Last Updated: 30th March, 2019
Below are just some of the great pubs in Cork City call in and say for fro a drink or something to eat, most will have Live Music at some stage so take a browse to find the ones you prefer.
Smoking is no longer permitted in Irish pubs so many of the pubs are equipped with a comfortable outdoor seating area for their customer! When in Cork City try the local stouts Murphys and Beamish, a hot whiskey or hot port in winter time all taken in moderation of course, the tipple of choice is yours, or just ask your bar person for some ideas....
Some long existing Cork pubs include on Patrick Street Le Chateau, with outside street seating to watch the shoppers go by with pub grub available. The Long Valley, a pub just located off Patrick Street and the Hi-B just near the GPO (General Post Office) old world pubs. Just close by is The Old Oak a good music venue and also The Oliver Plunkett bar. For a old world feel bar also try the candle lit Mutton Lane, can be found on one of the lane ways heading into the English Market. The Pavilion off Patrick Street and just in Corks Huguenot Quarter is a well visited bar and music venue. The North Mall is where you will find the Franciscan Well Brewery and Brewpub located on an old Franciscan monastery and well site, you will have an opportunity to try some of there own brewed beer or any number of craft beers, it is a pub popular with tourists and students alike.
McCurtain Street, offers a number of pubs which you can visit such as the open pub area of Gallaghers on the corner of Bridge Street and the start of McCurtain Street with good food. The Shelbourne next door to The Everyman Theatre, and one of the older established names being the Dan Lowrey's pub for a pre-theatre drink in Cork City, also in this area you will find Hotel Isaccs & Greens Restaurant. Across the road you can call into the Gresham Metropole Hotel and enjoy a drink, usually the hub of activity for The Cork Guiness Jazz Festival in October and which plays host to numerous jazz acts and artists during the Jazz Festival in Cork. Further down the street you will find the LV and Brú Bar two very lively bars due to the Bru Hostel just located onsite!
Pembroke Street situated between Oliver Plunkett Street (next to the GPO) and the South Mall have a host of long established bars notably Counihans, Cantys, Arthur Mayne's, and also the The Imperial Hotel on the South Mall end.
Arthur Mayne's, was once a 120-year-old chemist that was recently converted to a pub, retaining the old bottles and little oddities, so a really nice and quirky touch in this pub, call in and have a drink and something to eat, you will not br disappointed.
A very popular venue is the Electric Bar & Restaurant located very comfortably on the South Mall, very popular with people finishing work on the sunny evenings as it has a wonderful area to sit out with river side views of the River Lee and in the distance the spires St Finbarr's Cathedral can just be seen Its a lively art deco pub and restaurant, starting with scones and pastries early morning, right through with lunches and dinners, tea, coffee or any drink of your choice throughout the day.
The bars on Washington Street are very popular with Cork student clientele and are always lively. Reardens on Washington Street is a big venue pub as is Clancys on Princes Street and some good food to be had here also, a good place to catch some of the sports but not over powering, the Rob Roy on Cook Street also an option for the sports watchers. At the start of Barrack Street from the city side, you will find Fordes Bar and The Flying Enterprise two long established bars for a relaxed drink or two, further up being the livelier Tom Barry's well presented pub with beer garden, Mr Bradleys Bar and Nancy Spain's and Cissie Youngs popular with the students in the City.
The Sextant on Albert Quay is close for town and especially popular in the Summer time with their many BBQ's. The Clarion Hotel also has a very nice pub setting located riverside beside the River Lee with a nice board walk area outside and great food.
The Coal Quay area of Cork City and North Main Street have the following lively pubs The Roundy, The Coal Quay Bar, The Bodega, The Raven.
Charlie's Bar on Union Quay has a range of music and a little more hard core music can be found at Led Zepplins. Also new to the scene is Cork's own rock bar and music venue, Black Dog Saloon on North Main Street and out Washington Street, Preachers Pub offers Rock & a range of different music gigs. Maybe you can start with this lot and let us know how you get on!
The Bodega, Cornmarket St, Tel: 021 4273756
The Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St, Tel: 021 4276165
Clancy's Bar, Princes St, Tel: 021 4276097
Canty's Bar, Pembroke St, Tel: 021 4270566
Coughlan's Bar, Douglas St, Tel: 021 4961751
The Chateau Bar, Patrick St, Tel: 021 4270370
The Mutton Lane,Mutton Lane, Tel: 021 4273471
The Long Valley, Winthrop St, Tel: 021 4272144
Arthur Mayne, Pembroke St, Tel:021 4279449
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St, Tel: 021 4222779
Dan Lowry, MacCurtain St, Tel: 021 4505071
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