Sure we knew this all along.
Cork pubs are some of the finest in Ireland.
And it’s not some unfounded Cork-born arrogance like the rest of the country would have you believe. Just ask the good people at National Geographic, who recently rambled through these very streets to review the generous variety of bars for the world.
Award-winning travel writer and expert Pól Ó Conghaile, who is based out of Dublin, was recently sent on an expedition from The Pale to these southern marshlands to discover what it us our lovely city has to offer in the way of pubs.
The National Geographic and Weekend Magazine writer touches on some local favourites throughout the article entitled ‘A pub-lover’s guide to Cork, from craft cocktails to fireside pints’ with the Mutton Lane, the Glasshouse rooftop bar at The Montenotte hotel, Arthur Mayne’s, as well as the pizza at The Franciscan Well and the ‘no mobile phones’ sign at the Hi-B all getting pointed mentions.
But Ó Conghaile concentrates much of his article on one of Cork’s oldest traditional pubs, the Castle Inn, noting the ‘timeless decor’ and carefully drawn pints, as well as the award-winning McCurtain Street cocktail bar Cask, which he describes as “polished” but by “no means less personable” than it’s distant relative on South Main Street.
In a separate article, Pól also gives recent the Mexican food pop-up with Ruth Caitlin at Levis’ in Ballydehob a mention, to the delight of the West Cork publicans, who can expect flocks of tourists in their musical garden over the coming years.
The National Geographic website gets a whooping 27 million global visitors a month.
We have got to say, Pól does have some very fine taste. You can read the piece here.