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Address: Albert Quay, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 21 496 5704

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Fantastic night

Best night of our weekend spent in here, great people brilliant music. Its a must when visiting Cork.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best night of our weekend spent in here, great people brilliant music. Its a must when visiting Cork.

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Killala co Mayo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

This is a fantastic pub,it is small but the craic is mighty. They have brilliant music on for the oct bank hol weekend (jazz weekend) The staff are brilliant and join in the craic also. The pints are lovely so im told i drink vodka myself and enjoy every one.

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Thank Noreen H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

A little gem of a bar on the docklands. Old school boozer with a nice "drinking" vibe . Pints are always good and you'll always find someone in there for a chat

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Thank Tom H
Half Moon Bay, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

I used to live in staggering distance to this pub and met the love of my life there. Great place to go on Saturday night as the owner John O'Connor has the best sound system and the music is proper old school disco . From Lady Gaga to Abba, and not to mention the great jazz groups during the famous... More 

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Holland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

Tried all of the bars nearer to the city center but walked in here and felt right at home. Great conversations with great people.

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Thank dee2123
Slane, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Great pub. Great location Smaller than it looks when passing by but when the music comes on this place comes to life!! Pizzas complimentary when you arrive with a party of a certain number!!

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2015

This just looks like a dockside bar with its formica tables etc. However, later in the evening the place rocks with people dancing on chairs, tables and a great buzz envelopes the place. Always a great atmosphere and it has to be seen to be believed. Simply go.

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Thank JGrant44
cork ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

This is an absolute gem of a pub. Brilliant fun usually after 10pm with people singing from the bar counter and everyone else joining in,,unconventional to say the least . Anybody visiting Cork has to end up here

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

Just visited this brilliant bar in Cork city. A real local with bags of character. Visiting from London the host has given us tips and ideas for our time in Cork tomorrow and we are defiantly looking forward to our return trip to Cork soon. Thanks for a lovely evening xxx

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

What a little gem this place is. Go there after 9pm that's when it really gets going.place gets rammed packed people dancing on tables really good 80s and 90s music friendly bar staff great atmosphere and a unbelievable mix of different people.been there a good few times and never a hint of trouble

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