First pub dedicated to craft beer to open next week in Dublin

The Beer Market will sell beers by numbered tap, rather than by name

Ireland’s first pub dedicated to selling only craft beer will open next week.

The Beer Market in High Street near Dublin’s Christchurch is the first venture of its kind in Ireland and will be among the first such outlets in the world.

A similar venture (BierCaB) recently opened in Barcelona , with beers offered for sale not by name, but by numbered tap.

Similarly, The Beer Market will operate by way of numbered rather than branded taps and beers will be in constant rotation.The outlet will not sell conventional lagers or stout.


The Beer Market is owned by Galway Bay Brewery which already operates ten pubs selling craft beer alongside other drinks in Dublin and Galway, including Against the Grain in Dublin and the Oslo bar in Salthill.

Galway Bay Brewery operations manager Andy Byrne said the time had come for a pub dedicated just to craft beer.

He pointed out that when Against the Grain opened up in 2010, it was one of the first in Dublin not to sell Guinness and many had predicted that it would not survive. The Beer Market will not have television screens or live music.

“There are no confusions or distractions. We have a number of bars already, but we want to diversify a little bit,” he said.

“This is a step up. If you are into your craft beers, you want to search out the best beers. It will be a rarity to come into a place like this and not find a beer you haven’t found before.”

Ronan McGreevy

Ronan McGreevy

Ronan McGreevy is a news reporter with The Irish Times