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Flannery's Bar

17 Denmark Street Upper, Limerick V94 T9W3, Ireland
+353 61 436 677
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Rooney visit

We had a lovely evening here Friday. It was a lovely casual night with beautiful finger food and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Limerick, Ireland
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Perfect Pub Food on a Cold Day

We stopped there on a cold and rainy day. The soup and cider were the perfect warm up. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Virginia Beach
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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 V94 T9W3, Ireland
+353 61 436 677
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely evening here Friday. It was a lovely casual night with beautiful finger food and very nice staff. I really enjoyed the music.

Thank moc_94041
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped there on a cold and rainy day. The soup and cider were the perfect warm up. The service was excellent. They were friendly and eager to help us get warm.

Thank picturetakingone
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rooney Group Another great night as always. Area reserved for us and hospitality was outstanding. Please organise your xmas party or any other occasion you are planning here as outstanding service and friendly staff and managment go above and beyond for their customers.

Thank Philiprooney
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We lucked out and this was across the street from our hotel. It's got that great pub atmosphere and good beer on tap. The bartenders were great, very friendly. It was a great spot to stop in for a pint (or three).

Thank Jason B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A vibrant place in the middle of the main busy night time area of Limerick. Well run with a Late Bar at the weekends, plenty of space and a great two level smoking area. Thumbs up!

Thank Bobbylen1990
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We stopped here for an Irish coffee to start our day. Mr Flannery happened to be in there and was wonderful. He gave us a tour of his place and was very helpful in directing us to the must see attractions close by. He even...More

Thank mostintzi
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Been here twicw now for lunch during work. Great food both times.Food was fresh,tasty and in generous portions. It's not too exspensive either. In top of that,while we didn't have any drinks with our meals pit does look like there's plenty on offer if anybody...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Great little bar. Fantastic barman. Met an interesting gentleman patron. Close to many downtown restaurants and shops.

Thank Ty B
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

nice and warm place, hop lager was tasty as well as the irish ipa. just a bit disappointing that there was no food, and right after asking for food the waiter denied it and unpacked and had his own sandwich in front of us but...More

Thank psycogreg7
Reviewed 25 September 2017

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
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