Dublin’s First Booze-Free Bar ‘The Virgin Mary’ Opens This Week

This Friday (May 10) will see the opening on Dublin’s Capel Street of The Virgin Mary, serving exclusively alcohol free beers, wines and spirits.

According to trade magazine The Spirits Business, the new pub is aiming to capitalise on the growing percentage of the Irish population who are choosing to drink less alcohol. Quoting World Health Organization figures, the Virgin Mary told the publication back when the venture was first announced in January that alcohol consumption in Ireland has fallen by 25 per cent since 2005.

The venue is the brainchild of Vaughan Yates, founder and creative director of 1751, and Oisín Davis, founder of Great Irish Beverages. Speaking to The Spirits Business, the latter said: “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. We’re really looking forward to changing that and finally giving people an alternative.”

Meanwhile, also quoted in the article (available to read here) is Anna Walsh, who has been chosen to run the bar. She said the venue will serve: “original alcohol-free cocktails crafted with the same love, detail and balance as liquor-based varieties.”

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