If you’re partial to a cosmopolitan or fancy an espresso martini or two, we’ve got the perfect guide for you.
There’s nothing that screams luxury like sipping on a cocktail in a swanky bar. So, with that in mind, here are the best cocktail bars in Limerick you need to visit.
Over the last number of years in Ireland, cocktails have become increasingly popular, with cocktail bars popping up everywhere. Nearly every bar has a cocktail menu now, with a variety of options for all tastes. You could nearly get a strawberry daiquiri in your local… if you asked nicely.
Limerick is known for many things, such as the home of Munster rugby, the Treaty Stone, and the birthplace of the worldwide famous rock band The Cranberries. However, did you know the city has some fantastic cocktail bars, too?
If you’re looking for somewhere new to head this cocktail night, we have found five cocktail bars in Limerick you need to visit before you die.
5. The Bath Club at Bobby Byrnes – fancy a dip?
Move over beer gardens; it’s time for cocktail gardens. Bobby Byrnes (or Bobbys as it’s lovingly known by locals) is one of Limerick’s longest established and well-known pubs.
They have recently added a new feature to their cosy pub that offers an unforgettable cocktail experience. The Bath Club is a newly refurbished cocktail garden located at the back of the pub that brings its own vibrant and fun energy, making it the perfect spot for a cocktail with friends.
It’s not called The Bath Club for nothing either. Along with all the regular cocktails, you cannot visit without trying their signature cocktails: the Blue Lagoon Bathtub and the Lough Ness Monster in a Tub (yes, you do get a rubber duckie in the tub).
These are by far the most creative craft cocktails we have ever come across. Drinks from this cocktail bar range between €11 and €12.
Their iconic Lough Ness Monster will set you back €15, but it is recommended for two people. So, you can enjoy sipping from a tub while sitting in the tub at one of the best cocktail bars in Limerick.
Address: 1 – 3 O’Connell Ave, Limerick, V94 CD73, Ireland
4. The Red Hen – a Soho moment
If you’re looking for a lively spot with great music and a wide variety of mouth-watering cocktails, look no further than The Red Hen. Step inside the doors and be transported to a trendy Manhattan late-night bar.
From the suave decor to the vintage-styled furniture (very comfy couches, might we add), it’s one of the hottest spots in Limerick City Centre. With three floors to choose from and an outdoor area, it’s hard to find a bad place to sip on cocktails here.
Speaking of cocktails, if you think the interior of this place sounds impressive, wait until you try the product. Their range of delicious cocktails would convert any pint-drinker. Our recommendation is the house cocktail, The Red Hen.
Prices range between €10 to 12 but make sure you avail of their deals such as ‘Gin Thursday’ when all gins are €5. Then, on Fridays between 5 pm and 9 pm, all cocktails are only €8 (five Red Hens, please).
Boasting almost a decade of success, you can bet a night out in the Hen is guaranteed to be a good one.
Address: 15 Patrick St, Limerick, V94 Y6C7, Ireland
3. House Limerick – for a touch of class
Along the River Shannon, you’ll find House, a sophisticated and uber glamorous space to indulge in some of the best cocktails and most spectacular views Limerick has to offer.
House’s modern take on a speakeasy bar provides an elegant yet fun ambience. The service is second to none, so you can expect warm hospitality and a welcoming atmosphere.
You aren’t in the door for a moment, and the hosts have already offered you a menu, taken your order, or led you to a seat. The atmosphere resembles a party from the roaring 20s.
The only stressful thing about your night will be choosing between their wide variety of stunning cocktails. Our recommendation is the Cloud Nine. If you’re a fan of candy floss, you’ll want to try this. We’re getting thirsty just thinking about it.
Cocktails on the drinks menu range between €11 and €13. Make sure to visit their famous powder room downstairs to get the perfect Instagram shot at this craft cocktail bar.
After that, you may as well pop into their nightclub, Amber, which is in the basement where you can dance the night away. We think you’ll really feel at home in House, one of the best cocktail bars in Limerick.
Address: Howley’s Quay, Limerick, Ireland
2. 1314 – rugby, but make it fancy
What do you get when you combine rugby and cocktails together? One of Limerick’s most popular cocktail hangouts, 1314.
At the back of Jerry Flannery’s Bar, one of Limerick’s best-known pubs and the place to be for any sporting match (especially rugby), you’ll find your way to the hub of activity in 1314.
With live music and DJs every weekend, this spot is a great mix of a nightclub and late-night bar. As one of the most vibrant music venues in Limerick City Centre, this is a must for music lovers.
There are plenty of nice spaces to sit down, rest your feet, and enjoy a drink or a cocktail. 1314 has a unique variety of options on offer, making this a firm favourite among locals. Our favourites include the Poitin & Blackberry Sour (yes, we said poitin) and Berri Red.
Most cocktails are priced at €10.50 and €11. This is the ideal spot for spicing up an evening after enjoying a match in Jerry Flannery’s or a night out with some friends accompanied by one (or a few) cocktails from the memorable menu.
Address: 20 Catherine St, Limerick, V94 X751, Ireland
1. 101 – a cocktail lover’s playground and one of the best cocktail bars in Limerick
On Limerick’s main street, O’Connell Street, lies one of the coolest bars in town, 101. We could give you 101 reasons to come here, but we’ll keep it short and sweet.
There are endless rooms to explore in this cocktail haven, including the yard, the piano bar, the potting shed, and, our favourite, the secret garden in the penthouse section of the building.
You’ll be spoilt for the choice of where to sit, never mind trying to select a cocktail. If you love sampling different cocktails, 101 is the place for you. Our recommendation has to be the Mama’s Jam.
Their menu is bursting with many flavoursome cocktails to try, ranging from €12 to €14. If you go with a group of friends, we suggest you order a tree of your favourite cocktails to feel extra boujee.
The dedicated staff here ensure you will be greeted with impeccable service and a warm atmosphere. As the night goes on and those cocktails are starting to kick in, you can go down to Opium to have a boogie.
Address: 101 O’Connell St, Limerick, V94 PX2K
Other notable mentions
Pharmacia: Known for creamy pints, tasty cocktails, and unforgettable live music, we highly recommend visiting Pharmacia while in Limerick.
The Savoy Bar: Located in the famous Savoy Hotel in the city centre, The Savoy Bar offers a buzzing 1920s feel and a relaxed atmosphere. Oh, and did we mention great drinks?
Charlie Chaplin’s: The perfect blend of local Irish pub culture and modern nightlife appeal, Charlie Chaplin’s is undoubtedly one of the best cocktail bars in Limerick.
The Old Quarter: Established in 1995, The Old Quarter boasts over 25 years of experience serving the people of Limerick City. Known for its great food, drink, and music, you can’t miss a visit here.
Dolan’s Pub and Restaurant: Offering a modern twist on the traditional Irish pub, Dolan’s Pub and Restaurant offers delicious Irish cuisine, approachable staff, live music, and, of course, great drinks. A mainstay on the Limerick music, drinks, and food scene, this is one not to miss.
FAQs about Limerick city
What is Limerick city known as?
Limerick City is known as the Treaty City, so-called after the Treaty Stone.
Is Limerick city safe?
The same precautions should be taken in Limerick as in any other Irish city. However, Limerick is, in general, a safe place to visit.
Are there any castles in Limerick city?
Yes, King John’s Castle is a must-visit while in Limerick.