Anything to do with fresh oysters is the dream in our eyes, so the news that Cork's forgotten gem, The Oyster Tavern is relaunching next weekend (just in time for the August bank holiday!) has us pretty buzzing.
The makeover of the 18th century-founded Oyster Tavern has been taken on by renowned restaurateur Alan Clancy who has 37 Dawson St, House, and The Ivy on his hands.
He's putting in a whopping €1.5m into the tavern's reboot which has restored many of the building's original features, including the shopfront and classic mirrors, and judging by Clancy's other fancy watering holes in Dublin and the sneak peek of pictures from The Oyster Tavern, it looks like a beaut.
The two storey bar and restaurant will cater for all tastes: the downstairs bar will lend itself towards a more chilled and laid back customer, while the upstairs bar will host a party atmosphere with a DJ, cocktails, and dance areas.
Situated right beside The English Market, The Oyster Tavern will take full advantage of its location and will source all its ingredients for the food menu directly from The English Market traders, meaning the food here is gonna be as fresh as can be.
Speaking about the grand opening, General Manager, Bob Kriva said:
“We are really looking forward to welcoming the people of Cork through the doors. Most Corkonians seem to have a story about The Oyster Tavern, with very fond memories and I have no doubt they will be impressed with the new look. It was important to us that we maintained as much of the old building as we could yet give the place a new lease of life and we are delighted with how it turned out, it’s a venue like no other”.
The Oyster Tavern will open daily serving great drink and great food and will open late every Friday, Saturday, and Bank Holiday Sunday Night. Niiiiiiiice.