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Address: 17 Denmark Street Upper, Limerick, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 61 436 677
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

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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New Years Eve

My job has me in Limerick several times a year. The Flannerys have managed to strike the perfect balance of traditional pub feeling with a lift your heart today relevance. Always... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My job has me in Limerick several times a year. The Flannerys have managed to strike the perfect balance of traditional pub feeling with a lift your heart today relevance. Always good craic here. I was so happy I got to start of 2017 this past New Years Eve here! The DJ, the crowd, the staff, the atmosphere .. ended... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a weary few hours on a cold January afternoon we found ourselves in a locals bar. This neat little pub has a comprehensive Irish Whiskey and local beer selection. We did not have food served in the other bar next to it which is all the one place. There was a roaring fire and a chat with a few... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Conveniently located, it was a great place to watch the Shannon Airport Horse Races. It's quaint and cosy with s nice fireplace in the back. Open all hours of the day and night.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Had our Christmas gathering here and it was fantastic staff were really nice reserved seating area for us. Highly recommend. Dj was fantastic

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

As Always. Great night. Seamus as always very pleasant and a pleasure to deal with. Please think of here for your night out. Great music and staff amazing. Will be back soon.

2 Thank Philiprooney
Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

I would highly recommend this bar. The staff are friendly and efficient. The party atmosphere there is contagious. I recently met up with a bunch of friends for Christmas drinks. They were kind enough to reserve an area for our group. The late bar is great. We spent the evening/nite dancing and singing. No need for a nite club.

2 Thank Deirdre H
Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I often go here on a Friday or Saturday night. Always a great atmosphere and the staff are so lovely. It is by far my favourite pub to go to in the city. They often have great bands and brilliant music for dancing. After a rugby match and coming into the festive season the atmosphere is great and it's never... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 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 10 November 2016

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 8 November 2016 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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