An Bodhran: Traditional Music on Oliver Plunkett Street (II)
Together with the Ovens Bar one of those few places on Oliver Plunkett Street where you can expect traditional music sessions instead of a club-like atmosphere. An Bodhran is smaller than most other pubs on Oliver Plunkett Street but seems to be quite popular. It's pretty impossible to get a seat if you do not arrive early. No food, but a good choice of beers Look out for special offers.
The Ovens Bar: Traditional Music on Oliver Plunkett Street (I)
Mid-sized pub at Oliver Plunkett street which takes a more traditional approach than its neighbours. The Ovens bar focuses on beer and music rather than an eclectic food menu (though their pub grub menu looks great) or a club-like atmosphere. Live music available as well, also here more traditional Irish than contemporary self-written music. It's not the thing you would imagine as a good old stereotypical Irish pub – but you won't get much closer on Oliver Plunkett Street.
The Roundy: Three in one: Breakfast café, music venue and bar
Nice little place which can even go through as a café in the morning. Rather a place to relax and chill-out than a vibrant party venue, but there are almost enough of the latter in Cork and very few of the first. Full bar with a good choice of beers available.
To my surprise, this tiny place has a good looking sandwich menu and upper floor where there are frequent live music gigs. Surely not the largest stage in Cork, but I can imagine that you'll get a nice evening in this easy going atmosphere.
Crane Lane Theatre: Once notorious - now glorious
Classy Venue in Cork with a long tradition: The place was a nightclub with a doubtful reputation in the 1920s and 1930s. It has a area where cabaret/burlesque shows are regularly performed, but also some good pub areas, including some seats in a backyard (which is shared with Arthur Mayne's Pharmacy). Live music gigs are seen here regularly as well, check their website for further info on that. It has a lot of space which means that there are also dancing areas. Due to its nature, it attracts another type of customer than the one which visits the big pubs along Oliver Plunkett street.
I would recommend to visit it together with Arthur Mayne's Pharmacy – these are probably Cork's two most unusual pubs.
P.S.: The crane which the use to lift beer barrels into a storage room in the upper floor and back down is almost an attraction on its own.
The Woodford: Pub/restaurant in an 18th century warehouse
Big pub/restaurant in a former 18th century warehouse of a wine trading company called Woodfor, Bourne and Co. Ltd. The place has maintained this old style atmosphere and has added some old wooden furniture to highlight.
Though it is known for its party atmosphere, it attracts a quieter audience than those big pubs on Oliver Plunkett Street. The age group is also slightly higher, here you will find more people in their thirties than in their twenties. Still, very vibrant place, especially during weekends – and it was one of my favourites on St.Patrick's Day. During the week, it is a mix of dine-out restaurant with a mediterranean touch and after work club. Look out for live music, pub quizzes and other similar events.
Arthur Mayne's Pharmacy: The Unique Wine Bar in Cork
One of my favourites in Cork and a wine drinker's paradise. There are several wines to select from the menu, but the highlight is the wine machine on the right hand side of the bar. Buy a prepaid card at the bar and sample from the up to 24 wines on display. Food is predominantly mediterranean to suit with the wine with prices slightly above average. Of course, there are also other drinks available, but do not expect a big choice of beers.
The decoration and the building itself deserve to be mentioned too. The early 18th century building housed a pharmacy for almost a century. Few of the interior has chnaged since the 1950s and even after it was converted to a bar. Many of the old items like jars, photo equipment typewriters etc are somewhere on display, the tiny tiles which were characteristic for that time are still there as well. The division between the pharmacy and the storage rooms is still visible as well.
It shares the backyard with the Crane Lane Theatre, another interesting venue in Cork. It makes it easy to move between those two places.
Arthur Mayne's Pharmacy is one of the seven Cork Heritage Pubs, an association of Cork pubs interested in preserving local pub culture. Those pubs are quite different, but run more or less by the same guys.
Preacher's: Cool Bar at Washington Street
This one doesn't usually appear in many guidebooks, but is surely among the better ones for some rock music and some pints. Preacher's is pretty small and can be packed at weekends. The atmosphere however is pretty cosy and makes you feel weclome pretty easily. Board games can be borrowed, owever this is only a daytime thing due to the limited space. If you like football, you will get plent yof it on the screens.
The choice of beer is good for a pub of this size, beside the usual stuff like Guinness, there was also Tiger beer on tap.There's no food except peanuts or bags of crisps. One of the better pubs in Cork and surely one of my favourites. I wouldn't mind to have this one in my home town.
The Oliver Plunkett: Come here for music on Oliver Plunkett Street
One of those many places on Oliver Plunkett Street which try to be everything to everyone: Food at daytime, football on the telly, stages, etc. I have mixed feeling about this concept, but think that the Oliver Plunkett is among the better places to offer such kind of thing - especially as they have a strong focus on music.
Very frequent live music gigs in an easy-to-go atmosphere. On the lower floor, everything seemed to be at a little more relyed and lower level (but not regarding the quality ofr the bands or music) than in a comparable place like the Grafton. Here, music is always for free, in case you want something more eclectic there's a live music club in the same building (T.O.P.) belonging to The Oliver Plunkett as well. You may guess where the three letters of T.O.P. Come from. There, you may have to pay for the one or other band.
Door 51: The New Kid on the Grand Parade
Mix between pub and club, more of the first during daytime and more of the latter late at night. Come here for sports one one of the largest telly screens in town.
At nighttime, it transforms into a pretty stylish bar with a dancefloor and frequent djs and live music acts on stage. You can imagine that this mixture attracts mostly young crowds in their twenties like almost everything in Cork which looks like a club.
Door 51 is comparatively new and located where there once the „Goat broke Loose“ pub was.
One of the things I remembered from this place was the smile I got from the bouncer. I just told him "Yeah, I know I'm too old to get into this place"...
The Grafton: The Bar / Venue below Eclipse
Like An Bróg, a big pub on Oliver Plunkett street which attracts quite a mixed crowd. It has some more modern bars than comparable place, but is definitively more a music venue/pub than a club. The Grafton has the distinction that the nightclub Eclipse is located in the same building. That means, that if you prefer a club atmosphere over a pub one for some time, you can change from one place to another. Good place to see the one or other local band with frequent live music events going on. The choice of drinks is pretty good as well. Lacks a little of own character, but still recommendable for a cool night out.
Eclipse: One of Central Cork's better Nightclubs
One of the most stylish Nighlubs in Cork regarding the interior. It attracts the usual crowd: Youngsters in their early twenties. Most of them are fun, with some of them being not stylish when it comes to behaviour. The place has several bars, several seating areas and a small place outside which is popular with smokers. Good atmosphere and well recommended if you are not looking for something which wants to be a pub at the same time.
Go through the staircase to get to the Grafton which is located in the same building. The Eclipse nightclub is usually the last place on the Cork City pub crawl (http://corkcitypubcrawl.com).
The Old Oak: Another good pub on Oliver Plunkett Street
One of these pubs who manage to be a retaurant in daytime and a cheerful drinking venue in the evening. Several bars invite you or a pint or two, the choice of beers and other types of booze is appropriate or the size of the place. Space is pretty huge (far larger when expected when you look at either of their entrances) and therefore also appropriate for larger groups. The prices are amongst the lowest of the pubs in Cork. This attracts a crowd consisting mainly of youngsters, though folks of all ages can be found in here. The pub is usualy open until 2 am which makes it one of the last to cose every night. Probably not the idea of a traditional Irish pub but a safe bet if you are looking for some nice place on a saturday (or any other day of the week) evening. Oh yes, and live music is there regularly as well.
The Old Oak is also the first pub of the Cork Pub Crawl which starts every Friday in front o the Post Ofice at Oliver Plunkett street. Have a look at my respective tip for more information on that one.
Vicarstown Bar: Good old-style pub on North Main Street
A good, centrally located pub with an old-style atmosphere: Old decor, good choice of beers and footie on the screen form the base for this pub. During daytime, the atmosphere is pretty quiet with most people in the front part of the pub. In the evening, it gets more lively when the place around the rear bar and the beer garden are well-visited as well.
The medieval-style lineout of the bulding (pretty thin with a small front, but long and strecthcing to the rear part) is pretty obvious.
The Vicarstown Bar is one of the seven Cork Heritage Pubs, an association of Cork pubs interested in preserving local pub culture. Those pubs are quite different, but run more or less by the same guys.
Franciscan Well Brewery: A prime example of a successful microbrewery
Good no-nonsense pub which has the main aim of bringing people together to taste the products from the Franciscan Well Brewery. Different beers are brewed directly there, you can even see the actual brewing process sometimes. As a stout lover, I can recommend the Shandon Stout, but the Rebel Lager was not bad either.
There are seating areas inside and outside, the beer garden is heated in summertime. If you are there on Thursday, the place may get really full. The pub has pizza nights on Thursdays which also means hat that's the only day when you get hot food. Other than that, the menu consists of Tayto crisps and similar snacks. Good atmosphere and definitively worth a visit, especially if you are interested in beer culture and like to support microbreweries.
The Franciscan Well Brewery stands on the site of a former Franciscan Monastery. As a microbrewery, it is pretty young with the first beers brewed in 1998. Before that, this was the place where Guinness was bottled.
The Gateway Bar: Cork's supposedly oldest pub
This place claims to be the oldest pub in Cork, dating back to 1698. Not long ago, it was already known as the Gateway Bar but closed down in 2007 to become An Realt Dearg, a Pub known for its live music program. It was not until 2012 when it became the Gateway Bar again.
Though this means that he history of today's Gateway Bar is pretty young, this place does not need to refer to its history to highlight its authenticity. The Gateway Bar offers what you expect of a pub – good choice of drinks, even beter amosphere and ocassional live music. They even have a small beer garden in the backyard which is heated during the colder seasons. Food is served here as well, but I wasn't here for food on a Friday evening pub crawl. Somehow, they managed to find a good balance between the tradition of the old Gateway Bar and the atmosphere from An Realt Dearg.Related to:
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