September 18, 2004
I personally think that this pub could have the best location of any pub in Cork City. The Old Oak is one of Cork’s most popular late night venues on Oliver Plunkett Street, across the road from the G.P.O. It doesn’t appear to be big from the outside but looks can be deceiving! Normally you can expect to see bouncers on the door vetting people for identification. The main enterance is on O.P.S and there is another entrance opposite Scotts bar on Caroline street. On entering the interior decor is quite impressive and you’ll be suprised at the size of the place. There are three bars downstairs and the place is divided into sections. There is a room upstairs call Cyprus Avenue where you can sometimes see live bands. The main bar in the old oak is host to many live acts on a regular basis along with your usual inhouse dj’s. I got lost in there on my first visit a few years ago when it was extremely busy and confusing to navigate around They have an interesting clock located near the stage thats something to look out for. The pints of stout are ok in there, if it’s quiet you’ll get a better pint and the prices are about the same as most city pubs.
The toilets are normally well maintained but on a busy weekend night they can get quite messy. Of course this can be said of most pubs. They are big enough so you won’t normally have too long to wait. This pub fits into the category of superpub and it is one of Cork City’s late night bars. I would recommend a visit if you have not been there as the inside is really nice and it is very central.
Toilets rating: 6/10
Pint rating: 5/10
Overall rating: 6/10
Final comment: This pub is good for a big group night out as it has the room to accomodate everyone. The atmosphere on one night can be great if it is busy but if it’s quiet it can be dull. They do a decent lunch there most days. If you like a big pub then go and have a look.