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.
5. The Gingerman
Only a turn away from Red Square, The Gingerman is a fine pick to make your ears and eyes burn. Only a turn away from the Bookcentre, Gingerman is ripe for early evening meals and beers. Traditionally black in architecture, Gingerman makes a fine side pub on a Saturday night of recountenance and dining, prior to escapades throughout gregarious Four Corners.
4. The Reg
Anyone peering through the historical highlights of Waterford could stop in The Reg, a Gastro Bar pierced in the centre of the Viking Triangle, part Gastro Bar, part Craft Bar, part restaurant, part beautiful dining room(the adjacent Strongbow Room is exquisite), all making a wholly good night, especially at Winter time when the festive Christmas city lights make this side of the town that bit more picturesque.
3. Tom Mahers
If any Waterford pub seems to jump off the pages from Joyce’s Ireland, Mahers may be the best fit. Bereft of music, Mahers brings customers back to an Irish pub setting where caint is cairde are as key as Beamish. Situated near the Quays of Waterford, Maher’s is as close a portal to an Éire of old as any you’ll find. Compact in size, wooden in flooring, Mahers is a must for any weekend visitor or local inhibitor.
A family run business since 1759, Downes operates as a whiskey bottling house as well as a pub. Cavernous corners comfort sanguine snooker and billiard tables; Downes really is a beautiful looking pub. Nicely hidden away on Thomas Street, Downes is one of the more radiant finds in Ireland’s oldest city. Be sure to buy a bottle of Henry Downes No.9 while there.
Indie indeed, hip and hopeful in music and wooden decor, Geoffs is a chameleon pub, ready with a sandwich meal during the day, neatly situated on John Street for a weekend night. Go in for an excellent pint with friends or even by yourself, as there is always a friendly someone there ready to strike up a conversation. Geoff’s is a cracking indie bar with indie classics always on play.