This is definitely one to add to the list!
JJ Walsh’s is the latest addition to Oliver Plunkett’s nightlife scene opening their doors for the first time last August.
Previously the Grafton, JJ Walsh’s is slowly becoming a hotspot for people in the city, and its easy to see why. The venue has been designed to embrace the heritage of the building which was originally Turner’s hotel. This can be seen particularly on entry to the venue as it has the feel of an old hotel as well as having the original artwork recreated on the exterior.
The owners have embraced Cork’s history within the bar with areas dedicated to the Rising, Civil War, GAA and Music. The front bar is filled authentic historic pieces such as weapons, documentation and photographs throughout; no matter where you look you’ll always find a new piece of history or quirky antique.
The back section of JJ Walsh’s is an entirely different world, turning into a snazzy piano lounge which serves cocktails and provides an intimate piano session. Filled with stunning botanicals, stylish furniture and neon signs, this piano lounge will soon play host to midweek blues and special jazz nights.
And now on to the good stuff.
The bar recently started serving food and it’s nothing short of drool-worthy. Much of the menu has been sourced locally from the English Market and consists of light bites and big plates, with something for everyone.
Some of our favourites include the 6 hour slow roasted feather blade beef burger, the spiced beef sandwich, the cheesy nachos, the cheese board and the bruschetta, and they also have lighter snacking options like salty breadsticks.
JJ Walsh’s is open daily from 12pm and will be serving food until 7. You can catch them over on Oliver Plunkett Street and be sure to follow their new journey on social.