The Shelbourne Bar Cork

Cork City's Leading Irish Whiskey Bar

The Shelbourne Bar is a traditional Irish pub nestled in the heart of The Victorian Quarter of Cork City since 1895. It is renowned for its friendly staff, great service and most of all, for its extensive Irish whiskey range.
The Shelbourne Bar is a traditional Irish pub, which opened its doors in 1895. It was originally two bars of equal size, divided by a pillar which you can still see in the middle of the bar counter. Up until 1996 the side of bar where the fireplace resides was called ‘An Síol Broin’, which translates from Irish to mean the ‘seed of the womb’ or the ‘seed of life’. In 1999 the two bars merged, creating one bar now known as The Shelbourne Bar.


The Shelbourne boasts the largest selection of Irish whiskey in Cork City with over 170 different choices to enjoy from all styles and flavour profiles. They have won the gold medal at the Irish whiskey awards for the best Irish whiskey bar in Munster. Each whiskey has its own story and their knowledgeable bar staff are always delighted to share it with you. They also offer a selection of Whiskey Boards and Whiskey Flights designed to meet the needs of all whiskey drinkers; whether it’s your first time tasting or you fancy yourself as a whiskey connoisseur.

During the working week we cater for a busy lunch trade with a selection of sandwiches, toasties, wraps, baguettes, salads and soup of the day. They like to support local restaurants and should you feel peckish in the evening hours or at the weekends their friends at the neighbouring  Fish Wife and Novecento restaurants will deliver straight to you at The Shelbourne Bar; fulfilling all your fish and chips, burgers and pizza desires.

The Shelbourne Bar  is no stranger to tourists, with thousands of visitors travelling to Cork’s Premier Jazz Venue for The Cork Jazz Festival each year! The Shelbourne Bar also caters for parties and events and we even throw in free finger food for all those booked in advance!
Without doubt, Cork Cities Top Whiskey Bar!

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MacCurtain Street 15
Cork County Cork IE
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