If visiting Waterford, feel free to come in and explore the Reg. It was on this Quay that Ragnall the Viking first invaded Waterford and established the first City in Ireland in 914 AD. The Reg and the adjacent Reginalds Tower both take their names from Ragnalls anglified name . However, history doesn’t stop at the front door because when you step inside the Reg, you will want to explore !
Touch the 800 year old City Wall that The Reg is built around . Examine the symbolism in the famous McAlese painting of the marriage of Strongbow and Aoife (which takes up an entire wall in the Strongbow room) which took place around the corner and which defined Anglo –Irish relations for the next 800 years. Look out the window while having a pint of our craft bar at the statue of Thomas Francis Meagher who flew the Irish tricolour in that same location for the first time in 1848. Examine the historic montage of Waterford Crystals evolution or the various Waterford Crystal Sports trophies over the last 50 years. Wander up through the recently restored 1890’s townhouse 23 Baileys New St to our first floor Roof Terrace which overlooks Reginalds Tower, the adjacent Viking Longboat and the “Mighty River Suir”
However, don’t just touch history, taste history too . Sample Metalman (our favourite!), or one of our other 20 local craft beers or 12 year old Redbreast Whiskey (best kept Whiskey secret!), or one of our 80 Irish Whiskeys. Not sure, then try one of our tasting boards of 2 different types of craft Beer or Whiskey.
Irish -Scotch – Bourbon tasting option
If the craft bar isn’t over busy, ask one of our Bartenders to teach you how to “Pull a Pint” of Guinness and get a commemorative tshirt to tell the world that you learned to pull a pint of Guinness in Irelands Oldest City.
Try some Harty Oysters from the Irish Gaelteacht of Ring 30 miles away with some homemade brown bread and a Guinness.
Try a Waterford “Blaa”. It’s a floury bap which has recently received the same recognition as Champagne as ……… . These Blaas are now being exported all over the world as they can only be made in Waterford. Have a Bacon Blaa (the humble rasher was first created by a local butcher Mr Denny of Ballybricken in the nineteenth century) or a posh Blaa with smoked salmon, spinach and poached egg.
We have live music every night at 9pm so come along and order some dinner, a drink and enjoy the best local trad musicians or Folk/ballad singers depending what night of the week it is.
On Thursday to Sunday, we also have a late bar , DJ and late bands and admission is free to all.
At the Reg, we have tried to reflect our unique historical location with our desire to be the purveyor of the finest cocktails and speciality coffees. Check out our Drinks menu to see more.
Experience a magical show of Ancient Songs and Stories every Friday and Sunday evenings at the Reg. Slainte the Show
If visiting Waterford, the Reg would also strongly recommend