Cork Opera House: A Night at the Opera
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.Related to:
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City Pubs: Do a Pub Crawl
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.
City Centre Pubs: Free music sessions
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.Related to:
BEAMISH - THE OTHER BLACK STUFF
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!Related to:
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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.
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The Hi - B: Drinking
If you go to Cork make sure you try a pint of Murphys. Murphys is a stout that is brewed locally in Cork. It is similar looking to Guinness but isn't as commercialised. Every pub in Cork sells it. Pub like the Hi-B, The Old Oak, Reardions are good pubs to go to. If you're still standing at closing time then there are clubs open every night of the week. After clubbing usually the urge of food proves to irrestible. Don't worry you won't have to starve! Take a trip to Lennox's or Hill Billies and you'll be sorted with grub. Enjoy!!!!Related to:
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An Spailpín Fánach: GREAT IRISH MUSIC
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).Related to:
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Have a Murphys
Don´t forget to visit one of the numerous pubs all around the town. Cork is home of the famous Murphys beer, which is brewed here. It is a dry stout beer in Ireland and is not as bitter as the popular Guniness beer.Related to:
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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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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.
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 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.
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.
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"...
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.
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