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Flannery's Bar

17 Denmark Street Upper, Limerick, Ireland
+353 61 436 677
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Such a great Irish pub for a pint

We were fortunate to come in on a quite evening and have a few pints in this lovely bar. Exactly... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Cape Town Central, South Africa
via mobile
Whiskey Tasting Adventure

We stopped into Flannery’s on our way back to Adare from the Cliffs of Moher. We had read great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New York, New York, United States
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Michael Flannery’s Pub is well known to everyone in Limerick. Located on Denmark Street, alongside the pedestrian shopping area of Limerick and just around the corner from the famous Milk Market, its vibrant red shopfront is set off against a beautiful stone façade. The owner, Michael, is one of Limerick’s longest serving publicans having entered the family business in 1959. Michael’s grandfather, William Flannery opened the first Flannery’s pub in 1898 and after an apprenticeship with his uncle Bill Ahearne of The Palace Bar Dublin, Michael took the reins of the family business and has been in situ since. The building itself began life as a soap factory in the 1850s and many of Michael’s customers would tell you that the culture of clean living which began in Anglim’s Soap Factory is alive to this day except customers now use “Water of Life” (Uisce Beatha) to cleanse. Michael is one of the last remaining publicans who bottled his own Jameson whiskey and Guinness Stout from the cask until the mid 1960’s when the practice of distilleries supplying whiskey in the cask directly to whiskey bonders stopped. Indeed there is a beautiful display of the bottles and labels he used at the rear of the pub. As you make your way through the bar, take notice of the photographs of Michael and his customers on the stone walls, amid the memorabilia he has amassed from a lifetime in the licensed trade. It is Michael’s links as a bottle of John Jameson Whiskey that began his love affair with Irish Whiskey. The Pub has over 100 different Irish whiskeys, making it’s collection one of the largest in the country. Powers Johns Lane and Yellow Spot are two stand outs for customers. Michael likes to encourage his customers to discover the different types and styles of Irish whiskey and has gone to great lengths to produce a “Whiskey Bible” which lists all the Irish whiskies for sale accompanied with tasting notes and a history of the Pub and Flannery family. Feel free to take away your copy of the “Bible” as your souvenir! Flannerys is famous for serving an excellent pint of Guinness and keeps up with the changing times by offering a very impressive range of Irish craft beers such as Galway Hooker, Tom Creans Lager and Stonewell Cider. Michael Flannerys is famous in Limerick for being an old fashioned pub. A place where your Grandfather and Father drank and somewhere you hope to carry on your family tradition. The stone, brick and dark wood retain the feel of the traditional Irish country pub. This is a feel that nearly died out during the Celtic Tiger but thankfully not here. As you enter Flannerys, there is a snug located on your right hand side and it is perfectly sized for two old friends catching up or a group of ten attending a Whiskey Tasting Session. There is a stove that emits a warmth that is heavenly on the many cold doors the Irish weather offers and it makes you run the risk of overstaying your welcome. The bar counter harks back to the days when groceries and dry goods were sold in many Irish pubs. At the rear of the bar, a door alights into a beautiful stone walled courtyard and this space is overlooked by a roof terrace which is awash with sunshine on most days of the year. There is a spacious modern bar behind all this which caters for the young vibrant pub scene of Limerick city. This area serves lunch and breakfast from Monday to Saturday until 3pm with specialties such as Farmhouse Bread sandwiches and fish 'n chips. All major sporting events can be seen here but not in Michaels pub as it is a TV free zone (TVs are referred to as “conversation killers” by the staff). A favourite with many local and national musicians, the bar has hosted many famous (and not so famous!) musicians over the years, including Mundy and Sharon Shannon. There is a lively Traditional music session every Tuesday with live contemporary music most nights in the adjoining courtyard and contemporary Main Bar. Any time is good to call into Michael Flannerys Pub. It opens at 10.30am every morning, except Sundays, where it opens at 12.30pm (times set by law!) Enjoy a read of the paper next to the fire or simply ask one of the many knowledge bar staff to help you with your visiting itinerary. Michael Flannery’s Pub, 17 Upper Denmark Street, Limerick City
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 03:00
17 Denmark Street Upper, Limerick, Ireland
+353 61 436 677
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were fortunate to come in on a quite evening and have a few pints in this lovely bar. Exactly the type of pub we were looking for: authentic, proper beers, music. The decor is just right and we had a nice conversation with the...More

Thank arthurstewart2
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped into Flannery’s on our way back to Adare from the Cliffs of Moher. We had read great reviews of the bar’s whiskey selection and were not disappointed. We had a great tasting of 3 whiskeys, and the bartender (I believe his name was...More

Thank JGAdjali
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely morning in flannerys. As soon as we came in the door we were greeted by the lovely staff. Bar woman was chatty and friendly and chef was very welcoming. Food was tasty and filling, overall great experience.

Thank sean m
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great fun with whiskey tasting. The history and specifics of whiskey making as well as political events that shaped the current status of whiskey making in Ireland.

1  Thank mo_and_jc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got to Limerick late in the afternoon hungry after a long drive. Many other places were closed for meals. Not here very friendly service and a good hearty meal. Girls were very kind to us even allowed us to have pictures taken behind the...More

2  Thank markiemoo2016
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Great pub, lively atmosphere with friendly staff, good crack 😁 lost my phone there one night and the manager was good enough to return it back down to me which I really really appreciated, I'd definitely go back

1  Thank Mary W
Reviewed 8 June 2017

What a great experience. we were able to set up an appointment with less than a day notice... Welcomed by Ger Malone, a VERY knowledgeable bartender at Flannery's Bar. He introduced us to a variety of Irish Whiskey's, teaching us about the process and history...More

1  Thank bcbrand2017
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

A favourite of mine in Limerick as I'm really into craft beer and Irish Whiskey. They have a great selection of both and coupled with great old style snug bar. White Gypsy Blonde on tap is gorgeous, try it!

1  Thank ThanksPaulie
Reviewed 2 June 2017

This place really has it all great atmosphere inside the place an ideal location too as it is close to the city centre.the staff were very friendly especially one girl,Nicole I think her name was. The food was top notch, the chicken wings are amazing...More

1  Thank Rian B
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Very good service,no complaints from me would highly recommend the chicken wings, great pub with great staff

1  Thank tosspot123
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