Entertainment & Traditional Pubs


For a top class Greyhound racing experience there is nowhere better than Kilcohan Park, providing food and exhilarating racing in excellent facilities.


The Theatre Royal, as the premiere venue in the South East, plays host to the best national and international touring artists and companies and with the assistance of Waterford City Council and the Arts Council is increasingly seeking to mount its own productions for the people of the city and the region.


Theatre, dance, comedy, music, film, literature, visual art and children's art – Garter Lane Arts Centre has a vibrant and exciting year-round programme for everyone. Enjoy the exhibitions and get creative in the art classes in Garter Lane Gallery at 5 O'Connell Street or at Garter Lane Theatre at 22a O'Connell Street for the best film, music, theatre and dance.


Boasting a massive 1,112 stadium seats across 8 screens, all with Dolby Digital EX full surround sound. From the biggest blockbuster, to the more specialised movie, Odeon promises to cater for all tastes at all times.

Ireland's largest multiplex chain, this modern cinema is located on the busy thoroughfare of Patrick Street, just a 3 minute walk from the hotel showing all the latest movie releases.


Why not take in the excitement of a GAA match while in Waterford? Walsh Park is a GAA stadium in Waterford named after Willie Walsh, a well known referee and long time campaigner for Gaelic Games in Waterford. It is one of two homes for the Waterford Gaelic teams, the other being Fraher Field in Dungarvan. 


Tramore is not just known for it's beaches, Tramore Racing has been a favourite for many for the last 100 years, a friendly racecourse with plenty of thrills, Tramore Racecourse provides a great day out! Follow the link below for up to date schedules of race days.


Please note during Covid-19 pubs and bars that do not serve food will not be open until the Government 

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.

Downes - 10 Thomas Street Waterford

Downes one of the oldest pubs is definitely worth a visit it 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 over 50 Irish whiskeys in our vast selection.

Tom Mahers - O'Connell Street 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 previously strict policy on women and its low prices. Tom Mahers own blend whiskey is also available on the Granville Hotel’s whiskey wall.

The Munster Bar - Bailey's New Street Waterford

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 Tullys, 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.


The Granville Hotel is part of the Purple Flag Zone.

The Purple Flag initiative is designed to enhance the vibrancy of the city centre in the hours 5pm to 5am and is a key element of the Waterford City Centre Management Plan. Waterford was awarded the prestigious Purple Flag in February 2015 and it is international recognition of Waterford’s successful, well-managed city centre. It can be seen as the equivalent of the Blue Flag awarded to good beaches. The Purple Flag represents good quality evening & night time economy, where people can enjoy a safe night out in a pleasant environment. It is not about alcohol or anti social behaviour – it is holistic and caters for all ages and includes family entertainment, arts & culture, shopping, dining, pubs and nightclubs.

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