A deep love of music, a lively populace and plenty of great venues, Limerick
is a fantastic place to hit the town. In the heart of the city, you might feel like you’re stepping back in time as you stumble across pubs crammed with open fires and ad-hoc music sessions. Elsewhere, the city’s passion for sport shines through in the ample sports bars; many of which are decked out in the colours and icons of local heroes, Munster Rugby. There’s a rising hip-hop scene
, too, and you’ll find lots to love in the gastropubs, which combine a high standard of food with affordable charm. Here are our absolute favourites…
The Locke Bar
Gastropub, Pub Grub, Irish, $$$
The Locke Bar, Limerick | https://www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/14456589464/in/photolist-o2tNou-Vyyfv6-6UnQCo-nK74z4-6ZiG1G-VvUv67-HeoFnk-ecK6s-nsAFV-H5npSD-bkLC4A-HRrjSu-HRrmgG-97XknT-J3JHT8-nsAQi-3cSV5h-nsAVP-no9dZ-nszXZ-nszKJ-nsAhw-nsAvy-atbxGi-nsAka-nszyy-6WZELW-no99h-nszEn-nszNC-nsAny-nszBp-nszHp-nsALr-nsA7Q-7SowZE-nsAam-Wx3RTs-uKzygy-YicZVY-ykb5vH-H8jNsD-T3TjYp-YBsvtq-bttz6-nsAT4-VyxSfV-WcL5Xu-nsACQ-nszsd
Dating back to 1724, the lively Locke Bar
in Limerick City is an authentic local institution, the home of live music, vibrant nights, a wood-paneled school feel, summer BBQs and a great pint of the black stuff. Food is traditional: the menu includes local favourites like potted crab, lamb stew, fish and chips, and plenty of sublime Irish steak.
Bar, Irish, Pub Grub, $$$
Jazz in Dolan's | https://www.flickr.com/photos/coniecto/3098928642/in/photolist-9NnUjX-9No2F4-9NqMQ3-9NnXnt-9NqR4E-9NnYa8-9NqGR3-9NqLQd-9NqG1N-9NqL47-9NnWnF-9No4ei-5HLwL4-6dCFYx-6dCFNV-ccAwgf-chwBC9-5HQPwb-5HLwAn-5HQPG7-5HQPmd-5HLwVX-5HLKqZ-6dGQkU-6dCG5K-bUGxmi
Unquestionably Limerick’s most famous pub, Dolan’s
is the hub of the city’s increasingly vibrant music scene, with a revolving door of high-end musicians from across the city, elsewhere in Ireland and beyond playing here every week. From trad in the front bar to heavy rock in the basement, via Ireland’s abundant and growing hip-hop scene, you’ll find it all in here, even (although slightly out of place) live sports in the main bar. Expect a boisterous night out. The traditional-style restaurant’s not bad, too!
Pub, Irish, Pub Grub, none
Aunty Lena's, Adare | https://www.flickr.com/photos/wlcutler/9048479938/in/photolist-eMzPQN
A pretty bar for a pretty town. Adare is one of Ireland’s most memorable spots to explore, and Aunty Lena’s
is its top nightlife destination, dating back to 1806. The bar crowd is a blend of tourists and locals searching for that rural evening buzz. Late nights here are flavoured with a glorious selection of Irish whiskey and plenty of craft beer. The food menu is rather basic, but it does include one real Irish essential – bacon and cabbage.
O'Connell's Traditional Guinness Bar
Pub, Gastropub, Pub Grub, $$$