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Bru Bar & Hostel Reviews

57 MacCurtain Street, Cork City, Cork, Ireland

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3792 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 81%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 78%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

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The room was clean & comfortable as were the bathrooms. The only negative was there were no curtains on the window, so the adjoining building had a clear view inside the room. Also there is no way to lock the storage facilities they have in the room & a pair of my shoes were stolen by another guest. The hostel itself was average & their breakfast not worth waking up for, but Bru bar was great & I met lots of local people in the bar & had a great time. Would stay here again.


The location is really good, very close the the bus station and the city centre, but the kitchen was really small, and to do the check-in you have to cross trought the bar. Bedrooms are quite good, clean and quite.


the hostel is well located but too busy and noisy . The bedroom and bathroom were not clean.


Security card never works, staff are often rude, can't drink in the kitchen because of the bar downstairs....


Very clean hostel and a lot of pass-card entry doors (which I can only assume were secure) but my 4 bed dorm was very small and stuffy and the vibe in the hostel was a bit strange - seemed to be a lot of people staying there who were long-timers looking for jobs/working part-time etc & not many people looking to chat/interact/hang-out (typical case of everyone surfing Facebook rather than interacting). Positives: location, price, cleanliness. Negatives: small rooms/common space, stuffy, no vibe


Small cosy hostel with a kind of "hard rock" feeling. Too bad that Cork don't have much to offer. Great nice people but Cork is not a city I will visit again. The hostel was good. The breakfast was ok. Me and my friend stayed in a 4 bed room for one night. Oh. And I drank the BEST beer ever in this town. A local one. Don't remember the name though.


Good location and free breakfast but not the most comfortable rooms with limited PowerPoints. No wifi on the top floor and lugging bags up there with no lift was a pain especially with a key card system that's on its way out having to go back and forth to sort it out. It's fine but its not one of the better hostels I've stayed in, maybe it's good for Cork with limited options


Good location near the main bus station and everything in Cork (which isn't hard with it being quite small). An acceptable but certainly not a high standard hostel. Classic case of older hostel with average wifi, no lift so if you're on the 3rd floor it's a pain, lack of power points in rooms and average beds. It's fine though, just don't expect a top tier hostel.


We gave the staff our clothes to wash, they sad we could take it the next day but they needed 2 days! Breakfast wasn't served one day on time and the keycards were totally annoying because they didn't work.

  • 26th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Great base during the Jazz Festival. The bar downstairs was one of the venues, and the other guests were great. A real backpacker's hostel.


Great value for ,money. Only draw back was that we were waiting for ages to check in, as there was no one at reception for a good 20 or so minutes which wasn't ideal.

  • 21st Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Really nice people working there! Accommodation was standard to any other hostel I've stayed in before. The live music really made it a neat place to be and there was a real range of different people. The bar was pretty standard but they had good drink deals and the aussie bartender was awesome at learning the different shots we requested! Definitely a good place to stay!

  • 17th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Staff were most helpful


Good hostel. Would stay again. Everything you need for budget traveling.


Some staff were nice- an Aussie guy- but a very grumpy girl behind front desk. Nice museli at breakfast


We might have been there at a bad time, but the atmosphere wasn't great for travelers. There were a lot of people living there and working, which gives it a different atmosphere. The rooms were really dark, making it impossible to get ready without waking other's up and the kitchen was a little unkept.


Bru Bar and Hostel was a great place to stay in Cork City. It is a really close walk from the train and bus station as well as just across the bridge into the City Centre. The rooms were neat and tidy and the staff was very helpful. This was my first hostel experience and I have to say that I felt very safe and secure in being there. The only problem was the lack of WiFi in the rooms. But it was great in the TV/Lounge and it was a great way to meet other travelers!

  • 13th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Bed was alright. En-suite less than expected, good deals in the bar but kind of a weird vibe.


This was a pretty good hostel, really close to the main bus station. All the rooms were ensuite with the bathrooms. It was nice to have a bar downstairs and they had live music every night.


This hostel is good to stay at for a couple of nights. The room was clean and smelt of bleach. The bar downstairs is quite small and dark but quite convenient. The tv room had good wifi reception, however the room didn't. The hostel is a short walk away from the centre of the city.

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