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The Munster Bar, Waterford City, Co. Waterford

Bailey’s New Street
Waterford City
Co. Waterford

Tel: +353 (0) 51 874 656
Proprietor: Tom, Michael and Peter Fitzgerald

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About Us

The Munster is one of Waterford’s oldest Public Houses, being at least 350 years old. One hundred and fifty years ago it was known as The Lion. An Inn used by sea captains and merchants, it has been known as The Munster for the last 120 years. The interior of The Munster is original with open fires in winter and a warm welcome all year round from the Fitzgerald family and their friendly staff. The Munster has been run by the Fitzgeralds for the last 60 years and they have tried to preserve it as authentically as possible. The lovely Oak Room is a “must see” and is one of the most atmospheric rooms in the country. The small “local” bar is very cosy and usually has a lively chat going on in the absence of television or piped music. The main dining area is new but maintains the old world ambience and character of the original “Munster”, mainly due to the fact that it has been decorated using the interior of an old Waterford City Chemist shop which was originally a pub. Bigger parties can be accommodated in our upstairs dining room. In the past few years The Munster has evolved into a gastro-pub, serving locally sourced fresh food of restaurant quality but not restaurant prices. Also on offer is a carefully sourced varied wine list served by the glass or bottle. Through all its changes down through the years from Inn to Hotel to Pub to Gastropub, “The Munster” is still a real family run Irish Pub in the best sense. The Munster is next door to the Theatre Royal and, during the yearly Opera Festival, is the hub of events (this year in November). During Waterford’s famous SPRAOI weekend in August the Munster is right in the middle of the venues. We do a carvery lunch Monday to Friday (12.30 – 2.30) with a joint and four or five other choices of traditional good food, locally sourced and freshly cooked. We also serve homemade soup with our own brown bread and a choice of freshly made sandwiches and savoury tarts and salad. All our desserts are home made and are very popular. Our evening food is served Tuesday to Saturday 5.00pm to 9.00pm and Sunday 4.00pm to 8.00pm. In the past eighteen months since we opened we have gained a reputation as having some of the best bar food in the country.

Local Attractions

The Munster is right in the middle of Waterford’s historic Viking quarter with Reginald’s Tower 50 metres away, the beautiful French Church in front of us and Ireland’s most famous Georgian Cathedral around the corner. The main shopping area of Waterford is two minutes walk away. The mighty River Suir with its Marinas, Plaza and excellent walks, is at the bottom of our street.

Whats on Offer:

  • Food
  • Parties Catered For
  • Restaurant
  • Sport


  • Family Friendly
  • Family Run
  • Function Room
  • High Chairs
  • Listed Building
  • Open Fire
  • Smoking Area
  • Wheelchair Access


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"Best Food & Ambience in Ireland"

Our family visited the Munster Bar while we were visiting Ireland from the US for the first time. There were 8 of us walking in off the street for lunch and the bar was packed. The Fitzgeralds escorted us upstairs to a private dining room and gave us their personal attention and the best food we had in Ireland. Actually, the best food we have had in a while in the US as well! We felt like royalty in this gorgeous 300 year old room full of dark mahogany, ornate carvings, antique lighting and well stocked bar I might add! We were even treated to a visit from a few spirit orbs and a private tour by Peter of the rest of the building. We will definately come back on our next trip to Ireland as it was a highlight for us all. Ireland has the most wonderful, genuinely warm people and the Fitzgerald brothers were the best of the best! By the way, Peter, I have tried e-mailing you the pictures you wanted and the e-mail did not go through. Write me at and I will send them to you. Faith Beatty Richmond, Virginia US

Review published 24 November 2012
Posted by: Faith Beatty

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