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An Spailpin Fanach

South Main Street , Cork, Ireland

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Overall: 3.7    Food: NR    Drink: 4.0    Atmosphere: 4.3   
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An Spailpín Fanach (Traditonal Irish Music Venue)

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Overall: Rating:5/5    Food: Rating:4/5    Drink: Rating:5/5    Atmosphere: Rating:5/5   

Sex Not Specified I've just come back from Cork and I have to say this is possibly the best pub I've ver been in and I've travelled the world people. The staff could not have been more friendly honestly. I do not know where these reviews about the staff have come from. It is a mystery to me. I was in Cork from Friday until Tuesday and I was there on both friday nite and saturday nite. Traditional music on both nights and it was fantastic the landlord even gave out free finger food on the friday night. We then decided to go back on the Monday night and to our surprise there was a student traditional session with around 20 students playing. They play every Monday night. Oh and there was again free finger food - sausages, sandwiches, pudding, chicken, chips and even pizza!!!! What are you people talking about in relation to the staff the landlord was one of the nicest people I have ever met he owns the pub for the last 19 years and I think the small fella ye are on about is the manager and he actually is quite a good crack if you actually took the time to talk to him. Do not judge a book by its cover. Cork people are lucky to have such a fantatic pub in their city I wish I had a pub like this in London. - David Stenner, United Kingdom

Anonymous, May 18, 2010
Overall: Rating:4/5    Food: Rating:NR/5    Drink: Rating:4/5    Atmosphere: Rating:4/5   

Sex Not Specified Is there anywhere else to go and enjoy the craic, friendly staff, a great pint, and trad music. I'll certainly be back. - John Connelly, Ireland

Anonymous, Aug 27, 2009
Overall: Rating:4/5    Food: Rating:NR/5    Drink: Rating:4/5    Atmosphere: Rating:4/5   

Sex Not Specified A great place to have a pint and take in some traditional music. The landlord was indeed a character, but he was great fun for our group. My next trip to Cork will, again, include this Pub! I wouldn't miss it. - John Sullivan, USA

Anonymous, Apr 7, 2009
Overall: Rating:1/5    Food: Rating:NR/5    Drink: Rating:NR/5    Atmosphere: Rating:1/5   

Sex Not Specified This bar really, really deserves a five star rating from the Cork Tourist Board. The landlord is a malignant dwarf with the demeanour of a rattle snake.

If you wish to enjoy Cork and the friendliness of the inhabitants then avoid this place at all costs! It will leave a bad taste in your mouth. - Good manners cost nothing, Britain

Anonymous, May 26, 2008
Overall: Rating:4/5    Food: Rating:NR/5    Drink: Rating:4/5    Atmosphere: Rating:4/5   

Sex Not Specified An Spailpin Fanach was my favorite haunt when I use to live in Cork.
Anytime I return, I'm sure to be there. - Liam Flynn, States

Anonymous, Sep 18, 2007
Overall: Rating:3/5    Food: Rating:NR/5    Drink: Rating:4/5    Atmosphere: Rating:4/5   

Male Nice atmosphere, never too crowded and a good pint, but I have to agree about the staff being ill-mannered. They're pleasant enough when it suits them, but most times they act as if they just couldn't be bothered. They could do with a downturn in business to sort their manners out.

Hega, Jun 20, 2007
Overall: Rating:4/5    Food: Rating:NR/5    Drink: Rating:4/5    Atmosphere: Rating:4/5   

Male The Spailpin Fanach is a bit of an insitution. It's a meandering pub with lots of little seats but it's not a huge superpub. Atmosphere is good and relaxed and it's just a good spot for a few pints or if you're witha group.

Duffman, Mar 8, 2006
Overall: Rating:4/5    Food: Rating:NR/5    Drink: Rating:4/5    Atmosphere: Rating:5/5   

Sex Not Specified I really like this pub. There's nooks and crannys everywhere to have a nice quiet pint with a small group. For tourists it's probably the best place to go for some real trad sessions in the city. I've never really paid that much attention to the service but the atmosphere must make up for it. As for the signs about not drinking at the bar at night: possibly the best idea anyone has ever had. It makes it so much easier to get served.

beany, Dec 7, 2005
Overall: Rating:5/5    Food: Rating:5/5    Drink: Rating:4/5    Atmosphere: Rating:4/5   

Sex Not Specified The Spailpin is the first port of call for me whenever I go to Cork and the reason it is such a favourite to me is because of the service! If anything I have found the staff too helpful giving me ideas for places to visit and by the time they've finished it's too late to go anywhere. The food is top class and the music fantastic. A really friendly pub with loads of atmosphere.

Anonymous, Oct 5, 2004
Overall: Rating:2/5    Food: Rating:NR/5    Drink: Rating:5/5    Atmosphere: Rating:2/5   

Sex Not Specified When I went there I witnessed the barman being extremely rude to a confused Japanese tourist. He then turned to me and said (within earshot of the tourist), "They think we're going to short change them". He then proceeded to short change me.
There are also irritating signs posted on the wall telling you not to stand at the bar drinking at night. This place is featured in all the tourist guides for Cork, and I think this is why they think they can get away with treating their customers like this. The drinks are excellent quality and there is often live music and it usually has a lively atmosphere but it's let down by the terrible service. Avoid and try somewhere friendlier like Dan Lowrey's or Sin E instead.

Anonymous, Aug 28, 2004
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