The Roaring Donkey
The Roaring Donkey
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5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Monday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Saturday
3:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Sunday
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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  • Bernie O
    Brigantine, New Jersey195 contributions
    Must Stop Here
    We were told that we had to go to the Roaring Donkey for the live music. It is well worth the walk up the hill. The music was great, the people were amazing, the Guinness was poured perfectly, and at the end of the night (yes, we stayed until closing) it was worth the walk back down the hill
    Written August 1, 2022
  • anthony b
    10 contributions
    Great spot to wind down your week
    Nice bar, great Guinness. Killian and Ann Marie are excellent barpersons. The smoking area is huge but not compatible with having a drink with your special lady if both are non smokers. Mixed aged clientele, never any unsavoury sights or sounds. Well worth a visit.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 3, 2022
  • Ethel G
    County Dublin, Ireland8 contributions
    Loved it
    Hard to find a good ballad session.in these times. Trad music is great but like it more when there's a bit of singing and group ask people who can sing to join them. Went with mu hubby on Wed last. We had a great time and will go again when in Cobh. I believe this happens every Wed, especially. Ethel Gallagher
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 29, 2020
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SirNorman
County Cork, Ireland581 contributions
Dec 2014 • Friends
. The Roaring Donkey is certainly a name to conjure with. The locals will tell you a variety of tails, pardon the pun, as to the origin of the name. If nothing they are entertaining even if they do raise a quizzical eyebrow.

Worldwide you will find the ubiquitous 'Irish Pub' where it invariably becomes a hub for Irish abroad; a meeting place for English speaking people and a quasi Embassy for others. Of course they are a concept replication by an architect of what a genuine Irish pub is. Even in Ireland they exist. The Roaring Donkey on the other hand is the real thing retaining its character virtually unchanged for well over a century.

Clutter more so than the counter mount for Guinness and other black Irish stouts is the hallmark of a real Irish pub. Distressed timber, wooden panelling and shelves bulging with memorabilia, walls festooned with pictures of victorious Gaelic teams or shirts of rugby titans all combine to create the ambiance of the genuine Irish Pub. The Roaring Donkey is a veritable national monument in this regard.

There are some things you are guaranteed of in the Roaring Donkey and all are good. When you open the door the locals will greet you not stare at you. You may unwittingly find yourself absorbed into what ever banter is going on and sometimes it can be hilariously lively. 'A blast of a song' is never far away from erupting or turning into a general sing song.

Wednesday is more formal where a regular 'Session' of Irish music has prevailed for some thirty years, however you can never preclude spontaneously and one could happen at any time.

You may have noticed by now that I have not indulged in the lauding of an international beverage brand, its quality and it beneficial attributes and a right of passage for tourists. Suffice it to say you will be in the right place to enjoy the experience.

I am the possessor of a number of photographs which I will upload and invite you to view as they speak more eloquently than any words I write.
Written August 3, 2015
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britmarie911
Riverview, Canada30 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Quite a hike to get to this little gem (especially when you've already sampled guiness and jameson), however the hike is well worth it, not only do you get to see the stunning Cobh cathedral and the amazing panoramic views of cobh but once you open these doors to this little Irish pub you are warmly welcomed by the brand new owner and his family along with some hilarious and friendly locals. We ordered shots and some of the locals joined us and then sampled some local beer. The owner gave us a tray of meats, cheeses and olives which really helped since it was a drinking kind of day!! This place is genuine, fun and friendly and is an absolute must if you are in cobh. Thank you guys!!
Written July 16, 2015
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London, UK4,985 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
This is an outstandingly good traditional Irish bar which offers a warm welcome to visitors and locals alike.
It's the original home of traditional music in Cobh with a session every Wednesday night which has attracted musicians from all over the world - you simply never know who is going to drop in.
There's an attractive beer garden and comfortable,heated smoking area at the back of the pub.
And inside on winter nights there's a cosy fire burning in a stove surrounded by an ornate,carved Celtic mantle-piece.
The Donkey is also the home pub for supporters of Munster Rugby and the walls are covered in photographs,rugby shirts and memorabilia commemorating many illustrious victories for the Munster boys.
The Donkey also serves a legendary creamy pint of the black stuff and has also embraced the craft beer revolution.
The pub is known as the First and Last depending on whether your leaving or arriving into Cobh and although it's at the top of the Top of the Hill the Donkey is well worth the walk.
Highly recommended.
Written June 28, 2015
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Renee S
Manitou Springs, CO44 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
What a neat local! If you are in town on a Wednesday, stop in the evening for local music - and feel free to sing along! When you walk in you feel immediately welcome - it's almost hard to leave! A must visit if you are in the area!
Written July 24, 2015
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MatthijsvR
Netherlands97 contributions
Aug 2015
Great little pub, excellent beers. You should definitely visit on music night (wednesdays) when there is live irish music. The place is likely to be packed, so make sure you come on time if you want a seat. Great music, great atmosphere
Written August 15, 2015
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bri1984
London, UK9 contributions
Jul 2016
Famous pub in Cobh on "top of the hill"
Nice small traditional pub decent beer on tap ,always visit for the trad session which has been going for years always get a warm welcome when I go there one of the few trad pubs left in the area def worth a visit
Written July 4, 2016
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Hairygarry
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
Every now and then you have moments in your life so meaningful that they last with you forever, your first love, the births of your children. Having a beer at the Roaring Donkey could not only be added to, but could in fact trump these moments in your life. This pub is quintessentially Ireland, quaint, friendly, homely, fun. Nestled at the top of a hill by the famous deck of cards in Cobh, last port of the Titanic. The roaring donkey is filled with welcoming local Irish making you feel at home and as if a local yourself, friendly bar staff (Tiggy & co) and a cosy relaxed setting to enjoy drinks with friends. I challenge anyone to enter this establishment and not walk out with half a dozen new friends. That's if you'll be able to leave this place at all. How do I go about immigrating to Ireland?
Written April 4, 2016
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Patrick C
Indianapolis, IN48 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
We were referred here by the owner of the apartment we rented on holiday and a local restaurant owner. We were initially skeptical from the outside and distance up the hill from the piers. Loved the atmosphere and genuineness of the pub. If you smoke, there's a quiet, covered, and heated area out back. Don't overlook the Roaring Donkey when in Cobh! You'll miss out.
Written March 23, 2016
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Dan Q
Doha, Qatar12 contributions
Jul 2015
took my grown family here, including 2 Musicians on local open mike night. Amazing evening of music as the locals seemed to have a bit of a routine going on here. Two gents with guitars did most of the entertaining, when they went for a personal break someone would start singing a song from the crowd. All singers had wonderful voices. It was magical to sit and listen, the high light of all bars we went to in Ireland! Thanks to the locals for the wonderful treatment.
Written February 9, 2016
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wwjmaj
32 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
Wednesday night finds us at the Roaring Donkey at least once every trip to Ireland. Traditional music here alone is reason to cross the atlantic. From regulars we see each visit to new locals and foreign visitors from all over everyone is welcomed and squeezed in. New owners recently took over but we found Wednesday Trad night unchanged. Reels, ballads, sing along it all happens weekly here.
Written September 30, 2015
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The Roaring Donkey (Cobh) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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The Roaring Donkey is open:
  • Sun - Sun 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Mon - Thu 5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
  • Fri - Fri 5:00 PM - 12:30 AM
  • Sat - Sat 3:00 PM - 12:30 AM