Interesting Nightlife in Limerick

Interesting Nightlife in Limerick

Interesting Nightlife in Limerick
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Limerick has lots of interesting streets and laneways, one street leads into the next. Limerick has lots of top class buskers who bring nice sounds to Limericks streets. You can stop with them for a friendly chat and hear their tunes and experience their raw musical talent! The waterfront along Harveys Quay is just a beautiful area to walk along by day or at night time.

There is plenty of seating around this area, with cool displays of sculptures of docklands workers from the past and more recently a statue of Terry Wogan a famous Irish BBC presenter. Swans and ducks can be spotted all along Limericks waterfront.

If you have a bit of spare bread the swans would love some! Harvey’s quay leads onto Arthurs Quay Park its a small park but its quaint. There is lots of seating in this park which is in the centre of Limerick city. Across the road is a shopping centre, Arthurs Quay Shopping Centre.

If you fancy a bag of crisps or a bottle of water just pop into the Tesco in Shopping Centre. The Locke Bar gastropub is 5 minutes from here over the bridge towards Kind Johns Castle direction. This is one of the Limericks most popular eating and drinking spots. Its got a traditional interior, and all types of drinks are available.

Out the front of the pub, it is a great social meeting spot. Students in Limerick love sitting by the river outside the Locke Bar in summer or wintertime. During the summer you will see speed boats and jet skies pace up and down the river. Limerick has an art college and a collage of fashion close by to the Locke Bar. So art students frequent this bar a lot. They put on live music after 10 pm in the Locke Bar.

Limerick at nightltime
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See this article on 24 Thing to do and see in Limerick here!

In the summertime, the staff put on BBQs which is very popular at the Locke. Limerick has a lot of retail outlets making it very popular with shoppers. Limerick has a shop to suit everyone’s pocket from Brown Thomas to Dealz. Limerick has got loads of shops that will satisfy your needs. There are plenty of cafes with nice seating areas and great food.

On Thomas Street, there are numerous cafes. There is also an Angel shop on Thomas Street and a hair dye shop called Sallys if you need a top-up while in Limerick. This has a pink front to it.

Nice places to go

Limerick river view at nighttime
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If you want to meet some fellow Americans and start with an Italian meal and drinks at the George Boutique Hotel. There is an escalator and glass lift up to the bar dining area in the George Hotel.

You can watch the well-trained chefs preparing your meal while you sip on a beverage. The George Hotel is a well-lit bar and restaurant. The American army uses the hotel to stay in when stopping over from their missions.

After the George take a walk less than 5 minutes away to the Still House pub, there’s always good craic to be had with the friendly locals there. It’s an authentic traditional pub with a covered smoking area at the front. Home to a lot of promising bands, this makes the Still House a vibrant spot.

Cool Pubs

Nancy Blakes Pub Limerick
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Then venture down to the heart of nightlife in the city the market quarter area. Cobblestone Joes is a student bar located on Ellen Street, the bar is really for all ages, students go there to hear the great music and bands plus to enjoy all the great craft beers and non-alcoholic beers and gins on offer at Cobblestone Joes. Cobblestone Joes is close to the Old Quarter which has a seated smoking area which is warm and dry.

The Old Quarter is a well-designed bar with a modern touch to it. Now for a taste of one of the most popular pubs in the city Nancy Blakes, there may be a small queue outside to enter the pub but you will come into the front bar laden with sawdust and traditional Irish musicians in the corner. A very ambient traditional Irish bar Nancy’s is and there is always a fire lighting.

Craft Beers
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Order your drinks here and then walk out to the courtyard called the
“Outback” where there are plenty of seats and a smoking area. The Outback is surrounded with stone walls and the sound and lighting are second to none. There’s also an Outback Bar which is easy to order drinks from. You can stay here till 2.00 am if you like or you can walk across the road to the Icon nightclub if its beats your looking for!!

Plenty of security work at this club, The Icon and there plenty of modern music. There are plenty of bars to order a drink in the nightclub. Dance your heart out till 2.00 am then you can pick a taxi to take you back to your hotel. Limerick’s city nightlife is great fun!.

Dolans Pub Limerick
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Dolans Pub on the dock road in Limerick is another cracking pub and has a traditional interior. Dolans have friendly staff and great food and there is plenty of seating. The pub is very popular with tourists and locals its got one of the best gig hubs in the whole of the Emerald Isle.

Dolans offers reasonable ticket prices for the gigs, you can rock on until 2.00 am. They always have a few candles lighting around the main bar giving a nice feeling. The sound system is second to none with great lighting too in The Warehouse Venue. Up and coming bands start here in Dolans who go on to conquer the world.

Many a famous celebrity has been know to visit Dolans for a pint of Guinness. Dave Fanning a top Irish DJ has introduced many bands on stage at Dolan’s. Inhaler the band with Bonos son Elillah as a lead singer will be performing at Dolan’s in 2021. 

Baby Guinness shots
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There is a fine smoking area upstairs with a covered roof, there is a smoking area upstairs right next to a bar with a large variety of drinks close by.  These areas are laden with posters of upcoming gigs in Dolans. Toilets are well kept and easy to use.

There is parking at the front of the building. Taxis are easy to find from Dolans. Tour bus groups pull up daily in search of good food and craic. The pub and music venue is owned by Mick Dolan and family and this is a well ran business with all the trimmings.

People who have a great love for music will really enjoy Dolans. In the front bar, there’s always a group of traditional Irish music players there. The musicians are full of knowledge and chat with the customers. Dolans will really warm your heart and fill your ears with joyful music and stories. 

Pint of guinness
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When in Limerick and if you’re looking for some dance beats take a walk up Cruises Street and you will come across Charlie Chaplins Pub. Charlies has a traditional interior, its very popular with students and generally what you would call a younger crowd. But like all other bars, anything goes for all ages who frequent Charlies. Its got a cobblestone courtyard for smokers.

The pub has plenty of benches to sit on. Charlies is famous in Limerick for its Cocktail bar this is a well-run pub and prices are fair enough. Staff are sound out and their security staff at the front door are always very helpful.

Limerick people love a good night out, Charlies offers nice drinks, good music and great conversations especially with tourists who Limerick people love to welcome to their fair city and county.

So check out Charlies and bring your dancing shoes you won’t be disappointed with what Charlies has got to offer. Perched at the top of Cruises street, the area is famous for its retail shops and cafes. You will be in the heart of Limericks nightlife a 1-minute walk from Nancy Blakes and the Icon nightclub.  

Try Some Whiskey

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If you fancy a Whiskey Bar in Limerick try Flannery’s bar on upper Denmark Street across from the Icon Nightclub. The traditional Irish bar hosts many tourists on their Irish whisky trail. Flannerys has a beautiful cosy front bar to warm you up and upstairs there is a nice smoking area with good music playing in the background.

There’s a large sports bar at the rear which is great for large groups and parties. Limerick is the home of Munster Rugby and some GAA sporting events. Flannery’s is really popular with fans of these matches. It situated in the heart of Limerick city centre.

Flannerys Pub Denmark Street Limerick
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There are lots of fast food shops around a 1-minute walk from Flannerys. The famous Turkish Kebab shop and pizza chip & burger takeaways are ideal after a session around Limerick. Taxis are easily available in the market area just flag one down and away you go back to your accommodation quickly and safely.

Now you have had a great night out in Limerick don’t forget to come back to this vibrant place!!! Famous for Limericks are fair women and unforgettable conversations and plenty of accommodation food & drinks. Whether you stay for one night or a week Limericks got a lot to offer. 

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