Entertainment in Cork, Ireland

From live music to clubs to traditional pubs, Cork has it all. There’s something for everyone here, and with the city being home to so many students, a lot of the bars and clubs now offer drinks promotions.

Again, because the city centre is compact, a lot of these places are close together and a short walk from the main street. Oliver Plunkett Street is home to some of the city’s most popular bars, including An Bróg and the Old Oak Bar.

For something a little different, there’s the MVM club night at the Everyman Palace Theatre on MacCurtain Street. As well as providing plenty of room to dance, it also shows cult movies in a comfy sofa cinema.

Live acts from rock bands to traditional Irish music performers can be seen at a range of venues across the city including Fred Zeppelins and Cyprus Avenue. The Cork Opera House, Ireland’s only purpose built opera house, also hosts a lot of different events if you fancy a break from the usual bars and clubs.

Throughout the year Cork hosts a variety of festivals, including the extremely popular Cork Jazz Festival which takes place in October.

For a good way to find out what’s happening in Cork, pick up the free ‘WhazOn? Cork’ booklet. As well as listing current events, this monthly guide also has a handy map and the lowdown on where to find a good meal in the city.

Entertainments in Cork

  • Old Oak Bar

    113 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork, Ireland

    As well as being a great place to enjoy a pint and watch sports, you can also check your email here, as the bar offers WiFi coverage. A popular live music venue, it hosts many different types of acts, from rock bands to traditional Irish music. It's also located beside another popular live music venue, Cyprus Avenue.

    Open 7 days, Mon−Thurs 12pm−1.30am, Fri−Sat
    12pm−2.15am, Sun 1pm−1am.

  • Fred Zeppelins

    8 Parliament Street, Cork, Ireland

    A great rock bar and live music venue, Fred Zeppelins is a popular spot with a dark interior, loud music and plenty of places to sit. This bar sells most pints for only €3.25 from 4pm to 8pm on Monday to Thursday. You can test your rockstar skills every Tuesday at the bar’s Guitar Hero competition.

    Open 7 days, Mon−Thurs 4pm−11.30pm, Fri−Sat 4pm−12.30pm, Sun 4pm−11pm.

  • MVM, Movies Vs Music

    15 MacCurtain Street, Cork, Ireland

    Held in the Everyman Palace Theatre, this is a different kind of club night. There is plenty of room to dance, as well as a comfy sofa cinema showing cult movies. This event takes place every Saturday. Tickets cost €10 and are available from the door.

    Doors open at midnight.

  • An Bróg

    74 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork, Ireland

    A popular spot with a younger crowd, An Bróg has four bar areas and a foosball table. It operates as a late bar and there's a DJ 7 nights a week. You can test your knowledge at the weekly table quiz every Monday night. Draught pints are only €2.90 until 9pm.

    Open 7 days, Mon−Sat 11.30am−2pm, Sun 4pm−2am.

  • Newport

    Paul Street Plaza, Cork, Ireland

    Fairy lights brighten up the interior of this trendy late bar, café and bistro. There are lots of places to sit, both
    inside and outside and, as a result, it can get quite busy. It operates as a late bar and there’s a DJ. You can also access the 3−floor nightclub, Mangans, via the Newport.

    Open 7 days, 9am−2am.

  • Nancy Spains

    48 Barrack Street, Cork, Ireland

    Undoubtedly one of the most popular student bars in the city, this status guarantees drinks promotions, live music and a really good time.

  • Ma Brown's

    56 MacCurtain Street, Cork, Ireland

    Those of you with a penchant for karaoke will love this place where it takes place every Thursday and Friday night. Also has a DJ on Saturdays and traditional Irish music on Sundays.

  • Henry Grattan

    Grattan Street, Cork, Ireland

    A relatively new addition to the social scene in Cork, this pub is certainly making its mark. Regular live music and cheap and cheerful food served daily during the week ensure that this is the case.

  • The Crystal

    21 Gilabbey Street, Cork, Ireland

    Newly refurbished city centre bar with live music and a DJ every night at the weekend this bar also caters for all major sporting events guaranteed a good atmosphere when there is a big game on.

  • Costigans

    11 Washington Street West, Cork, Ireland

    Excellent traditional pub serving beers, wines and extremely popular cocktails. Live music every Wednesday and the best soup and sandwiches in the south.

  • Franciscan Well Brew Pub

    North Mall, Cork, Ireland

    One of the city’s only microbreweries, there’s live traditional music every Monday and an outdoor barbecue every Thursday. While it can’t guarantee that the weather will hold up, it can guarantee a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

  • Gorby's

    Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork, Ireland

    Nightclub which is primarily aimed at students, Gorby’s has a DJ every night of the week. Has different theme nights most Tuesdays as well as hosting comedy and live music on occasion. Admission is cheaper before 11.00pm.

  • The Lobby Bar

    1 Union Quay, Cork, Ireland

    Cork’s premier live music venue, the Lobby has a gig every night of the week ensuring that the place is always packed and the atmosphere is second to none.

  • Sir Henry's

    South Main Street, Cork, Ireland

    Legendary live music venue over the past two decades this establishment now mainly serves as one of the city’s most popular nightclubs playing everything from indie and alternative to cheesy disco.

  • Loafers

    26-27 Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland

    The city’s original gay and lesbian bar, this is a friendly, fun pub with a juke box, a pool table and plenty going on to keep you entertained while you’re there.

  • Club FX

    Lynches Street, Cork, Ireland

    A club situated on two different levels check out the sounds of the 80’s and 90’s in one of the most popular dance venues in the city. And for those of you who prefer to chill grab yourself a place on the balcony.

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