Limerick, Ireland | Oct 5 - 15

Eat, Drink & Explore

Limerick City

Limerick has steadily been building a reputation for great food and produce over the last decade with a whole range of independent coffee shops, food markets and restaurants to suit every palate. Long renowned for a rich pub and live music culture Limerick has some of the oldest, and most interesting, pubs and venues in the country. A selection of our favourites are below, but be sure to ask around and explore limerick.ie for more ideas.

Eat

Aroi
Aroi (pronounced Aroy) is associated with the eating experience in Asia and means ‘delicious’ or ‘tasty’. Aroi Asian Street Food is a great casual dining venue that offers a single course dining experience and friendly service with the minimum of fuss at 1 O’ Connell Street. For more information on this award winning Asian Fusion restaurant, click here.

CornStore
The Cornstore on Thomas Street offers a casual, warm and lively dining experience, complete with an unique wine & cocktail bar, now approaching almost a decade in business. With their own garden in Ballingarry Co. Limerick the Cornstore specialise in garden to fork produce all year round with great steaks, quality locally sourced seafood and award winning infused cocktails. For more information or to book a table, click here.

Tuscany at The Granary
Tuscany Bistro at The Granary, Bank Place, Limerick offers the best in Italian cuisine in a beautiful setting. Not just a restaurant, Tuscany is a place where you can relax with a drink in the stunning outdoor area. To reserve a table and find out more information click here.

Sash
The stylish Sash restuarant is situated in the upper floors of Georgian Hotel No. 1 Pery Square. Focusing on home cooking with an extra layer of sophistication, the menu at Sash is almost like country house food in the city – showcasing simple but elegant dishes, both classic and contemporary, using old-school, time-proven techniques. Ingredients used are local, seasonal, and reflective of a menu that would have been familiar in the house at the time it was built, with the addition of herbs and leaves grown in No. 1 Pery Square’s own kitchen gardens where possible. Find out more and book a table here

La Cucina
Voted one of the Irish Times 100 best places to eat, this authentic Italian gem was originally located in Castletroy but has recently openind a second outpost in the city, on Henry Street. Open throughout the day this stylish eatery focuses on traditional home cooked Italian fare and deli delights with a dollop of Limerick humour. See their website for menus for both venues.

Relax

Canteen
After a stint in Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, chef Paul Williams was inspired by the UK trend of healthy fast food and set up Canteen in 2012. Fast, simple local food, but none of it lacking in quality. Located at their brand new premises on Catherine Street, Canteen delivers the freshest fast food in Limerick with the finest coffee you will ever have the pleasure of drinking. The staff members are amazing, the attention to detail is incredible in its simplicity and the atmosphere is always welcoming. Check out Canteen’s lovely website here for menus and further info.

O&F
Olio & Farina is situated on the busy pedestrian street Little Catherine Street, Limerick. A refurbished building, retaining it’s old-time charm, O&F offers breakfast and lunch, cakes and coffee. A great spot for people watching and taking in the city. Check out some reviews of O&F here.

Milk Market
A Limerick Tradition since 1852, the Milk Market re-opened as an all weather food market in 2010 and has quickly become one of Ireland’s leading Farmers Markets. Open Friday to Sunday every week, the famous Saturday Market has become a haven for foodies where you can discover the very best of fresh, natural produce from great farmhouse cheeses and chutneys, just-caught fish and artisan meats, organic fruit & vegetables, to delicious healthy breads and fresh pressed juice. Regularly hosting special food events and festivals visit their website to find out more.

Drink

Tom Collins Pub
Situated on Cecil Street, Limerick, Tom Collins Pub has an old school charm with a high-end top-shelf selections and perfect pints. Fondly known to locals as TC’s, it boasts the most endearing and prettiest smoking section to the rear of the pub, complete with hanging baskets in full bloom and a private snug to the front. For more information on this institution, click here.

The Copper Rooms
If you like cheese, wine, port and great tunes, and want to throw in a late finish to top it all off, then you want the Copper Room. Set in a basement on O’Connell Street, and utilising the cities old under-road storage tunnels, the Copper Room is a romantic and beautiful little retreat that has a distinct french feel. For more information click here.

The Locke Bar
The Locke Bar is one of Limerick’s best loved traditional Irish pubs and seafood restaurants in the heart of Limerick City’s medieval quarter. The Locke is synonymous in Limerick as well as further afield for its genuine Irish hospitality, incredible  atmosphere and unforgettable music and Irish dancing sessions. click here.

The White House
The oldest pub in Limerick first opened its doors in 1812 and was recently bought and refurbished by former Munster and Ireland rugby player Damien Varley. It has retained its characterful and cozy interior with an impressive new drinks menu including locally brewed Treaty City on tap. See their facebook page for more information.

Charlie Malones Pub

Situated on Wolfe Tone Street, Charlie Malones Pub is a very traditional pub with a twist. With it’s low ceilings and welcoming atmosphere, it is a great spot to pop in for a quick pint or stay late for some of its great live music. There is always something happening in Charlie Malones, whether it’s the proprietor Paddy Kelly cooking up a feat on the industrial barbecue or an open mic with a huge variety of talent on display. Not only that but this pub boasts an old-school grocers behind the bar where you can buy brylcreem, custard, old fashioned sweets and even a shovel if you see fit. See their facebook page for updates on gigs and events.

The Wickham Tap

Situated on Wickham Street in Limerick City, The Wickham Tap is owned by Galway Bay Brewers. Cosy and welcoming, the Wickham tap has a huge array of Galway Bay craft beers and a selection of rotating craft beers from various brewers from around the world. Take what you can while it is there because some of the beers are small batches and when they are gone they are gone. Not only that but they boast a serious top shelf selection of spirits too, with Gin and Whiskey of the Month. When you visit you can play one of the many board games supplied, chat beer with the well versed staff or just enjoy the comfort of a cosy bar without too much noise. A wonderfully relaxed bar in the heart of the city. Check out their twitter page for special offers and information.

County Limerick

Get out of the city for an afternoon and experience the best of what County Limerick has to offer. Beautiful villages such as Adare, Glin or Askeaton will welcome you to their restaurants, coffee shops and visitor centres, or you can visit one of the variety of attractions around the county. Here’s three I.NY favourites…

Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails

At 98km Ballyhoura is the largest trail network of its kind in Ireland, and includes forest road climbs, tight twist singletrack, boardwalk, tight turns and technical rock guaranteed to test you, but also to leave you smiling. The trails range from the moderate 6km Greenwood loop to the demanding Castlepook loop, over 50km in length. For bookings and information click here.

Foynes Flying Boat Museum

Explore Foynes’ role in early passenger flights between Ireland and New York and the legendary flying boats that came and went carrying celebrities, royalty, rich and famous and desperate refugees alike. Board the only B314 flying boat replica in the world. While all the commercial flying boats landing in Foynes featured upper class amenities, the B314 had true ocean liner luxury, ensuring comfort on the westbound flights which took 17 hours to reach Newfoundland before refuelling and departing for New York. For information and booking details click here.

Lough Gur Heritage Centre

Lough Gur is one of Ireland’s first settlements, an ancient and mysterious place that is rich in folklore along with a wealth of archaeology and history dating back to Stone Age times. The Heritage Centre provides a fascinating interpretation of the sites on and associated with Lough Gur, and is also 5kms from the Great Grange Stone Circle. The Centre boasts a 5 star state of the art facility and has recently received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award. For information and opening hours click here.