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Johnny Joe's  
Name: Johnny Joes (McCollums)
Address: 23 Mill Street

Telephone:   028 217 71992
Opening Hours:  
Additional Information: Music: Ballads, Traditional Music,
Music Played: Friday Comhaltas Session 9.00-11.30pm; Sunday 9-11pm / July & August: Tues, Wed, Fri & Sun 8pm onwards
This family-run traditional Irish pub has been providing hospitality to visitors and locals over the past four generations. Situated in the centre of Cushendall village in the beautiful Glens of Antrim, the building was originally a coaching inn and still retains the character and charm from those by-gone days.

Johnny Joe's enjoyed many fair days and social gatherings in the last couple of centuries and still has the pleasure, company and craic from the farmers attending the local sheep sales during the autumn months. Johnny Joe's is a well known venue in the traditional music circle and we always look forward to Cushendall's turn in hosting the County Antrim Fleadh.

The layout is a typical Irish dwelling house which evolved into a pub, a big old range in the kitchen, an open fire in the parlour, a yard which has been glazed over and a bottling store with an open fireplace, which has the original crane and hobs, used for boiling potatoes for the pigs. These individual rooms lend themselves to a number of sessions going on simultaneously which often happens. It would not be unusual to hear a broad range of music from blues to jazz throughout the year and possibly even all on the one night.

A memorable night in Johnny Joe's is made up a number of parts, conversation between locals and visitor, shared tunes, song and tall tales, all washed down with a good pint of the old black stuff, where at the end of the night the stranger becomes a new friend. Many a new acquaintance has been made under this roof and many a good deal struck.

Like most Irish traditional music lovers we have a taste for all types of music. We are delighted to facilitate practice sessions by the young and not so young. Guitar lessons have just started so if you play an instrument, sing or tell a story or just like conversation then Johnny Joe's is the place for you. An all round gem strongly recommended.










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