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There’s a bit of history surrounding Brownes Bar in the Great Southern Killarney. It’s named after the Browne family or Lord Kenmare's who originally supplied the land in 1853, upon which the Great Southern Killarney now resides. Great Southern Killarney's namesake is the The Great Southern and Western Railway. The railway company in question, decided it needed to build a ‘Grand Hotel’ outside Ireland’s capital. Land was required, forty acres to be exact, which would be situated at the railhead and would house a station and hotel – and they wanted it for free. The earmarked site was part of several thousand acres of land owned by Lord Kenmare. Lord Kenmare could see the benefits of having such a railway right on his doorstep, although he was reluctant to release the much loved land that housed his prized garden. Eventually it was agreed that the hotel and railway would be built and that Lord Kenmare's family would get free rail travel whenvever they wished.
Brownes Bar is also home to the silver fire bell hanging in the alcove near the bar. Clearly inscribed 1861 - the same year Queen Victoria visited Killarney - this bell hung in the inner-courtyard of the hotel to act as an alarm in case of fire. Thankfully, it was never needed.
Brownes Bar at the Great Southern Killarney, is just the spot to relax after a day of exploring the beauty that is the kingdom of Kerry. This elegant bar is graced with two blazing fires and some seriously comfy sofas you can sink into with the papers. Bar food is served everyday from midday till late in the evening. You can take in the rich history that surrounds you, while you enjoy a selection of food and drinks.
Dine on homemade soup of the day or the Wild Atlantic Way Chowder made from fish caught off the Kerry coast. Try fresh local crab caught in the tiny coves of Kerry, served on an open sandwich with seasonal accompaniments. For a light lunch you’ll find Great Southern Toasted Sandwich or the Great Southern Steak Sandwich. Mains include the Fresh Fish of the Day and well aged 8oz Sirloin Steak as well as vegetarian options. A range of teas and coffees are available plus soft drinks.
If you fancy something stronger, you’ll find a great wine list plus a full drinks bar. The Whiskey Corner is home to over 190 of the world’s best whiskeys, from Ireland and Scotland as well as the USA, Canada and even Japan.
Brownes Bar is a great place to relax with refreshments during the day, or for pre or post dinner drinks or casual food and drinks in the evenings. A great place to spend some time getting to know the local knowledge from friendly and helpful staff.