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Review of Flannery's Bar

Flannery's Bar
Ranked #1 of 53 Nightlife in Limerick
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Owner description: 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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“Great place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Right so popped in here for one before getting a taxi back to our hotel. One became two three became etc.... Great banter! Went in with my girlfriend then met a load of random Americans. Bar man seamed anxious to partake and hated being behind the bar. Ill be back!

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“Excellent venue for a party”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

I had my 40th party there recently ( a surpise organised by my wife) and it excelled in every aspect. From the food, which was very tasty and lots of it, to the very attentive staff - it certainly made my night one to remember - I would have no hesitation in recommending this pub to anyone looking for a party venue, or indeed a place to drink.

Visited October 2012
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“Great venue for a party!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2011

Arranged a birthday party here at the weekend for my husband. Reserved the room upstairs and it was great. We had our own bar and balcony outside and we had lovely food. Well worth a look at if looking for a venue

Visited August 2011
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“One of the great Flannery pubs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2009

One of six great Flannery pubs in Limerick City & County. This is the most recently opened of the Flannery Pubs and is certainly the largest.
It's designed for large crowds, plays great music, if a little on the loud side! A large court-yard greets you - built I'm sure to facilitate people who enjoy their smoking. There are two levels inside - with the facility to host private parties upstairs.

This is certainly designed for the younger age-group and is located ideally in the night-club district of Limerick City.

The other Flannery pubs are also well worth a visit, having their own individual character and atmosphere - and fantastic pints of Guinness.

Finally, the Flannery's in Catherine Street, Limerick is owned by the Irish rugby player, Jerry Flannery.

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