The Shelbourne boasts the largest selection of Irish whiskey in Cork City with over 170 different choices to enjoy from all styles and flavour profiles. We won the gold medal at the Irish whiskey awards for the best Irish whiskey bar in Munster. Each whiskey has its own story and our bar staff would be delighted to share it with you. We also offer a selection of Whiskey Boards designed to meet the needs of all whiskey drinkers; whether it’s your first time tasting or you fancy yourself as a whiskey connoisseur.
Take a journey across Ireland with us, from the major distillers to the up and comers. Enjoy an exclusive Midleton Single Cask; rejoice in the spirit of Teeling. Trace your roots with a Connemara, fall in love with a Redbreast, remember old friends with a Wild Geese, toast new ones with a Bushmills, or lament over a Writer’s Tears. Pontificate with an Irishman, land yourself a winner with a Tyrconnell, or marvel at a Glendalough. Rise to the occasion with a Tullamore Dew and learn the legend of Knappogue Castle.
The Victorian Quarter
The Victorian Quarter of Cork City is comprised of MacCurtain Street and the surrounding area. The Victorian Quarter is beautifully captured in the following quote,
“The eclectic mix of Victorian architecture, early 20th century architecture and broad streets adds to a deep-rooted sense of history, which pulsates through the area creating a unique and quirky mix of bohemian style and old world grandeur. A stroll through the Victorian Quarter offers a glimpse into both the past and the future where the old and new Cork lives harmonising together.”
The partnership between the MacCurtain Street traders and Cork City Council has led to the ongoing success of the Victorian Quarter. With 35 different languages regularly spoken in the Quarter, you’re guaranteed to feel welcome.
Fun Fact: 75,000 balls of wool are sold in the Victorian Quarter each year – more than the distance from Cork to Australia!
MacCurtain Street, located on the north side of the River Lee, is named after the Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork, Tomás MacCurtain. Prior to his death on March 20th 1920, the street was known as Kings Street. However, the street has seen many names over the centuries such as Strand Street in the early 1800’s and Lavit’s Buildings prior to that.
“MacCurtain Street – a long neglected treasure, fast becoming the epicentre of Cork’s ongoing epicurean evolution.” (McNamee, 2016)
MacCurtain Street also has a great musical heritage. 27 Mac Curtain Street housed the well-known Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader, Rory Gallagher, when he stayed with his grandmother and is said to be the location where mastered his first instrument. As well as this, one of Cork’s best known radio stations, 96fm, is in earshot of the street. MacCurtain Street is also a go-to destination during the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival that takes place in October each year.
If the performing arts is something that takes your fancy, our neighbours at The Everyman house some fantastic plays, comedians and other amazingly talented performers (some of which can be found at The Shelbourne unwinding after the show).
There is a variety of restaurants and café’s to be found on MacCurtain Street so you’re bound to find something that tickles your taste buds!
• 4 minute walk from St Patrick’s Street (Cork City’s main shopping street)
• Next door to The Everyman Theatre
• 10 minute walk from Cork’s Train Station (Kent Station)
• 10 minute walk to The English Market (Cork’s most famous food market)