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for njoying completely something different :) old school place, had their own whiskey line, maybe... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2018
mario g
Historic drinking emporium .... a really great place to take a drop

Henry Downes established 1797. Thomas Street, on a little hill. Opens late in the afternoon. Nooks... read more

Reviewed 18 November 2017
Dublin, Ireland
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5 Jun 2018
“Great place”
17 Nov 2017
“Historic drinking emporium .... a really great place to take a drop”
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Thomas Street, Waterford, Ireland
+353 51 874 118
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Reviewed 5 June 2018

for njoying completely something different :) old school place, had their own whiskey line, maybe even more than one ;) pubs are pubs, Downes is a special one..either you like it or not, no between folks ;) have snooker in room behind, could be fun...More

Thank mario g
Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

Henry Downes established 1797. Thomas Street, on a little hill. Opens late in the afternoon. Nooks and crannies. Has its own bottled whiskey as well as all the usuals. There's a well and ancient hollowed out logs for pipes. Great atmosphere and a great tour...More

Thank 34210king
Reviewed 23 May 2017

No visit to the city is complete with out a visit to 'Downes'. In a age of gastro pubs and trendy distressed bars with quaint Irishness Downes offers a great pint in a friendly atmosphere where everyone will have a chat and you become unaware...More

Thank Tombonkers
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

A must-visit old-style pub. One of a kind in Waterford. You have to sample the Downes No 9 whiskey !

Thank Kevin D
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Not my type of pub Quaint and traditional I can accept but I can't accept dirty Hard to get a drink because if people sitting at the counter Bar staff were off hand Toilets were dirty and wet floors smelling of urine did not Add...More

2  Thank raymond090
Reviewed 1 April 2017

We arrived late in the evening to a festive atmosphere. It is a fun place for any age. They brew their own whiskey (#9) which is very smooth. The service was great.

Thank fdcorps
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Downes has been in Waterford for years. Auld world style furnishings. Always a cosy spot with plenty of alcoves. Good pint here and their own whiskey blend is worth a taste. Live music on occasions. Good staff. Good atmosphere here good taste of local culture...More

Thank M8740BSjameso
Reviewed 20 November 2016

This place is hundreds of years old, so it is a bit musty, but it is worth a visit. The main reason to visit is that for over 200 years they have distilled their own Irish whiskey at this location. You can only buy it...More

1  Thank Kent T
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Fantastic bar hidden away in the Waterford side streets. Dimly lit with a cosy fire burning and very very quiet old radio bubbling away in the background ! No loud mad noisy music, no Sky Sports blaring and no mad customers!! Beautiful snugs and little...More

1  Thank pompeypaulo
Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is a great unpretentious pub. It has bundles of character which stems from the owners. In a quite location in Waterford it has a variety of customers. The layout is great. No noisy music bangs out and conversation is the name of the game....More

Thank jimheylin
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Response from PBear50 | Reviewed this property |
Really just a pub, not sure if they even serve food.