The Sin É has just been voted ‘The best pub Cork city has to offer’

And we couldn’t agree more!

The Sin É has just been voted the best pub in Cork, according to a recent article published by Ireland Before You Die.

The historic bar topped the list when it was published earlier this month, followed closely by Tom Barry’s the The Hi-B, and if you’re not sure why it came out on top, here’s why:

The Sin É, which translates to ‘that’s it’ (in reference to the funeral parlour next door) has been around since 1889 and is over 133 years old. The quaint pub has always been a fairly intriguing spot, and has a very devout and widespread customer-base, hailing from all walks of life.


The pub doesn’t tolerate egos particularly well and respect is shown to all who show respect to it and its patrons. Roots run deep here, with generations of families from the locality mixing easily with newcomers and tourists. The truth is that you can’t be a blow in at the Sin é – you either dig what’s going on or you don’t.

The Sin É has been home to non-stop traditional music 7 days a week for the last 50 years, with live trad sessions every day from 7pm to close. The best of Irish is always heard every Tuesday at 9.30pm as well as Fridays and Sundays at 6.30pm, whatever night of the week you arrive – good music is always guaranteed.

Visitors have the option of partying downstairs or relaxing upstairs, which has a cosy and intimate ‘living-room’ feel. The pub has a vast selection of craft beer and high quality liquor, and the friendly staff are always on hand to provide service with a smile.

It’s no surprise the Sin É has topped this list, amongst many others such as the Lad Bible’s ‘Best Bars in Cork’. You can experience the craic agus ceol for yourself over at 8 Couberg Street.

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