The Old Barracks: 5 reasons to visit Ireland’s only adults-only café

A coffee-lover’s dream. Enjoy an artisanal coffee in Ireland’s only adults-only café – The Old Barracks.

Situated in the quaint village of Birdhill in Co. Tipperary is The Old Barracks, Ireland’s only adults-only café. This hidden treasure attracts locals and passers-by not only because of its unique restriction on children but because of the fantastic location and mouth-watering delights that are within its walls. 

The café aimed to create an alternative alcohol-free venue where adults can relax. Opened in the summer of 2018, The Old Barracks is proving to be a massive success, with coffee being enjoyed there seven days a week.

Here are five reasons to visit Ireland’s only adults-only café.

5. The stunning views – they are spectacular

The views are stunning from Ireland’s adults-only café, The Old Barracks in Tipperary.
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This 300-year-old building has a beautiful glass conservatory where you can sit looking out at the surrounding area. Enjoy your coffee while taking in the breath-taking views of the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river, and Mount Moylussa, County Clare’s highest mountain.

When the weather is good, you can even sit outside in their beautiful seating area and enjoy your coffee with your dog by your side. There are dog’s bowls dotted about the outside space ensuring your pooch is looked after too!

4. A variety of events – there’s plenty to do

Looking for some morning yoga, check out Ireland’s only adults-only café for some unique activities.
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Not only is The Old Barracks a café, but it is also home to a series of fun events! There are barista training facilities on-site if you want to learn the art of coffee and yoga classes take place each Saturday and Sunday before the café is open. What is better than starting your weekend with some yoga, followed by a cup of coffee?

On Sundays, during the summer months, they utilise their outdoor space to create a street-food garden. With live music, yummy street food, and delicious coffee, it is the perfect place to spend a summer’s day.

Throughout the year they hold various coffee-related events. In the past, there has been coffee tastings and some talks on the art and science of coffee. Having recently held a charity day, what’s not to love about Ireland’s only adults-only café?

3. The yummy cakes and pastries – something sweet to hit the spot

Looking for delicious pastries and snacks, Ireland’s only adults-only café have great picks all made fresh.
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Although a place renowned for its coffee, The Old Barracks also knows how to make tasty cakes! All home-baked, beautifully designed, and some of which are gluten-free, you are bound to find the perfect accompaniment to your coffee. 

At the minute they have croissants which are filled with crème patisserie, topped with chocolate. These delights are beautiful to look at, and even more scrumptious than they look! They come in a variety of flavour combinations which are all elegantly served.

2.  Watch and learn about the coffee process – catch a glimpse behind the scenes

Every wanted to see behind the scenes of a coffee roasters? Look no further than The Old Barracks in County Tipperary.
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Onsite there is a huge state-of-the-art 1000 kg coffee-roasting machine where they roast their beans. Live roasting happens most days, so if you’re lucky you will get to see some behind-the-scenes of the coffee world. It is for this reason of heavy machinery that children are not permitted on the premises. 

Home to Ireland’s only under-counter brewing equipment, you gain access to behind-the-scenes like never before. Sit opposite the baristas as they make your coffee and froth the milk, and become amazed as they create stunning latte art. There are no barriers between you and the barista!

1. Find your perfect cup of coffee – there’s one for everyone

Ireland’s only adults-only café has the perfect cup of coffee for everybody.
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Their menu is available to view on an onsite iPad which gives in-depth information about tasting notes and its origins. If you need any help with your decision, all staff are trained to deliver the perfect cup of coffee. They can assist you in your choice of coffee bean and explain its origins.

With up to eight single-origin premium coffees available each day, there is something for all tastes and desires. And if you are a fan of filter coffee, they have a range of devices so that you can experience all the subtle flavours that come with single-origin coffee.

Situated just three minutes from junction 27 on the M7, The Old Barracks is the perfect hidden pit-stop on your journey! Go for the coffee but stay for the experience at Ireland’s only adults-only café. 

Address: No 1, Gortybrigane, Birdhill, Co. Tipperary, V94 AX53, Ireland

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Aoife O'Mara is a travel-hungry 21-year-old from East Clare. Having returned from a gap year in Melbourne, she discovered a newfound appreciation for the place she calls home. Now studying communications and media production in Griffith College Dublin, she is also writing for the university's magazine. When not dreaming about future trips and adventures, she can be found petting dogs, exploring Ireland's lakes and rivers, and taking photos.