friday, 21st August catch the duo Light Over There, this is an unlikely pairing of veteran rocker Rex Haberman and Galway raised Aileen Henderson, who combine their generational talents to create a sublime Americana Country sound.

Get ready for the house to be rocked reggae style on Saturday, 22nd August as The Bionic Ratsfly the flag for Ska. Get in early!

Roll up on up and come and see four-piece, Psychedelic Pill, who combine their own diverse musical backgrounds to take you on a trip from Neil Young’s earliest work through the Crazy Horse collaborations and beyond on Thursday, 27th August.  

On Friday, 28th August we’ll be bringing you Aaron Anthony. Aaron’s eclectic mix of pop-folk sounds has drawn comparisons with the likes of Thom Yorke, Rufus Wainwright and Paul Simon, and we look forward to welcoming him to ours.

The renowned Harbour Bar House Band Toasted Special, will be serving up some tasty tunes on Saturday, 29th August, with a side order of PARTY!

Firm festival favourites East Coast Jazz Band play on Sunday, 30th August with their cool mix of popular jazz styles ranging from Dixieland, Ragtime and bossa nova to help you get your Swing on!

Get your fix of Irish county blues on Thursday, 3rd September with The Rye River Band, as they blend their mix of Americana and Roots with original material. Gigging for over 25 years, the Rye River Band are bona fide veterans of the roots music scene both in Ireland and the UK. They are self-described as "Country Blues with some Green added"!

From Devon to Bray, Mad Dog McRea will be raising hands, lifting feet and getting the weekend started on Friday, 4th September with their unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. They are over to perform at Electric Picnic the very same weekend, so if you can’t make it to the picnic, why not get a slice of theaction at our Live Lounge. More seating. Cold drinks. Inside!

Expatriate New Yorker Ben Prevo will be singing and playing his guitar with genre bending aplomb as The Ben Prevo Band perform on Saturday, 5th September. Expect perfected blues delivered with soul.

No, no, no, the weekend is not over until you hear an acoustic melty-pot, with flavours of jazz and folk on Sunday, 6th September from all female four piece noise - makers that are Mongoose. And breathe!

All our events are FREE unless noted. Doors at 8pm. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute details on what’s happening!

For media enquiries please contact Jenny @ We Are RedHead / 087 9815585

 For booking enquiries please contact Donagh @ Turning Pirate

For more information on The Harbour Bar check out our Twitter @theharbour_bar / Facebook or visit our website

You can find us in real life here:

1-4 Dock Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow (across from the harbour!)

Posted by The Harbour Bar on August 05 2015

The Harbour Hopster Fest

The Harbour Hopster Fest

Burgers! Beer! Cider! Sausages! 

The Harbour Bar gives you something to look forward to after the August Bank Holiday weekend - The Harbour Hopster Fest - on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August!

We've got some of the finest local food and drink for you to sample, with Wicklow Wolf Brewing Co, O Brother Brewing, Craigies Irish Craft Cider, Rascal's Brewing Co and Radik Ale providing tasters of their fine brews and Just Wing It and The Big Dog's Galley serving up some tasty grub. We'll have hot dogs and some of our famous toasties on the grill too! Our resident beer geek, Tom Moore will also be on hand to give you a few facts about what you're drinking.

Brand New Switcharoo, Toasted Special, Rake the Ashes, Crooked Jack and Mikey Mc Donnell will be providing the jams and we'll have the boardgames and Giant Jenga out all weekend too, so pop down to our big sheltered, heated beer garden (a necessity in August in Ireland) and sample the fine fares we have on offer! 

Posted by The Harbour Bar on August 02 2015

Thanks My Ireland Tour!

Thanks My Ireland Tour!

Nice little mention here, g'wan the Bray!

Posted by The Harbour Bar on July 29 2015

Brand New Switcharoo

Brand New Switcharoo

There's nothing like a warm summer's evening at The Harbour Bar, when we can throw open the double doors of the main bar. A fresh, cool breeze swirling in, a refreshing pint in hand - the only thing needed to complete the picture is a bit of music...

Of a Wednesday, the music you'll catch spilling out into the beer garden is the sound of Brand New Switcharoo, one of our resident bands. We grabbed Brían and Diarmaid MacGloinn and Phil O'Gorman for a quick chat while they set up for the evening. 


They usually have Anthony Mannion on board too, and there's about six or seven other musicians who all switcharoo in for a session every now and then, with any combination of fiddle, guitar, banjo, ukulele, dobro, bouzouki, mandolin and harmonica between them. The founding members of the band - the MacGloinn brothers - tell me that originally, the 'Switcharoo' referred to their switching up of instruments while out busking in their hometown of Carlow.

Like a lot of trad and folk musicians, all three of the lads were self-taught, or picked it up at home without any formal lessons. They continue to develop their talents and broaden their musical horizons through sessions, like their weekly night in The Harbour Bar, which foster a spirit of friendly competitiveness between all players, and encourages individuals to teach, learn, and generally raise their game. 

Phil grew up listening to his dad's blues records, while Diarmaid and Brían's family had strong roots in Irish folk and trad. The MacGloinns never met their Grandfather - Barney Beg Gallagher of Aran Mór - but spent their childhood listening to their mother singing songs he'd passed down. Brían tells me that she always wished she'd recorded him singing before he died, particularly a song called 'Suín Ní Dhubhir'. 


As fate would have it, Brían happened upon such recording in a most serendipitous manner. As a teenager, he spent some time doing work experience in the Irish Traditional Music Archives and got chatting to a woman called Lisa Shields, whose husband Hugh Shields, had founded the Archives, as well as the Folk Music Society of Ireland. It transpired that not only did Lisa know his grandfather, but had actually made recordings of him and the lads' great-grandmother in the '70s, which she had logged in the archive! Brían said that, even though they'd never heard him in real life, there was a familiarity to the man's voice.

When the summer starts to wane, and a chill comes into the breeze, we'll bid a fond farewell to the sun's warmth and close over those double doors. But even in the cold of winter, we still have the music - and the fireplaces - to keep things warm and lively. Rain, hail or shine, come along and hear Brand New Switcharoo pass down the songs of their forebears, with a lightness and energy that is all their own.

Posted by The Harbour Bar on July 10 2015

The Harbour Bar Stage @ Groove Festival 2015

We're delighted to be back at this year's Groove Festival in Killruddery House on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th July!

Get your tickets at:
See you there!
The Harbour Bar Stage @ Groove Festival

Saturday 4th July

15:00 - 15:45 Toasted Special

16:00 - 16:45 Bunoscionn

17:00 - 17:45 Mark Geary

18:00 - 18:45 Corner Boy

19:00 - 19:45 The Cujo Family


Sunday 5th July

15:00 - 15:45 Stomptown Brass

16:00 - 16:45 The Bionic Rats

17:00 - 17:45 Maud in Cahoots

18:00 - 18:45 Tucan

19:00 - 19:45 The Eskies

Posted by The Harbour Bar on June 29 2015

Groove Festival 4th & 5th July 2015

Groove Festival 4th & 5th July 2015

After last year’s success, we’re delighted to be involved with this year’s Groove Festival again. Not only is the festival a brilliant weekend for both families and festival veterans alike, it’s a great way to show off everything that Bray has to offer visitors from other parts of Ireland and overseas. Bringing top quality live music to Bray is a huge part of what The Harbour Bar is about, so this is a perfect association for us, and we can’t wait to see just a small selection of some of our favourite regular bands performing to a festival audience in Killruddery Estate this July on The Harbour Bar Stage!

On Saturday, the action kicks off at 3pm with our very own house band, Toasted Special. They'll be followed by Bunoscionn, Mark Geary and Corner Boy. The Cujo Family will be bringing their very fine brand of Hardfolk to the stage to wrap up Saturday evening. 

Sunday will begin with a bang when Stomptown Brass take to the stage! The Bionic Rats, Maud in Cahoots and Tucan follow with the legendary Eskies headlining that evening. 

Tickets from €49.50+booking fee are available from


Saturday 4th July

Toasted Special (15.00 to 15.45)

Bunoscionn (16:00 to 16:45)

Mark Geary (17:00 to 17.45)

Corner Boy (18:00 to 18.45)

The Cujo Family (19:00 to 19.45)

Sunday 5th July

Stomptown Brass (15.00 to 15.45)

The Bionic Rats (16:00 to 16.45)

Maud in Cahoots (17:00 to 17.45)

Tucan (18:00 to 18.45)

The Eskies (19:00 to 19.45)

Posted by The Harbour Bar on June 09 2015

Main Bar Trad: Saturday Nights with Seoidín

Main Bar Trad: Saturday Nights with Seoidín

Anyone who’s found themselves in the Main bar of a Saturday evening, will have had the pleasure of soaking up some of the inimitable atmosphere our regular trad band Seoidín provide. The band have played every Saturday night since doing a charity gig here way back in 2004. The core line up at the moment, with an estimated 300 years of shared experience in trad, are Fred and Anto on accordion, Rie (from Tokyo!) on tin whistle, Joe and Gerry on the banjo, and Mick on vocals, but they’ve seen plenty of other members, both Irish and international, pass through over the years. 


Fred has been playing trad for over 50 years and remembers vividly a turning point in Irish musical culture and history when the songs our great-great-grandfathers generations played in kitchens during "Open House" entertainment nights and the poems he’d learned in school were suddenly being broadcast in Britain, American and beyond, by legends like The Clancy Brothers and Luke Kelly. 


Just a few years earlier, he and his friends were all trying to teach themselves Elvis’ Rock and Roll hits, but suddenly, a light was “lit underneath Irish folk music” which suited their voices, the instruments they had access to and their experiences. There was a revolutionary resurgence taking place in Irish trad, and Folk Clubs began popping up around the country, where self-taught musicians would play and teach, passing on songs, knowledge and traditions. 




Come down some Saturday night, get yourself a pint of the black stuff and settle in for an evening of jigs, reels, polkas and hornpipes as Seoidín recreate the “kitchen music” of our forefathers! 



Posted by The Harbour Bar on May 12 2015

It’s May. It’s Bray!

It’s May. It’s Bray!

Blow the dust off your windbreakers and break out the sun cream, here comes the summer!

After a long, cold winter, the sun is finally trying to show us some love, and even if it still more knitwear than swimwear, we at The Harbour Bar have some treats lined up to have you feeling sun-kissed and toasty.Without further ado, let us tell you what we’ve got in store!

On Saturday 9th May rockabilly 4 piece The Rockets transport us back to 1950’s America and treat us to some good old fashioned rock and roll, just like live human jukeboxes pumping out your favourite vintage classics. The following night, Sunday 10th May we’ll be welcoming the anticipated Lisbon-based The Loafing Heroes take to the stage. This band is a constantly evolving, international indie folk band, led by Irish vocalist, guitarist and composer Bartholomew Ryan. Their last visit to Ireland saw them selling out Dublin venue The Sugar Club, so get in and check these guys out! You won’t be disappointed.

On Thursday 14th of May, you’ll want to don your Stetsons for Dublin City Rounders as they treat you to an evening of old timey western swing and blues. YEEHAW! Then, on  Friday 15th May  we have Preacher's Son swinging by. Fronted by Kíla bass player Brian Hogan, the REAL LIFE son of a preacher man, expect an evening of swamp rock Americana. You are guaranteed to fall in love with the Preacher’s Son! If you like hip hop, funk AND dance, then you’ll want to be grabbing a spot upfront when the awesome Gin’n’Juice come by on Saturday 16th May.

f you want to catch the very very finest in emerging talent then head in to us on Sunday 17th May for our Song Room Presents. Then, on Wednesday 20th May Bray Cult Film Club will be screening John Hughes' classic 80s comedy caper Ferris Beuller’s Day Off at 8pm! Anyone? Anyone? Beuller? A card with 10 tickets costs €10 on the door - tickets can be used for any future Cult Film Club screenings. If you like cult cinema this definitely the ticket for you!

On Thursday 21st MayScott Maher will be joining us with his beautiful blend of blues, rock ‘n pop. Scott will be celebrating the release of his new record - come in and hear it live! Plus, as if brilliant live music wasn’t enough, we’ve got the Hardy Har Comedy Club on the same night, Thursday, 21 May! Willa White and Lisa Casey will be tickling your funny bones  this month, presented by our most awesome Adam Burke MC!

If funky blues and rock covers float your boat then Full House are going to be right up your alley. Come and get your groove on with us (and them!) on Friday 22nd May.  On Saturday 23rd May get into the summer spirit  with the very deadly 8 piece roots and reggae band,  After The Ibis. Sweet sweet reggae sounds! Robyn G Shiels will bring a taste of country to our place on Sunday, 24th May. Robyn has supported such stellar acts as Cat Power, Devendra Banhart, Richard Hawley, Two Gallants, The Good Life and Van Morrison - and many more! He describes it as ‘decent tunes for decent folk’  - can’t say fairer than that! Also on Sunday 24 May from 1-6pm we are thrilled to announce The Asian / Irish Cultural Festival! Featuring Asian food, Irish music from Seoidin and FREE WORKSHOPS! There’s a Bonsai Lecture, Sushi Surprise, Let’s Try Origami, Let’s Make a St Brigid’s Cross and more!

The following week, on Thursday 28th May a tremendous group of jazz musicians, East Coast Jazz Band, will be bringing Dixieland Jazz to our stage. These guys are a “lively band with cool sounds from the sunny side” and we can’t say enough good things about these amazing musicians.

Singer, songwriter and artist Carol Keogh & The City Fathers will be in performing on Friday 29th May. Keogh has worked with noted Irish musicians and songwriters, such as Sharon Shannon and Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames, The Swell Season) amongst others - and her wonderful band, The City Fathers, provide a rich musical tapestry which highlights Carol’s gorgeous voice!

The very next day, Saturday 30th May get ready for The Niall McCabe Band. With their genesis on a small Island off the West Coast of Ireland, The Niall McCabe Band have honed a sound that is structured around the conventions of soul music and, in equal parts, reflects the influence of folk and rock traditions on their performance and writing. The sound? They call it transatlantic soul. We’re IN! Last, but certainly not least. we’ll be bidding the month of May a fond farewell with the VERY exciting and VERY original Saint John The Gambler on Sunday 31st May. Saint John the Gambler is an exciting original Alt Gypsy Swing band with a dance-inducing spirit. This Dublin-based band have melded sounds from by-gone eras and distant lands with modern songwriting taking in influences from Old-Time Jazz, Klezmer, Latin and Vaudeville to create a bluesy gypsy piracy. With high energy live shows SJG have gained a reputation for being one of the most exciting and unique bands in Ireland and we are only thrilled to have them coming to play!

Don’t forget, we’ve always got our regular events, too. On Wednesdays we have Brand New Switcharoo playing roots. On Thursdays we welcome Rake The Ashes with their take on traditional music and Friday and Saturday nights see Crooked Jack and Seoidín bringing you a healthy dose of trad!


All our event are FREE unless noted. Doors at 8pm. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute details on what’s happening!



For media enquiries please contact Jenny @ We Are RedHead / 087 9815585


 For booking enquiries please contact Donagh @ Turning Pirate



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1-4 Dock Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow (across from the harbour!)

Posted by The Harbour Bar on May 07 2015

The Harbour Bar Stage at Bray Jazz Festival ‘15

The Harbour Bar Stage at Bray Jazz Festival ‘15

After the roaring success of last year, The Harbour Bar are delighted to be hosting another packed weekend full of events for Bray Jazz Festival 2015! 

The festival kicks off on Thursday evening with Dixieland Jazz band, Gerry O'Connor Trio.

Friday sees The B Sharps and Instrumental Funk/Soul band Bunk take to the Live Lounge Stage. 

On Saturday, we have an afternoon session with The Francesco Turrisi Quartet at 3pm. The CEO Experiemnt kick off the evening from 8pm and Neo-Soul band, Butter, headline. 

Sunday brings another great afternoon gig from The Nick Roth Quartet (3pm), with RE:Ellington at 7.30pm. New Orleans style street-stomping jazz band, Stomptown Brass finish off the evening in style! 

On Monday evening, we have five of Ireland's finest session musucians - otherwise known as Square Pegs - in the Live Lounge to ease you back into the week ahead! 

Posted by The Harbour Bar on April 27 2015

The Harbour Bar Stage @ Groove Festival 2015

The Harbour Bar Stage @ Groove Festival 2015

2015 sees the return visit of the second stage from The Harbour Bar to Groove Festival at Killruddery House, Co Wicklow on July 4th and 5th 2015. Tickets are on sale now with main stage headliners Christy Moore (Sunday) and The Darkness (Saturday).

Groove Festival is delighted to welcome back the crew from Bray venue The Harbour Bar. Last year the stage was a hotbed of Irish talent and this year again they have curated a superb line up, expect performances to remember! The venue has become a hot spot for talent over the last few years with amazing artists and bands. The Harbour Bar sits directly opposite Bray harbour and is the perfect spot for a pint by the sea. Surrounded by chiming sailboats and the resident bevy of swans, it is the most unique pub in Bray with the stories to prove it.

Saturday 4th July

15:00 - 15:45 Toasted Special

16:00 - 16:45 Bunoscionn

17:00 - 17:45 Mark Geary

18:00 - 18:45 Corner Boy

19:00 - 19:45 The Cujo Family

Sunday 5th July

15:00 - 15:45 Stomptown Brass

16:00 - 16:45 The Bionic Rats

17:00 - 17:45 Maud in Cahoots

18:00 - 18:45 Tucan

19:00 - 19:45 The Eskies

Conor Duggan from The Harbour Bar said “We’re delighted to have been asked back to Groove Festival again for 2015. Last year gave The Harbour Bar a brilliant opportunity to showcase some of the incredible talent we have performing in our live lounge all year round, in a brand new environment. This year will be no different – we have a fantastic line-up of acts (and as is the norm in The Harbour, from a hugely varied cross-section of styles) to entertain over the two days of the festival. We look forward to seeing families and friends of all ages, with hopefully some new folk as well dancing in the sunshine in Killruddery House again this July.”

Tickets are on sale now from

Posted by The Harbour Bar on April 21 2015

‘Stormy Night On The Shamrock Shore’ by Joe Perkins

‘Stormy Night On The Shamrock Shore’ by Joe Perkins

We were very pleasantly surprised recently when Bristol-based musician Joe Perkins got in touch to send us a song he had written, inspired by a night out at The Harbour Bar. 

Joe writes: "Over the last few years I've spent quite a lot of time in Ireland - a country that I love very much.

One night in particular, I found myself in a pub on the outskirts of Dublin - The Harbour Bar in Bray, I believe - in the middle of a wild rain storm, and after a few too many pints of Guinness I stumbled away from the group I was with and found a trad. folk band playing in one of the rooms of the pub. This was where I stayed for the rest of the night, clapping & 'whooping' along like a madman.

What I loved about this night was that the band wasn't there purely to entertain gumby tourists such as myself. It was just a local trad. group playing to local people, purely for the love of making & enjoying music, and keeping their country's rich musical traditions alive. It was awesome, and has always stuck in my mind as one of my favourite nights spent in Ireland.

Inspired by this experience, I have recently been trying to learn some new instruments - mainly the mandolin & Bodhran drum, often used in Irish folk music.

So here is my amateurish, Bristol-boy homage to that one wild night in Bray - spent enjoying the folk music of some genuinely wonderful musicians and the warm hospitality that only the Irish know how to give.

We're absolutely chuffed to have inspired this lovely tune! Thanks a million, Joe - you're welcome for a few pints and a session next time you visit Ireland!

Posted by The Harbour Bar on April 08 2015

A Harbour Bar wedding tale…

A Harbour Bar wedding tale…

We got a lovely little mail from an American lady called Susan who visited us on Paddy's Day with her husband and two friends. She told us that while they were in the bar, their friends decided to get married... there and then! Her husband officiated the ceremony which took just a few minutes and they ordered another round of pints to celebrate, served in our Harbour Bar beer glasses!

She wanted to get a set of glasses as a wedding present for her friends - so two of these are on their way to Washington!

Posted by The Harbour Bar on March 25 2015

#ShareTheLove Photo Booth

#ShareTheLove Photo Booth

This Sunday, The Harbour Bar is delighted to be hosting Marriage Equality's #ShareTheLove Launch Party. You've probably seen our photo booth kiss posters in the bar or online - we thought we'd share the story behind the design! 

Getting a strip of cute, funny or cheesy photobooth photos has long been a rite of passage for young lovers and one that takes on an extra, somewhat heartbreaking, historical significance for LGBT couples. These two photographs of a young gay couple, taken in 1953 when the pair could have been imprisoned because of this kiss, were the inspiration behind our posters. 

Long before iPhones, digital cameras and home printers, photo booths were one of the few ways gay couples could safely have their photograph taken together. Behind the curtain, without a human photographer or developer involved, the couple were afforded a degree of privacy where they could show affection and get a rare and precious keepsake of their relationship without the risk of being reported to the police. 

We thought this depicted of how far the Gay Rights Movement has come in the past 50 years, while also recognising that equality has not yet been achieved. As a little tribute to this and to the rich tradition of the wonderful photo booth kiss, we’ve installed a booth in the yard (beside The Big Dog’s Galley) - so come on down, hop in with your best friend or sweetheart and get two strips of good old fashioned selfies to take away and cherish! 

Marriage Equality #ShareTheLove Launch Party, Sunday 1st March

Yes Equality Wicklow will be in the bar all afternoon with information and voting pledges, we’ll be screening the Ireland -v- England match from 3pm and there’ll be music from Old Hannah, Mongoose, Dylan Walshe, Jamie Duff, Robbie Doyle and Luke Maloney from 5.30pm. 

Posted by The Harbour Bar on February 27 2015


#ShareTheLove Party in Support of Marriage Equality

From 2pm Sunday, 1 March

Marriage Equality supporters are being invited to come out in force for a day long #ShareTheLove party at The Harbour Bar in Bray on Sunday, 1 March, and we’ve got a great day in store for you!

Billed as a flagship event to fund the national campaign for a YES Vote in May’s Referendum a day of entertainment will start at 2pm with a photocall at the bar and a full day of craic, comedy, music and speakers (and some rugby to boot!). Following the photocall (we encourage everyone to come down and join in!) we’ll have speakers from Marriage Equality, we’ll have the rugby on the big screen (COYBIG!), we have a raffle with some great prizes and we have a host of great bands playing live!

The live music kicks off at 17:30 in The Harbour Bar with singer-songwriter  Luke Maloney. Original and energetic folk-rocker Jamie Duff will take the the stage from 18:10. Fingerstyle guitar expert Robbie Doyle is up next at 18:50. We’ve got Dylan Walshe, London based alt/roots musician and songwriter on hand to keep you going from 19:45. Expect a gorgeous acoustic melty-pot of jazz and folk from the amazing female 3 piece Mongoose at21:00 - lush! To end the live music proceedings we have the always brilliant Sligo roots/country rockers Old Hannah, kicking off at 22:15. We’ll also have some great comedy, too! Details to be announced soon.

Announcing the event Denise Charlton of #ShareTheLove for Marriage Equality said, “Through #ShareTheLove we have encouraged people to invest in history with a donation to Marriage Equality. Through our crowdfunding effort we are showing that making history is no longer the preserve of those individuals or groups who have access to million euro bank balances. Our message is clear ‘Together we can make history’.  We are confident that people enjoying the event at the Harbour Bar will answer our call.”

At The Harbour Bar we believe in equality for all and want to invite YOU to come down to show your support for what will be a historic referendum. We’re putting on what promises to be a brilliant day out for an amazing cause. Dress up, dress down, bring your mates, bring your mum. Come and #ShareTheLove, enjoy the bands and check out the speakers. Relax in front of the fire? YES! Get up close to the music? YES! Grab a raffle ticket and settle in to cheer on the boys in green? YES! Get a snap to show your support in our unique Harbour Bar PhotoBooth? YES! Support Marriage Equality? YES!

Check out our Facebook and Twitter for more details.

Come down and #ShareTheLove at The Harbour Bar!

For event enquiries please contact Jenny Headen @ JHPR / 0879815585 / Twitter @theharbour_bar / Facebook @theharbourbarbray

The Harbour Bar, 1-4 Dock Terrace, Bray

 For enquiries on the #ShareTheLove campaign please contact Jerry O’Connor / 085 8640682

Posted by The Harbour Bar on February 24 2015