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The Idle Hour

Address: Albert Quay, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 21 4965704
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Ranked #44 of 189 things to do in Cork
Type: Bars & clubs, Nightlife
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Type: Bars & clubs, Nightlife

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English first
Cork, Ireland
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Was in here recently and what a spot! Lots of 60s 70s music to suit the clientele. You better be able to sing because everyone joins in and the whole bar starts rocking to the beat and people even stand on the seats dancing! Bar staff are great. Atmosphere is 11/10! You certainly won't be Idle in there!!

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London, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

I have friends who have frequented this bar for years on and off and have regaled me with stories of crazy nights. If you stay seated in this bar you would have to be tone deaf, they play some great tunes and a mix for everyone. It is the kind of place where you go "Oh No" but then once... More 

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Cork, Ireland
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
48 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Have walked past this pub so many times on my way to or from work and it always draws me in. Whether its quiet and the big screen has sport on or its a rocking Saturday night I always wanted to visit but hadn't until the other day. Went in after a tough day at work and the place was... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

We were getting wedding photos taken across the road at the docks and the barman came over to us and offered us a complimentary drink for the whole bridal party. Lovely gestures like these don't go unnoticed.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Was in here for the first time last Saturday night and will definitely be back! Brilliant music and fantastic atmosphere. Would not have guessed from the outside. A little off the beaten track which makes it a little gem.

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Cork, Ireland
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

The craic in here is mighty... Whether your going for a quiet one or a night out with the girls, this is the pub to go to. Music to suit all ages 23 to 73. Never fails to bring a fantastic night out in Cork. Great atmosphere and fantastic staff make this place even better. My friend and I are... More 

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Cork, Ireland
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This pub really is a hidden treasure. The atmosphere is always wonderful, be it packed to the gills or half empty. Great fun to be had on major sporting occasions when crammed in with fellow sports fans. They also do a deal with The Fish Wife fish and chip shop on big sports days - a pint and fish/chicken/veggie supper... More 

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Cork, Cork, Ireland
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

With the advent of the super pub , the rock pub, the dance pub The Idle Hour still retains an authentic feel in the centre of Cork city. It is unpretentious and delivers what most people want these days in pubs which is good music (at a respectable volume) all live sports and a friendly staff and clientele. When you... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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230 reviews 230 reviews
3 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011 via mobile

We love the idle hour. Great pub a few minutes walk from the centre of the city. Very busy at weekends with great music.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2011 via mobile

The idle hour is a crazy little bar, off the beaten track, down near the docks on the way to Blackrock. Great atmosphere, good music and never fails to disappoint as the night gathers momentum and next thing you're dancing on the tables til closing time." A Mad gaff", as they say in Cork, boy!

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