“ Dominic Street, Limerick. „
Costello's is a pub in limerick which as a student I, like thousands of other students, used to spend my weekends, and some of my week day evenings...ok all of my weekday evenings, I admit it. Anyway, back to the pub itself. It is a nice old style pub with various random pieces on the walls, like road signs, old Irish phrases and old adverts for the likes of Woodbine and Players cigarettes, and of course the obligatory picture, photos and other memorabilia from various horse racing events (although the horse stuff is genuine as the guy who runs the place is big into his horse racing) The pub itself is, not to put too fine a point on it, a dive. The pints of larger are terrible and the cider is no better. And I wouldn't trust the "food" as far as I could throw the pub. But what it does have is a great atmosphere on a night when there are people there and it does a damn good pint of Guinness too. So if you are looking for a bit of ceoil, caint agus craic (music, conversation and fun) on an evening then this is definitely one to check out.
The above review was clearly written by a moron I see he mentions the ol' "Private Function" problem, which as everybody with half a brain & decent taste in music in Limerick knows is based on a tatty old poster Flan has had stuck to the door for the last decade which he points to as an excuse not to let in pissed assholes in Ben Sherman shirts who have taken a wrong turn on their way to the nearest kebabbery. Costelloes has indeed been a Limerick Art College staple for nearly 20 years, but that's mostly midweek. On Friday and Saturday nights the clientele range in age from early 20s to late 30s... It's very casual, with a large circular lounge downstairs quietly playing anything from The Shins to Frank Sinatra... Chat & booze with mates down here before braving the tatty yet beloved "disco bar" upstairs, where you will invariably end up dancing like an ape to maybe The Smiths/Modest Mouse before the night is out, all this punctuated by cigarette breaks in what may be one of Irelands only "smoking cages". To wrap it up, make sure you hang about when the lights have gone on at 3am (ish) to source one of the many inevitable parties that will be taking place in the near locality... if you play your cards right, you might swing an invite! And finally, all the above for a grubby fiver in on the door.... Ah Flan, we do love you you legend!
Costellos is a pub/restaurant/night-club located on Dominic street in Limerick city. Its in between oConnel street and the railway station. The place is a reasonable size. 2 floors, The bottom being the pub and upstairs being the club. Costellos is not one of those places where you would be looking to end up in at the start of the night. The reason you usually end up there is outside of your control. If you get refused in the other better nightclubs in the town or are just too drunk this is the place to go. Its a place of last resort on a bad night out. At the door you will find old Mr. Costello standing there as bouncer. He is grand, will usually let you in unless there is a private function and you dont want to go to one of those anyway. The club is alright, nothing special. They play good music, a lot of rock and Indie. No dance or cheesey pop music is allowed. The Termities crowd come here once or twice a week. They are the people who dress in black and hate everything, also called freaks. Costello is also the main haunt for the art college crowd. They are different, in every sense of the word. I met a girl inside there one night and I asked her what she was wearing cause it looked a bit unusual. She said she made it herself from the curtains in her student house. it was full of safety pins, Half of them were left on my bedroom floor the nest morning. The place also has a reasonably priced bar, The store room is in behind the big brown door next to the bar. They dont even lock it, so on a busy night you can sneak in there and get what you want without being caught of course. Dont even think they have bouncers. There is a restaurant and bar downstairs. They do pub food and a carvery at lunch. Its good stuff real cheap and cheerful. Costellos is grand but no more. There are better places in town, make sure your well on if you manage to go there.