Limerick is one of the hottest spots in Ireland for a night out, with an eclectic mix of cosy bars and student-friendly nightclubs. Cocktail bars are also on the rise in the city, and whether your poison of choice is a Frozen Daiquiri or a classic Sex on the Beach, here you are sure to find the perfect venue for your cocktail night.
Get your martini glasses to the ready because we’re counting down the 5 best cocktail bars in Limerick city!
5. The Red Hen
The Red Hen bar oozes class and has long been one of the best venues in Limerick to grab a cocktail with friends. The interior of this bar is strikingly modern, with glowing panels, soft lighting and exquisite chandeliers creating a fantastic backdrop.
Despite its contemporary feel, the bar is warm and welcoming and has set the scene for many late night cocktail catch-ups. The average price of a cocktail at The Red Hen is €10, and although this may be a little higher than some other bars, it is definitely worth the extra couple of euro for the attention to detail staff give to your drinks.
A standout on the menu is their Old Fashioned. The drink is traditionally made with Bourbon, but bartenders will craft your cocktail with any whiskey you fancy. Garnished with orange peel and cherry, the Old Fashioned is one not to be missed.
Address: 15 Patrick St, Limerick, Ireland
Pharmacia is one of the coolest bars in Limerick which has soared in popularity in recent months. Aside from tantalising cocktails, Pharmacia’s surge in popularity is due to their now-famous pub quizzes (based on popular franchises like Father Ted and Rick and Morty), their dedicated staff, and they’re “beat the barmen” challenges, where patrons can challenge the bar staff in an attempt to score a free drink.
When placing a cocktail order, customers are asked to “pick their poison” and the extensive list of aforementioned poisons is both creative and quirky.
Pharmacia put their own unique stamp on classic drinks – Apple and Ginger Martini, anyone? Be brave and try it out for just €8. Their “Pharmacia Pops” are another crowd pleaser – nitrogen frozen cosmos and mojitos are the perfect treat to chill out with on a hot Summer night.
Address: 8 Sarsfield St, Limerick, Ireland
3. Charlie Chaplin’s
Fondly known as Charlie’s, this cocktail pub is a regular hangout for Limerick students and is also a popular venue for 21sts, due to its spacious heated outdoor area.
The menu is continually changing and is reflective of the time and season – in the lead up to Christmas, Charlie’s runs a unique “Cocktail Advent Calendar” menu which is guaranteed to fill you with festive cheer!
These cocktails are laced with the taste of Christmas, combing flavours such as cocoa, peppermint and sugar cookie with their usual spirits. No matter the time of year, Charlie Chaplin’s is a great night out with cocktails that won’t break the bank, and they have special offers on a weekly basis – perfect for those looking to add a touch of class to their night without dreading checking your bank balance the next day!
Address: 24 Chapel St, Limerick, V94 D2R1, Ireland
2. The Old Quarter
The Old Quarter is a top quality gastropub and music venue located in the heart of the city. As soon as you enter the bar, you will be enthralled by the lively and vibrant atmosphere. The Music Yard is a section of the establishment dedicated to showcasing regular live music events and is one of the best places in the entire city to experience the Limerick music scene. Their cocktails are fantastic, so much so that The Old Quarter offers cocktail-making classes, which attract groups such as hen parties from all over the country.
Their cocktails are all reasonably priced and made with care – our number one choice is the mouth-watering Tropical Tease. The Tropical Tease consists of Malibu, Midori, crème de banana and pineapple juice shaken and served over ice, and honestly tastes like Summer in a glass for just €7.95.
Address: 3 Little Ellen St, Limerick, V94 A3N3, Ireland
1. 101 O’ Connell Street
Although it is one of the newer drinking establishments in Limerick, 101 O’Connell Street brings an air of old-school glamour with its slick and suave décor and atmosphere. Complete with a 1920’s inspired parlour bar and an extensive garden bar, 101 is the ideal venue for a night out with a bit of extra sparkle.
101 O’Connell Street has won our hearts not only for its aesthetics but for the talented and dedicated staff who will ensure your cocktail experience is second to none. It is obvious that the staff are passionate about their work, and all of their concoctions are created with a touch of finesse.
The cocktails at 101 can be slightly more expensive than at some of the other venues on our list, but a couple of extra euro will all make sense once your glass is placed in front of you. The Vesta cocktail is a heady combination of house-infused cucumber vodka, Lillet blanc dry vermouth, toasted chilli oil and lemon zest scented smoke – it’s worth every cent of its €14 price tag as it practically screams glamour. 101 is a stellar experience every time, and we highly recommend it for any special occasion or glamorous catch-up.
Address: 101 O’Connell Street, Limerick