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The Shelbourne Bar

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Address: 16/17 Maccurtain Street, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 21 450 9615
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The Shelbourne bar has the largest and best selection of Irish Whiskey in...

The Shelbourne bar has the largest and best selection of Irish Whiskey in Cork City. We won the gold medal at the Irish whiskey awards for the best Irish whiskey bar in Munster.

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Atmospheric bar with great character and "on the ball" staff

Starting from the outside with a great little outdoor area for smokers or nonsmokers alike to have a look into the day to day, night to night hussle and bustle of the Victorian... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
John C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Starting from the outside with a great little outdoor area for smokers or nonsmokers alike to have a look into the day to day, night to night hussle and bustle of the Victorian head quarter Mc Curtain st. With such great food on the street itself, the shelbourne bar embraces that in every aspect and let's you order food to... More 

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Philip G, Owner at The Shelbourne Bar, responded to this review

Hi John Thank you for taking the time for leaving such a positive and detailed review. Very much appreciated. Regards Philip More 

Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Shelbourne is a lovely bar with great atmosphere, friendly staff, warm fire and tastey food! Just what the doctor ordered

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Philip G, Owner at The Shelbourne Bar, responded to this review

Thanks Paula We really appreciate your great review. Kind regards More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great pub that is just as perfect for a nice lunch as a great night out! The cozy bar with an open fire which is a great place for a lunch after shopping all day, or just to sit at their outdoor seating area and watch the world go by while drinking an ice cold beer. It is none... More 

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Philip G, Owner at The Shelbourne Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give the Shelbourne a great review. we really appreciate it. Regards Philip More 

Cheshire UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were recommended the Shelbourne by the reception staff of our hotel in the premise that it has the best whiskey choices in town, over 140. Well this is true but I was also very pleased to find that they have 15 different varieties of gin with different tonics available too. Fabulous friendly staff helpful & knowledgeable on all things... More 

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Philip G, Owner at The Shelbourne Bar, responded to this review

Hi there Delighted you enjoyed your visit to the Shelbourne bar. I will pass on your kind words to the team. Regards Philip More 

Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The pub has everything - from huge selection of drinks and food to excellent service and great atmosphere. They show live sports as well. Would definitely go back for more.

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Thank Sead J
Philip G, Owner at The Shelbourne Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. It is much appreciated. Regards Philip More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Came with my husband for a drink after dinner. Nice mix of locals and tourists, everyone was friendly and made us feel welcome. Staff were very friendly and attentive, dealt with a lot of customers but never made you feel forgotten.

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Philip G, Owner at The Shelbourne Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. The Shelbourne staff are really what make the pub so special, we are very lucky to have such great people working with us. Regards Philip More 

County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Decided to have a walk up there to see if the lunch time food was as good as it looked in pictures we had seen. It was! Not only did it look like them but tasted fabulous and such good value! Staff were great, we were sat outside and it wasn't the warmest day (this is cork) they put the... More 

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Philip G, Owner at The Shelbourne Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review, we are very lucky here to have such great people working with us. I will pass on your positive comments to them. Regards Philip More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

An Good choice for people who like to drink a beer. Staff were extremely helpful to the customers, and served with a smile. A credit to their employers. Seating could do with an upgrade, but a very popular venue, and therefore recommended.

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Philip G, Owner at The Shelbourne Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are doing a full upgrade of our seating in January so hopefully the next time you visit you will see the improvements. Regards Philip More 

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Perfect spot to experience a variety of unique Irish whiskey expressions that are both hard to find, and typically unknown. One of their bartenders, Mark, was my Irish spirit guide, giving me both great suggestions, as well as great information about what I was drinking. Beyond the great bar staff, the venue has a great energy with all the patrons.... More 

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Philip G, Owner at The Shelbourne Bar, responded to this review

We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to the Shelbourne bar and we hope you get to come back. I will pass on your positive comments to Mark. Regards Philip More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Great selection of Irish whiskey and friendly bar staff and regulars, great food to be had all throughout the day

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Philip G, Owner at The Shelbourne Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us and we are delighted you enjoyed your visit. Regards Philip More 

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