Cork is known as a quirky, unique spot so we shouldn’t expect their pubs to be any different. Cork has a host of exciting and unusual places to drink and socialise.
Living in Ireland we’re all used to having a multitude of bars in every city and town so it’s always fun to try out somewhere different and new.
Suas is Cork’s finest hidden gem, a rooftop bar on South Main Street, in the heart of the city. It’s right in the centre of the city, tucked away up high, located just over Captain Americas, so it’s a good spot if you want to grab a bite before drinks.
Their vibe is laid back early afternoons, buzzing evenings and a sunset party. The bar has a really intimate feel and the décor is full of colour. They have a wide selection of cocktails, shooters, beers and wine.
For anyone who doesn’t speak Irish, suas means up, so the name is a funny play on words when it takes about 30 steps to reach the roof.
Their stunning cocktails, paired with the beautiful view and colourful interior makes it the perfect place to get some cute pictures.
Suas hosts different types of music every night, but Wednesdays are Open Mic Nights. Don’t be shy, everyone is welcome to play or sing and as an incentive to get up there, there is a pint on the house for the music makers.
If you time it just right you could be sitting out on their rooftop terrace sipping cocktails, under the heaters, as you watch the sunset around you.
4. Tom Bary’s
Situated on an old unassuming street, this pub is the perfect spot to go if you are looking for a very chill night out. From the moment you enter Tom Barry’s, you are met with a cool, welcoming vibe that emulates all the way out to the outside beer garden area.
The pub itself is narrow with open fires, but outside there are rows and rows of sturdy picnic tables and colourful fairy lights, under carefully tended to trees and flowers. This gives the place a real cosy, friendly community vibe.
Beer is served in Germanic like glass mugs, which paired with the alfresco dining makes you feel like you are on a mini holiday. What makes this place quirky is the fact that they serve one type of food: beautiful wood-fired pizzas.
Address: 113 Barrack St, The Lough, Cork, T12 RT44, Ireland
3. Arthur Mayne
Arthur Mayne’s Pharmacy is a 120-year-old chemist turned wine bar. What makes this place so cool is very little has been done with the ground floor, so it still retains its old-time pharmacy feel.
Arthur Mayne’s is a classy bar, full of old world charm. They offer an afternoon, evening and late-night menu, as well as a brunch menu on the weekends. Their food matches their quirky style, and Arthur Mayne has a wide range of tapa style food, which is perfect to pair with drinks.
Their late night food, including cheese boards, is served until 1.30am, so it is the perfect place to go if you want to snack while you socialise.
Address: 7 Pembroke St, Centre, Cork, T12 VR62, Ireland
Edison has a really cool vibe. It is renowned locally for its unreal cocktails.
They have really cool light features, exposed light bulbs, to light up your evening out. It has a little bit of a hipster vibe to it.
Sometimes ordering a cocktail at a bar can be a bit hit or miss but here at Edison they pride themselves on their delicious, strong menu of unique cocktails.
Address: 11-12 Washington St, Centre, Cork, Ireland
1. The Secret Garden
They describe themselves as, “a fairy tale for grown-ups”. Situated right beside the famous Havanas nightclub, despite having secret in the name, the pub is relatively easy to find.
Every room is themed, and you’d happily pass an evening admiring all the detail that went into the interior décor. Their DJ desk is located on a pimped up campervan on one side of the room.
If there would be one word to describe all of the crazy furnishings here it would certainly be quirky. They’re always pulling pranks on their social media and you just are hit with a fun atmosphere where the publicans don’t take themselves too seriously, the moment you walk in the door.
Address: Hanover St, Centre, Cork, Ireland