Limerick Nightlife, Ireland
Limerick might not be as large as Dublin or Cork, but what it lacks in size it compensates for with liveliness. Limerick city is home to the University of Limerick, only about 6 km away from the city, and most of the students seek their entertainment in the numerous pubs and nightclubs in the city centre. Limerick has over fifty clubs and ever-growing number of restaurants catering even for the most exotic tastes.
Limerick Nightlife - Pubs and nightclubs
Pubs are usually open until 2 in the morning, and besides music and good beer, most of them also have a couple of pool tables, dart boards and foosball tables. They are buzzing with activity especially on game nights when the locals gather to watch gaelic football or hurling matches.
One of the most famous pubs in Limerick is Dolan's, a place of national fame. Dolan’s is a traditional Irish pub that usually plays live music. Although it started as a pub with week-round traditional Irish music, now it also hosts jazz sessions, rock concerts, comedy stand-ups and even classical music concerts. A big favourite among the student population is Molly Malone’s, is a pub that offers reasonably priced drinks and dancing music.
The Limerick Nightlife Guide advices you to book seats in advance if you want to spend an evening at Molly’s, because even on weekdays it’s difficult to find free tables. Trinity Rooms is slightly fancier than the more traditional pubs and play house, r’n’b and funk in three different rooms. Some world-famous DJs have been known to perform here, and local celebrities can often be found lounging in Trinity’s. For those whose tastes run more along the alternative style, Costello’s is the right place. A lively little pub by daylight, Costello’s turns into a well-liked nightclub after 10 o’clock.
Limerick Nightlife - Eating out
While visiting Limerick, you have two choices when it comes to eating out. You can either pick any of the typical Irish pubs that in addition to night entertainment also offer hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Pubs are very inexpensive but they offer great service and a friendly atmosphere. You should definitely try the traditional Irish Breakfast, a very tasty and filling meal that will keep you full of energy all day long.
If you prefer restaurants, there are many options depending on your choice of cuisine. For traditional Irish cuisine, this Limerick Nightlife Guide recommends Moll Darby’s on the bank of the River Shannon, a quaint little restaurant that offers delicious seafood dishes and a wide selection of Irish deserts. The Thai Gourmet is known for its stylish setting as well as for its excellent dishes made exclusively of natural ingredients. The Jasmine Palace offers only the best of Chinese cuisine for relatively low prices. In addition to these restaurants, there is a wide array of excellent pizzerias and fish and chip shops that are open until late in the night.
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