ABOUT US

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
EVENT GUIDE

Folk & Blues Commune have been stalwarts of the Cork live music since bursting onto the scene in 2009, presenting a wide repertoire of folk, blues, bluegrass, jazz & country in a unique style. Come on down for a relaxed evening of quality picking and singing. Featuring Alan Comerford, Patrick Freeman & Jimmy "Two Thangs" Christie

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.

Fintan Lucy started gigging solo around Cork City in the mid-80s, and was soon on the Irish trad pub circuit, singing and backing tunes. He was a member of folk/trad bands Duchas and Pluckfocailwindskin, and the acoustic rock harmony band The Phintones. As a solo act, he has performed around Ireland and in New York, England, Wales, Spain, Czech Republic and Switzerland. He has taught song-writing at The Munster Literature Centre and facilitates community music workshops around Cork. This year he will be recording an album with Lynda Cullen, as well as his own second solo album.

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.

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.

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.

Eileen Healy and Herman Bailey offer a folk, roots, blues vibe with their acoustic sound, featuring songs from the greats..Young, Dylan, Cohan, Van the Man, Waterboys and more.

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.

Hot Blooded Animals started life as the backing band for legendary American country star Dwayne Dwight. A real good time classic rock group with years of experience of playing both nationally and internationally and are armed with a jukebox sized catalogue of tunes that are all preformed with plenty of gusto. They play the kind of rock ‘n’ roll cover songs we can all relate to.

Dr. Dec and the Side Effects play Charlies Bar, Cork. Blues rock aficionados will get their fix this weekend when Doctor Dec and the Side Effects return to the iconic Charlie's Bar on Union Quay. Driven by Declan Pender's signature guitar sound, the band deliver an electrifying blend of blues and classic rock drawing from an ever-evolving song list. Dr Dec is that rare musician who has transcended time, genres and generations with a repertoire that continues to resonate with fans both old and new. Their set list delivers classics from Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Cream whilst also paying homage to blues greats Otis Rush, Freddie King, Peter Green, Tampa Red and many more. Authentic John Mayall covers sit seamlessly alongside Neil Young but always remain faithful to the spirit and arrangements of the originals. Twin electric guitars are the bands staple sound, effortlessly harnessing the rawness and passion of Chicago blues and classic Rock. This 5 piece band have built up a considerable reputation over years of playing live so come along for a great night.

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