The Bank: The Bank
The Bank is situated at the top of O'Connell street. It gets its name from the buildings history, it was once a bank.
The pub itself is beautifully decorated with lots of interesting banking memorabilia.
Dress Code: Smart
The Old Quarter: The Old Quarter
The Old Quarter has a very classy look about it.
It is nicely decorated both inside and out. It has seating outside and there are heaters outside for those chilly nights.
It has live Jazz music on Thursday and Sundays.
They also serve food in the Old Quarter.
Dress Code: Smart
Symths / Club Icon: Symths / Club Icon
Symth's Bar and Club Icon are open 7 nights a week and always attract a good crowd.
Symth's Bar is probably the biggest pub in Limerick and Club Icon has just got a face lift, so its definatly a place you should check out.
Dress Code: Smart / Casual
Finn's: Best Pub in Limerick
Voted best new pub of the year and recommended by Jameson Guide in 2002, Finn's is really two pubs in one. On the ground floor is an upscale classic Irish pub, with a very wide selection on tap, a raised area for musicians on weekends, and a nice class of customer. There is also a mezzanine above for the overflow.
In the basement is an old style country pub with a young crowd most nights.
During the day, Finn's is known for great pub lunches with a wide variety of fare on the menu.
The fact that my cousin Seamus owns the place doesn't cloud my judgement. This place is a class act.
I just heard they sold the place in early 2007. No idea how changed it may be since then (or if it even exists anymore).
Dress Code: A bit more upscale than most Limerick pubs.
Nancy Blakes: Traditional Music & a Peat Fire
This pub is small and intimate with local musicians playing traditional music and a peat fire going in the winter. My cousin John took us here one night because it is right next door to the alley my mother grew up on and we had worked up a thirst searching for her old house which we found out had been torn down.
The sights, sounds and smells blended together to creat an image in my mid of what it was like here 70 years ago when my mom probably ducked in for a pint.
About 30 people in the room and it was packed. Come early unless you don't mind standing.
Dress Code: Dress was casual.
Crescent Shopping Centre Limerick: Watching movies
This shopping centre houses Limerick's largest and most modern movie theatre; the latter however is a moot point lol. We have been there three times. The first time was ok (disregarding the terrible smell), the second time was the best actually and the last time was just ridiculous: we had to watch Terminator 3 in a room for less than 50 people and the screen wasn't much bigger than an ordinary TV screen lol (ok, I'm exaggerating a bit when it comes to the seize of the screen, but still,.....)
Oh, by the way, there's also a movie theatre in the city centre but I only heard negative things about it.Related to:
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The Sinbin: Meat Market! ;-)
Ok, if you want to meet young and crazy 20somethings for a drink or more ;-) .... you have *got* to go to The Sinbin.
If you cannot pull in The Sinbin, then there is truly no hope for you. ;-)
Adm is €12, which is steep enough. Open til 3am. Plays the usual chart/dance/mosh stuff.
Dress Code: Make an effort....girls, slap on the fake tan, do your hair and make-up and dont forget your wonderbra ...or your toothbrush (if you're lucky...)Related to:
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Icon: Icon Niteclub
By far and away Limerick biggest Club it boasts two main clubs. The smaller of the two opening on the quieter nights and the two in combination often opening on the larger nights. The smaller club in the Icon has a medium sized dance floor with two bars. The music in both clubs is mainstream but dance, retro and slow sets are usually woven seamlessly into most nights. The larger club is a two tier affair with two bars and the dance floor on one tier and another purely bottle bar on the top tier. Much like Docs this is a combined Pub/Club affair with Smyths bar underneath the Icon. This club is fast becoming the best in Limerick and even on a quiet night has a very upbeat atmosphere.
Smiths/Icon: Icon Limerick - Please Do Not Go
I really do not know where to start with smiths/icon in Limerick. Firstly I suppose with asking people not to attend this venue. The waiting time for a drink in smiths on a busy night is at least twenty minutes with very little bar staff present. As for the door staff, this is a different story. The required age to gain entry to Icon is 18+, however, having been refused numerous times at the age of 22 whilst sober for reasons such as (being too drunk, after driving into town and having two coffees or management reserve the right to refuse entry) I ask of you do not give the door staff the enjoyment of refusing you entry as it will only boil your blood and cause you to act irrationally. I was allowed admission into smiths recently with my girlfriend (both 22) and needed to leave to get money from a nearby atm as the one in smiths was out of order, when we returned we were greeted with management reserve the right to refuse admission. After trying to explain that we had just left to get money (to spend in yere pub/club) we were given no opportunity of getting back in. This is not the first time this has occurred and will not be the last. I ask of you, do not spend money in a venue that does not and will never appreciate your custom please...
Dress Code: It does not matter how you dress, you will still be refused entry.Related to:
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The Locke Bar: The Locke Bar & Restaurant
Enjoy an 'Old World' welcome, relax beside an open fire and relish a superb selection of home cooked foods from our hot and cold carverys served 7 days a week.
Traditional Irish Music sessions played SundaysTuesdays and Thursdays.
The Locke has won numerous awards including -
-Black and White Pub of the Year
-Irish Pubs of Distinction
-James Joyce Pub Award [for being an authentic irish pub]
Dress Code: No tennis shoes
Bunker 4: Bunker 4 Niteclub
Bunker 4 situated in the basement of Au Bars is more geared towards the third and fourth years among us and is a very subdued and chilled out nite club. The club although perhaps the smallest in Limerick has a loyal following so don't be surprised to see the same crowd there every week. Music here is middle of the road and perfect for winding down after a stressful week.
Try Doolin or Ennis for trad...
Try Doolin or Ennis for trad Irish music and a great evening's entertainment. O'Connor's pub or McGann's in Doolin both attract good crowds. Ciaran's Bar or Cruises in Ennis are alive with music in the evening.
Dolan's: Your place for trad
An Irish Trad bar just outside the city centre. It comprises of a restaurant/pub/music hall.
Its one of the most touristy places in Limerick and has a good menu. There is a nightly trad music session where a few fiddlers/accordian trad guys play for free.
Upstairs they have a few rooms where folky acoustic gigs take place (normally a cover charge applies here).
There is also a large venue call the Warehouse next to the pub where many well known bands play their gigs i.e Aslan, The Saw Doctors, The proclaimers etc.
Dress Code: Casual
The Locke: Get locked here!
This is a modern large pub/restaurant along the canal at the edge of the city, very close to the Hunt Musuem. Its popular with local 30/40 somethings and a few tourists thrown in for good measure. Its somewhat unique in Limerick in that it has an outdoor seating area accross the road next to the canal and can be very crowded in good weather.
Fla's: Rugby Talk!
Fla's pub is a big rugby themed pub one block from O Connell Street in the city centre of Limerick.
Its a great place to watch munster games if you are comfortable with a lot of shouting and roaring at the tv and big crowds.
The pub is owned by the family of Jerry Flannery who plays for Munster and Ireland.
Its a nice social place also for a few pints and to meet and mingle with the locals.
Not to be mistaken for 'Flannerys'of Denmark st which is a hip hop dance pub full of annoying teenagers!
Dress Code: casual, although a munster top will make u feel right at home!
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