The Shelbourne Bar is a traditional Irish pub nestled in the heart of The Victorian Quarter of Cork City since 1895. It is renowned for its friendly staff, great service and extensive Irish whiskey offering.

The Shelbourne Bar is a traditional Irish pub, which opened its doors in 1895. It was originally two bars of equal size, divided by a pillar which you can still see in the middle of the bar counter. Up until 1996 the side of bar where the fireplace resides was called ‘An Síol Broin’, which translates from Irish to mean the ‘seed of the womb’ or the ‘seed of life’. In 1999 the two bars merged, creating one bar now known as The Shelbourne Bar.

Here at The Shelbourne Bar we have an extensive selection of draft beers, bottled beer, ciders, spirits, wines and whiskeys, so you can choose your personal favourite or try something a bit different! We also offer table service, free WIFI to all customers; we have outdoor seating and a heated smoking area with a great view of The Victorian Quarter on which we reside.


Located on McCurtain Street, right next door to The Everyman Theatre, the bar is an ever popular venue for all those attending a performance or show in this well-known venue. We also house two screens on which you can watch all the major sporting events.

During the working week we cater for a busy lunch trade with a selection of sandwiches, toasties, wraps, baguettes, salads and soup of the day. We like to support local and should you feel peckish in the evening hours or at the weekends our friends at The Fish Wife and Novecento will deliver straight to you at The Shelbourne Bar; fulfilling all your fish and chips, burgers and pizza desires.

The bar is no stranger to tourists, with thousands of visitors travelling to Cork’s Premier Jazz Venue for The Cork Jazz Festival each year! The Shelbourne Bar also caters for parties and events and we even throw in free finger food for all those booked in advance!

Whether you want to enjoy the great pub atmosphere, catch the game, find a quiet corner for yourself or cosy up next to our open fire, The Shelbourne Bar will make you feel right at home.