When groups and golf societies come and stay with us at Lee Valley, they come for the golf but also a taste of the vibrancy of life in Cork! Our 25-seater coach drops the groups off in Cork City for a night on the town.
Cork, locally lovingly referred to as ‘The Real Capital of Ireland’ is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland. The River Lee flows through the city of Cork in two main channels, defining the city with quaint bridges and beautiful views. It’s brimming with snug pubs with live music sessions as well as a vibrant night life.
Authentic Irish Pubs in Cork
If you’re looking for an authentic Irish pub experience, this is it. In fact, that’s the translation of ‘Sin e’ – a reference to the funeral parlour located next door. This pub has been voted one of the best places in the world to spend St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps due to it’s local Irish authenticity. Sin e first opened in 1889 and has always been an intriguing spot. The Sin E has had live Irish music every week for over 50 years. The best of Irish is always heard Tuesdays at 9:30 or Friday and Sunday at 6:30, but they have live Irish Music 7 days a week.
The Oval Pub is the only pub in Cork to be included on a list of important 20th century buildings and, incredibly, is still in it’s original condition. The Oval is named after it’s beautiful interior ceiling. Stories go that that the pub is haunted based on numerous sightings of a soldier in a ragged uniform over the years. The pub is quite popular and is a busy spot, particularly on the weekends.
The Oliver Plunkett is a very popular and vibrant pub famous for the atmosphere built on traditional Irish Music, good food and drinks and a comfortable, fun vibe. The walls of the pub are dotted with a collection of old pictures and photos,k lines of poems, songs and old Irish quotes. Upstairs there is a ‘Frisky Whisky’ bar that is a must-visit if Whiskey is your thing.
Electric Bar is a popular spot in Cork’s vibrant social life. On a sunny days, the outdoor area is packed with groups of friends enjoying a drink on the banks of the River Lee. Inside the bar there is an array of seating, with a big picture window in the back overlooking the river. Great drinks, great atmosphere and always buzzing.
SoHo Bar is a vibrant bar located centrally on the Grand Parade. SoHo has four floors but the main bar is on the ground floor and is always buzzing. SoHo has great cocktails, and is also a fantastic spot to catch the game or enjoy great music with the best video DJ’s in Cork.
One of the newest and yet incredibly popular hot spots in Cork, Cask is unlike any other Cocktail bar in Ireland. Every twelve weeks they reveal a completely new cocktail menu so their drinks align with the seasons, they use local produce from artisan suppliers. DJ’s from all over Europe play every weekend, everything from old school hip hop to New Orleans Jazz. It’s constantly packed with people, which adds to the atmosphere, so if you want a seat, make sure to arrive early!
Night Clubs and Dancing
In addition to great pubs and bars, Cork has a vibrant nightlife. If you’re looking to finish your night at a night club, places like Crane Lane, Havana Browns, Voodoo Rooms and the Secret Garden are just a few of Cork’s hot spots.