Sometimes, on a sunny Schull summer evening, Hackett's bar on the main street of the village feels like the centre of Schull.
And the centre of West Cork.
And the centre of the universe.
And that's even before you have had a drink.
Take every praiseworthy characteristic of the Irish pub – democratic; spontaneous; generous; sociable; wild; nostalgic; cossetting – and you have to amplify all those characteristics to explain the charm of this little bar, with its stone floor, with its artworks, with its punky staff, with its excellent drinks and its soulful cooking. Hackett's has the warmth of a hearth – you are drawn to it as you are drawn to a crackling fire, all energy and comfort.
A large part of the charm is the splendid cooking. Where most pubs are drawn to culinary cliché when it comes to food, Hackett's is the maverick, the place to get bacon and cabbage soup, or a bowl of big red, to go with that pint of black. This is not pub grub – this is imaginative and creative food, which just happens to be served in the coolest pub imaginable, which just happens to be filled with cool people, who are likely listening to some cool sounds on weekend evenings.
As we said; the centre of the universe.
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