Gallaghers Pub is open almost a year now. It is located on the corner of McCurtain Street and Bridge Street. McCurtain Street is real foodie destination, and two of our favourites, Greens and Isaacs are on the same Street while the venerable Metropole Hotel is also a landmark.
Gallaghers is very much the new kid on the block here, but an inspired renovation and some brave interior design choices mean that this pub has hit the ground running. Large picture windows run around the two outside walls, letting in streaming light. Feature wallpaper covers two walls and a powerful blue picks out woodwork behind the bar and on accent spots.
It is named for one of Cork's most famous sons; guitar legend Rory Gallagher, who grew up a few doors down the street, and of whom there is a very good commission artwork on the wall.
The floor is as shiny as possible, and I am mildly surprised to find it isn’t slippy, such is the glow from the varnish. The bar is classic, and there are a nice selection of craft beers available, headed by a trio from the nearby Franciscan Well brewery.
During the day the lunch menu runs right through, and in the evening expands and offers more choice, while keeping to its’ casual dining style. Expect to see a selection of pies, a homemade double Decker burger, a choice of salads and some homemade desserts
Soups are made daily and I tried one I haven’t had before; a butternut squash and chorizo which was lovely, and came home with me in the form of the recipe which I intend to make myself. My main course was the Juicy Lucy, a double Decker burger with lashing of melted blue cheese in a toasted Blaa. I have to say, I am not a big fan of the Blaa; I reckon only people from Waterford really love them, but they are appearing on lots of menus now - their artisan roots making them quite fashionable. Toasted and crisped up however, it was great and thick cut chips and a little salad made this a winner.
Gallaghers is serving honest food at very reasonable prices. Throw in a lovely room and friendly service and you’ve suddenly discovered a great new spot. There is live music most nights as well, so some foot tapping and craft beer is also a valid option.