The Shelbourne Bar is a sophisticated Irish pub in Cork City with an authentic traditional atmosphere.

Nestled in the heart of The Victorian Quarter of Cork City since 1895, it is renowned for its welcoming and knowledgeable staff, great service and extensive Irish whiskey offering of over 300 bottlings – the largest and best collection in Cork!

We have two cosy, private snugs at the front of the bar and a plentiful selection of high stools circling our central island bar that you can see from every angle of the room, in fact you are close enough to call out your order. The understated, lived-in look is well and truly lived in by both regulars and visitors who want traditional comfortable surroundings with a touch of class. From the darkened wood interior and glowing cabinets laden with Irish whiskey to the timeless photographs and memorabilia filling the walls and the iconic shop front fitting to the rear of the bar; The Shelbourne Bar transcends time.

Located next door to one of Cork’s oldest theatres, The Everyman, The Shelbourne Bar is an ideal location to stop off before or after a show. Should you find yourself docked in the Port of Cork for the day, be sure to pay us a visit and tell us about your travels. If you’re in search of a match, light bite, or just some good quality conversation; we’ve got it all. And with our large open fire burning in the colder months, The Shelbourne will make you feel right at home!


The Shelbourne boasts the largest and best selection of Irish whiskey in Cork City with over 350 different choices to enjoy from all styles and flavour profiles. We were honoured to be Winners of the Gold Medal at the Irish Whiskey Awards for the “Best Irish Whiskey Bar” in Munster in both 2015 and 2016. We have also been honoured to be selected to appear on The Irish Whiskey Trail for both 2017 and 2018. We are also very humbled to appear on My Ireland Tours’ Whiskey Tours of Ireland who run luxury tours of the island of Ireland. Very proud recipients of the 2018 & 2019 Whiskey Bar of the Year award. In January 2020, we also added a World Record to our list of achievements after Rory set the record for most Irish coffees made in 3 minutes. 

Each whiskey has its own story and our bar staff would be delighted to share it with you. We also offer a selection of Whiskey Boards designed to meet the needs of all whiskey drinkers; whether it’s your first time tasting or you see yourself as a whiskey connoisseur.

Take a journey across Ireland with us, from the major distillers to the up and comers. Enjoy an exclusive Midleton Single Cask; rejoice in the spirit of Teeling. Trace your roots with a Connemara, fall in love with a Redbreast, remember old friends with Wild Geese, toast new ones with a Bushmills, or lament over a Writer’s Tears. Pontificate with an Irishman, land yourself a winner with a Tyrconnell, or marvel at a Glendalough. Rise to the occasion with a Tullamore Dew and learn the legend of Knappogue Castle.


During the working week The Shelbourne Bar serves light breakfast from 10.30am. We cater for a busy lunch trade with a selection of scrumptious fresh sandwiches, toasties, wraps, baguettes, salads, soup of the day and daily specials. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11.30am – 3pm. Delicious Java Republic coffee is available all day long.

Should you feel peckish in the evening hours or at the weekends our friends at The Fish Wife and Novecento produce top quality food which you can enjoy at The Shelbourne Bar. Novecento will deliver delicious pizzas straight to you in The Shelbourne Bar while you can enjoy fish and chips from The Fish Wife in our seated outdoor area with the purchase of a drink from The Shelbourne Bar; all the while taking in the views of Cork’s famed Victorian Quarter.


If you’re looking for a very special venue to host your party or gathering, look no further!

We can reserve an area in the bar for you and your guests (with advance notice). Our private snugs also make for the perfect location for more intimate gatherings. The Shelbourne Bar can provide various food options for your event including finger food platters, a tapas menu or fresh artisan pizza from Novecento.


This Urban Chic three bedroom apartment is situated in the Victorian Quarter of Cork City, directly above The Shelbourne Bar. It has just been renovated and is ideal for large families or groups who want to stay in the heart of the City.

Keys are available from 06.30am-02.00am for arrivals. The apartment is on the first floor and is situated over two floors. There is three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The apartment has three double beds and one couch which turns into a bed suitable for a child.

Wifi is provided free of charge.

The apartment is large spread over two floors plus a master bedroom in the loft with its own bathroom. The design is Urban Chic with beautiful shutters on the large windows. Open them wide and sit with a glass of wine and watch the vibrant Victorian Quarter come alive.

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On Thursday evening we had the pleasure of welcoming Dublin Liberties Distillery to The Shelbourne. Their global whiskey ambassador Geoff
Celtic Cask Fiche a Sé (26) Double distilled at Cooley and matured in bourbon for 10 years and then re-casked
Yellow Spot 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Lots of body and tropical fruits! Pot still spices, honey and red


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The Shelbourne Bar

Address: 17 MacCurtain Street, Cork, Ireland
Phone: +353 21 450 9615