When you’re on the hunt for Cork hookups, your first stop is naturally going to be the bars. The nightlife in this city can make or break your sex life. The local pubs and cocktail lounges offer ample opportunities for a session but not all watering holes were created equal. Only a select few consistently produce results.
As an alternative means for getting laid, online options can be much easier and cheaper than a bar. Like so many of this city’s 210,000 residents, we have come to appreciate the simplicity of an online option. However, this sex tech faces the same pitfalls as hookup bars. There are more bad options than there are good.
You want to hook up but you don’t know how to make it happen. It’s a problem in need of a solution. Well, you’ve come to the right place. With the help of locals, we’ve pinpointed the best hotspots. From Victorian Quarter to Clarke’s Bridge, these bars get busy. If you don’t like the bar scene, we also have some online options.
Stop living like you’re in Ballinora. Check out this list and get your sex life some much-needed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Comment below if we’ve missed any great spots.
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Our favorite spots to find Cork hookups
This can be the friendliest city in Europe if you know where to look. Check out these must-try Cork hookup hotspots.
Deep South has a sunny disposition
Cocktail lounges will always be the most sensual option for a date or quick rendezvous. Sometimes though, we don’t want to be stuck inside. Especially when the sun is out. On those rare sunny days, we like to get our beer and head outdoors. That’s why we are always on the lookout for a great beer garden.
Deep South on Grand Parade has one of our favourites. They’re a full-service bar with fine mixed drinks, but we go there for the beer and the sun. Drinking a tasty lager in the sunshine just puts everyone in a good mood. That’s why a beer garden can be an excellent venue for initiating a hookup. Check out Deep South and you’ll see why beautiful people, great beer and sunshine make up our favourite cocktail.
Cork hook ups are easier on AFF
Around these parts, we like to assemble a yearly list of the best hookup options online. The industry is always changing and yet, year after year, one site remains constant: AFF. Originally created in the 90s, AFF has remained one of the most established Cork hookup sites for over a decade. It’s not just a local thing either; this site is a global sensation.
AFF’s success lies in a few factors. Mainly, there is the fact that it focuses on being a hookup site. Many of its competitors try to be everything to everyone, promising relationships and hookups. AFF doesn’t bother with that mess. People on this site are clear about what they’re in for: including no-strings-attached fun. No wonder there are over 90 million users.
This is also an amazingly user-friendly option. While newer ones try lots of gimmicks, AFF has made its browser experience simple on both phones and computers. It also boasts a killer search function. You can search by location, naturally, but also by cup size and kink. Whatever you’re into, you can lock it down.
Of course, AFF’s greatest feature is its users. There are people of every look, preference and age on it. So many people hit 30 and find the other online options drying up for options. Not AFF. It has a huge number of people in their 30s (and older) looking to hook up. For those of us who aren’t Instagram models, it’s a welcome breath of fresh air. It’s nice to know that there are still plenty of options out there for casual fun.
We’ve found that users say they’d pick AFF over any other option. It’s really no wonder. When you’re looking for Cork hookups, there is no more diverse or DTF user base in the area.
The best Cork pickup bars we've tried
Our city is full of bars where you can find lots of hook ups in Cork. Here are some of our favorites.
The Queen of Rebels soars above the other hookup bars
When looking for an illicit tryst, you would be smart to take advantage of Cork’s secret weapon: the city itself. The view from the rooftop bar is an aphrodisiac like no other. Located on South Main Street, this lounge is the perfect place to appreciate how photogenic our town is. It’s hard to not be enamoured when you’re getting a better view of it
That’s why Suas is one of our favourite hookup bars. Besides the fantastic views, the bar offers anything you could want to drink and comfortable seating. It’s the kind of place where you and a companion can get close while getting to know each other. If you can make it in time for a sunset visit, you’re all but guaranteed to have fun until sunrise.
Upstairs at Arthur Mayne’s has medicine to soothe the soul
If the rooftop bar gets too crowded but you still want to get high, why not head upstairs? Specifically, we mean Upstairs at Arthur Mayne’s on Pembroke. Recently established in one of the city’s oldest buildings, this cocktail lounge merges history with a modern flair. Resembling a Victorian chemist shop, you’ll be knocked out by their potions.
Upstairs is easily one of the city’s most interesting and satisfying cocktail lounges. They serve elaborately prepared drinks until late, making it the perfect place to either begin or end your night. It’s a great place to suggest for a meetup with a connection from online. Or you can just show up and mingle in the crowd. Either way, sparks are sure to fly.
The Bridge is one of Cork’s hippest hookup bars
In the trendy Victorian Quarter, you’ll find quite a few great bars popping up as the area rapidly develops. If you’re in the neighbourhood, check out The Bridge. It’s an excellent lounge that sits, appropriately enough, in the shadow of St Patrick’s Bridge. Serving craft beers and cocktails Monday through Saturday, it’s an ideal spot for hook ups in Cork.
You won’t find any trolls at this Bridge. The patrons are a who’s who of Cork’s most attractive residents and visitors. Plus, the bar frequently has local musicians playing enjoyable music, and they serve tasty small bites if you get peckish. There are dozens of reasons to check out the Victorian Quarter but The Bridge is easily our top one.
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Bowery is full of girls looking for hookups in Cork
If there's one club we had to recommend, it's Bowery. Known for its wild parties, attractive crowd and great music, Bowery is one of the top clubs in Cork. Whether weekday or weekend, there's always something brewing here. So if you're looking for a sure place to find hookups in Cork while also having a great time, check out this club at 18-21 Tuckey St.
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The Bookshelf is intimate and welcoming
The coffee house has become as popular as the pub for casual meetups and dates. These quiet, cosy cafés make an ideal backdrop for a conversation or a bit of flirting. You can spend hours in a coffee house and not spend all of your money. That’s a big reason so many people are picking them for first dates.
Of course, just like bars, some coffee houses are more alluring than others. For our money, The Bookshelf on South Mall is as charming as it gets. This former library is now one of the most welcoming locations for getting laid. The quirky art and warming coffee combine to create a perfect atmosphere for an intimate score.
O’Keeffe's will complete your to-do list and help you get laid in Cork
Once you’ve mastered the art of the hookup, bars and clubs can feel like child’s play. It can be nice to try something different and see if you still have skills when you’re dead sober. If you really want to see how good you are, we recommend trying your local grocery store. Our store of choice is O’Keeffe's in St. Luke’s Cross.
With a variety of premium food and a great deli, O’Keeffe's draws in all kinds. That includes beautiful single women completing their errands. The trick to making a connection at a grocery store is to not be pushy or rude. Find a natural conversation starter – for instance, a recipe recommendation – and let your charm do the work. Who knows, you might just check everything off your to-do list.
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All other online options wish they were as sexy as Tinder
Every UCC and Griffith College coed has learned one thing for sure. For uncomplicated one-night stands, there is no more convenient tool than Tinder. It’s the platform that thrust hookup culture into the mainstream. At one point, every Millennial in the world was on it. These days, it’s mostly Gen Zers but the results are the same: sexy hookups in Cork.
That generational shift in Tinder’s user base seems to be a feature, not a flaw. Tinder is unabashedly the shallowest of the hookup option, with a focus on profile pictures over bios. The unofficial age range for Tinder is 18-28. Anyone who’s older than that will find that their matches come infrequently.
This focus on looks means that, for both men and women, being attractive is all that matters. Women need to be in the top 50% of looks to have much fun on Tinder. Meanwhile, guys have to be in the top 10-15% to have much chance of hooking up. If you are a woman or a man within that subset, Tinder will be your absolute favourite hookup option. No question.
For the rest of us, Tinder can be a big disappointment. It doesn’t help that many of the most attractive women don’t even bother to reply to messages. Getting their egos stroked on the regular is the only reason they even get Tinder. They constantly receive a flood of matches and messages, all telling them they’re beautiful and sexy. What more do they need?
The Tinder creators hope to parlay the its success into a broader audience. They’re trying to make it a platofm for dating and relationships. We’re doubtful they’ll have much luck with that. Everyone’s already tried Tinder at least once and knows what it is: a hookup option for Cork’s sexiest 20-somethings.
Pigalle has treats for the tongue
At one time, Pigalle on Barrack Street was merely known as being an excellent cocktail bar. That hasn’t changed but it has expanded its menu to include a diverse assortment of finely crafted dishes. This bar has quietly become one of Cork’s most interesting and rewarding destinations for foodies.
Even if you aren’t looking for a bite, though, Pigalle still reliably serves up great drinks and intimate evenings. Its subdued décor with classic pub style makes for a charming backdrop on a date or a quick meetup. Suggest it for a drink and if the conversation is engaging, grab something to eat. With a setting so intoxicating, the night could go anywhere from there.