Ireland’s first virtual pub is now open 2 months ago

Ireland’s first virtual pub is now open

The only pub open during lockdown.

With pubs and other outlets where people would usually congregate having been closed for over a month now, we have been getting used to the idea of socialising virtually of late.

Virtual pints and Zoom quizzes have been a fixture of many people’s lives for a while now, while Bingo Loco and an upcoming Father Ted quiz this weekend are examples of larger-scale virtual gatherings in Ireland.

A new online venue simply titled ThePub.ie can now be added to the latter list, a venture which claims to use the latest conferencing technology to enable users to chat with friends and new acquaintances while delivering live entertainment and group games.

100% Irish owned and developed and completely free, the platform recreates a pub in a virtual setting, where users, once registered, will have the option of interacting with friends on a private table or to mingle and meet new people on the ‘public pub floor’ area.

Additional features will be added in the coming weeks, including exclusive charity gigs from Irish and international acts to support frontline health workers and others who have lost revenue streams due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

There will also be themed nights and table quizzes to be announced in the near future. Also in development are features that will allow pubgoers to have their food and drink orders delivered direct to their door to enjoy while logged on.

ThePub.ie was developed by hospitality professionals Sebastien Conway, Tim Cole and Doug Leddin in the last five weeks after they were forced to close the Ohana Bar on Dublin’s Harcourt Street and halt construction of their latest venture, Ava, off Grafton Street in Dublin.

Co-founder of ThePub.ie, Sebastien Conway said: “Pubs play a key role in bringing communities together and as hospitality professionals we wanted to create something that allowed customers to experience the entertainment and craic that comes from a night in an Irish pub. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean anti-social and we hope to reconnect pals and create new friendships through the new site.

“We’ve built the site from scratch in a number of weeks and we’re really looking forward to welcoming our new patrons this weekend. We have huge ambitions for ThePub.ie as a new fun online social hub and we expect to have numerous interactive features added before the end of the month.

“Watch this space.”