Charlies is a famous early morning Cork bar, full of character and characters. Opening every morning, except Sundays, at 7am this is the closest youll get to round-the-clock craic in a traditional Irish bar and its welcoming coal fire.

And if you thought it was fun before the sun goes down wait until the guitarists, fiddle players, drummers and singers turn up! We host some of the best local, national and international acts from rock n roll and blues at night to traditional Irish music and folk acts on Sunday afternoons.

Due to covid-19 restrictions we will be reopening under phase 3 government guidelines serving food. Until further notice we will be running at reduced opening hours and will be following all government guidelines to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. Hopefully our live music will return in the near future. We are looking forward to welcoming back our loyal regulars and maybe some new customers as well to enjoy Charlies bar and our new riverside seating area. (Now accepting all major credit and debit cards)

Opening hours:
  • Mon 02:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed-Thu 02:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Fri-Sat 02:00pm - 12:30am
  • Sun 02:00pm - 11:00pm

One of the longest traditional music Sessions is in Charlie's bar every Sunday at 3 pm. The Session is hosted by Cork's own Sean O'Driscoll, both a sweet and rhythmic bango player and a fine hand on the old style button accordion , along with his wife Mary O'Driscoll on the fiddle. To keep the Sessions fresh and real, each Sunday features a different guest musician, an ever changing array from some of Cork's and Ireland's finest traditional players. It is equally popular with musicians, listeners and tourists with Sean keeping the Session friendly and fun but also making sure to keep the music swinging. You never know who will turn up for a few tunes, for the chat and the laughs, to sing a song or just to listen and have a few pints. It's never dull.

Hank Wedel and Ray Barron have been playing in Charliesbar on Union Quay since 1994. An acoustic guitar/vocal and mandolin duo, they host a Sessions that's has acquired legendary status in Cork, with musicians and singers from near and far joining them through the years. Hank sings and plays guitar, Ray plays mandolin and the pair play everything from Bob Dylan to Finnish Waltzes. A gig not to be missed.

Stuart Wilde’s one-man-band show! A powerful voice with drums, electric guitar & harmonica ... An eclectic mix of Blues, Rock, Country and Folk ... Songs from Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Lou Reed etc.