JD Wetherspoon to Open New Pub in Dublin’s Docklands

JD Wetherspoon has spent almost €4 million developing the former HQ Gastro Bar and Nutbutter, in Hanover Quay, at the heart of the Grand Canal Dock district, headquarters of the IT industry in Ireland.

JD Wetherspoon to open a third pub in Dublin city centre on 7 December

The new pub will be called The South Strand. The name refers to the history of its location on the south dock, once a large area of ‘marshland, sprinkled with an occasional apple tree’. 

On one of the earliest maps of the city of Dublin, drawn by De Gomme in 1673, there are no buildings marked on the south side of the River Liffey. This marshy riverside area is named on De Gomme’s map as South Strand. 

The South Strand pub will occupy a ground-floor and basement area, including an open-gantry kitchen, in South Dock House – a contemporary glass-and-concrete building. It will be typical of the architecture which dominates the redeveloped dock area that is Hanover Quay. 

The pub has an extensive pavement café-style seating with outdoor seating at the front and side of the premises, overlooking the former docks and Grand Canal. 

Craft and World Beers at the South Strand

The new pub will specialise in real ales, as well as craft and world beers, serving a wide range of different draught ales, as well as bottled beers, including those from local and regional brewers. 

The interior design will reimagine the industrial history of the docklands without the soot, grime and fire. It will also feature a bespoke carpet that will evoke memories of 19th century Dublin.

JD Wetherspoon acquired the property in November 2019; it was on the market for €5.5m. Despite having received planning permission for the conversion of the property, the project was put on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions, until recently.

The new outlet will join existing businesses in the Grand Canal Docks area including the Marker Hotel, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Mackenzies Restaurant and Brewdog, the craft beer company. The South Strand is expected to create up to 100 new jobs in the area.

The South Strand will be open from 8am, closing at 11.30pm Monday to Thursday, 12.30am on Friday and Saturday and 11pm on Sunday. Food will be served throughout the day, from opening until 11pm, every day. Watch this space next week for a inside tour of the new pub and restaurant.

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