Full of character and craic, the ‘Rebel City’ has many pubs to explore, from small heritage pubs to new age bars, serving a mixture of local brews and national favourites. Whether you’re a visitor or a local, here is our list of the top 10 local pubs in Cork.
Situated on Popes Quay, near Shandon Street and the Shandon Bells, is The Bierhaus. This place has one of the best selections of beers in the county of Munster, with over 220 beers available. There is always something new on draught or by bottle and the Bierhaus has six rotating guest-draught taps and a cask. Its popularity has resulted in the Bierhaus being the recipient of a number of awards including ‘Best in Ireland’ in the McKenna’s Guides. There are regular events at here from pub quizzes to poker to beer tasting and they also serve great tasting food.
The Bierhaus, Popes Quay, Cork, Ireland, +353 21 455 1648
One of the best venues for live music and a lively night out, the Crane Lane Theatre is a popular institution in Cork city. Located down a laneway between the South Mall and Oliver Plunkett Street, just around the corner from the General Post Office, the Crane Lane was once a gentleman’s club during the 1920s. It was popular then, and it maintains that reputation to this day. The venue’s decor reflects its history, with a vintage vibe flowing through the bar and outdoor area. There are three bars inside, and the venue is one of the latest to stay open in Cork. Pop next door to its sister pub Arthur Maynes Pharmacy for a smooth glass of wine and an electric atmosphere. Serving craft beers as well as old favourites, the Crane Lane will not disappoint.
Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix Street, Cork, Ireland, +353 21 427 8487
Perhaps the home of traditional Irish music in Cork, the Sin É is a must-visit. The name of the pub is Irish for ‘that’s it’ and refers to the funeral home that neighbours the venue. While this may be a sombre thought, the Sin É is one of the liveliest pubs in the city. It first opened its doors in 1889, and it has seen generations of Corkonians and newcomers through its door over the years. The Sin É is a traditional pub in all senses; the music, the atmosphere and the beers (particularly stout). Due to its location, the pub is also fond of everything equine, as Coburg Street was once an overnight holding pen for horses that were being exported to England. The ground floor of the pub was once a wheelwright premises, and upstairs was a saddle maker. There is also a decorative carving on the gable end of the building, which is inspired by Austin Clarke’s poem ‘The Planters Daughter’.
Sin É, 8 Coburg Street, Cork, Ireland, +353 21 450 2266