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As the name might suggest, this venue was once a bank, but don't imagine a transformed local branch of Northern Bank this is a grand, towering building with ornate ceilings and has been restored to its former glory, encompassing some original features, and with the original bank vault located behind the bar, it gives a very unique style and decadence.Its history that props up the bar here at, The Bank - quite literally. These days, it's well worth investing some time in a bar where you can bank on a friendly welcome, good company and a fine pint. The Bank Bar attracts a loyal band of regulars as well as a city-centre mix of shoppers, passers by and students, many of them lured in by the promise
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Irish, Bar, International, European, Pub
FEATURES
Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So I came in to have a Cocktail, ordered an Invictus Cocktail and the truth is, It didn't come as balanced as I would have liked it to be. However, the Bartender was more than happy to change and make me a new one. The...Cocktail came out good but just a little sweet. So I explained to the Bartender Santoo what I needed and he was able to sort it out. (Fantastic Bartender, and very eager to learn) Great staff, very helpful, great atmosphere and fantastic establishment. They just need more mixology training and they would be outstanding. Really do recommend it!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My hubby and I recently had dinner in the Bank, from the outset the staff were friendly and attentive. The food was well presented and delicious and the cocktails are highly recommended. The atmosphere was lively, fun & festive and we will definitely return to...the Bank.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 29 November 2021 via mobile

We were in the Bank on Saturday night for our staff party. There was 20 of us and it was one of the best nights we have had. Our servers Gary and Vicki was absolutely brilliant and very great craic. Thanks for a great night...guys!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 29 November 2021

Probably one of the worst menus for vegans I've seen yet, and that's saying a lot in Newry. I ordered soup and chips (the old standard) and it came with butter and wheaten bread, neither vegan. The waitress looked at me blankly when I pointed...it out. With a portion of chips and sparkling water, this came to £15 with tip. Unbelievable. My friends and I have already said we won't be back, there's plenty of other places to eat that don't begrudge vegans a decent meal, with staff and chefs who are educated about plant-based eating. Move with the times, folks - more and more people are choosing to eat plant-based meals now, not only strict vegans. You're going to be left behind.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 26 November 2021

We had a recent visit to the bank bar Newry which did not live up to past reviews. We ordered a starter of artisan bread (beetroot/soda & foccacia) we were told by our server this "should still be available" we got naan, garlic & ciabatta,...which looked like it had been pulled together at the last minute possible of another plate. We then ordered meddalions of beef with asparagus, vine tomatoes, mushroom and a black pepper butter sauce, we got a Fillet steak cut in half no tomatoes or asparagus and a pesto/butter type sauce. When we asked we thankfully got the asparagus but told they had run out of tomatoes, on the plus the steak was cooked well. To finish we ordered a raspberry creme brulee, how this dessert is identified as a raspberry brulee were the two raspberries that were placed on the side of the plate, the brulee was also runny but tasted OK. We thought we would finish with a gin from the banks extensive gin bar after the third gun requested which they didn't have I settled for one the barman suggested (that they had in stock).... the final drinks bill came back with an overcharge for a tonic but was rectified by the staff when queried. The bill was quite high for what resembled pub food that looked poorly put together with little regard for their actual menu. The staff however were all very friendly and made the best of the situation.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 24 November 2021

Was served by a girl called Aislinn I think her name was, unreal craic and great service too. Food was absolutely fabulous and drinks were scrumptious, will definitely be back.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 13 November 2021

Excellent friendly service with a great selection of gluten free options with very knowledgable staff . Would definitely eat here again.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 27 October 2021 via mobile

Family meal out. Picked here on recommendation for service provided to those who are coeliac. Not disappointed. The gluten free option we had was excellent as was the rest of the food. Special mention to our servers Marina and Jose who provided excellent service. Will...definitely be back.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 20 October 2021 via mobile

Food was absolutely amazing great selection 100% tasty. Our waiter Jose was a pure gem. Had a fabulous evening. Thank you Jose 😊

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 12 October 2021

Visited the bank 9th October for lunch and drinks. Food & service was excellent. Our waiter, Gary, went over and above what was expected of him to accommodate us.

Date of visit: October 2021
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If say you could phone this establishment and buy a voucher over the phone. Ask them to post it to your friends in Newry. Hope this helps. M
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The Bank Bar & Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5