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European, Irish, Bar, Pub
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Reviewed 20 November 2021 via mobile

Really impressed with this place. It’s an ideal location- on Main Street in portlaoise right in the centre. The food was delicious. The best squid I’ve had and then very tasty burgers. There was loads on the menu I’d have liked to try. The decor...is really funky and vibrant but with an old school feel - very comfortable and inviting. Staff a little inexperienced but post covid lockdowns this is pretty expected. Cocktails were fab - would love to go in a bigger group and order the cocktail trees! The wine was great - really good quality at a good price. Looking forward to going again. Very Clean and totally covid compliant.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 10 October 2021 via mobile

Highly recommend My partner and I were blown away last night after our visit to this fabulous pub /restaurant. The staff couldn't do eough for us. The were friendly, chatty and professional. We loved the food. W had tempura prawns, steak and salmon Wellington. An...chocolate sphere to finish off . Wine was lovely. It had been nearly 2 years since we had eaten out due to the dreaded Covid restrictions . We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Definitely a place to return to.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 19 September 2021

My friend and I went to Lilly's last weekend and although not a big cocktail drinker, we decided to try a few after seeing almost every table around us drinking them. I have to say they were great! The staff even made us a few...off-menu cocktails too! We had food (chicken piri and burger) hich was served quickly and really nice. The piri skewer is definitely photo worthy! Not sure why people review here as slow, maybe they are just miserable!....we were well looked after and felt that service was just as it should have been. Would have liked to have some live music or a DJ when we were there, but I saw on their FB page that they do have DJs now...I guess we will have to go back ;)More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 19 September 2021 via mobile

I was here last Saturday evening and all covid guidelines were adhered to. Music was lovely, staff were very friendly and attentive even though they were busy. The interior of the bar is also very gorgeous and cozy, a lovely place to go on a...date or even with family. I was at the late bar before it closed and it was a great experience all round, can’t wait until it reopens. The pornstar martini was my favourite drink that I received and the staff made us feel very at home. The food was lovely and the nicest I have had in Portlaoise In a long time. Will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 17 September 2021

Felt more like an inconvenience than a paying customer. Waited an hour for food and it was luke warm when we got it. To add insult to injury was asked to pay before we even got it. Was told this is because they have had...walk outs- not my problem, maybe invest in a security guard to prevent this, or even hold customers credit/debit card. My sister visited a week later and was disgusted with the experience. Needless to say we won't be back. Such a shame as when they opened after 1st lockdown it was the total opposite. Staff were amazing aswell as they food. Wonder has management changed!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 11 September 2021 via mobile

Absolutely love this place, staff are excellent and so friendly especially Allanna🤩 & the 2nd Alaynna & Reece were all so poliet, helpful and amazing.. Had dinner here Thursday and came back again the Saturday night for match drinks and dinner.. Food is absolutely gorgeous...& the chocolate sphere dessert is just fabulous.. Amazing food drink & atmosphere all round.. Cocktails are on point especially the Bramble Revolution & Pornstar Martini 😍😍😍🥂🥂🥂 Ruthie & Orla ❤️ We will definitely be back 🤩More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 7 September 2021 via mobile

Unfortunately had a very disappointing experience in Lilly's while visiting portlaoise. The place itself looks fab and is very girly which is why we booked it. We booked for 8.15pm but when we arrived we were told that the kitchen had closed earlier that evening...so we would be seated a bit later. We didn't have too long a wait to be seated but after that it went completely downhill. Service was extremely slow and when they came to take our order we were told we weren't allowed to order food yet. So we ordered a cocktail tree to keep us going. These arrived down about 9.15pm and the waitress came back to take our food order again at this point as she had forgotten it. So we ordered another round of drinks as we saw the delay with the first round. We didn't get our food until 10.15pm. We were so hungry at this point we couldn't even drink the cocktails. When we finished eating we asked the waitress what time they would close. She said they start 'kicking people out' at 11pm. Having only finished eating a short while before that we felt it was very unfair. Didn't even have an option to get dessert or finish the drinks we spent so much money on. We requested the manager when paying and complained. He begrudgingly knocked off €25 from the €300 we had spent over the brief time we were there. Have to say the food was fab, just very disappointed in the huge delays. There obviously were too many bookings taken for the kitchen to handle.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 27 August 2021 via mobile

Food was v good, service was awful, shocking actually. Seated at 18.30 drink order straight away: espresso martini & a sparkling water, took our food order in good time. Got our starters still no drinks, finished starter and finally got drinks, ordered another martini, got...our main, ate it, still no second drink. Absolutely shocking service. Asked on 3 different times for our second drink, after managing to ask the manager I got it. We ordered desert at least 45 min after our main, @ 21.00 still no desert, the floor manager said they needed the table. As we got up to leave and pay the bill our deserts finally arrived, obviously we sent them back. Staff are not trained, and quiet frankly don’t seem to care much. We were not charged for the desert and the two espresso martinis as it was v clear it was a s**t show. Won’t be back. Don’t claim to be a cocktail bar when you can’t actually get the drinks served. What a s**t show.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 22 August 2021

Service here in Lily’s was appalling! I arrived at 7 pm and my order was not taken until quarter past 8! We were absolutely disgusted with this. We didn’t leave till 10 o clock. We wanted to order a dessert but we decided not to...because the place would have been nearly closed by the time it arrived. Very disappointing especially for what we were paying.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 22 August 2021 via mobile

We've been waiting over 1hr for service and never got any. Wasted 60 mins very bad experience. Loads of unexperienced staff walking absolutely pointless without any interest about customer. Very sad used to be nice place 😞

Date of visit: August 2021
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Depending on how many of ye i'd book ASAP if its a small group a day or 2 before.
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5