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The Cork & Cavan

Bars and pubs, Sports bars Mairie du 18e
3 out of 5 stars
The Cork and Cavan
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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A cosy Irish pub on the banks of Canal Saint-Martin.

Come summer, The Cork and Cavan is the place to grab a pint in a plastic cup and sit by the banks of Canal Saint-Martin. But it’s not just a summer hangout – it’s the perfect spot for holing up in the winter too. A glance through the steamed-up windows reveals a cosy atmosphere, a hodgepodge of Irish flags and newspaper clippings stuck to the walls. There are tables outside for having a quick cigarette but don’t expect heaters – this is Dublin, not St. Barts…

The music is a reflection of the Irish underground scene, meaning everything but U2. The circular zinc bar is a real draw so go on and order a Guinness – but not a half-pint, otherwise you’ll bear the brunt of withering looks. Bar staff (mostly English) seem as if they’ve come straight out of a Brick Lane vintage store. Drinks are reasonably priced and the happy hour is unbeatable (€5.50 from 3pm to 8pm).

There’s a range of bottled beers, plus Irish Coffee, hot whiskey and mulled wine (€5-8). They do a mean €5 Bloody Mary too. To stop you falling into the Canal after a few too many drinks, there’s hearty snacks too; think hot homemade pies and salad (€10), as well as sandwiches and jacket potatoes with cheddar cheese and baked beans (€12). Their full Irish breakfast is served on Sundays from midday to 4pm and could be a better hangover cure - sausage, bacon, eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms, all for €17. A wonderfully welcoming spot for beer lovers and those craving an authentic pub vibe. And if you’re in a big group, the back room is free to rent.


By: Jenny Stampa



Address: 70 quai de Jemmapes

Transport: Metro: République, Goncourt ou Jacques Bonsergent
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3pm-2am, Sat-Sun 1pm-2am
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