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Flannery's Bar

17 Denmark Street Upper, Limerick V94 T9W3, Ireland
+353 61 436 677
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Whiskey tasting

Spent a great evening with our host Donal giving us a history lesson on Irish whiskey production... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jmacassa
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Limerick, Ireland
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College night out

About 8 of us stopped here on one of our night outs and it's was great experience, great drinks... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
james s
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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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a great evening with our host Donal giving us a history lesson on Irish whiskey production. Very enjoyable night and great Irish whiskey.

1  Thank jmacassa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

About 8 of us stopped here on one of our night outs and it's was great experience, great drinks fresh pints especially the guinness great creamy head. Since then we make sure to pop down for a few when out as its never disappoints. Well...More

Thank james s
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was here with a small group on a hen and we enjoyed ourselves. The bar shows sport on many of its tv's. The establishment is clean and has a great variety from cocktails to pints etc. The facilities are also impressive with a range...More

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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

My mate and I popped in for a drink before the World Cup semi final. Great wee pub inside, but eerily quiet....England was playing!! Good served no probs!!

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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

We always go to Flannerys for all the rugby matches and I can’t fault it. Excellent screens and always a good crowd.

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Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Always a great place to finish up your night. Friendly staff, good music, big range of Gins and Whiskeys and their Cocktails look very, very tasty. It’s always been a very popular spot for me and my friends.

Thank Bobbylen1990
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Reviewed 30 June 2018

My mother, brother and I had lunch here after finding it by chance and being drawn in by the red shopfront that is against a beautiful stone façade. Once seated, we were served by Nicole, who was fantastic. She went out of her way to...More

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

My wife and I were in Flannery's Bar on a quiet Thursday night for an Irish Whiskey tasting. The barman, Donal was amazingly knowledgeable. We sampled 3 different representative whiskeys and Donal provided us with information about the history of Irish whiskey and how it...More

1  Thank agfamily
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

It is a nice Irish pub but the non-smoking section was far too small. The choice of drinks wasn't too bad and the bar staff thought up some good mixed shots for the groom on his stag night!

3  Thank Travelling_Choconut
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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Great night out with my friends, staff are so friendly and atmosphere is amazing! Definitely recommend! Fantastic gin and whiskey collection

1  Thank sarahsillybutler
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