The Woodford takes its name from 'Woodford and Bourne' a company formed in 1750 that sold wine, spirits and tea in Cork. They moved to where the pub now stands (which also incorporated McDonald's on Patrick Street) around 1850 and traded until 1969.
During the day The Woodford is great place to 'take tea' and the bar does the best chicken sandwich in town (the food is prepared on site by the people who run Jacques restaurant on Phoenix Street). Recently they've also started doing bar food (the squid is a triumph if you can't decide). Random fact: when American comedy duo Laurel and Hardy visited the city in 1953 they retired here for lunch with the Lord Mayor.
The bar transforms into a nice live music venue on Thursday and Friday and there are DJs on Saturday and Sunday. The Woodford has a late license too so you can party on once the DJs start spinning.