Limerick’s nightlife is as vibrant as in any other city in Ireland. It’s somewhat gritty edge adds to the atmosphere of this up-and-coming contemporary town. Pubs and bars make up the bulk of venues, many of which host live music from home and abroad in every type of musical style imaginable. Limerick’s student population ensures that things stay lively. To find out what’s happening during your visit, pick up a free copy of the Limerick Event Guide, which can be found at pubs, restaurants, and hotels all over town
Nightlife in Limerick means heading down to one of the many authentic Irish pubs and getting right into the atmosphere. In this city, the pubs are at the center of social life and can be found on every street, especially in the city center. Certain pubs have a historic or literary significance, such as those associated with Frank McCourt’s novel, Angela’s Ashes, and many pubs regularly feature live music.
Some of the legendary venues in Limerick include MJ Finnegan’s, which first opened in 1776; The Locke, established in 1724 and one of the city’s oldest and most popular pubs; Vintage Club, with its wine cellar decor of barrel seats and tables, dark paneled walls and beer garden; and Matt the Thrasher, a 19th century farmer’s pub about 24 kilometers north of Limerick and well worth the drive on a sunny summer afternoon.
If you want something a bit more energetic, the largest concentration of nightclubs in Limerick is in the area near Arthur’s Quay Park. Dolan’s Warehouse, the Market Night Club and the Trinity Rooms are three of the most popular venues, which guarantee an eclectic and entertaining night out.
Music lovers will have a field day in Limerick. Whether you’re looking for traditional Irish music or one of the country’s latest rock bands, chances are you’ll find it at one of the many pubs in town. Dolan’s Warehouse is the venue for international bands on tour as well as the hottest local Irish bands. Wednesday nights are comedy night.