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The Idle Hour

Albert Quay, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 496 5704
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A gem in Cork

Just visited this brilliant bar in Cork city. A real local with bags of character. Visiting from... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2015
Monica H
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
What a spot

What a little gem this place is. Go there after 9pm that's when it really gets going.place gets... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2015
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Albert Quay, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 496 5704
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Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

Just visited this brilliant bar in Cork city. A real local with bags of character. Visiting from London the host has given us tips and ideas for our time in Cork tomorrow and we are defiantly looking forward to our return trip to Cork soon....More

1  Thank Monica H
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

What a little gem this place is. Go there after 9pm that's when it really gets going.place gets rammed packed people dancing on tables really good 80s and 90s music friendly bar staff great atmosphere and a unbelievable mix of different people.been there a good...More

2  Thank ber31
Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

Popped in on a Sunday evening. A locals bar that is always very friendly. Located a few minutes from the City Hall in the docks area. The bar has a well stocked magazine rack in case you want something to read!!!!

1  Thank chepaddy
Reviewed 18 June 2015

I was here Saturday night 13th June with a group of girls after River Dance. It was recommended to us by my brother-in-law who had been here on a stag night and had a great time. From the moment we walked in (squashed our way...More

3  Thank Sharonlobrien
Reviewed 16 June 2015

Myself and 11 friends dressed in Hawaiian shirts called in on Saturday.....o.m.g.....what a reception...cheering, clapping it was just amazing. The regulars were so friendly and the banter was awesome. The music had us singing and dancing. To top it off a gentleman ( think he...More

3  Thank 55wanderer081
Reviewed 24 May 2015

A large group of us went to the idle hour last night at 8pm to watch the Eurovision. On 4 ocassions the owner was re-winding the live show to suit himself and his friends at the bar. We asked him and the staff to stop...More

6  Thank Tom H
joconnor678, Owner at The Idle Hour, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2015

Firstly, before I reply to Tom H review, I'd like to thank all the other reviews on Tripadvisor. It's heart warming to read. Now on to the last review by Tom H. I must say I found the review a bit 'needy' and I think...More

Reviewed 13 March 2015 via mobile

This bar sitting right on the docks on the edge of the old 'jewtown' is an absolute gem. It still retains the authenticity of a local bar yet is welcoming to tourists or any other visitors. Look out the door and you see you are...More

1  Thank chepaddy
Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

Was in here recently and what a spot! Lots of 60s 70s music to suit the clientele. You better be able to sing because everyone joins in and the whole bar starts rocking to the beat and people even stand on the seats dancing! Bar...More

2  Thank Bandy1954
Reviewed 7 April 2014

I have friends who have frequented this bar for years on and off and have regaled me with stories of crazy nights. If you stay seated in this bar you would have to be tone deaf, they play some great tunes and a mix for...More

1  Thank PamNiMhuiriosa
Reviewed 4 January 2014

Have walked past this pub so many times on my way to or from work and it always draws me in. Whether its quiet and the big screen has sport on or its a rocking Saturday night I always wanted to visit but hadn't until...More

2  Thank dr0ginexile
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Noreen H
9 August 2017|
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Response from joconnor678 | Property representative |
Nothing def yet Noreen but hopefully Friday and Saturday.I will post up gigs when they are confirmed. hopefully be end odf this month thanks.