Freelance journalist from Derry, Northern Ireland.
Published July 31st 2017
For a true taste of the culture of Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland, there is no better place than Waterloo Street. The somewhat steep gradient of the cobblestone street may be slightly infuriating to those unwilling to venture through, but to those who know the area well, there is no place you'd rather be for a night of drinking and entertainment in this historic city.
Adjacent to the famous Diamond at the top of the city lies The Rocking Chair, a traditional Irish pub with traditional Irish music, for a real sense of the culture, perhaps best suited for those with a more acquired sense of adventure.
Next up is Granny Annies, a leading bar and live/club venue that offers unique entertainment on Friday to Sunday, with plenty on throughout the week. The idiosyncratic venue comprises a beer garden with spectacular views of the incomparable Bogside area of Derry, while the internal bar area plays host to a live sport, music and a homely and distinctive atmosphere.
Bishops Gate at the top of Waterloo Street
Further down towards the heart of the city, and along the line of the globally renowned Walls of Derry, sits The Dungloe Bar, a venue offering live music to all ages in the popular area. The significant history of this phenomenal city is captured within the four walls of this traditional pub, offering budding customers the likes of Guinness and Bushmills whiskey to provide a full, wholesome sense of belonging in the area.
Another similar venue in the area is a stone throw away in The Gweedore Bar, where once again tourists can enjoy their experience in the city by indulging themselves in the atmosphere, while locals can relax in the comfort of this popular venue. Next door lies Peadar O'Donnell's, yet another extremely popular and renowned traditional Irish bar that offers simply fantastic music to the huge numbers that flood through the door every evening.
The Bogside area can be viewed from several of the traditional pubs
Finally, Tracy's Bar – established all the way back in 1889 – sits comfortably at the bottom of Waterloo Street and, like its traditional Irish counterpart at the top of the street, offers entertainment to those with a more acquired idea of a night out in the area.
The wide, cobblestone street is perfect to allow travelling up and down between the countless pubs, with several eateries ideally placed along the way. With fantastic music and entertainment to suit all tastes and ages, Waterloo Street offers a unique insight into the more traditional side of the beautiful city of Derry/Londonderry in the north west of Northern Ireland.