It is fair to say that there is good reason for all the fuss about Lethean, this non-run of the mill watering hole and eatery located on the main Portlaoise thoroughfare, across from the Dunnamaise Theatre. It is one of Portlaoise’s oldest licensed premises, formerly the Hibernian hotel and although it has been operating as Lethean since August 1999, there is nothing stale about this bar. Lethean is a non generic stylish bar with a fantastic new fully equipped smoking area, revamped interior and a self-sufficient function room complete with its own toilets, bar and private entrance.
But its not just a pretty space! In fact there is little much to fault with this gastro pub.
Lethean has also built a reputation for great food. The recession has meant that people want value for money and good quality food. The staff have put a lot of time and effort into designing a menu they think works well and is competitively priced, as they are very aware of the financial constraints these days. (Main courses start from € 8.95) The menu offers a wonderful range of dishes that combine the freshest local ingredients.
Lethean has a unique outdoor live venue, with a large stage and viewing balcony, showcasing all the talent Portlaoise has to offer.
The light and airy function room upstairs is a great venue to hire for private parties or as a meeting room. Food is optional, and they will cater to individual needs, be it finger food or a hot dish. The room hire is free of charge. They can accommodate pretty much any type of event. It has a sound system to facilitate dj’s, a piano if you fancy a singsong and a flat screen TV you can plug into if you want to embarrass your loved one with a photo slide show on their special night. To cater for the business clients, Lethean offers free wi-fi, can facilitate power-point presentations or for the more intimate meetings, the bar has a choice of snugs that can be reserved, all free of charge.
Lethean has live music most weekends now. If the weather is good, you 'll most likely find the band outside in the beergarden. We pride ourself on good music so the bands that play here come recommended and are talented, entertaining and are always well received by our customers. We provide a platform also for original and up and coming talent.
Traditionally Lethean has been a great place to go to watch a sporting event. This is more so than ever now, with 3 plasma TV’s, including one in the smoking area, state of the art big screen and quality surround sound system, you’d rather be there than at the match! Actually there is plenty to keep you busy in this bar; there is a pool table and a jukebox out back, which means there is never a dull moment.
Everything combined means that Lethean has a congenial & relaxed atmosphere. There is always great music playing in the background and friendly efficient staff buzzing around the place, regulars at the bar drinking a pint of their favourite drink or people relaxing- reading the paper or working away on their laptops. In this quirky bar you’ll find a bit of everything that’s great about bars.