The Cellar Bar
Located in the basement of the hotel, The Cellar Bar occupies the original wine cellar of the house. Cosy and inviting, and difficult to leave; we have an extensive selection of beers, spirits and wines for you to enjoy. Curl up by the fire with a good book or recount the tales of your day's exploring while enjoying your favourite tipple.
We have a selection of light bites, main courses and pastries served daily from 12:30 - 6pm.
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We are proud to stock locally produced beers from the Killarney Brewing Company. All their beers are named after local myths and legends, evoking emotions of all things Killarney.
Some examples which are stocked at the Cahernane are as follows:
Casey Brothers Stout
This stout honours the seven Casey brothers who hailed from County Kerry – a unique family of fine athletes blessed with incredible strength, agility and skill. The boys were champion oarsmen with humble beginnings, rowing across Kenmare Bay to and from school. They went on to win numerous Salter Cups at the Killarney Regatta races during the early 1930s, and never lost a race across Europe and the United States. The most famous of the Casey Brothers, Steve “Crusher” Casey, immigrated to America, and utilising his signature “Killarney Flip,” was undefeated heavyweight wrestling champion of the world from 1938 through 1947; he was also a storied boxer, defeating US champion Tiger Warrenton in 1940. Channel your inner warrior while enjoying a mighty Casey Brothers Extra Stout!
Devil’s Helles Lager
Local legend tells of a fierce battle between Thor and the Devil. Thor cast lightning bolt after lightning bolt upon the Devil, who retaliated by tearing up the earth and hurling it back. The resulting basin filled up with water and became known as the Devil’s Punch Bowl.
Scarlet Pimpernel: IPA
The scarlet coloured IPA was inspired by a true local legend of Killarney, Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, known as the “Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican.” While stationed at the Vatican during World War II, and under threat of execution, Hugh saved over 6,500 people by hiding them in monasteries, farms, and other locations. After the war, he was awarded the US Medal of Freedom and Commander of the British Empire. We celebrate the altruism and courage of this great Kerry Man.
The Cahernane House has developed a love for Irish craft gins. A particular favorite are those from the Blackwater Distillery in Co. Waterford. In Victorian times Whites of Waterford exported herbs, tea and spices from Ireland. Their vessels would import from all over the globe and dock in Cappoquin Co. Waterford, which is less than one kilometer from the distillery used today. We serve their Juniper Gin and Strawberry Gin.
Another favourite is Berthas Revenge, the world’s first milk Gin. Bertha, or ‘Big Bertha’ as she was known, was a legendary Droimeann cow from Sneem in Co. Kerry. She was reared locally, and was bought as a calf by a farmer called Jerome O’Leary. When she died on New Year’s Eve 1993, just 3 months shy of her 49th birthday, she had become something of a local celebrity.
Over the course of her long life she had given birth to 39 calves, and this achievement, together with her tremendous age, had earned her an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. Using whey alcohol from local dairy farmers in Cork and an interesting mix of irish foraged and grown botanicals, the result is a Cork hand-crafted gin that highlights the character of Bertha in her prime.
There are many new up and coming Irish distilleries and we are delighted to now have whiskeys from Hyde Distillery (Inis Eonáin, Cork), Knappogue Distillery (Co. Clare) and Teelings (Co. Dublin) just to name a few. Our whiskey flights comprise of 3 whiskeys of various ages and distilled procedures – this gives the customer a sample of variations and broadening their knowledge of Irish Whiskeys.