Ireland is full of pubs blasting britney spears for the masses or traditional music for the tourists. To experience Irish musical creativity at its greatest, I highly recommend Utopianation @ 86 Barrack Street. This place is the heart of Cork's alternative scene and the place to see both raw and refined musical talent. Frequented by hippies, hipsters, suits, the fancy, and the freaks, this place is a peaceful microcosm that releflects both Cork's talent and cultural diversity. Thursday night Open Mics are the best (free food & great music!) but the Tuesday Comedy Night and Reggae Nights on Fridays were great too. I highly recommend a stroll up historic Barrack Street to check out this amazing venue.