It's just a great pub, which is hard on a street that already has quite a few. The staff are quick, the layout means you can have a rowdy night or a quiet pint, and it has a great location.
It's also home to Cypress Avenue, one of Cork's best live music venue. It's one of the few places in Cork that regularly takes a punt on indie bands, and responsible for some of my favourite gigs.
On a random night out in Cork with a friend, we chose this little pub just to pop in and have a pint before moving on. At least, that's what we thought. As we walked through from the small street front we found a lovely, big, open pub full of people and glowing with ambience.
There were a few other tourists but a lot of locals as well, and the place was buzzing. It was a cold and rainy Saturday night and this was the perfect place to escape it. The bar was well-manned and the drinks flowed freely, and after a while a band set up on centre stage and came out to play a great set of singalong covers. And the crowd obliged.
We were so impressed by Cork pubs that we left to go and peruse a few others, but ended up returning to the Old Oak and finished our night there.
If you're visiting Cork, and just want an easy going night with some good tunes and good fun, this is well worth checking out.
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There is good craic to be found at this late night venue. Although the music is aimed towards the older generation and the dancefloor a bit on the small side, there is a friendly and relaxed vibe here.
The Old Oak looks very small on the outside but in fact it is a spacious venue which is a bonus exspecially if you are in a bid group. This pub/bar is definitely the place to go at on Friday or the weekend, During the week it can be empty.
THE OLD OAK
Made my way to the Vision Centre today to see the Tony O'Connell photos but the North Main Street venue is closed on Mondays.
On my way back through town, felt like a coffee. The Old Oak was close at hand so I called in. Don't be fooled by the short frontage on Oliver Plunkett Street - this is a substantial bar.
A friendly reception awaited me at the counter and the smiling assistant, all gloved up for hygiene, served me a decent cup of coffee plus a blue-berry muffin for just €2.00. Yes - two euro for the two. There are bargains to be had.
It was easy to find a seat in mid afternoon, though there was a good scattering of customers in. Had a quick look at the lunch menu and saw that again the prices were quite reasonable. Waved to the barperson on the way out and got another smile. Enjoyed the short break and I'll call again.
You'd probably not guess from outside, but it's probably the largest bar in Cork with several rooms inside. Always popular, the bar staff are attentive, and there's a wide selection to drink. The music is standard pop and rock, great if you like that, and there are sometimes live acts.
This place is great to bring a group of people, you can chat easily, it's large enough to accommodate, the music is fun, and you can dance.
Great if you're over-thirty - you'll feel right at home among this place's other clientele.
If you're younger than that, not so much.
The Old Oak is a pretty good spot. I have been in here several times and it always has a good atmosphere. The staff are grand, the music is good and luckily the clientele seem to be in their early thirties and over (I am not but it is nice to get a break from all those young 'uns once in awhile). The dress code is fairly casual, you could wear anything from a maxi dress to to a more fitted dress to dressy jeans! This place is not how you would expect it from the outside, it is lively and much bigger than it appears. I like the fact that even though it is guaranteed to be busy at the weekends it is not overly so...in other words you have some chance of sitting down eventually! I think if you were not familiar with Cork city and wanted a place where you could relax and have a fun night this place is a safe bet!!!
Threw two guys out because they were gay. Avoid.
This was a great place to start the night as the drinks were quite inexpensive. Only €3.75 for a pint of Murphy's and €4 for a pint of Guinness, all other pints are €4.20. The inside is huge, plenty of room to roam and meet people which were in their 20's and 30's, but there were plenty of people in their 40's and 50's.... It was mellow and even though the DJ was decent not many people on the dance floor which was small. It's good to get a few cheap drinks at, but best to move on once you've got your buzz going.
This a a great pub to go to all week. Very reasonable prices and a very big pub there being about 5 different areas. Most nights there are bands playing and if not there is a DJ. This place is great for every age group and i would recomend it to anyone for a nice normal night out. Nice big smoking area out the back and if you look inbetween the 2 sets of doors you can find cyprus avenue which is a place they hold bigger gigs.
Love this place, Great food for very reasonable prices
Excellent venue for live music but get there early on Friday or Saturday nights as it can get very busy.
the place has a great vibe. One of the few old and authentic pubs in Galaway so for a tourist a must see and drink!:)
HOMOPHOBIC STAFF, A BAD THING TO WITNESS
Two male students ejected from Cork bar 'for kissing'
Monday, August 22, 2011 - 06:11 PM
Two male Cork Institute of Technology students were allegedly thrown out of a bar in Cork city on Saturday night for kissing on the dancefloor.
They say they were approached by a bouncer at the Old Oak on Oliver Plunkett Street and issued with a warning after sharing a brief kiss.
They later kissed again on the dancefloor and claim security told them to leave at that point.
When contacted by Cork's RedFM this evening, one of the students said that he is seeking legal advice, while the Old Oak said there was no manager available to comment at this stage.
Read more: examiner.ie/breakingnews…
great bar, good food, often has live music! well worth checking out!
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