Welcome to The Yacht Bar
The Yacht Bar is situated in the little sleepy picture postcard village of Loughshinny with its wonderful scenic cliffs and safe sandy beaches. The Yacht Bar has been a local landmark in the village for over sixty years famous for its live music with some of Ireland’s most notable musicians from rock to folk playing here over the years. Local clubs from football, golf, road motorbike racing etc have made it its home.
The Yacht has been a great pub since the late John Cloonan started his small business as a grocery shop in 1958 and opened the pub in 1960. John was a Kilbeggan native who set up home in Loughshinny and developed The Yacht from a small beginning to the fine premises that stood proudly at Ballykea Cross in Loughshinny. John passed away in 1995 and two of his children took over the family business and it remained with the family until it was sold in 1999. It changed hands three times in seven years until it closed its doors in 2006 due to the recession. With the slow death of the local rural pubs closing these days it looked like it was going to be closed forever and be developed for housing as was the fate of most rural pubs. After nearly four years of it being closed the good news is that John’s son Declan Cloonan bought and reopened the pub in 2012 much to the delight of the locals. Good news is rare in the bar trade these days so the reopening of one of North County Dublin’s great institutions The Yacht Bar in Loughshinny is something to be celebrated.