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Traditional Pubs

  • If you just want to relax and enjoy the atmosphere in a pub with character there are a number of excellent pubs scattered around the city.

    A visit to Waterford would not be complete without a visit to Waterford’s oldest pub T&H Doolans, which has been licensed for over 300 years.
    They have live traditional Irish music seven nights a week.
    The wall in the lounge was built over 800 year ago by the Normans.

    Almost as old is Downes which was established in 1759 and is still in the same family for six generations. It is also one of the few remaining houses to bottle its own Whiskey “Downe’s No7. Which can be seen on The Granville Hotel’s whiskey wall along with another 40 Irish whiskeys.

    Tom Mahers - O'Connell St. Waterford
    The first non smoking pub in the World, this place is innovative in many ways. Mahers is a regular venue on our traditional tours. Famous for its strict policy on women and its low prices. Tom Mahers own blend is also available on the Granville Hotel’s whiskey wall.

    Located down the narrow streets of Waterford City’s historic quarter is The Munster Bar which was established as a public house in 1822 and has been in the hands of the Fitzgerald family since 1852. The interior has beautiful oak paneled walls and elegant fire places.

    Other traditional pubs also worth a visit include McLoughlins, Geoffs Bar, Grimes, The Gingerman, Katty Barrys, Jordans, The Three Shippes and The Reg which are all in the city centre within easy walking distance of each other.