Second best bar in the world

It’s an entirely subjective list, but no less valid for that [Hmmm.. – Ed]. The Guardian’s deputy travel editor, Isabel Choat, lists her favourite bars in the world and vying for the top slot is the other National Trust owned bar in Northern Ireland, Mary McBride’s in Cushendun [pictured in sunnier times – Ed].. Strangely the National Trust website doesn’t seem to list McBride’s..From the Guardian article

2. Mary McBride’s, 2 Main Street, Cushenden, Northern Ireland

The Antrim coast is more spectacular than Big Sur in California – according to a recent survey by Jacob’s Creek. And Cushendun is one of the prettiest villages along the 23-mile route. Stop off there and you’ll inevitably end up in Mary McBride’s. Once the smallest pub in the world, it was extended after Mary died (she’s probably turning in her grave – she never drank herself and disapproved of women drinking). The décor is nothing special but the setting is – on the mouth of the river Dun and within staggering distance of a white sandy beach. I go here with my boyfriend, whose dad lives a few doors up. But I’d feel perfectly comfortable having a drink here on my own (even if Mary wouldn’t approve).

Her full recommended list is

1. Chez Georges, 11 rue des Canettes, 75006, Paris
2. Mary McBride’s, 2 Main Street, Cushenden, Northern Ireland
3. Vesuvio, 255 Columbus Avenue, North Beach, San Francisco
4. OJ’s restaurant and beach bar, Crabb Hill Beach, St John’s, Antigua
5. Rooftop bar, Rex Hotel, 141 Nguyen Du, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
6. Sirocco bar and restaurant, 1055 Silom Road, Bangkok, Thailand
7. Puro Beach, 1 Cala Estancia, Palma, Mallorca
8. No Shoes Club, Baie de Somme, 22 Allée de la Grève, 80550 le Crotoy, France
9. Rio Scenarium, Rua do Lavradio, 20 Centro Antigo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
10. Smoke bar and diner, 14 Trinity Road, SW17, Tooting, London

It seems that McBride’s is a regular stopping off point for Guardian writers

Lunch that day, a delicious bowl of chowder washed down with yet another pint of Guinness, is in Mary McBride’s tiny bar in Cushendun. The village bears more than a passing resemblance to a Cornish fishing hamlet. The landlord, Lord Cushendun, commissioned Clough William-Ellis, the architect behind Portmerion in Wales, to build the place. The result is a collection of pretty yet sturdy white washed cottages sitting under slate roofs.

I’m sure there will be other candidates suggested for Slugger’s own recommended list..