DISTILLERY
EXPERIENCE

CHASE THE FAIRY

Come visit the first distillery to open in almost 50 years in Cork city. Rebel City Distillery is breathing new life into a former Ford factory building, where we create, craft, and distill a unique range of spirits on-site.

 Join us at Rebel City Distillery for Ireland’s First and only premium Absinthe  experience . Unique celebration of  the Alchemy and Artistry – a night to delve into the myths that have shrouded Absinthe for over 100 years and immerse yourself in the works of some of the world’s most famous Writers, Artists and Philosophers. 

 

Meet for a welcome cocktail in our boutique bar surrounded by elements of celebrated minds before being brought into our Craft Distillery to learn about the art of distillation. Through the flair of storytelling and our immersive distillery experience you will discover the decadent history of absinthe while developing a deeper understanding of the distillation process. Back at the bar you will then be treated to a demonstration of the traditional tasting method of absinthe and two deliciously delectable cocktails, all the while being submerged in the Arts.
 
Absinthe was reputed both to inspire creativity, and trigger hallucinations – hence the term ‘Chase the Fairy‘ – the latter mythical claims eventually led to its ban in many countries around the world. With all bans being lifted in the last 20 years and  our Absinthe winning a Silver at World Drinks Awards 2023 what better way to celebrate than a night paying tribute to those who deemed it their favorite tipple long ago, such as James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso.  

 

Experience Summary : Welcome Drink + Two Absinthe Cocktails + Guided tour of distillery + Guided tasting of Our spirits  – Dress Code : Gatsby or 1920 [ Not mandatory , its optional ]

Experience available only upon request.

Duration : 1:30 hours.

Please email [email protected] or call 021-4966300 for private and corporate tours.

This is a fully-functioning distillery nested in Old Ford electrical transformer building. The building was built in 1917 and laid dormant from 1984-2020. The building can be cold during winters as the building was  built to not to retain heat. Warm clothing advised.

TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS

Lorraine M
Lorraine M
2024-06-10
An incredible intimate distillery experiences I recently celebrated my birthday at the Rebel City Distillery with a Cocktail Masterclass hosted by Bhagya and I had the best experience! You can book the distillery for a private party which is so intimate and the venue is incredible. The distillery is the perfect backdrop for amazing pictures as well as being steeped in heritage and the culture of Cork- the Rebel county! Bhagya was a pleasure to deal with from the booking process all the way through to the experience itself, she went above and beyond to ensure my group had the best experience. The tour itself is really interesting, the cocktail making is a fun and unique experience which all my friends enjoyed and the Maharani gin itself is divine! I honestly cannot recommend this distillery highly enough, you won’t be disappointed. I am already looking forward to my next visit!
GDMc
GDMc
2024-06-09
Inquisitive Expedition On our city break travels, we enjoy visiting breweries and distilleries. Therefore, our first trip to Cork resulted in us visiting Rebel City. We were met by Robert and we chewed the fat about his time in Edinburgh, a city close to my heart. We were then introduced to Bhagya,his lovely wife, who led us through the tour. Her passion and knowledge of her business and distilling were clear to see. Their story is very personal, and I have to say endearing to those who visit. A tour of the production process followed by more samples of their produce, including the marvellous Maharanhi (High Queen I was reliably informed) gin. A taste of Absinthe, strong but flavoursome, and then the flavoured Vodka, all absolutely excellent. For what it's worth, the Gin was my winner. This was an outstanding experience and one we would do again on our next return to Cork. We couldn't buy a bottle at the time as we were flying home, but we managed to secure a bottle of Maharanhi in the airport. It will be consumed shortly. Thanks again.
Caoimhe c
Caoimhe c
2024-06-08
Amazing experience!! The staff were so friendly and absaloutely hilarious! The tour was really informative and the cocktails were delicious :) I'll definitely be coming back here again
Bob F
Bob F
2024-06-06
A distillery with a difference We were passing and dropped in. Despite being unexpected, we were made welcome and given a tour of the distillery with an explanation of their ethos. We were impressed by the enthusiasm and feminist culture
Ciara K
Ciara K
2024-06-05
Excellent My friends and I had such an enjoyable evening at Rebel Distillery. It was a fantastic way to start our night out in Cork. Bhagya is so kind and bubbly and went above and beyond to make sure we all the best night. Thank you for all the fun, laughter and of course for teaching us how to make delicious cocktails! Would highly recommend this experience.
FDT Consulting ... P
FDT Consulting ... P
2024-05-27
What a memorable day at Rebel City Distillery! Our team had a great experience touring the distillery, hosted by the owners(and FDT former colleague), Robert Barrett and his talented wife Bhagya Barrett ,MBA, B.Eng. We had the opportunity to taste their exquisite gin, absinth, and vodka, each with its unique flavour profile. Robert gave us an insider’s look into the meticulous process of crafting their products, while Bhagya shared the rich history of the brand and the inspiring journey behind the distillery. It was both fun and culturally enlightening for all of us. A huge thank you to Robert and Bhagya for the warm welcome and for sharing your passion with us. Truly a power couple producing fantastic products! Well done, and thanks for having us!
Caroline W
Caroline W
2024-05-25
If you only do one thing in Cork… This tour was truly one of the highlights of our vacation in Ireland and definitely the best part of our time in Cork. Bhagya is so warm and welcoming. She made learning so fun and gave us tons of recommendations for our time in Ireland. The spirits they sell are top notch. Gin typically isn’t our favorite, but we’re converts… at least for the gin they make. Highly recommend!!
sonja t
sonja t
2024-05-25
Fun and cocktails! It's a wonderfull visit to this new distillery. The tour is very informative and the cocktails you make yourself are delicious. But the best part of this experience is the host. She is such a fun and enthousiastic person! I would surely visit again
L H
L H
2024-05-21
So much fun! Great host, great drinks and great fun! A must if you are in Cork! Loved all the spices, very special and really fun to do!!
margaret k
margaret k
2024-05-21
Best hen party experience! We went here for my best friend's hen do. We had such a great time! Bhagya made it an unforgettable experience. The personal touches were so lovely. Highly recommend! 😊

GOOGLE REVIEWS

Niki Stabile
Niki Stabile
2024-06-14
This is not just a distillery, this is joy. I could not believe it but there’s some kind of magic there that put an end to all the negative emotions. I loved this place because it’s unique in its genre, it’s an experience, and there’s a lot of things that you can do there around all the spirits. And most importantly everyone is accepted, no judgment just fun, positivity, education and a little bit of alcohol ;)
Priya Dasan K
Priya Dasan K
2024-06-14
We were at Rebel city distillery as part of team building activities. We had a fantastic afternoon, cool place with some great art works by local artists brilliant tour of distillery and fantastic cocktail making session. Bhagya is an incredible host, bubbling with energy. Would definitely recommend the place if you are in Cork.
Cathal O'Sullivan
Cathal O'Sullivan
2024-06-12
This was such an amazing experience and much more so than I thought it would be and that's because of Bhagya and how clearly passionate she is about what she and her husband Robert have put into the place. I'd advise anyone to visit guys it's very worth the price and especially the time. Thank you again guys and we'll be back!!!
Martin Juergens
Martin Juergens
2024-06-11
Tolles Erlebnis, nicht nur für Gin-Liebhaber. Interessante Einweisung in Stadt, Geschichte und Destille und ebensolche Besichtigung. Super nette Gastgeberin. Die Produkte sind ausgezeichnet, man darf probieren und kann kaufen, was wir gerne getan haben. Ein "must see" in Cork!
Lorraine McCarthy
Lorraine McCarthy
2024-06-10
I recently celebrated my birthday at the Rebel City Distillery with a Cocktail Masterclass hosted by Bhagya and I had the best experience! You can book the distillery for a private party which is so intimate and the venue is incredible. The distillery is the perfect backdrop for amazing pictures as well as being steeped in heritage and the culture of Cork- the Rebel county! Bhagya was a pleasure to deal with from the booking process all the way through to the experience itself, she went above and beyond to ensure my group had the best experience. The tour itself is really interesting, the cocktail making is a fun and unique experience which all my friends enjoyed and the Maharani gin itself is divine! I honestly cannot recommend this distillery highly enough, you won’t be disappointed. I am already looking forward to my next visit!
grandes grandes
grandes grandes
2024-06-10
Sehr charmante Führung. Ist zwar ein wenig außerhalb von Cork, aber lässt sich hervorragend mit dem Marina Market kombinieren.
Cork Flower Studio
Cork Flower Studio
2024-06-08
We had a fabulous team evening making cocktails at Rebel Distillery! Bhagya was so entertaining and engaging, the distillery is a lovely space, the gin was delicious and we all enjoyed it so much! Highly recommend!
Ciara Kenny
Ciara Kenny
2024-06-05
My friends and I had such an enjoyable evening at Rebel Distillery. It was a fantastic way to start our night out in Cork. Bhagya is so kind and bubbly and went above and beyond to make sure we all had the best night. Thank you for all the fun, laughter and of course for teaching us how to make delicious cocktails! Would highly recommend this experience.
Kaavya Chandrashekar
Kaavya Chandrashekar
2024-05-31
We had a wonderful time touring this local Cork distillery. Bhagya and her team were so warm and kind. It was our first time visiting a distillery so we weren’t sure what to expect. However we were pleasantly surprised by how comfortable and homely the space was. The drinks were delicious and it was so interesting learning about the history of the different spirits produced at Rebel City and the inspiration behind their Indian/Irish fusion gin. 10/10 would definitely visit again!