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From best things to see & do in Cork, to our top cocktail picks, to learning more about Cork history, The Metropole Blog is here to help you plan your next stay with us here in the Heart of Cork City. Keep up to date with what is happening around the city and learn about life at The Metropole Hotel.

Maharani Afternoon tea

We have paired with successful local Rebel City Distillery to celebrate Cork on a Fork Fest with a limited edition Maharani Gin Afternoon Tea, August 16th

Garden Dinner in Aid of Cope

‘The Garden Table’ is our new fundraising dinner taking place at the Beech Hill Garden Centre in Montenotte on August 24th.

Flipping Fun!

The Metropole Hotel’s pancake race on McCurtain St brought lots of fun and laughter this morning as participants made every effort to cross the finish line

Making Guests Smile

Trigon Hotels has announced the appointment of Eamonn Cassidy as the new concierge at The Metropole Hotel in the heart of Cork City.

Two Wins at Irish Hotel Awards

The Metropole Hotel are delighted to accept this prestigious title of Best Intimate Wedding Venue in Muster and The Great Irish Breakfast Award

Best City Centre Wedding Venue

The Metropole Hotel are delighted to accept this prestigious title of Best City Centre Venue from RSVP Magazine

Green Business Silver Award

We have been awarded an FSG Green Business Silver Level Award for our efforts in sustainability and carbon emission reduction.

Our MET 125 Cocktails

This year, The Metropole Hotel Cork celebrates 125 years at the heart of the city centre. Over time, we have honed our skills to create a menu of well loved

Castles in Cork to Visit

When you visit Cork there is no shortage of castles to visit during your stay in Cork. Here is our guide of some castles that are not to be missed on your

Cork's Crime Themed Book Fest

There’s a crime-themed book festival coming to Spike Island in 2022. Expect Murder, Mystery and Intrigue.

Exploring Shandon

A quick 10-minute stroll from our front door will bring you into the Shandon area, one of our city’s most historic and fascinating neighbourhoods

Rainy Day Activities in Cork

Come rain or shine there is always something great to do in Cork, our Guest Relations Manager, Jan, lets us know some of her favourite rainy day activities

THE MET Whiskey Sour

Our Head Mixologist, Kevin, has put together a recipe for the perfect Whiskey Sour to enjoy a taste of Ireland.

Our Irish Author Picks

Looking for a new book to jump into this Spring? This World Book Day, we want to highlight some of our favourite Irish authors that we are loving so far this

Our Guest Relations Manager

We are delighted to announce the appointment of The Metropole Hotel’s Guest Relations Manager, Jan Mitchell, who is on hand to help you on yout next trip

Valentine's Day in Cork

We have curated a list of some very cosy delights and experiences to enjoy this Valentine’s in Cork

Couple enjoying Christmas Shopping in Cork

Christmas Shopping in Cork

Cork is the perfect place to pick up everything on your Christmas List this year. Whether is unique boutiques or toys for the kids

Two Women enjoying Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets in Cork

From festive food to sipping on mulled wine, Cork’s Christmas Markets are are sure to bring the spirit of yuletide, see our guide here.

Jazz Weekend

Organisers have confirmed that the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival will take place over the October bank holiday weekend.

Best Elegant Wedding Venue

The Metropole Hotel are delighted to accept this prestigious title of RSVP Magazine’s Best Elegant Wedding Venue for 2021

Meet Our Corporate Ambassador

After a busy Summer, Nicole O’Leary, our Rooms Division Duty Manager, has been chosen to be our Corporate Ambassador.

After Work Activities in Cork

Time to clock out and head out after a long day of work! Here are some of our favourite things to do with your team mates after work in Cork.

Outdoor Dining in Cork

From garden terraces to rooftop bars, Cork has truly embraced outdoor dining. Here is a list of some of our top outdoor dining places in Cork City.

Explore Cork Outdoors

With scenic sea-scape walks, to cycling through history, to experiencing aqua parks, Cork is filled with amazing outdoor experiences and activities

Fall in love with Cork Food

From passionate world-renowned producers, bustling restaurants & bars, colourful cafés & markets, Cork is a foodie paradise!

124 Years of The Metropole

The Metropole Hotel Cork is celebrating 124 years of excellent hospitality and warm service, with the help of a few famous faces


Shelia McCarthy, daughter of the first concierge of The Metropole, celebrates for 100th birthday with a special nod to Charlie Chaplin


Ahead of The Metropole Hotel’s 124th birthday , we caught up with Patsy & Bill Hennessy. Still as in love since the day they married,

Tips for Intimate Weddings

While we often think of weddings as lavish & large parties, there is no reason the excitement can not be brought into an intimate wedding setting.

Young Love to Endless Love

We caught up with Ann & Michael Mulcahy, who have been the youngest couple to ever get married at The Metropole

Meet Our Wedding Coordinator

We sat down with our Wedding Coordinator Janice, to talk all things wedding & give you a little insight into what you can expect as well as her advice for

48 Hours in Cork

Filled with compelling history, stunning art work and some of best restaurants & bars in the country, a weekend away to Cork is a perfect option

Our 3 Day Cork Itinerary

It’s hard to try and squeeze everything Cork has to offer in a few days but we have put together a handy travel guide with everything you need for a 3

Q&A With Janice

We sat down with our Events and Conference Sales Manager Janice Casey tp get to know are usual work day and what she enjoys in her spare time

The Future of Meetings

We sat down with our Events and Conferences Sales Manager, Janice Casey, to find out her expected future meeting trends

Cocktails & Charcuterie

The Metropole Hotel will host a virtual prosecco cocktail and charcuterie evening on Friday 28th May. Limited Tickets Available Here

Wedding Floristry Tips

Wedding flowers form a huge part of the theme of your wedding day, so we partnered with local supplier Shandon Flowers to share their top tips with you.

Gin of the Month

Discover a unique Gin that is yellow in colour, which turns clear once tonic is added! Our MET Gin Movement brings you the best gin pairings every month.

A Valentine's Wedding

Ahead of Valentine’s weekend, we caught up with Pat & Carmel Crowley, members of our Metropole Hotel Wedding Club about what makes a great marriage.

Pancake Tuesday Recipe

Want to whip up a storm in the kitchen> Try these Japanese inspired Soufflé pancakes, recipe courtesy of our Head Chef Trevor.

All you need is Patience, Love

We caught up with one of our most glamorous couples from The Wedding Club to see what they believe is the secret ingredient for a great marriage.

Feb - Gin Movement

At The MET, we know that the pairing can make the gin experience. See our monthly gin pairing and garnish suggestions here at The MET Gin Movement.

Vegan Brownie {Recipe}

January has a new trend – Veganuary! Chef Trevor has joined the movement – offering up his delicious vegan brownie treat for you to enjoy at home!

January Gin Pairing

At The MET, we know that the pairing can make the gin experience. Beat off the Winter chill with our January gin pairing and garnish suggestions here.

Spaghetti Puttanesca {Recipe}

Chef Trevor has shared his warm and comforting recipe for Spaghetti Puttanesca for you to enjoy at home in the chilly evenings.

DEC | Met Gin Movement

At The MET, we know that the pairing can make the gin experience. See our festive December gin pairing and garnish suggestion here:

The 'Reel Deal' Cocktail

The Met’s cocktail of the week is “The Reel Deal” Cocktail, to celebrate the Cork International Film Festival in Cork City. See recipe here:

The Jazz Halloween Quiz

This year’ Jazz has been postponed, but here’s a fun Jazz quiz for you to enjoy over zoom with your friends! 5 rounds including Jazz, Halloween and

Guinness Jazz Espresso Martini

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend with the Jazz Guinness Espresso Martini, created by our Mixologist and Manager Damien.

Winter Warmer Cocktail Recipe

The Met’s cocktail of the week is the Whiskey Winter Warmer, just in time for Cool Winter Nights in Cork City.

Spooktacular Takeaway!

You can now order lunch, brunch and afternoon tea to takeaway!

Street Art Brightens Up Harley

Seven murals for Cork as part of new Ardú Street Art Initiative to unite the Leeside community through art, lifting its creative energy.

Royal Wedding Inspiration

Are you planning your Wedding Day? Check out these trends from Cinderella’s Closet in Cork.

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Say Hello to Bottomless Brunch

Just when you thought the weekend couldn’t get any better, our team at The MET Cork have just launched their brand new bottomless brunch menu!

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Top 3 Autumn Staycation Reads

On your staycation, get lost in one of these top 3 autumn reads with local bookstore Vibes and Scribes. Pre-order with our Concierge for your next visit!

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WINNING PHOTO Ballincollig Regional Park by Martina Kingston

Photo Competition Finalists

Did you make the cut? See some astounding photos of Cork submitted for our competition and the overall winner.

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A Concierge Guide to Cork

Your key to the city with our very own Concierge, John Coleman. Discover hidden gems for your next trip to Cork.

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Virtual Summer Festival

Cork’s best loved Summer Festival – Cork Midsummer Festival will be going virtual with Midsummer Moments this June. See the schedule here.

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Choco Energy Balls {Recipe}

These super-tasty no-bake choco energy balls are great treat alternatives. The ultimate power-up snack from our Chef Benjamin Dazy.

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Cork's Buzz Fizz

The Met’s cocktail of the week is Cork’s Buzz Fizz, just in time for The Virtual Festival of Prosecco in Cork. See recipe here:

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Win Afternoon Tea for Two

We’re excited to launch our Call & Collect Afternoon Tea Service! Enter our competition now to be in with a chance to win Take Home Afternoon Tea for

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Iconic Hotel Tour Cork

Go behind-the-scenes at The Metropole Hotel Cork. Discover the fascinating legacy of this iconic hotel on a humourous tour you wont forget in a hurry.

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Louise O'Neill's Top 5 Books

We’ve teamed up with Louise O’Neill to bring you her top 5 book recommendations for you to enjoy while you stay home. See the full list here.

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Flaming Pineapple Float

The Met’s Cocktail of the Week is the Flaming Pineapple Float! Try John Crean’s special recipe at home with this simple to make Summer cocktail,

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Chocolate Fondant Heart Recipe

Looking for a runny-yummy chocolate heart?!! This Chocolate “Super” Fondant is for you. Nothing complicated here, check out the recipe from Benjamin Dazy.

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Cork Photo Competition

We know that Cork is a beautiful county. If you are a budding photographer, and you have captured Cork through your lens, enter our competition.

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Quacking Time In Cork

This Mother duck and her little ducklings returned to The Metropole Hotel on MacCurtain Street for breakfast earlier this week. Watch video here.

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Care Packages for Frontline

We were delighted to contribute goods to a wonderful initiative enabling us to show solidarity with those at the forefront of the Covid-19 crisis.

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Les Gougeres Recipe

This is a typical recipe from Burgundy (France), shared with us by one of our Chefs, Benjamin Dazy. They are easy to prep and perfect for sharing.

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