Street – The bar takes its name from Hercules Street,
the former name for Royal Avenue. This part of town had a
reputation as being one of the most violent and disreputable
parts of the city, a fact that cannot have pleased Sir Hercules
Langford, after whom it was named. The bar was founded in
1875 by Patrick McGlade, who, with his brother Francis, went
on to establish many other licensed premises in the city.
The Hercules name dates back to 1901, when it was known as
the Hercules Wine and Spirit Stores. The busy city centre
bar serves fine food and is home to a lively traditional Irish
music session on Saturday nights.