Located in the heart of the infamous Hurstmere Road entertainment precinct, Florrie McGreal's Irish Pub is the best place in Takapuna to have a beer, meet some old friends or make some new ones. The atmosphere is informal, and the music is a mix of Irish mingled with 70's, 80's and 90's classics and even the odd tune from the 21st century. The décor is typical Irish with a generous outside alcove area with its own fireplace and gas heaters for the cold winter nights.
Named after the owner's grandmother, Florrie McGreal's Irish Pub was first established in 1993 at the Poenamo Hotel, Takapuna but was disassembled in 1996 when Kevin Schwass, moved his business to Hurstmere Road to open the iconic R'toto Pub & Café and the Rangitoto Brewing Co. The "new" Florries was opened in its current location in August 2009.
Florence "Florrie" (nee Blakeney) was born in 1888, in Enniskillen, a small town close to the border, in Northern Irelands Co Fermanagh. Florrie married Simon Patrick McGreal, (whose parents came from Co Tipperary in Republic of Ireland), in Melbourne, Australia on Christmas Eve, 1909 and later emigrated to the Taranaki province of New Zealand.
Florrie from Northern Ireland was Protestant and a teetotaller, Simon from the south was a Catholic and enjoyed more than his share of the demon drink. To say they had an interesting marriage would be an understatement…..
Florrie passed away in 1955 and Simon followed her in 1962.
The bar has sixteen different beers and cider on tap including Guinness, Murphy's Stout and Kilkenny.
Florrie's has a typical menu you would expect in an Irish pub. It features dishes such as Irish nachos, Irish Pork sausages with colcannon, rich onion gravy & peas, its signature McGreal’s Burger, a Grilled Cajun Chicken burger, Beef & Guinness and Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Parmi and of course fish & chips. There is even a Roast of the Day special every Sunday for only $15
The bar is known for its focus on live sport with its large array of TV’s. There is a pool table along with the Grain Room lounge featuring 18 gaming machines.
Florrie McGreal's Irish Pub epitomises a neighbourhood with its staunch locals and ultra-friendly staff.
So if it's traditional Irish beer or some of New Zealand best beers and wine that you're after, or maybe it's to savour our typical Irish pub fare or maybe just to enjoy some good music and craic, come and visit Florrie McGreal's, our own "Pot of Gold" in Takapuna, the best little Irish pub this side of the rainbow.Join us on Facebook & keep up-to-date with what's happening in Takapuna!