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Address: 17 Denmark Street Upper, Limerick, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 61 436 677
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10:00 - 00:00
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Sun 13:00 - 00:00
Mon - Wed 10:00 - 00:00
Thu 10:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 03:00
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Michael Flannery’s Pub is well known to everyone in Limerick. Located on...

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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Another Limerick Gem!

As a regular in Limerick, the name Flannery's should be readily recognizable as a local mainstay. Michael Flannery's bar certainly meets the task! Fantastic pub... cozy bar with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Brunswick, Maine
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Brunswick, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

As a regular in Limerick, the name Flannery's should be readily recognizable as a local mainstay. Michael Flannery's bar certainly meets the task! Fantastic pub... cozy bar with a phenomenal whiskey selection as well as a great full service restaurant. Keep walking past Nancy's and visit this gem.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great bar in the City. I went here with a group of friends. Nice real traditional Irish Pub is at the front of the place. After sampling the huge range of Irish beers and whiskeys we moved on to the main bar for some food. Food was excellent and I liked the look of the Fish & Chips. We came... More 

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Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Usually cautious ordering chowder in cities but the chance was well rewarded... warm creamy and hearty bowl of food was served with homemade bread... crunchy bacon crumble on top really gave the dish a bit more texture and took it to another level... great service and cosy atmosphere inside really made this a great lunch. ..what a find.. and just... More 

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Tralee, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Recently had lunch in Flannery's and it was out of this world, I choose the carbonara, it was served with these gorgeous confit cherry tomatoes, garlic bread and basil leaves! Fantastic attention to detail by their chef and it makes all the difference! Portions were generous and very reasonably priced! Great quality and value will definitely be back!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

This place has it all - full range of beers, stouts and lagers, great wine and whisky menu. Great food in large portions without any messing about. Hugely welcoming atmosphere. Authentic Irish experience as it seems Limerick empties into this place after the sun goes down and then the merry making truly begins when the mike comes out and the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

A small group of us went after dinner one evening just for the Whiskey Tasting. Over 100 Irish whiskies on hand. We only tried a few but they were based on our server's recommendations. All were outstanding. We didn't eat anything but about 2/3rds of the customers were. They also have a large number of craft beers on hand for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

I was part of BBNY-TO's group for the whiskey tasting and history. I agree that it was a most delightful experience. I didn't really like whiskey at the start of the evening, but I surely did by the end! Food was good, too, and the staff lovely.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Brought a group to Flannery's for Irish whiskey history, tasting with some casual pub fare. What a great way to celebrate an end to a conference within a warm and inviting setting. The group really enjoyed it - highly recommend the experience!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

As an airline pilot, I travel a lot. This means I eat out a lot... A lot more than I like to. This is one of the few dining experiences I have had in recent months that I truly enjoyed. The food was excellent and the prices are more than fair. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. You couldn't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

The is the most authentic Irish Pub I was every in. Well the bar has two parts but the small Pub called Mike Flannerys has a great snug, real old wood counters, old bottles and fab display cases and the biggest whiskey collection I have ever seen (Irish Whiskey only). The bar guy was a real nice fellow. My other... More 

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