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The best of live music and comedy pubs in County Cork

By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

Cork city offers plenty of live music, seven-nights-a-week, no matter your pleasure. Here are our recommendations for some of the best bars to enjoy a live gig or some belly laughs.


Firm favourites

The Bantry Bay, a traditional Irish Bar in Bantry, is a firm favourite. Hosting everything from solo artists to traditional music sessions, there’s live music seven-nights-a-week during the summer and during the rest of the year there is live music on Fridays and Saturdays, so it’s worth checking to see who is playing.

Electric guitarist

Keep your ears pricked for local musicians and up-and-coming bands

The ‘Barrel-House Sessions’ at The Mariner music venue in Bantry is fast becoming a mecca for live music in West Cork. You will find local musicians and up-and-coming bands belting out their tunes before handing over the reins to more established bands to rock the dance floor until late.

Hosting everything from solo artists to traditional music sessions, there’s live music seven-nights-a-week during the summer and during the rest of the year there is live music on Fridays and Saturdays

Memorable gigs

Crane Lane Theatre is located in the remains of an old gentleman’s club in the centre of the city and has been the venue for some of the most memorable gigs the city has experienced.

With four bars, it hosts theatre performances, burlesque nights, swing, blues, jazz, country, live music and DJs seven-nights-a-week until 2am. If you are looking for a big night out, then this is the place.

Trad music

When it comes to trad, then look no further than Sin É. One of Cork’s oldest establishments, musicians belt out the tunes in this cutesy Irish pub every Friday and Saturday evening from 6.30pm – go early for a seat. The Tuesday 9pm session is a wonderful midweek introduction to this Cork institution.

Award-winning music

Established almost two centuries ago on Douglas Street, Coughlan’s is a pub steeped in history. An award-winning music venue, home to one of the biggest gin selections in the country, a heated beer garden and of course, some of the best live music the city has to offer – what’s not to love?

Female singer on stage

You’ll be able to experience a range of musical styles in Cork

Have a laugh

The City Limits Comedy Club, just off Coburg Street is just the place to pepper an evening with some belly laughs. Hosting gigs from Cork’s up and coming comedy stars, it also hosts gigs from the country’s most celebrated comedians. With so many wonderful live music venues in the city of Cork, you will be spoilt for choice.


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