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Top Choice Seafood in Kinsale

Fishy Fishy Cafe

One of the most famous seafood restaurants in the country, Fishy Fishy has a wonderful setting with stark white walls splashed with bright artwork and steel fish sculptures, and a terrific decked terrace at the fron…
Top Choice Fort in Kinsale

Charles Fort

One of Europe's best-preserved star-shaped artillery forts, this vast 17th-century fortification would be worth a visit for its spectacular views alone. But there's much more here: the 18th- and 19th-century ruins i…
Top Choice Pub in Clonakilty

De Barra's Folk Club

A convivial, jostling atmosphere – walls splattered with photos and press cuttings, masks and musical instruments – provides the setting for the cream of local folk music. Nightly sessions usually begin around 9pm.
Top Choice Modern Irish in Clonakilty


The sheltered, flower-filled garden at this gastropub is absolutely hopping, rain or shine, thanks to an ambitious menu that ranges from superb steak sandwiches with handcut chips, to trad Irish stew and organic sal…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Baltimore

Glebe Gardens & Café

The beautiful gardens here are an attraction in themselves (admission is €5). If you're dining, lavender and herbs add fragrant aromas that waft over the tables inside and out. Food is simple and fresh, sourced from…
Top Choice Irish in Kinsale

Black Pig Wine Bar

This sophisticated hideaway offers no fewer than 80 wines by the bottle and 40 by the glass including many organic varieties. There's a charming cobbled courtyard out back, and a mouthwatering menu of snacks, charcu…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Kinsale

Finn's Table

Owning a gourmet restaurant in Kinsale means plenty of competition, but John and Julie Finn's venture is more than up to the challenge. Elegant but unstuffy, with a warm welcome, its menu of seasonal, locally source…
Top Choice Pub Food in Glandore & Union Hall

Glandore Inn

Picture-postcard views over the harbour, especially from the outdoor tables, and a superlative menu make this one of West Cork's best pubs for eating out. Fresh seafood is sourced from Union Hall harbour (clearly vi…
Modern Irish in Kinsale


The title 'ceramic restaurant' over the front door refers to the fact that all the crockery in use here was made…here. Normally, when you combine art workshop and food something will give, but in this instance it's …
Pub in Kinsale

Harbour Bar

It might look permanently closed from the outside, but inside it's like being in someone's front room (maybe it IS someone's front room!). Battered old sofas, a fire stoked in the hearth, characters in every corner …