My favorite pub in Cork. Creamy pints of Beamish, good crowd, and lively trad music 5 or 6 nights a week. There's a great vibe inside, warm and friendly, the perfect place to meet buddies for a pint and take in some music.
Located right across the way from the old Beamish brewery, this is easily my favorite spot in the city.
My best memory here was on St. Patrick's day, 2012. I got here by the late afternoon when the whole country was already sloshed. Although it was packed it was like the happiest place in the world. The tin whistler in the trad band playing at the time was TOOTING HIS TIN WHISTLE OUT OF HIS NOSE! AND HE WAS PLAYING REALLY WELL! An amazing sight to witness.
AN SPAILPIN FANACH
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An Spailpin Fanach is a traditional music venue in Cork City; not surprising then that some of its lunchtime food is traditional.
Tomorrow it will be bacon and cabbage in this city centre pub but today (Wed 23 Sep) Irish Stew was high on the lunch menu.
We had started with a smashing vegetable soup, tasty, straight from the pot and no extra salt added. Then came the stew, a plateful of smashing food. Loved it and finished it off before staying on the trad path with a well made apple tart. A cup of decent coffee rounded off an enjoyable hour or so.
A great bar for live music - whether traditional Irish, or jazz or swing - they've a very varied line up. Good beers on tap too, and friendly service. A good bar with the right kind of atmosphere to start your evening off before moving on elsewhere.
If you love live music you'll love this place
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