Dublin is set to get Ireland’s very first permanent booze-free bar next month.
Ideal for anyone who’s deciding to continue on with Dry January into the rest of 2019, or you just want to meet up with your mates in town without going to the pub.
The Virgin Mary bar will be opening on Capel Street in February and will have alcohol-free versions of all your favourite drinks.
On offer you’ll find non-alcoholic beers, virgin cocktails (hence the name of the bar) and alcohol-free spirits like Silk Tree and Ceder’s, as well as de-alcoholised wines including Natureo.
The idea was created by Vaughan Yates and Oisín Davis, the pair behind the Irish mixer range Poachers.
Oisín explains, “If a fellow Dubliner wants to catch up with mates after 4pm in the city but doesn’t want to hang out in a pub, the only options available to them are multi-national cafes that largely lack any atmosphere.
“I’m really looking forward to changing that and finally giving people an alternative.”
They’re not the only booze-free bar that’s kicking off 2019 though – Pure Brew’s pop-up ‘Bar For When You’re Off The Beers’ will also be up and running from 18th – 20th January, right in the city centre.
The weekend’s line-up includes non-alcoholic beer tasting sessions with the experts, a chill out zone in the basement with a cinema screen, a House DJ nightly, delish complimentary beer snacks, ice-cold Pure Brew lager and also a range of small batch experimental non-alcoholic beers on tap. You can find more info on the weekend’s events here.
The Virgin Mary will be open 4pm to 11pm every day from mid-February.