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A drink and stories

Stopped by for a drink with our ICE tour. Enjoyed a Bailey's coffee and a series of wonderful... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2018
Kelowna, Canada
The world-famous John B's

I continue to be impressed by this wonderful pub and the charm and character it exudes! A hundred... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2018
Kildare, Ireland
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37 William Street, Listowel, Ireland
+353 68 21127
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Reviewed 5 October 2018

Stopped by for a drink with our ICE tour. Enjoyed a Bailey's coffee and a series of wonderful stories told by Bill Keane. A must do if you are in the area.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

I continue to be impressed by this wonderful pub and the charm and character it exudes! A hundred thousand welcomes to all who enter this establishment. Visited here during Listowel Race week on Ladies Day and the place was hopping! If you're looking for a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank L W
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Billy Keane will charm you with stories of every day life and of his father, John B Keane, Irish playwright, while you enjoy a beverage or snack. Time it right and there will be other entertainment.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Judith R
Reviewed 26 June 2018

It needs to be an evening. They have pub plays performing and traditional musicians playing, poets reading and all. Youngsters and elders alike gather here at the home of loved and famous writer John B Keane; now his, also famous, son Billy welcomes you. We’ve...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank Polly798
Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

But a fun place, loud and raucous! Billie was a good host too. I went on a Friday night and it was fairly quiet. Back the next night and they had music and a big crowd, barely room to breathe, it is the place to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank McRuss
Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

What a delightful visit we had! We were welcomed at the door by Billy Keane, son of John Keane, famous playwright & the fun began. We were treated to scones & coffee & he never missed a beat with his wonderful story telling of life...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Bev R
Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

We wondered in here on a Wednesday afternoon, sat at the bar and got talking to the owner. Who then introduced us to other locals as they arrived in the pub. Spent a great afternoon chatting and been looked after. Went back here after dinner...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Trishap6
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Great weekend in Listowel for family christening. Billy entertained us with great stories and great hospitality ! Anyone visiting Listowel, John B Keanes is a must. Great Irish bar.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank john w
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic inclusion in our tour. A true highlight to meet a son of famous writer J.B.Keane in their pub. Billy Keane and his lovely wife treated everyone as if family, offering terrific scones, spreads and beverages. Billy speaks honestly and openly about their...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Bruce S
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Did we fall into an alternate reality where we have friends and family in this not-to-be-missed pub ? Must be so. We were there and watched a rugby match - felt right at home. John B. Keane was a great poet and deserves being honored...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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4 January 2019|
Response from L W | Reviewed this property |
Generally, an impromptu sing song Anne and everyone in the pub joins in!
30 August 2017|
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Response from Anne D | Reviewed this property |
sorry no food in John Bs. more than likely there will be music.