Cork Nightlife Tour, Cork (Self Guided)

A good time is never hard to find in the city of Cork. The densely packed city center offers a variety of entertainment to suit any tastes, and all of them within a reasonable walking distance from one another. Whether it be a traditional pub setting with patrons singing Irish songs over a pint of Guinness, a hot night of dancing to live DJ sets, or a live rock band bringing down the house, Cork has it all. From casual to chic, rustic to state-of-the-art, be sure to check out these great places on the Cork Nightlife Tour.
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Cork Nightlife Tour Map

Guide Name: Cork Nightlife Tour
Guide Location: Ireland » Cork (See other walking tours in Cork)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Author: Xena
Soho Bar & Restaurant

1) Soho Bar & Restaurant

Offering four levels of entertainment to its guests seven days a week until the wee hours, the Soho Bar & Restaurant is a large pub and a place to enjoy a bite to eat as well as a selection from its choice of beverages. On the first floor, coffee and pastries in the morning leads to lunchtime fair in the afternoons and finally live music and cocktails in the evening. The second level features dining and cocktails in a relaxed setting, perfect for gathering a group of friends or coworkers for a splendid evening out. VIP rooms on the third floor offer private dining and bars, and the top level offers a barbecue deck and a stunning view of the city. The Soho offers casual dining and reasonably-priced dishes and drink prices, and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 11.30 pm; Friday: 10 am – 2 am; Saturday: 11 am – 2 am; Sunday noon – 1.30 am
An Brog

2) An Brog

A popular hangout for students as well as a popular spot to meet up before club hopping, An Bróg features a good mix of edgy alternative, rock, and metal music. Monday evenings features local Cork talent from the likes of Rubberneck, Semi, and more. One of the largest pubs on Oliver Plunkett Street, it attracts a large and multifaceted crowd, particularly on the weekends, and is a haven for indie and alternative music in Cork, though it also caters somewhat to a mainstream rock audience as well. A great place to enjoy good music with good friends over a pint of ale, An Bróg continues to be a favorite nightspot enjoyed by mainly locals, including college students in particular.

Opening Hours: noon – 2 am

3) Bowery

Featuring four rooms with music to suit a variety of tastes, the Bowery includes six bars as well as an open air rooftop right in the heart of the city of Cork. The Berwick Room features a stylish bar inspired by the speakeasy era as evidenced in the classic furnishings and moody lighting. Also available for private engagements throughout the year, other Bowery amenities include the Stage Room for dancing the night away, and a great place to hang out in a casual atmosphere on the rooftop. Bowery’s resident DJ, Mike Darcy serves up the sounds of funk, soul, old Motown favorites and world music on Friday and Saturday nights. Offering the skills of DJ Dave Daly, the Stage Room’s dance floor heats up all night long, stylishly equipped with LED light rigs and a high-end sound system rounding out the exciting party atmosphere.

4) Reardens

Offering live music each Friday and Sunday evening, has garnered several awards in national competitions over the years. Popular artists including comedian Des Bishop, Christy Moore and Faithless have performed here. Its décor is reminiscent of a traditional Irish pub, with understated design elements and a quaint atmosphere. Antique light fixtures and ornate pendent lights add this bar’s unique style. In addition to great live music performances, Reardens is also a popular spot to catch the latest sports matches, with an emphasis on soccer, rugby and events offered by the Gaelic Athletic Association. Tiered seating is made available for larger games to enhance to experience better views of the match.
The Woodford

5) The Woodford

With entrances from Paul Street and Daunt Square, The Woodford, possessing entrances from both Paul Street and Daunt Square, is located inside a building dating back to the middle of the 18th century when it housed the Woodford Bourne & Company, a well-known wine merchant in the day. The Woodford nowadays offers an extensive winelist for guests to choose from, as well as an assortment of beer, cocktails, and local foods made fresh daily. The Woodford succeeds at bringing a homey and relaxed atmosphere for patrons to enjoy a good time with friends over a pint or a glass of wine. Rustic wooden furniture, mismatched chairs and sofas add to this intimate bar’s atmosphere which features live DJs spinning tunes late into the night on Fridays and Saturdays.

Operation Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 11.30 pm; Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 2 am; Sunday: 4 pm – 2 am
Cyprus Avenue

6) Cyprus Avenue

Opened in 2003, Cyprus Avenue has garnered a great reputation in Cork as one of its best venues for live music. Hosting plenty of local acts throughout the week, Cyprus Avenue is the perfect place in Cork for up and coming bands to gain a little notoriety. Cyprus Avenue is also well known for its ability to attract big names in music from around the world. Former famous acts offered here include Now Patrol, Mudhoney, Mumford & Sons, Mercury Rev, Richie Havens, and many more. A small club with a cozy feel, Cyprus Avenue is the perfect place in Cork to spend an intimate evening with any of the local or international acts to grace its stage.

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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.