As per what numerous other contributors have said, Cork is a lively place at night & being a fairly small city, its very manageable. Essentially the city centre is based on the island in between the 2 channels of the River Lee. This isn't an especially big area at all and can easily be managed walking around.
One area to try is the area around the Cranelane Theatre. Cranelane Theatre is quite a big complex comprising 2 bars, 1 live music room and an outdoor area with tables etc that is used for smokers. There's plenty bars around that area such as Canty's (more live music), The Oliver Plunkett (this used to be Scott's) for more live music, the Old Oak and some other place that I can't remember the name of.
If you are visiting I suggest you save Rearden's on Washington St for a Sunday night as I asked numerous people where to go on a Sunday evening and Rearden's was the consistent answer. Its free entry, 2 floors, at least 1 with a live band, pretty big and gets busy. There's plenty other bars to amuse you on other nights at the weekend at least.
If you are are a late night person you will struggle to find anywhere that is open after 2 am selling booze.
Cork is fun in the evenings. Enjoy.
Here's a picture of my mate Keith doing the DJ honours at the Millenium eve party :)
Sir Henry's is the best known Cork night spot.
Also the Cork Opera House hold concerts, so check the local press when you're there
Cork Jazz festival is on every October bank holiday weekend, loads of gigs on and packed pubs (www.corkjazzfestival.com)
Local brew in Cork is Murphy's, which is the Cork version of Guinness.
Dress Code: Dress- up for The Bailey (Courthouse st), Havana Browns (Washington st) , Qube bar (Oliver Plunkett st) and Redz (Liberty st)
Any pub on Washington Street is normally a good bet - during term time (October to May) it tends to be dominated by students from the university close by so for the more 'mature' you may want to try Oliver Plunket Street instead.
City Limits on Coborg Street (on the North Side - go over Patricks bridge & take a left at the bottom of the hill) has comedy at the weekends before the nightclub (one admission price gets you in to both, you need to be there around 9.00) & normally the comedians are of a high standard.
Dress Code: Smart casual - depends on the place (and the mood of the bouncer!) whether or not you'll get let in with jeans but normally so long as you've a smart top & footwear they're fine.
The Long Island Bar on Washington Street has won loads of awards for the drinks it makes and for style. They have an extensive menu and the staff know their drinks. They are always glad to help with recommendations or tweak a drink to suit you and they even try a bit of flair if you're lucky.
Weekend nights are lively and the place has a buzz especially with the resident dj's. However mid week they is usually something going on from a quiz night to speed dating!
They have a heated smoking area outside with seating which I'm really looking forward to over the summer.
But the best thing about the bar are the drinks themselves. The cocktails are well priced, taste great and look even better. What more could you ask for?
Dress Code: Smart or Casual.
This is a great centrally located Gay Bar right in one of Cork's busiest nightlife areas - Washington Street. It advertises itself as "Cork's Newest Gay Bar and Club" but is also very "straight-friendly".
They host a range of different themed nights with a late licence, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. They have reasonably priced drinks with some deals on pitchers and cocktails.
They seem to go that extra mile to get customers. There is free wifi all day. The place is not only clean and comfortable, but has interesting interiors and immaculate toilets. They will also order you a pizza from a local chain restaurant if you are hungry and don't want to leave your pint!
All in all, its a good spot where most should feel at home. If you are visiting Cork in a mixed group its a nice place to spend the evening, with lots of dancing and and friendly locals.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
An Spailpín Fánach is pronounced ‘On Spolpeen Fawnock’ an it doesn’t get any more Irish than this. It has become so popular that they have expanded. They have live Irish music almost every night. It has the old world charm with wooden beams (some quite low) and a traditional looking bar. It has great service and is a lot of fun. You cannot miss this place. It’s on Main Street opposite the Beamish and Crawford Brewery.
By the way, the name means ‘wandering wayfarer’, so wonder on down and enjoy the Craic (crack – a good time).
OK. Yes you can drink 24 hours a day in the privacy of your home or hotel here in Cork. If you want to drink in one of the numerous your hours are slightly restricted. The general pub hours are 10:30am to 11:30pm Monday through Thursday plus 30 minutes ‘drinking up time’. Drinking up time? Yep, they don’t make you gulp down your pint of beer a minute after they pour it for you. You have plenty of time to drink that last drink before you have to go. Fridays and Saturdays are 10:30am until 12:30am and Sundays are Noon until 11pm with the 30 minute extra time so you can drink at a leisurely pace.
Do You like Guinness? If you do, try the other black stuff – Beamish. Beamish (stout) is brewed right here in the Cork city centre and tastes great. It is thick, creamy and has to be poured in 2 parts because it is so concentrated. Its taste is in some ways slightly lighter than Guinness, but still has a hearty flavour. It often costs a bit less as well. So if you are out Pubbing it in Cork – try a Beamish!
This club night is just fantastic fun. It is a small intimate venue with a lot to offer. DJ in the main bar playing 70s, 80s, 90s, Soul, RnB, everything thats good about music over the past decades. The best anthems and the best cheese. Brilliant.
In another part of the theatre they have a small cinema. It would seat around 30 people. It's like somone's sitting room, very cosy with sofas and armchairs and you can bring in beer! Last week they showed the third Indiana Jones movie and the week before that it was Wonder Woman...unreal.
Along with all this they have playstation, connect 4, draughts, electro buzz and a cool chill out zone where they offer you a good variety of cocktails.
The crowd are a nice mix, no teenagers. It's very cheap €10 or if you go to the pub next door you can get a concession card that will get you in for €8, but they are scarce and hard to get! Oh it's the latest place in the city too! Thay serve till 2.30am and you're out for 3ish. The door staff are also pretty cool they're strict but that is good seeing that too many places in Cork let far too many people in and it can get messy.
Check it out anyway and see what you think! The only thing I would say about it is that it is a five minute walk out of town but then again it is worth it!
Dress Code: All good I went their in fancy dress once and they didn't mind at all. They usually dont mind what you wear once you behave yourself and dont get messy.
Here you can listen to bands performing their latest tracks and after some hours it becomes a disco where you can dance and drink and have fun with your friends. The night I was here there was a famous band performing, thei name is Pure Madness. Nice tracks.
If you fancy a few late night drinks with some dancing or just laid back live lounge then you'd do well to check out the Everyman Palace's late night offerings. They have stuff on from around 11.30pm every Thurs, Fri and Sat. Thurs is a night called Elbo Room, its a very laid back live session including a DJ, music policy is Jazz, Soul and Blues. Probably not for the dancers among you but a great way to start the weekend. Then Fri theres a night called Kickback, its a dancey sort of night and usually full. Saturday is my favourite, its called MvM or Movies vs Music, with a DJ doing a great mix of tunes in the front and a small comfortable cinema out the back with a movie each night. If you're looking for something a little different and you fancy being able to talk to one another as well as the option to join in the fun then these nights are worth a look. Pricing varies night to night but it's good value and its the latest bar in Cork.
Dress Code: Dress code is casual
Every night of the week in Cork it's possible to find some live music sessions in pubs. Traditional music is most popular in pubs like Sin E, The Thirsty Scholar or The Bodhran but there is also plenty of Jazz and blues.
On a pub crawl you get the chance to sample a cross section of city pubs. This is a very popular local pastime so you will be in good company. Cork pubs range from the authentic, nitty gritty type of establishment, such as the Abbey Tavern on Gilabbey Street, to the wine bars, beer gardens and trendy watering holes like the uber-cool Bodega on Cornmarket Street. In all the pubs 'the craic is mighty', as we like to say in Cork and you will get a chance to meet locals and visitors on your way. Most pubs serve food also.
Though called the Opera House, this is a theatre which as well as opera also presents a wide range of theatre, live music, ballet, comedy and pantomine. It is the largest theatre in the city and sometimes holds art exhibitions as well. There is a cafe on the ground floor and a bar upstairs.
Dress Code: For opera productions neat dress would be essential for everything else casual dress is fine.
for me the best part of cork's nightlife is not the clubs but the pubs but then again i'm not big into clubs, there are literally great pubs around every corner in cork just go out and start drinking that's all!! i do recommend especially though to go to the area surrounding the university, full of students, good atmosphere, great craic.otherwise, the very centre of the city is all good as well. patrick st is the centre of the city, the university is within walking distance simply follow patrick street until you meet the grand parade at the end of patrick st, walk downthe lane beside the people's park then you meet murphy's brewery, cross the south gate bridge, you can now see st finbarrs cathedral.walk towards it and the college is only 2 mins walk from there plus all the pubs that surround it. patrick street. etc.
Dress Code: it's fine to get in almost anywhere which isn't a club. clubs are as strict as they are anywhere.
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