Are you staying this great city for New Years? Wondering what to do?
We at Cork English College have some suggestions for you.
In Ireland, New Year’s Eve is a chance for the population to dance off all the food eaten on Christmas day and to let loose for the last time that year! People tend to go out, and for this reason, the city centre is bound to be full of great energy. Corkonians (people from Cork) and tourists alike will be found in the city centre, wandering the streets and in the bars alike, enjoying a pint (or two..or three..) and taking in the festive atmosphere.
Check out Oliver Plunkett Street, as this is where you will find most of the buzz, especially for the younger crowd. The street looks so pretty with all the glittering Christmas lights still hanging across the street, and the pubs will be extra-inviting with their tinsel-lined doors and windows. There are many, many fantastic pubs on this street, and the few below are just our own selection.
The Oliver Plunkett, one of the bigger bars of the street, always has a busy schedule of events, and the festive season is certainly no exception! The bar, which also serves food, is a great place to relax at any stage of the day. The walls are full of old Irish pictures, poems and interesting things to look at and it is an easy place to spend a few hours. On NYE, they have live music starting from 6pm.. ‘til late! With acts to suit a variety of musical preferences, it is sure to be a good place to be on December 31st. Check it out: http://www.theoliverplunkett.com/whats-on/
For a truly unique and authentic experience, check out the Hi-B bar. This pub is a favourite among the older local population and is a blast from the past..it’s even forbidden to use your mobile phone inside! The pub is quite small (and heats up quickly!) so get in early to avoid disappointment.
The Old Oak is a giant, party-centric pub which has a great dancefloor for all you party animals out there! Generally catering to a younger crowd, it is the perfect place to go if you want to dance to the latest pop hits! On NYE there is a masquerade ball going on, and tickets can be bought from the bar.
If you prefer to steer clear of Oliver Plunkett Street, you may like to check out some of the bars in other areas of the city. Charlie’s on Union Quay has a traditional music session starting at 3pm if you are looking for something to do earlier in the evening. They even have a real coal fire – cosy! You can check it out here: http://www.charliesbarcork.com/.
You can find similar trad music as part of the Lee Sessions in Sin É at 5:30pm and then in Spailpín Fánach at 9:30pm.
For something a bit more artsy..
Crawford Art Gallery has a free exhibition on George Victor Du Noyer’s Images Of Ireland, from 10pm, if you fancy.
Otherwise, Cork Opera House is also hosting some great events, if you fancy treating yourself to a performance, including the annual pantomime (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves) and The Frank and Walters concert. You can check out their full schedule here: https://www.corkoperahouse.ie/all-events/. Beware though, tickets are usually in high demand so availability is limited.
If you fancy going further afield, Dublin’s NYE festival is worth a look: http://nyfdublin.com/. The craic is sure to be had.
Have a wonderful holiday and see you next year! 😉