4 Nightlife spots in Limerick that visitors from Finland will love!

Ireland is a popular destination for visitors from all over Europe, and Finland is no exception. Here are 4 places we think our Finnish visitors will love!

Dublin and Cork might be the most common destination, but over the past quarter of a century, Limerick has, like many former industrial cities, undergone something of a transformation.

Around the turn of the millennium, the old docks area was regenerated, and at the same time, several modern high-rise blocks appeared.

Limerick has always had a strong association with education, and at the last count, the city had a student population of more than 20,000. 

These two factors of a city reborn and large student numbers add up to one thing – fabulous nightlife!

If you’re planning a trip from Scandinavia to Ireland’s third-largest city, here are some of the places you need to check out.

1. Dolan’s Warehouse

There are more than a dozen live music venues scattered around the city, but the most famous by far is Dolan’s on Dock Road. The facility is actually two venues in one, with the upstairs area specializing in jazz and folk in an intimate setting, while downstairs there is a 400-capacity floor area for those who prefer dance, rock, funk and hip hop. 

Among the famous names to have put in an appearance at Dolan’s over the years are Christy Moore, Kasabian, Snow Patrol, Groove Armada, Franz Ferdinand and Bod Geldof. However, one of the biggest draws for Finnish visitors will be when 80s pop pin-ups Crowded House make a special appearance this summer. 

Address: V94 PD79, 4 St Alphonsus St, Limerick, V94 NTV7, Ireland

2. Fitzpatrick’s Casino

Keen to avoid the freshers? A night at Fitzpatrick’s casino could be just the thing. Entry is strictly restricted to over-21s, and you need to be a member. But don’t worry, you can join either at the door or online, and it won’t cost you a penny. 

Casino culture has become big news in Helsinki and across Finland over the past few years. If you’re accustomed to playing online at sites like Boost Casino, you’ll know exactly what to expect games-wise.

There are all the usual slots, plus roulette, blackjack, poker and more. Fitzpatrick’s also has the biggest progressive jackpot of any casino in Ireland – this is when the jackpots from different games are all linked together and contribute to one almighty payout.

Feeling lucky? Head on over to Glentworth Street any time; they are open 24 hours. 

Address: 1 Pery Square, Glentworth St, Limerick, V94 N244, Ireland

3. Red Hen

For something a little more informal where you can sit down to some no-nonsense food and drink with friends, this popular spot near Arthur’s Quay is hard to beat. Imaginative cocktails, comfy sofas plus pizza and beer deals that are just too good to refuse – no wonder this place is such a hit with the students! 

Red Hen also has regular live music, typically featuring good quality local bands. It stays open later than other bars in the Arthur’s Quay area of town, so is a great place to finish off the evening. 

Address: 15 Patrick St, Limerick, V94 Y6C7, Ireland

4. Jenny Flannery’s

Of course, for many overseas visitors, the archetypal night out in Ireland means sitting in a traditional pub, chatting to locals over a pint of Guinness and maybe watching the football or horse racing on TV. 

If that image has you smiling, you need to head down to the corner of Catherine and Cecile Street. The mock Tudor frontage is impossible to miss, and the Irish hospitality is second to none.

Address: 17 Upper Denmark St, Limerick, V94 T9W3, Ireland

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