Walk-ins welcome: 20 pubs and restaurants in Cork City you don’t need to book in advance

If the urge for a last-minute lunch or pint grabs you this weekend, there are plenty of places in the city centre offering tables to those of us who didn’t reserve them weeks in advance
Walk-ins welcome: 20 pubs and restaurants in Cork City you don’t need to book in advance

The new multi-coloured canopy of parasols that have been installed on Prince's St to support outdoor dining. Picture: Michael O'Sullivan /OSM PHOTO



Serving breakfast, dinner and desserts all week. Open until 10pm Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday.

The Imperial 

Have drinks and food from Lafayettes from 8am to 5pm on the parklet on South Mall or dine alfresco from 5pm to 10pm.


Electric has tables available Wednesday to Saturday for food and cocktails. Open 3pm to 11.30pm, closed Sunday to Tuesday.


 For their outdoor dining, Paradiso has an all-day casual menu harking back to ‘cafe’ Paradiso classic lunch dishes, then morphing into a wine bar from 5pm.


Walk-ins welcome all day, with table bookings after 5pm.


 Tables are available for spur-of-the-moment walk-up customers each evening.

Tequila Jack’s 

A walk-in area is set up on the boardwalk, and customers are told to simply walk up to grab a table.


Fancy some Asian food and cocktails? Walk-ins are accepted on Kotos outdoor terrace.

Tony’s Bistro 

 Delivering a full Irish breakfast beloved of many Corkonians, diners at Tony’s Bistro need not book ahead.

Thompsons Restaurant & Microbrewery 

Open from 12pm to 11.30pm, walk-ins are the only kind of customers at Thompson’s on MacCurtain Street.



Walk-ins are accepted at Impala on Paradise Place, with tables out the back as well as in the extra space out front too.

Mutton Lane 

No bookings needed at Cork’s oldest pub for drinks, takeaway drinks, teas and coffee.

Conway’s Yard 

One of Cork’s newest beer gardens is operating a walk-in-only system on Oliver Plunkett Street.

The Idle Hour 

If the Port of Cork is still your go-to for a tipple, you can rock up to the Idle Hour without a reservation.


While the rooftop venue needs to be booked (and is booked up for every Saturday this month), Clancy’s seating on Princes Street is first come, first served.

Dwyers of Cork 

On Washington Street, Dwyers will have some tables available every day for walk-in customers.

The Woolshed Baa & Grill

The Woolshed has outdoor pods with TVs and will be keeping some tables for walk-ins but if you’re hoping to catch a match, you might want to book now.

The Old Oak 

If you fancy a pint on a sunny Sunday (or any other day), the old Oak is open to walks in.


 Walk-ins are available for SoHo’s street seating areas, though its garden terrace on the second floor is reservation-only.

Tom Barry’s 

This Barrack Street favourite is taking booking but will accept walk-ins if a table is available.

More in this section


The best food, health, entertainment and lifestyle content from the Irish Examiner, direct to your inbox.

Sign up
Execution Time: 0.265 s