The Bulman

Forget kitsch theme pubs. The Bulman in Kinsale, County Cork, adds an authentic mariner’s touch that locals love

The Bulman Bar, County Cork provided by James Fennell
The Bulman Bar, County Cork provided by James Fennell

The Bulman is a little Kinsale pub that hails back to the 1800s and has catered to myriad sailors, coastguards, merchants and the even the odd landlubber over the years.

Sit a moment with the more elderly regulars and you just might hear the story of the Irish-Italian fisherman who could drink 30 pints a day, and looked 80 by his 50th birthday. A cautionary tale, yes, but it’s a good one.

The Bulman Bar
The Bulman Bar

The pub’s walls are shaded by great wooden beams under a bronze-coloured ceiling. And they’re plastered with paintings of ships and pictures of ocean scenes.

Of course, every proper ship needs a ship cat, and the Bulman carries this tradition onto land. Rusty, the Bulman’s resident feline, is a quiet fixture within the pub. Rumour is he makes a wonderful Irish coffee, but we’re yet to see it.

Grab a window seat and gaze across Summercove harbour, and you’ll swear off bad nautical theme-pubs for good.

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