A first for Ireland? New alcohol-free bar set for Dublin
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A first for Ireland? New alcohol-free bar set for Dublin

DUBLIN will soon be home to a new alcohol-free bar, in what is believed to be the first permanent establishment of its kind in Ireland.

The Irish have long been stereotyped as enjoying an alcoholic drink, however The Spirits Business website says a growing number of Irish people are choosing to drink less alcohol.

In response to the changing culture and clientele, the Virgin Mary bar will open its doors on Dublin’s Capel Street next month.

The two people behind it are Vaughan Yates of consultancy firm 1751 and Oisín Davis of Great Irish Beverages.

Davis told The Spirits Business that the bar will offer an atmospheric meeting place for people who don’t want to head to the pub for a catch-up.

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“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 multinational cafés that largely lack any atmosphere,” he said.

“We’re really looking forward to changing that and finally giving people an alternative.”

The venue will serve original alcohol-free cocktails as well as a selection of alcohol-free beers, wines and spirits.