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57 MacCurtain Street, Cork City, Cork, Ireland

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4318 Total Reviews
  • 82%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 89%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 81%Atmosphere
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

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The live musik is making fun. It is nice to sit around in the bar. The room has everything you need. You can cook your owne Dinner (if you buy most of the ingredients yourself). Wifi whoop. You can come and go however it will please you.

  • 15th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Good hostel. Comfortable beds, didn't hear the music from the bar in my room. Not the best wifi, but very nice stay!


Central, clean, super friendly staff... I forget her name, but one of the bartenders gave us great suggestions of places to go, helpful. The bar gets pretty lively at night so if you want to sleep, request a room further upstairs. Under bed lockers didn't work, only downside. Would definitely return to BruBar!


Very welcoming and good fun :)

  • 14th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Had a really pleasant stay here! Only downside was that the outlets in our room were in the opposite corner from the beds, and the storage cages in the rooms can't be locked (they have a free safety deposit for small items though if needed). Other than that, great atmosphere, very clean, would recommend!


My room was quite hot, the power points in the room were located in a strange place and the wifi access didn't reach the room. However, this hostel was very well located with great instructions on how to get there. The bar downstairs had a great atmosphere and the staff were incredibly friendly.


Bru Bar is a nice place to stay, but it's really really loud at night, so bring ear plugs with you


This is a really well-located hostel a few minutes walk from both the bus station and the train station and also right beside the city center. The beds were typical hostel fare, the en suite bathroom was clean and roomy. The wifi was really terrible and did not work in our room at all (2nd floor), it also didn't work for me most of the time downstairs in the bar/pool table area, which is unacceptable. Don't advertise wifi if your wifi isn't functioning adequately.


It was a basic hostel, no complaints besides the fact that the wifi was basically only in the common room. If that's what it's meant for fine, but don't say it has free wifi in the whole hostel.


The wifi was terrible, they know that Apple products have trouble connecting to it. However my group and everyone we met could only get the internet in the common area, Apple products or not. The breakfast was a little poor, only cereal and toast, but still plenty off it. The rooms were lovely and Bru is right next door to the best place to eat in Cork, The White Rabbit, and only just up the road from the bus into blarney, a definite must do, whether for the stone of the wonderful grounds


I adored the staff. The live music was so much fun! The only rough part was how loud it was. You could hear people in the room next to you, above, below, and across the way. But that's part of the hostel experience!


The bar down stairs is very popular. The music didn't stop until 2pm. I didn't mind it, but if you need peace and quiet, may not for you.


This hostel is joined with a dingy bar (pub). As soon as I walked in (2pm) I saw a dirty (perhaps semi-homeless) guy sleeping on a back bench. Also a couple of small dogs walking around the bar. So, this bar (pub) is a big negative to an otherwise average city hostel in an older section of Cork.


Bru Bar & Hostel was in an ideal location for accessing Cork City. Friendly, helpful staff, clean rooms, 24hr swipe-card acces to hostel. Just to be aware that if booking that some rooms of 3 beds consist of a top bunk and a double bunk underneath (rather than 3 single beds).


Nice rooms with lockers, lively bar downstairs but not loud at night for sleeping, good common room for meeting people. Good location for bus and train station, close to city center but not in it so quieter at night. Would be nice to have wifi in rooms.


horrible insulation of the window. you can hear the noise from the pub downstairs until 1am and the traffic from the big street below from 5am in the morning. on our last night it got even worse because there was a party going in the room next to ours and even though the hostel rules say 'no excess noise' , the stuff didnt do anything about it, so the party went on until 7 am! we booked a room for 3 and it was tiny! It had 2,5 beds for 3 People, no storage room at all, no wifi in the room


I really liked the bar and live music there. Staff in the hostel was nice and they helped if we had some questions.


Great Place with the best Craic


I stayed in this hostel a few years ago and remembered it being much better before. I've stayed in A LOT of hostels and this is definitely one of the worse ones. The location is decent, and there are a few nice bars/restaurants on the same street. No lift, problems with the room keys, no functioning lockers or places to leave your stuff securely. No chairs or tables to sit down anywhere in the room. It's quite noisy between the rooms and from the street people trying to get into the bar.


Great experience. Awesome location and the bar downstairs is super convenient and has a great atmosphere. Very friendly and helpful staff. Showers were a bit small but definitely usable. No major complaints - would definitely recommend and would stay there again the next time I'm in Cork.

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