On the Old Man Pub Trail in Cork

Five Cork Pubs for a Scoop


Is there anything more pleasurable than a pint of plain while sat in an old man pub, paper in hand, a sleeping dog at your feet? OK, so we can’t provide the paper (or the dog), but we can reveal Cork’s most old school pubs – just remember it’s all about the Beamish down here.

Here is five to try (maybe not all in the one night!):

Hi-B Pub

Small, and slightly shabby, this first-floor pub can be somewhat daunting for first-timers, but the quality of the pints, and the wit of the regulars, makes it worth the effort. The décor is well, eclectic: thick red carpets, low ceilings and a long wooden bar set the mood, as do the parade of locals who descend on this place nightly. Not the venue to start ordering cocktails in; get a pint of Beamish and settle into one of the comfy corners.
Address: 108 Oliver Plunkett Street

Tom Barry’s
There’s no better place to be on a bitter winters’ night than the cosy confines of Tom Barry’s. With its wooden walls, big iron fireplace, and friendly staff, it’s one of the highlights of any trip to Cork. There’s also a large beer garden, a wood-fired pizza oven, and there’s usually a great atmosphere at the weekend.

Address: 113 Barrack Street