Cork Heritage Pub Trail, Cork (Self Guided)

A truly fun way to explore the city, the Cork Heritage Pub Trail takes you on a journey through time while enjoying great pints of Irish ale and hardy pub food. The city of Cork has a long history, and some of this history can be found in its modern pubs. From an old pharmacy to a former gentleman’s club, modern establishments make good use of the antiquated architecture and each pub included on this story has a unique story to tell.
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Cork Heritage Pub Trail Map

Guide Name: Cork Heritage Pub Trail
Guide Location: Ireland » Cork (See other walking tours in Cork)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: Xena
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Crane Lane Theatre

1) Crane Lane Theatre

A stop along the Cork Heritage pub trail, the Crane Lane Theatre was converted from a former gentleman’s club in the center of Cork. This club takes its inspiration from the music of Tom Waits, including design elements from the twenties and thirties and elements of a burlesque cabaret. Smoking is available in what is considered to be one of the area’s best beer gardens. Three additional bars are located inside as well. Music includes jazz and blues, as well as country, fold and more performed by live bands seven days a week, as well as DJs spinning favorites between sets. Other special events include burlesque performances and theater acts. Sponsored events at the Crane Lane Theatre include the Cork Jazz Festival and the Southern Gothic Festival.

Operation Hours: Monday – Sunday: 4 pm – 2 am
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Arthur Mayne

2) Arthur Mayne

Another entry on the Cork Heritage Pub Trail located on Pembroke Street, Arthur Mayne is a fantastic wine bar located inside a former pharmacy of the same name. Its décor includes displays of vintage items found inside a pharmacy, including old cameras and old pharmacy ledgers and prescription labels. This club includes a state-of-the-art wine tasting system that allows guests to quickly sample a multitude of fine wine offerings the bar has available. Coffee and food is also available at this location during the daytime, with the crowd heating up in the evening to sip any one of its fine wines from around the world in an elegant atmosphere. Be sure to arrive early in order to get a place in this busy, swank wine bar for the evening.
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Mutton Lane Inn

3) Mutton Lane Inn

Located off St. Patrick’s Street, the Mutton Lane Inn is one of the city’s oldest drinking establishments. A stunning mural by famed local artist Anthony Ruby lines the alleyway which was commissioned by the city council and the pub’s owner. Inside the Mutton Lane Inn its atmosphere is created by its wood furnishings, exposed ceiling beams, and intimate candlelight. Housing just a small centralized bar with seating areas flanking it, bar patrons are often found outside in the alleyway when the bar gets particularly packed on the weekends. Service is well-reputed for bars in the area and the staff is considered one of the city’s friendliest, welcoming both locals and guests from out of town.

Operation Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10.30 am – 11.30 pm; Sunday: 2 pm – 11.30 pm
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The Oval

4) The Oval

Situated on the corner of South Main and Tuckey Streets, the Oval gets its name from its remarkable oval designed ceiling. One of the most popular pubs in the city of Cork, the Oval was designed for the Beamish and Crawford Brewery, which was formerly located across the street. The bar includes an open pit fire and guests are generally greeted by the smell of whisky and peat. This popular pub offers a variety of music to entertain its guests and sees a good crowd come in, particularly on the weekends, so be sure to arrive early in order to get a spot. Offering a friendly atmosphere with a warm and inviting staff, the Oval is just a great place to hang out and chat with friends, unfettered by the flashiness of many modern bars.
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Vicarstown Bar

5) Vicarstown Bar

Blending both traditional elements and a modern flair, the Vicarstown Inn is designed with a long and narrow design which is reminiscent of the medieval era from which the building originates. Featuring intimate, dark corners for lounging with a selection from its diverse drinks menu, the Vicarstown Inn also possesses a large, heated beer garden and smoking area which rivals the best ones in the city, with its old walls worn with time adding an historic air to this great Cork pub. The Vicarstown Inn is also a popular meeting place for club goers on their way to nearby dance clubs.

Operation Hours: Monday – Thursday:10 am – 11.30 pm; Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 12.30 am; Sunday: 2 pm -11 pm
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Bodega Nightclub

6) Bodega Nightclub

Located inside the old St. Peter’s Market building on the city’s historic Coal Quay, the Bodega Nightclub offers a timeless and elegant atmosphere to its guests, lining the walls with artwork from the likes of JB Yeats and Jim McCarthy. Other design elements include a beautiful chandeliers and a bar styled in pewter. The term “bodega” comes from the Spanish meaning winery, and the Bodega Nightclub offers a wide assortment of wines to choose from, as well as an extensive list of cocktails, beers, and ciders. Bodega includes a restaurant, a club area upstairs with two bars, and regularly features live music acts to entertain its guests.
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Sin É

7) Sin É

A great place to hear live traditional Irish music, the words ‘sin é’ come from the Gallic meaning ‘That’s it,’ which was meant to refer to the funeral home located next door to the pub. Opening its doors way back in 1889, this bars roots run quite deep in the city of Cork, and it has attracted loads of tourists over the years to enjoy its history, as well as its traditional folk sounds and good selection of beer. These traditional sounds can be found at Sin É each Tuesday evening at 9:30, as well as Friday and Sunday nights starting at 6:30. Live music including modern genres such as rock and reggae can be found here as well on other nights of the week. A small bar, its intimate appeal attracts a crowd on the weekends.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Cork for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Cork has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Cork, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.