The so-called People’s Republic of Cork has a unique character, which you will discover on a tour of the county’s remarkable pubs. See below for details of some popular Cork pubs.
15-16 Princes Street, Cork, Cork
Clancy’s Bar is one of Cork city’s oldest pubs, dating from 1824. This establishment spans a complete city block and features one of the longest, continuous bars in Ireland. Clancy’s now boasts Cork’s finest steakhouse too, serving seven nights from 17:30 until last orders at 22:00 (21:30 Sunday to Thursday).
Both locals and tourists flock to Clancy’s each year, to sample a European atmosphere in the centre of Ireland’s second city. The bar is wheelchair friendly and an adapted toilet is provided. There is regular entertainment and late bars on Thursdays to 01:30, Fridays/Saturdays to 02:00 and Sundays 01:30.
113 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork, Cork
With its central location,friendly atmosphere, and late bar licence, the Old Oak is the place to be in Cork. It has an established reputation for live music, with bands of national and international repute frequenting the hallowed stage on a regular basis. Watch out for the midweek gigs – they have a cult following in Cork live music circles, and there’s never a cover charge.
Wolfe Tone Street, Clonakilty, Cork
An Sugan Restaurant and Pub is situated in the old quays area of Clonakilty and has been a premier eating place for over 20 years.
Its superb food including locally caught seafood has won national bar catering awards and has been recognised by writers and food critics the world over including Egon Ronay.
A landmark in Clonakilty, An Sugan’s superb shop front and signage display has received a “Tidy Towns” national shop front award and is regularly photographed and painted by visitors.
For the ultimate food and drink experience, Darbys in the village of Ballincollig is the answer. Catering for both the young and energetic set and the more mature patrons it has five separate bars and a night club.
Food is available here all day with a wide and varied menu to suit all tastes.
Gilmore’s is Cobh’s oldest established family bar, dating back to 1895. This is a highly popular local and international venue renowned for its character, craic and atmosphere.
An attention to detail in every aspect of the pub makes Gilmore’s a wonderful pub that is recommended by various guidebooks as a must-see in Cobh.
Set in the lovely town of Youghal, The Nook is a traditional, family-run, Irish pub, that was established in 1901.
Noted for its great traditional Irish music sessions, it serves a variety of beverages in a relaxed atmosphere and operates a well-stocked off licence.
The Fastnet is situated in the friendly and picturesque seaside village of Goleen. Named after the famous lighthouse nearby, it is a traditional family-run pub, with a strong sense of local history. The 100 year old floor is from Cobh Cathedral, so a drink will be enjoyed on ‘Holy Ground’.
The pub serves tea, coffee, home-made soup, and a variety of sandwiches. It is adjacent to Ireland’s finest beaches and the last stop before the Mizen Lighthouse, Ireland’s most southwesterly point and a famous tourist attraction.
This pub was established in 1810 and has been extremely popular with locals and tourists ever since. One of Kinsale’s liveliest bars with a variety of live music played in summertime, it offers a unique summer attraction of a cliff-facing beer garden.
Bar food is available, with fresh sandwiches, baguettes, salads, and burgers earning glowing reviews.