BrewDog Cork opens tomorrow at the site of the former Grand Central Social on Courthouse Street, just off Washington Street.
The opening of the franchise brings the total number of employees to almost 200 people in an umbrella group of Cork’s iconic bars – The Bróg, BarBarossa, Voodoo Rooms, Popscene, Alibi and BarBarella.
With the unmistakable blue hue and iconic logo, it’s BrewDog, but it’s not necessarily the BrewDog many Corkonians expect. On Leeside, you need to put your own local stamp on things for authenticity and BrewDog is a Cork-owned bar.
Westside Leisure Ltd have operated bars and clubs in the city for 40 years, including some of Cork’s most iconic watering holes.
With BrewDog Cork as the group’s seventh location, the new bar will offer 30 beers on tap, including rotating and seasonal drafts from Irish breweries.
Speaking about the decision to bring the BrewDog franchise to Cork and what it will add to their existing bar offering, co-manager Tony Forde said: ‘Having visited many BrewDog venues over the years, particularly during matches outside of Munster Rugby we have always been impressed with their bars. The first Covid lockdown in 2020 gave us free time, so we decided to reach out.
The new bar, open 7 days a week, will employ more than 50 people and will include a large kitchen serving burgers and wings as well as vegan dishes and salads.
“We want to make Cork BrewDog one of the best in the world,” Mr. Forde added.
“The opening of BrewDog Cork will be significant for us as our seventh location in the city. Cork’s craft beer scene is long established and we have some amazing local producers who we will also feature in our bar. The focus is on the food at BrewDog bars, and with so many amazing local vendors nearby, we’ll use local produce wherever possible.
“We think this will be a welcome addition to the city. With our experience in developing venues that have enduring popularity, we look forward to putting our own stamp on the BrewDog brand.”
Recounting their professional journey over the past forty years, Mr Forde said: “We started in the final days of DeLacy House on Oliver Plunkett Street, a staple of the 80s live music scene. As the 80s were entering the 90s, Irish culture was also on the move and so Gorby’s nightclub was born. For 20 years, Gorby’s was an iconic alternative music club – not disco, which attracted generations of Cork students until it grew and eventually transformed into The Voodoo Rooms in 2013.
“On the ground floor of the Oliver Plunkett Street complex is An Bróg which has enjoyed even greater longevity. Although it has changed and evolved over the decades, An Bróg continues to be popular as ever, the once small and intimate watering hole, has grown into a large nightspot open seven nights a week. Opening in 1992 – it will celebrate its 30th anniversary later this year – something we will be celebrating – so watch this space! BarBarossa, popular for cocktails and parties, while upstairs is Popscene – Cork’s only dedicated 80s and 90s bar, which recently reopened after a two-year Covid hiatus.
For more information on BrewDog Cork City, check out @brewdogbarcork on Instagram, @brewdogcork on Facebook and Twitter, or head to Courthouse Street seven days a week to sample local food and craft beers.