The Abbey (Carrigaline)

I have reviewed this pub previously when it was called ‘Hogans’ but it has been the above name for the past few years and it deserves another review under the current management. It has the same interior as it did previously but it is now a much busier spot than it has been, mainly due to the fact that there is a much improved menu and live music is a regular feature in the bar these days. I have been there several times recently and have found the food, drinks and service to be excellent. A staff member even phoned me after having a recent meal there with friends to check if all was to our satisfaction. This was a nice touch.

This bar/restaurant was recently number 1 in Cork on trip advisors list of top restaurants. I would certainly recommend heading in for a pint but it is still more of a restaurant in my opinion. The toilets are well maintained but there is only cubicle available. There is a nice smoking area out the back and there is a car park here as well.

Head in to the Abbey for a meal/drink. It’s a very decent spot.

Eds Bar

We stayed in the Charleville Park hotel in North Cork for the second time recently. I had meant to post a review of the hotel bar after our first stay but didn’t get round to it. Ed’s bar is a modern hotel bar with two sections available. The bar is a typical hotel bar with plenty staff serving. We had food on both occasions when we stayed there and the the quality wasn’t 4 star and we had to wait quite a while as well which didn’t help. I was drinking Smithwicks on our recent stay and they were really good pints. The bar staff were really efficient and friendly when serving drinks.

There are toilets in the bar area and also off the corridor by the restaurant and to be fair they were very well maintained any time that I saw them. The bar lacks atmosphere as there was no live music on any occasion I was there and people tended to leave after they had eaten.

Toilet rating: 8/10
Pint rating: 7/10
Overall rating: 7/10

Final comment: Despite some of the negatives I have highlighted here I will certainly head back to this hotel and stay again as everything else from the rooms to the leisure facilities were top class.

The woolshed Baa and Grill

We had a soccer night out recently and headed in here for a few drinks. We firstly walked through this pub and into the porterhouse which is in the same building but we came back into this pub in order to accommodate our group. We got two tables and we also ordered food including finger food and pizzas. The food was reasonably priced and tasty. I was a Woolshed baa and grill in Dublin previously and being a chain it had a lot of similarities to here. It is located on Shears street in Cork city in the Mardyke entertainment complex. It is a big pub and on the night we were there, there was a table quiz on in the back area. The review of the drink here is going to be something I cannot do. I got all my drinks in the porterhouse next door and brought them into this pub which appeared to be what a lot of patrons were doing.

The toilets were well maintained when I saw them. No real comments on them. I saw the staff here around the pub and they were all very helpful to people and efficient. There was live music on the night which was enjoyable. I will be back.

Toilet rating: 7.5/10
Overall rating: 7.5/10

Final comment: It’s a city centre pub that is certainly worth checking out.

The Vicarstown inn (re-reviewed) (Cork city)

I had a lot of negative things to say about this pub when I previously reviewed it. I was in their recently and the transformation could not be more profound. This pub used to be a very quiet, unwelcoming pub that was poorly maintained from our first visit there. It is now one of the city’s hottest pubs. We could barely get in the door when we were there recently and you could tell that their has been a lot of money invested. I admired the bar staff’s efficiency and ability to hear customers orders above the loud music. I noticed some craft beers for sale there. We made our way down to the back of the pub and out to the very impressive heated smoking area.

I enjoyed the pint of Murphy’s and would have stayed for another but we moved on. The toilets are small but were reasonably maintained when I saw them. I think who ever over hauled this pub deserves immense credit as it now appears to be a big money maker.

Toilet rating: 6/10
Pint rating: 7/10
Overall rating: 7.5/10

Final comment: The Victarstown inn enjoys a very prominent city centre location on North Main Street and is certainly making the most of it.

The Oar (Crosshaven)

Recently we headed for a few pints in this pub in Crosshaven. I previously reviewed this pub under its former name ‘The moonduster’. Myself,Ken,Charlie and Mark headed in early and took a seat to the left as you walk in the door. We sat next to the blazing fire which was extremely welcoming on a bleak evening. There wasn’t many in there when we arrived but people stated coming in steadily throughout the night. The service at the bar was good and the pints were excellent . I was on the Beamish and that went down a treat. There is a pool table up in another area of the bar. It is a very pleasant pub to sit for a few pints in. I don’t think that there have been huge changes from what I can remember from my last visit.

The toilets are just off the bar and are small but were well maintained. I know there is a room up stairs as well that is used for functions. A really decent pub that has been taken over relatively recently and we wish the owners well with their venture.

Toilet rating: 7.5/10
Pint rating: 8/10
Overall rating: 8/10

Final comment: this is definately that I can see myself visiting a lot in the future.

O’ Reillys (Crosshaven)

I was out for a few pints with Finian before Christmas and headed into this pub in Crosshaven. It has been there a while now but only got to visit then. It was very busy on the night we headed in and there were no seats available. I did notice another area off the bar and it was empty but perhaps it is a function room. The service at the bar was efficient and friendly and the two pints of stout consumed weren’t bad at all. There was a band playing and they were too loud for my liking (maybe I’m just getting old).

The toilets were not in great condition when I saw them which is perhaps not surprising as it was very busy. I’d say it would be a good place to watch a match on TV.

Toilet rating: 6/10
Pint rating: 7/10
Overall rating: 7/10

Final comment: Is this my favourite pub in Crosshaven? No. That said there are some great pubs down there. Pop in for a pint.

O’ Briens (Churchtown)

We went for a few days break away to the Charleville park hotel last week during the school Easter holidays. On our second day there we went to Liscaroll to the delightful donkey sanctuary. On the way to the sanctuary I spotted a pub called Boss Murphy’s as we were passing through Churchtown and was ver interested in visiting there for a pint. On the way back Jen brought the two older girls to the playground and I went to see the pub. Unfortunately it wasn’t open when I went to go in so I instead walked across the road to O’Briens, the only other pub I could see in the village. I went in and had the baby with me who I gave a bottle of milk while enjoying a pint of Murphys. The lady behind the bar was very pleasant and pulled my pint and had it to me very quickly. She was in conversation with two other men at the bar and all appeared friendly. The bar lady asked me if I was after moving to the area and I told her I was just passing through and having a few pints. She was very chatty and had a word for anyone that came into the bar. The pints that I had were really good and I enjoyed them a lot. The pub itself is small and is a real country pub which I love. There is lots of horse memorabilia on the walls in this pub.

The toilets were out the back and they were maintained very well. There is a smoking area out the back as well. Jen and the kids came into the pub and Jen ordered coffee which she wasn’t charged for. That was a very nice gesture. In the end I was glad that Boss Murphy’s was closed as I would not have discovered this pub otherwise and it was quite a find. This pub proves that that you can still walk into a pub in Ireland and instantly feel like a local.

Toilet rating: 7.5/10
Pint rating: 8.5/10
Overall rating: 9.5/10

Final comment: What a find this was. A really good experience and the people of Churchtown are lucky to have such a nice local

An Bodhran (Cork City)

I have walked past this small pub on Oliver Plunkett street in Cork city many times over the years. I always wanted to enjoy a pint in here and recently headed in around 7pm on a Friday evening. I was due to meet friends in another pub so I just had a swift one. It was quite busy for that time of the evening and most people had a hello or a nod in my direction as I went to order my drink. It is one of those pubs where you can walk in on your own for a pint and feel completely comfortable. The bar staff were a young guy and girl and I was served my Beamish efficiently with a smile.

There is plenty memorabilia on the walls to keep you reading and there was some of the clientele watching sport on the tv. I sat at the front of the bar sitting on a stool and people watching out the window. I really enjoyed the pint and found this to be a very relaxing pub for a pint. I didn’t use the toilet facilities so cannot comment on those but overall this is a grand little pub very centrally located

Pint rating: 8/10
Overall rating: 8/10

Final comment: I would most certainly like to head back here again and will probably do so to catch some of the live music i have heard while walking by in the past.

The Boardwalk (Cork City)

We recently went for a meal in this bar and restaurant located on Lapps Quay in Cork City centre. It was a good feed and after eating in the trendy restaurant area we moved across to the bar. We found some comfortable seats in this ultra chic bar. A pint of Murphys and a glass of White wine was ordered and was promptly delivered by the very pleasant bar man. It is a spacious bar and very modern. It would certainly be a great place to watch a match. I spotted a VIP area at the back of the bar.

The toilets were very well maintained and I certainly do not have any complaints about them. The meal we had was a very good value early bird deal and the drink was very relaxing. We both enjoyed our visit and to be fair there was a good crowd of people in there for a mid week night. I definately think people should head in for a meal, a drink or both.

Toilet rating: 8/10
Pint rating: 7.5/10
Overall rating: 8/10

Final comment: The service and the general welcome in this city centre bar was top class. We’l be back.

Issacs bar and bistro (Midleton)

We were at this bar in Midleton Co Cork today. We headed in for a bite to eat and a few drinks. It is quite a small pub and the girl behind the bar was very friendly when we walked in. She offered us a table near the fire but although the Cosy spot looked inviting we chose to sit near the front of the bar. Our three year old needed more space to move around. There are two televisions in the bar which would be a good spot to watch a match. The pints that I had were good, they were heineken and went down well. The food that we had was also good and very reasonable.

The toilets are out the back of the bar. The gents were well maintained. There is a very nice smoking area our here as well. I have to say that this pub was an enjoyable visit. You will find it on Church lane off the main street.

Toilet rating: 7/10
Pint rating: 7/10
Overall rating: 7/10

Final comment: Issacs bar and bistro is just another of Midletons many public houses. Check it out.