As with any city, old, new, beautiful and bold, the Sunny South East’s resident jewel has her fair share of pubs and bars, beautiful and bold, brassy and indie, pier situated and peer-reviewed, the land of the Déise has her selections. With a population of 50,000 people, Waterford’s pub selections are contemptuous but refined in wine and beer selection. Here we have a selection of the ten best.
10. Phil Grimes
Innocuous from the outside, vivacious from the inside, ‘Grimes’ is a fine establishment, beverages ranging from the coquettish Pilsner to the darkly zesty Hobgoblin to the homebrewed Galway Hooker. Merry in atmosphere and tactile in turnout, ‘Grimes’ has the stability and familiarity of a laconic weekend pint. It is also a great bar for live music.
9. The Three Shippes
Cornered on William Street, this is a pub nautical in design, as best fitting a pub that sells in sails. Sport and food-centred, it’s a perennial Sunday haunt for a match or a pint, before serenading to nighttime concerts of different facets of music. On a sporting day, its a fair find for a burger and a pint.
8. Katty Barry’s
You know you’re in for a good pub when said tavern is named after an unsung heroine of olden times. And it is that gallant atmosphere that finds herself throughout the family-run Viking Triangle located establishment. Traditional musicians play for their audiences on a Monday night, as outlookers walk from their pints into the stone illustriousness of the Viking age. A recommended venture for a Monday night.
7. The Munster Bar
Stylised with platters of white and black on the outside, The Munster is a visceral pub, a variety of seafood awaits lunchtime goers walking The Mall. Fitting for such a continental exterior, The Munster is only a stroll away from the medieval French Church. At three hundred and fifty years old, it is one of Waterford’s oldest pubs, but it still captures a modern heart.
6. The Tap Room
Overlooking BallyBricken, this is a cosy walk away from The Forum Theatre, a recommended hangout for a post-gig pint. Cosied in one of the cities more indelible streets, The Tap Room is a tidy pub of postmodern design. Marked by an effervescent flame from a cornerstone fireplace, the TapRoom is aptly and avidly admirable.