Clarion Hotel Cork
Phone: (353) 21 4224900
Fax: (353) 21 4224901
O'Flaherty's is a large mainstream bar, conveniently located close to the city centre. Regulars of all shapes and sizes enter this watering hole. Live gigs are held every Tuesday and Sunday, and DJs play chart hits on the weekend. Cocktails are popular here; those who have had enough of them might consider participating in a spot of karaoke, normally held on Wednesday evenings.
The Crane Lane Theatre hosts a diverse mix of events, and all types of people frequent the bar. Located in an old gentleman's club, the Crane Lane Theatre stays true to its roots with occasional nods to the burlesque. Other than that, this is a great live music venue that is open late. With a beer garden, and three different rooms, there is always a place for you at Crane Lane Theatre.
Scotts may be a relatively new bar, but has already become a favorite haunt for many. It spans two floors and is stylishly decorated throughout. On the ground floor you can enjoy lunch until 2p, with an evening à la carte menu available between 3p and 7p. There's jazz every Friday evening to welcome in the weekend, while upstairs pulsates on Saturdays with a DJ playing an assortment of friendly, happy tunes.
This is Cork's newest nightclub. It's got a great central location on the city's main thoroughfare and has already become very popular. The vibe is quite mellow; a lot of the music is jazz or soul orientated. It certainly seems to attract a slightly more mature crowd than the banging house and techno to be found in other venues like Sir Henry's or the Pavilion. The decor inside is akin to an old picture house which is unsurprising, as it was once a cinema. The interior is quite dark, with the only hint of color provided by plush red curtains. A note of caution: the stairs on the way to and from the restrooms can be quite slippery, so do watch your step. Open at 11p from Thursday to Saturday.
Popular with Cork's artists, writers and theatre people, the Corner House is a trendy establishment with the discreet charm of a local. Offering good soup and sandwiches by day, and good music and vibes by night, the pub is rightly one of the most popular spots in town. A great array of musicians play regular gigs here, and visiting musicians will often play one-offs, much to the delight of those present. Open Monday to Friday noon onwards and Saturday and Sunday 4pm onwards.
This small pub is especially favoured by locals and artists, and is notable for its friendly and efficient staff. A fine collection of posters from times past decorates the red-painted walls. Live traditional music is played here every Tuesday and Sunday evening, otherwise you're at the mercy of the landlord's own, somewhat eclectic, collection! During the afternoon, Sin E shows the Racing Channel: why not relax, enjoy a nice pint of locally brewed stout, and check out the sport of kings? All this, and Internet access too!
The premier lounge club of the city, Liquid Lounge is your haunt if you like to groove to loud music with a drink in your hand. Rub shoulders with the hip and the trendy as you set temperatures soaring with your moves and fill your ears with the DJ's beats. Live performances are lined up to tantalize and delight your soul even as you meet new people and chat up old friends. Their club nights are the talk of the town with a host of delightful events that are sure to make you want to come back for more! Call for more details and exact working hours.
If you like listening to Gothic, grunge, metal, indie, ska or punk music, then check out this dark den of iniquity, ironically located just off the financial district. Upstairs is a live music venue, with gigs being played four nights a week. On Sundays DJ Steve creates a Celtic "alternative experience", while on Wednesdays DJ Mark plays all the latest indie favorites. A traditional Irish music session is held downstairs every Tuesday during the summer.
This nightclub has become very popular since being refurbished a couple of years ago. It is located in the trendy Huguenot Quarter near many of the city's finest bars and pubs. The interior is stylish and modern, with lots of chrome and metal. Revellers can enjoy the best chart sounds on a state of the art sound system. There are many special offers, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ladies are admitted free before midnight, while on Sundays everyone is given a complementary drink.
Loafers Bar is a relaxed gay bar with friendly and efficient staff. Some great modern art adorns the walls and is a fitting backdrop to this pansy pub. There's often a good old-fashioned bingo night with proceeds going to various charities. The pool table ensures that the restless always remain busy. Be sure to check out the beer garden if you're stopping by during the summer - don't forget your shorts. With a recent refurbishment, the bar is now more comfortable and welcoming than ever, and the web page lists upcoming events. Additionally, great DJs play on the decks here on most weekends, making a visit to Loafers simply a must, for all party people!
A well-kept and popular pub, the ambiance at The Gables is refreshingly relaxed. Here traditionalists and hipsters rub shoulders, all vying for attention as they call their orders. Good simple food is served and lots of people seemingly enjoy munching their meals while watching a football match or other sports on TV. Trad music sessions are held every Thursday evening and can be pretty lively affairs. Basically, this is a no-nonsense pub where you're guaranteed entertainment of some description on most nights of the week.
The Vineyard is a stylish modern bar in the heart of the city center. Dance into the night to salsa music on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Caribana; there are dance classes for beginners and novices on both nights to ensure that everyone leaves with happy toes. On Sundays, there's lots of soul and R&B at Soulnight. Food-wise, the vineyard also pleases with a menu featuring sandwiches like the New York Reuben, Smouldering Hoagie, and Crab Tartare. However, Bangers and Mash is just the tonic for cold wintry days.