The Dock Bar

The Dock Bar, Kinsale: Address, The Dock Bar Reviews: 3.5/5

The Dock Bar
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Cork, Ireland2 contributions
Disappointed and unwelcoming
Aug 2021 • Friends
Visited today very briefly as I was entertaining a family of French visitors and wanted to show them James Fort before dining. I needed to use a loo and as there are no public facilities at the dock, both ladies of the group popped our masked and fully vaccinated heads in through the door and asked permission.

The waitress declined and advised the toilets were for customers only. I replied immediately that this wasn’t an problem and I’d happily buy something as my need for the loo was pressing. I asked to buy a bag of crisps and her attitude was extremely snarky. She said ‘that’s not really the point!’ To which I replied ‘if I’ve bought an item, aren’t I a customer and entitled to use the toilet?’

Her body language and facial expression were very unpleasant and unwelcoming, but she declined to answer and stomped away from me.

I have no problem making a purchase to facilitate my use of use the facilities. If there is a minimum purchase requirement I suggest that you amend your sign to publicise this clearly.

I request that who ever trains your staff in customer service: please consider the fact that her attitude and actions ensured that when we had completed our very pleasant visit to James Fort, we drove elsewhere with our party of seven, to enjoy dinner, where we were served with respect and a welcoming attitude.
Written 4 August 2021
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Teacher031
Birmingham13 contributions
Lovely pub
Feb 2020 • Family
Really lovely pub. Perfect with a warm fire after a visit to James Fort and the beach. Very friendly land lady who advised on the gins. Beautiful inside. Very welcoming.
Written 23 February 2020
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Tomas Tran
Cork, Ireland17 contributions
Amazing
Oct 2019 • Family
Cute pub inside, friendly staff, very nice inside, close dock in Kinsale and the beach. Just 1 minus - they dont accept credit/debit cards.
Written 22 February 2020
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Captain
Castletown, UK226 contributions
Sadly average
Jan 2020 • Friends
Not somewhere i shall return to. Great potential but lacking so much.

If only the management invested

Capt Neil
Castletown
Isle of Man
Written 8 January 2020
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carrfran
1 contribution
Awful landlady
Aug 2019 • Solo
Was absolutely disgusted that the landlady refused to let my 76year old mother use the toilet. Thoroughly unpleasant lady and a very poor advertisement for Irish hospitality. We have travelled all over Ireland over the last five weeks and encountered nothing like her. I would have been happy to pay for drinks in order to allow my mum to use the toilet but the landlady was rude and obnoxious muttering “Jesus Christ” under her breath as we left.
Written 24 August 2019
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Owlfred W W
Parthenay, France99 contributions
Rude unhelpful staff and No food
Jun 2019 • Friends
Sadly we were staying at the Castle park Marina which is dirty and very expensive with very very poor facilities so we were stuck on this side of Kinsale harbour. The only pub on this side is The Dock Bar. We went in to get some food and a drink the man behind the bar was blatantly rude he could not have cared a less about serving English people he even commented about not understanding our strange accents! When we asked about food he just laughed and walked off to serve someone local. This place could be so good as it has a very nice view and with the right helpful staff and good food it could be a goldmine for its owners sadly it is what it is now a run down scruffy pub with rude and staff and no food. I hope never to return
Written 8 July 2019
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Essam E
1 contribution
Rude staff
Jul 2019 • Friends
Very bad service and rude staff. We asked for another cup so the lady ask for extra 1.70 euro !!!!!!
Written 6 July 2019
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Todd H
106 contributions
Bar next to the Beach
May 2019 • Couples
The locals were awesome. They were friendly and shared their culture. My wife was even able to get them to sing a song. One of her favorite memories of our trip.
Written 4 June 2019
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Leslie H
Golden, CO58 contributions
Great atmosphere
May 2019 • Couples
Had a wonderful time here after our walk to James Fort. Some of the friendliest people we met in Ireland!
Written 27 May 2019
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Margie M
Kinsale, Ireland126 contributions
great sunrise location or afternoon spot to 'wet your whistle'
Jul 2018 • Friends
After a hike up to James Fort, a cuppa or a pint of ale or cider is a refreshing way to end the adventure at The Dock. A country pub with no fuss, just go get your drinks, sit, chat and enjoy and probably get into some great conversations with others on the patio. For the really energetic walker, The Dock/James Fort and the local beach are an easy walk on the footpath and across the bridge from the town of Kinsale, even in the evenings when the road lamps light your walk home.
Written 12 July 2018
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