The Church Bar - Open House Dublin 2024

The Church Bar

The Church Café, Late Bar & Restaurant, Jervis Street, North City, Dublin 1

Dates & Times

Self guided tours from 10.30am - 5pm (available every day)

Tour type
  • Building Tour

Drop in to the The Church Bar and take a self guided tour on the history and architecture of this beautifully restored former St. Mary’s 18th-century church, you will immediately be amazed by the stunning architecture and the unique atmosphere that seamlessly blends history with a vibrant modern bar scene. This is no ordinary pub experience. The high ceilings, stained glass windows, and original features transport you back in time, and you can’t help but feel in awe of the grandeur surrounding you. It’s truly an architectural gem

Built at the beginning of the 18th century, the building boasts many outstanding features and significant cultural and political associations, such as the Renatus Harris built organ and spectacular stained glass window. The building ended it religious period 1964 and lay derelict for a number of years until it was purchased by John Keating in 1997.

Following extensive restoration over a seven year period, this List 1 architectural masterpiece finally re-opened its doors in December 2005 as John M. Keating’s Bar. The tasteful conversion and refurbishment was acknowledged at the Dublin City Neighbourhood Awards 2006, where it won first prize in the category of Best Old Building.

Self-guided tours are available 10.30 – 5pm every day. You can pick up a guide at The Church Bar, visit The Church Bar website –  or download a PDF guide here.





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