Kinsale in County Cork is a seaside, fishing town and famous port. Situated on the South-West coast of Ireland, the destination is famous with Irish nationals and locals who come to enjoy the summer sun and boating opportunities in this quaint county town.
With annual festivals and events popping up in the locale left, right and centre, there’s never been a better time to visit Kinsale. And, whilst you’re there, make sure to stop by these top 10 watering holes!
10. Oscar Madison’s
Oscar Madison’s is the best sports pub in Kinsale. It not only offers the expected Irish pub vibes of living room cosiness but also has a great offering of live sports.
Follow its website for news of upcoming games and events and join the merry revellers of Oscar Madison’s who always create an electric energy.
The pub has recently revealed it will expand with a new beer garden and rooms upstairs, ensuring this place is bound to grow even more popular.
Address: 7 Main St, Sleveen, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland
9. Sam’s Bar
Located on The Glen in Kinsale is a pub with a red exterior called Sam’s Bar. This little gem is a traditional pub which serves good pints of Guinness and has regular live traditional Irish music. The bar has friendly bar staff and is popular with locals who are very friendly.
Address: 4 The Glen, Kinsale, cork, P17 AP90, Ireland
8. Greyhound Bar
This classic Irish public house is the perfect staging ground for a local night on the town in Kinsale. With rustic interiors, bar stool seating, an open fire and one of the best pours of Guinness in the whole of Cork, it comes as no surprise that the Greyhound is one of the towns best-kept secrets.
Address: Market Square, Sleveen, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland
7. The Folk House
Check out The Folk House in Kinsale if in search of a quintessentially Irish pub. With its warm living room atmosphere, wooden floors, roaring open fire and exposed stone walls, you’ll come for a drink and stay for the night.
The Folk House also has a fantastic beer and whiskey selection which goes hand-in-hand with top-shelf live music acts playing nightly.
Address: Guardwell, Sleveen, cork, P17 WD92, Ireland
6. The Bulman
The Bulman is a classic Irish pub in Kinsale. It screams character and offers great insight into local culture with a steady flow of regulars about town always on hand for a good chat.
Sitting in the scenic village of Summercove, on the outskirts of Kinsale town, this shore-side pub has an idyllic location. It is the perfect place for a summer’s pint or to cosy up by the fire in winter, earning itself the “Black and White Pub of the Year” award.
Address: The Bulman Bar, Summercove, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland
5. The Spaniard
On this century-old site sits The Spaniard, a quaint little public house with incredible character and charm. Located just on the edge of Kinsale, in the charming peninsula village of Scilly, The Spaniard has become a staple of village life over its many years in business.
With its intimate interior of low ceilings and wooden beams, this split-level pub and restaurant have live music aplenty and lots of charismatic patrons who will undoubtedly offer a little insight into local life in Kinsale.
Address: Scilly, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland
4. Silent Banjo
This Kinsale pub is situated on Main Street, in the heart of the action. Silent Banjo is considered your typical “local hangout”, which loosely translates to laid-back, full of banter bar staff and friendly characters always up for a chat.
Whereas many Kinsale pubs have been known to hike up prices for long weekends and public holidays, Silent Banjo does no such a thing – just another reason for us to like it!
A selection of local live music creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere and to top it all off, an impressive pub menu – with notably great fresh seafood – are all reasons Silent Banjo has made it to our top five!
Address: 1 Main St, Sleveen, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland
3. Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards is your classic Irish public house in both appearance and offering. Operating since 1971, this family-run pub puts customer service and connection with its patrons at the forefront of its business model.
The food here is some of the finest pub grub you’ll come by in Kinsale and with an extensive dinner menu running all day (last orders 10 pm), you’ll have the flexibility to see the surrounding sights and pop into Jim Edwards when hunger hits!
Local suppliers ensure what is likely to be the tastiest dish in the district with Kinsale prawns brought to you by local Sean Maher’s trawler or fresh
oysters and mussels from Jamie in Oysterhaven.
There are also quality and affordable guest rooms available above this Kinsale pub with rooms as low as €30 per night (room-only, off-peak).
Address: Market Quay, Sleveen, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland
2. Kitty Ó Sé’s Bar and Restaurant
This is your perfect spot when in Kinsale to seek out if in pursuit of some typical Irish vibes. Located on Pearse Street in the heart of the town, this local pub is quaint and charming with a small façade of black with Celtic font.
Expect lots of live music here while you brush shoulders with locals over pints of “The Black Stuff” en route to the bar. The food in Kitty Ó Sé’s is fantastic too – arguably the best in town – so be sure to get your hands on a plate of fish and chips or a big bowl of fresh seafood chowder.
The best thing about this haunt is its staff of local, lovely people, headed by owners Seamus and Kitty who are always ready for a laugh or chat about the weather… sure, what else do us Irish talk about?
Address: 1 Pearse St, Sleveen, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland
1. The Armada Bar
This family-run guesthouse and public bar epitomises all we know and love about locally run Irish businesses. Managed by Proprietor Mary Coughlan – a true “Irish mammy”, this pub is beyond warm and welcoming.
Think live music late into the evening and new friends becoming old friends before the night is out.
Not only is the pub laden with home comforts (fireplaces, comfy seating, a pool table, darts, cards et cetera) it also is super competitive on pricing for both food and drinks!
To top it all off: if the night turns out to be too much fun, rest your head at the Armada guesthouse that lies upstairs.
Address: Pearse St, Kinsale