Scoozi’s- Winthrop Avenue
Scoozi’s is an incredibly lively restaurant, with an incredible menu, The menu is just as eclectic as the decor, with a little bit of everything, from burgers to lasagna and many other beautifully prepared dishes, The prices are pretty competitive too, As well as this, they boast a weekly kids colouring competition, so if you think you can pass off one of your drawings as that of a child, you can win a free lunch!
Amicus- Paul Street Plaza
Despite how busy this restaurant is, reservations are not always necessary in Amicus, they will always find you a seat! The menu is made up of a wide variety of dishes from all over the world. The fajitas are fantastic! Definitely worth a visit, and a great place for big groups of people.
CafeBarDeli- Academy Street
You may be confused by the name of this restaurant, but you will understand when you get there. Part Cafe, part Bar, part Deli! With great pastas and pizzas, a full bar and a wide selection of hot drinks, CafeBarDeli will have you spoiled for choice as you dine in this beautiful restaurant.
The Long Valley- Winthrop Street
Really the only thing that can be said about the Long Valley is that they serve the best sandwiches in the world. Also, Derek Mahon has been seen in there from time to time. Right in the middle of the city centre, it’s next to an O Brien’s. Pick The Long Valley- you won’t be disappointed.
The Farmgate- English Market
If you can stick the smell of the English Market, a visit to the Farmgate is a definite. The staff are so friendly it’s a pleasure to wait in a queue. The tea is awesome and the view over the market stalls is pretty neat. It’s small, but most definitely one of my favourites. Constantly rated as one of the best, and damn straight too.
The Pavilion- Carey’s Lane
Relatively new, but going strong, The Pav is becoming a vital part of Cork nightlife. Open seven nights until 2am, there’s always good music or good djs, and the lunch served in the Pavilion Monday to Saturday is damn fine.
An Realt Dearg- 125 Barrack Street
Official Cork’s oldest bar, once called The Gateway, An Realt Dearg is a mainstay, pleasant bar with a nice atmosphere. It’s also about five minutes’ walk from UCC< which is always a benefit. It opens Tuesday to Sunday, there’s a warm beer garden and the nicest sofas in the city!
The Bierhaus- Pope’s Quay
Anyone who knows about it will rave about it. The Bierhaus is the Cork gem of pubs, recently voted one of the best beer bars in the world. They have over 50 beers and a special each month. It’s in the middle of the city, and it’s a definite yes if you like beer.
Sin é- Coburg Street
If you’re looking for an old fashioned pub, this is it. With live music Tuesday Friday and Sunday, Sin é is alive and kicking every day. If you fancy a nice sit down and some good music, give it a try, and pull some friends along.
Lennox’s- Bandon Road
Lennox’s is a small family run chip shop which has a proud history as one of Cork’s cultural alndmarks. The U2 gold disc on the wall presented to Jackie Lennox by Bono really sums up the importance and brilliance of this fast food joint. With a wide selection of burgers, fish and other deep fried treats, as well as the overly generous helpings of chips, Lennox’s has gained a major reputation amongst students as the best chip shop in the city.
The Franciscan Well-North Mall
The Well has a lot of choice ranging from the usual Irish standards, to a wide range of Imported beers, and of course, the jewel in their crown, their home brews. Inside the bar you can view the tanks and cylinders as the brew The Well serves an exclusive range of beers. You don’t go here to get drunk, you go here to appreciate drink! During the year they hold a number of events including Oktoberfest and a number of summer BBQs, often in aid of charity. The wide selection of beverages and the nicest staff and clientele you could ask together will provide you, not with a night out, but with an experience.
Cafe Paradiso- Washington Street
Cafe Paradiso is a haven for vegetarians and carnivores alike. All the food here is 100% animal free. Vegetarians will love it for giving a different choice than the usual token dish in other restaurants, and meat eaters wont even notice the lack of meat in any of the restaurant’s incredible dishes. Make sure to book in advance, as it can be quite difficult to get a table, but it is certainly worth a visit.
The Brog- Oliver Plunkett Street
The Brog is a pub frequented by many students. Cheap beer during the day, loud music at night, what more could you ask for! It’s usually packed with music lovers due to its mix of everything from metal to punk to indie to dance. As well as this, it is part of a complex which also contains the Gorby’s and G2 nightclubs, which are student favourites on a night out. It is definitely a great spot for a night out, the staff are friendly, as are the clientele, although, it can often be a little bit packed. Highlights of the week include the Monday night Table quiz, and live music on a Wednesday.
Reidy’s Vault- Washington Street
Reidy’s is a small but delightful pub. The quaint and quite atmosphere allow you to get away into your own world or be amongst your friends without the hassle of being disturbed. The staff are very polite and the decor is beautiful, very old fashioned, but in a very nice way. If you are looking for a quiet to spend the night, Reidy’s is the place for you.
Note: This piece was co-authored by Daithi Linnane.