Heading south? What better way to enjoy an after-work drink or catch up with some friends, than basking in the clear sunshine in a beer garden. It turns out that the People’s Republic City of Cork has some of the best beer gardens in the country. Here is the top 10 that we discovered in the south-west.
A bustling bar on the lively Douglas Street in Cork city, Coughlan’s has a heated beer garden with live music and different acts several nights of the week in a small and intimate setting, Coughlan’s may be a spot to take you from the evening right through to the early hours of the morning!
Address: 7 Douglas St, Ballintemple, Cork, Ireland
9. The Vicarstown
Located north of the main street in Cork City, the Vicarstown is an old-style Irish pub with a modern twist. The pub’s long and narrow dimensions are typical of the old footprint of the city around the time erected, and you can see many centuries worn on the face of its Beer Garden walls which is a beautiful sun trap in the summer.
Address: 52 N Main St, Centre, Cork, Ireland
A hidden gem in the city centre, Fionnbarra’s located on Douglas Street, their spacious and quirky beer garden cannot be missed. With over 20 beers on tap to choose from and a late night kitchen to indulge in their excellent grub, you’ll be spoiled for choice in this beautiful beer garden.
Address: 73 Douglas St Centre Cork, T12 YW71 Douglas St, Centre, Cork, T12 YW71, Ireland
7. The Sextant
Situated on Albert Street, along the quays in Cork City, the Sextant is a vibrant and lively bar. Boasting a cute and cosy beer garden, you can enjoy some of their delicious cocktails, live music or partake in their ‘free food Friday’ offer, which means between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., there is an array of various mouth-watering bites and snacks to feast on – the perfect way to begin the weekend!
Address: 1 Albert St, Centre, Cork, T12 R2KH, Ireland
Irish for ‘Up’, ‘SUAS’, is a stylish beer garden on a rooftop, on South Main Street in the centre of Cork City. Serving beers, cocktails and a live DJ, an enjoyable ambience in a stunning setting. What better way to unwind after a long day, catch up with your friends and kick-start your weekend than this heated rooftop in the centre of the city.
Address: 4-5 S Main St, Centre, Cork, Ireland
5. The Courtyard on Sober Lane
With their menu labelled the ‘Good Life’, this is the exact thought that will spring to mind when you stop by this busy and bustling outdoor beer garden, located near Sober Lane in the heart of Cork City. Sports on a big screen, canape’s and a fantastic atmosphere all in one, making Sober Lane the place on a hot summer’s day. Better yet, their oven-baked pizzas and BBQ are amazing!
Address: Sober Ln, Ballintemple, Cork, Ireland
4. Tom Barry’s
Named after iconic Irish war veteran Tom Barry, there is nothing out-dated where this brightly coloured, cosy feeling beer garden considered with an excellent buzz and simple styling. One of Cork’s oldest public houses, you can feel the history and character throughout this famous watering hole. Whether you’re after a pizza and a beer in the sun, or a cocktail in the snug, cosy corners in the evening, Tom Barry’s located at 113 Barrack St is the spot for you.
Address: 113 Barrack St, The Lough, Cork, T12 RT44, Ireland
3. Deep South
Cocktails? Check. Craft drinks? Check. Food Truck? Check. Deep South is a beer garden that ticks all the boxes. Disguised with a dark front Located on 51 Grand Parade Cork, near the famous fountain, Deep South opens up to a spacious and lively beer garden with lots of charm and Louisiana-style food. All that’s required is some sun, shades and friends and you’ve got yourself a party in the heart of the city.
Address: 51 Grand Parade, Centre, Cork, Ireland
2. Franciscan Well Brewery & Brewpub
This Brew Pub is centrally located on the north mall of the city and drowns itself in history and culture, being built on the site of an ancient Franciscan monastery. Franciscan Well brew their beers in Cork city so you can imagine how great those craft beers taste while indulging in one their wood-burning pizzas, with a heated beer garden to follow suit – perfection!
Address: 14 N Mall, Sunday’s Well, Cork, Ireland
Just like its namesake, this beer garden along the river Lee is just electric. A vibrant, delightfully decorated restaurant and bar in the heart of Cork city situated on the boardwalk between the Grand Parade and South Mall set against a backdrop of a renovated art building, is the hot spot in the city to enjoy sipping’ cocktails in the sun. So, grab the sunscreen and enjoy!
Address: 41 South Mall St, Centre, Cork, T12 TC96, Ireland
Written by Gráinne Gallogly.