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Flannery's Bar

17 Denmark Street Upper, Limerick, Ireland
+353 61 436 677
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Girls night out

Came here on a Friday night of culture night in the city and we got here about 11.30/12 and the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Hazel P
Reading, United Kingdom
Great Sports Pub

This is a great pub! We asked the manager if we could watch the AFL preliminary final at 10:50 AM... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ray C
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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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17 Denmark Street Upper, Limerick, Ireland
+353 61 436 677
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Reviewed yesterday

Came here on a Friday night of culture night in the city and we got here about 11.30/12 and the live band were playing but the atmosphere was dead the place was practically empty. The bar itself is nice and smoking area is lovely as...More

Thank Hazel P
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a great pub! We asked the manager if we could watch the AFL preliminary final at 10:50 AM on a Friday morning on their big screen and he happily agreed. All the staff were very friendly and they also make a great burger!

Thank Ray C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

we absolutely by far thought this was the nicest place we had visited👍👍the owner was so nice and so friendly Shane was sweet and so nice. they made us feel comfortable to be in their country. we bought t-shirts and they gave us a free...More

1  Thank loree k
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went into your bar during a trip to Limerick with friends. I was welcomed by a friendly man who told me his name was Graham on request. Throughout the night he didn't fail to impress with his service and conversation with both myself and...More

2  Thank MeganOBrien97
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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

It's been years since I've been in flannerys but I went back last night as I taught it was still a late bar on Sundays, although there was only a handful of people in the pub me and my friend really enjoyed our couple of...More

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Reviewed 18 August 2017

We did the Jameson tour and had a separate whiskey tasting in Killarney and, after all, Flannery's was by far our best experience. I had read about them and knew we were in Limerick only one night, so I emailed the bar about a month...More

1  Thank LinAdi7
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We found this place on yelp and it was great. The bartender was very nice and the patrons very friendly. The place is carpeted which is unusual for a pub. The seat is comfortable and it's really a great place to have a drink. I...More

Thank Kanark
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Went here last Saturday, great fun! Excellent service, band played all the right songs! I think we got the Monkey 47 gin, was lovely and served I gorgeous bubble glasses. Will definitely be recommending this place to any other girls heading to Limerick for a...More

Thank Orla M
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Visiting friends in Limerick so taken out on the town! This is a favourite place of theirs, and mine too now! Great atmosphere, friendly staff and good drinks. One to visit again.

Thank minseee
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Just visited flannerys for lunch. Food was absolutely beautiful. We had the philly steak roll, pulled pork loaded fries, buttermilk chicken pieces and a toastie. We couldnt even finish what we had as the portion sizes were so generous. The pulled pork fries were out...More

Thank annemarie07_10
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