Charlie's Bar is a great bar, full of character. In the winter it has an open coal fire which added to the darkness and really makes for a great atmosphere. Just by the City Hall on the riverside so you can't miss it.
It hosts live music most evenings from rock 'n' roll to blues.
You will find the gigs list on the website.
One of the best things about Cork (and there are many!) is that you have a choice of two stouts that aren't Guinness.
Murphy's is brewed at the Lady's Well Brewery in Blackpool and Beamish and Crawford is brewed on the South Main Street, just across the road from An Spailpin Fanach, one of Cork's better pubs and a great place for folk music.
Both brews are delicious - but don't take my word for it, I'm a native! Do try them if you're in the city.
Means “that’s it” in Irish, and, like the name suggests, it’s a no-frills pub that lets the atmosphere do the talking. Usually packed with a good mix of ages and nationalities, with music and comedy gigs, it’s a buzzing place. And that’s it.
Address: Coburg Street, Cork.
Sometimes you wanna go where nobody knows their own name … Crazy pub down by the docks that attracts a bizarre and eclectic mix of Cork society in to dance, sing, perhaps play the air guitar on the bar to a cheering horde, generally forget their troubles and go wild. Alcoholic drink may be involved.
Location: Corner of Albert Quay and Victoria Road.
A Cork institution, barely touched by the years and all the better for it. The renowned speciality is the doorstep sandwich served up at lunchtime, but my personal favourite is the “self-cleaning” gents toilet that is open to the elements. They don’t make them like this any more.
Address: Winthrop Street, Cork.
Telephone: (353-21) 4272144.
Like entering your grandmother’s front room, if your grandmother was a crotchety, curmudgeonly old man who was inclined to throw people out for using mobile phones (fair enough) or giving “looks” (a bit harsher), but who on the plus side serves up a great pint of stout and stubbornly refuses to enter “modern” Ireland. An island in a sea of change, the Hi-B is a haven (provided your phone is off).
Location: Corner of Oliver Plunkett Street and Winthrop Street, upstairs.
Telephone: (353-21) 4272758.
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