The Oval Bar

The Oval Bar, Cork: Address, The Oval Bar Reviews: 4.5/5

The Oval Bar
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Mr f
23 contributions
Old world charm
Sep 2021 • Friends
Visited here recently with family, we were totally blow away with this pub, it's over 100 years old, and has all the charm of that Era, it was like going back in time.

We all enjoyed the delicious Beamish, we had to considering, it used to be brewed a cross the street.

It's got a great selection of drinks, local craft beer on tap, huge selection of spirits.

If you want something different to the usual big pubs in the city Try it out.

It's an old world pub steeped in local history, with lovely friendly staff, each of the staff were genuine nice people, eager to look after customers.

Looking forward to going back for delicious Beamish by a cosy fire.

Well done to all involved.
Written 28 September 2021
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Del
Cork, Ireland2 contributions
Disgusted
Dec 2020
The Oval Bar refused to serve me because I have a medical condition. Yes, they actually said that to my face. THIS IS DISCRIMINATION.

I went to another bar and they were happy to serve me.

I will NEVER go to The Oval Bar again. I will not be treated like vermin simply because I suffer from health problems.
Written 24 December 2020
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Wahaay
London, UK1,289 contributions
Taking the biscuit
Aug 2020
The Oval is normally a great bar but their attempt at opening in Covid-19 times with a temporary food offering wasn't a great success on our visit.
The airline-style food boxes from the fridge simply don't represent good value and just seemed an amateurish attempt to circumvent the €9 substantial meal rules by a pub with no kitchen.
Coupled with cack-handed service which initially saw us denied a second drink " because you've been here as long as we can legally serve you " when we'd only walked in 20 minutes earlier.
The bill when it came was totally wrong and about €20 too much.It took an age for it to be sorted.
All of this would be forgiveable if the place was rocking but we counted only a dozen people in there.
Listen,we know it's a hard time for everyone but €18 for a few crackers,a bit of cheese and salami and some nano-dips is having a laugh and really isn't going to persuade us back again in a hurry.
Written 5 September 2020
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angellionsigh
County Cork, Ireland29 contributions
Awful
Aug 2020 • Friends
I was so pleased to support the Oval reopening in the pandemic but what a disappointment....myself and my friend were so looking forward to a relaxing, no hass eve. We ordered the vegan boxes and each of us had 4 natcho chips per 8 dips. What a nightmare! We asked the waitress about it and we were offered some dry ole gluten free crackers from behind the bar. It was so cramped my friend asked of th err was a spare stool and we were told No. Eventually a nervous fella rocked up with a bill with guinness and ale we hadn't ordered with a bill we didn't owe. It was amended but once we paid we later couldn't order a drink with the waitress with short black hair yet the other was going to let us order. I also didn't take too kind to the fella on the door telling me I looked like a doctor. Erm...It's a pandemic...We all wear masks. I will not return anytime soon!! Disappointing!!
Written 28 August 2020
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Oliver M
Cork, Ireland455 contributions
Old Style
Feb 2020
There is a wide age range group drinking here but no teenagers as it operates an over 21 policy. This, for us, is a real plus for a city centre bar. There is an old time feel to the place with its many nooks and crannies. You can visit here on your own and read your paper or book. The beer is good and the staff are most pleasant. If there is a downside the toilets are up a number of flights of stairs but then it is an old style Cork bar. That aside it is a favourite and well a visit.
Written 16 February 2020
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Bruce
16 contributions
Great local pub
Sep 2019
My wife and I stopped into the Oval Bar for an afternoon pint and had a great time. The bartenders were very friendly and eager to interact with us. The prices are reasonable and the selection of libations is substantial. The bar is small but has many comfortable nooks and areas to sit with friends and visit.
Written 26 September 2019
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676fred
Gaithersburg, MD41 contributions
Cozy and distinctive
Jun 2019 • Friends
I’m from the United States and we came to visit family in Cork for a funeral. We came in for drinks later in the evening. The atmosphere was perfect. I felt like I’d gone back in time to another world - a much simpler and inviting place in time, compared to the craziness of Washington DC!
Written 20 June 2019
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Sharon H
Cork, Ireland132 contributions
Cosy central
May 2019 • Friends
This bar is one of the oldest in cork and has kept its original charm. Lovely for a few evening drinks or even a romantic date (low lighting and candles) possibly my favourite bar in cork!
Written 20 May 2019
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Jorgefuerte
Seville, Spain4 contributions
Unique pub in City Centre
May 2019 • Couples
Finally I found this bar! Once i step inside I knew it is nothing like I have ever seen before. Such a warm and friendly place with a great selection of beers. I had my favourite Handsum IPA and was suggested to try some Irish whiskeys by the excellent bartender Shane. He knows his stuff!! I will definitely return
Written 12 May 2019
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,203 contributions
Vibrant and busy
Apr 2019 • Couples
This pub has got real character to it. We visited The Oval Bar on a loud Saturday evening for a drink, and despite it being quite crowded and seating limited, the bar itself was quick to provide service and the traditional elements of the bar made for the perfect session. Great atmosphere and interior decor. Supposedly, the place is haunted too. Not sure about that, but I do know it does a good pint of Birra Moretti.
Written 13 April 2019
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