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The Tower Bar, Cork City, Co. Cork

44 Gerald Griffin St
Cork City
Co. Cork

Tel: +353 (0) 21 430 4427
Proprietor: Finbarr Kelleher

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The Tower Bar is a family run pub with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.  For 200 years it has served Corkonians and visitors to the city alike. It has been in the Kelleher family since 1976.  So, if you're visiting Cork, call in for some refreshment and meet some of the dwellers under "De Goldie Fish".  The Tower Bar has recently been approved under Ireland's first National Pub Accreditation scheme aimed at ensuring quality Irish Pubs are recognised and promoted both at home and abroad (in conjuction with Failte Ireland).

The Tower Bar is reputed to have been used as an Inn and Stables by Bianconi Stage Coaches.  Its position on teh then Mallow Lane was the main northern arterial route into the city of Cork.  Subsequently it was known as Clarence Street before being called Gerald Griffin Street after the poet and novelist of the same name who joined the Christian Brothers at the North Monastery, Cork.

The bar caters for all form the cradle to the grave, it is part of the local community where people come to chat, have a pint and socialise.

We have a weekly Table Quiz at 10pm on Wednesday nights, two golf societies, a Darts Team and regular card schools.

A full array of sporting fixtures is covered on three televisions including horse racing, GAA, Soccer, Rugby, etc.

So, whether you want to come in for a quiet drink and read the newspapers, avail of the free wifi or interact with the locals, The Tower Bar is the place to do it!

Opening Hours:

Mon-Thurs 12.30-23.30

Fri-Sat 12.30-01.30

Sun 12.30 - 23,00

Local Attractions

The Tower Bar is set on Gerald Griffin Street, Blackpool, Cork between the North Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Ann's, which is known by locals as the North Chapel and the North Presentation Convent in one of the most historic areas of Cork City.  The area also has a host of historic buildings such as St. Ann's Shandon, Cork's most famous church also known as the Four Faced Liar, Skiddy's Almshouse and the Firkin Crane, which has found new life as a cultural centre.

Shandon is open to the public and it is possible to ring its famous bells and ascend to the top for a spectacular view of the city.

The name Shandon comes from the Irish, Sean Dun, and means Old Fort.  A medieval church dedicated to St. Mary existed on this site and is mentioned by Pope Innocent III in 1199 as "St Mary on the Mountain".  Shandon is built with two types of stone, red sandstone from the original Shandon Castle which stood nearby, and limestone taken from the derelict Franciscan Abbey, which stood on the North Mall.  As you approach Shandon, from all directions, you will see both coloured stones of red and white and such is the affection that Shandon holds in the hearts of the citizens of Cork that they designated both colours to represent the city.  The weather vane on Shandon is called "De Goldie Fish" by Corkonians and people on the North side live under "De Goldie Fish".

The area was heart of the Irish Beef Trade and the centre of the worldwide butter trade, based on teh Cork Butter Exchange which now houses the Cork Butter Museum

Blackpool is also home to Lady's Well Brewery, which takes its name from a famous well nearby.  It was founded in 1856 by the Murphy family and is now part of the Dutch Brewing Company Heineken.

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Whats on Offer:

  • Pub Quiz
  • Sport


  • Family Friendly
  • Family Run
  • WiFi


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"Friendliest Bar in Cork"

The Tower Bar has been my local for a good few years and I cannot say one bad word about any aspect of it.I know it's an old saying that you could eat your dinner off the floor but in this case it's true.As for the proprietor and his family,you could not meet nicer people.There is always a good atmosphere wheather there are 50 people or just 2.And a good pub would not be a good pub without good staff.These days wherever you go you will hear people complaining about foreigners taking our jobs but in this case I must say all the barstaff are exceptional but there is a Polish lady employed in the Tower and you could travel the country and will not find a more cheerful , pleasant person or better barmaid.So if you are in Cork , drop in for a pint and I dont think you will have just the one.

Review published 10 January 2011
Posted by: Billy Quilligan

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