Between the vibrantly living and the dead, it has hosted many a post-funeral gathering, as well as numerous match post-mortems for soccer and rugby codes.
Up for sale this week is the well-known The Tory Top bar premises, on a prominent corner site by Pearse Road, the Kinsale Road/Curragh Road and Tory Top Road junction: it has been run since 1989 by publicans Humphrey and Selma Moynihan, who are now retiring, and it’s for sale with Aisling Doyle and Peter O’Meara of Savills.
The bar is across the eponymous road from what’s reputed to be the busiest Aldi in Ireland, and by a modern home development Hyde Park, in a densely populated traditional south city suburb. Among its quieter neighbours, on what used to be called Tory Top Lane (due to the preponderance of pine trees along an approach avenue,) is St Joseph’s Cemetery, established in the 1830s on the site of what had been a Botanic Garden, established in 1808 and which ceased in 1828 after Government funding dried up.
It was subsequently acquired by Fr Mathew as a badly-needed city cemetery, and he was interred there in 1856, while St Finbarr’s Cemetary later took on the role as main city cemetery. Ballyphenahe’s Botanic Road recalls its earlier uses.
The Tory Top bar is guided at €750,000, trades very well and is in excellent condition. It can be bought as a going concern, and comes with options for continued use, further development, or complete redevelopment.
It’s evenly set - c 350 metres - from rugby pitches at Musgrave Park, home to Dolphin and Sunday’s Well clubs as well as Munster Rugby, and to soccer’s 2017 FAI Cup champions and 2018 league winners, Cork City. Also in the hinterland is a neighbour retail cluster, 100 metres away, with AIB branch, and extensive retail stores along the Kinsale Road/Tramore Road.
The Tory Top currently spans 2,267 sq ft, with bar/lounge, overhead accommodation and stores, external seating area, and is on a site of 0.26 of an acre, with adjacent hair/beauty unit, currently earning €10,000 pa.
Savills’ Ms Doyle says the setting gives “excellent development potential due to its size, location, corner position, dual access and surrounding catchment area.” Full planning permission is live until 2019 for demolition and replacement, with a three storey, over-basement mixed use development, which may include a bar, restaurant, retail units, and six apartments with underground parking for 19 cars.
Also in the hinterland, the equally high profile Turners Cross Tavern near the modernist church has reopened successfully after a significant investment, doing food and drink, after being purchased by Cork businessman Tony Cross, MD of Maxi Zoo, and who sources say has been picking up a number of other Cork bars in the past year.