THE BOTTLE BOY – VALLENCE & MCGRATH OR CONNORS REIMAGINED
This caught me by surprise as there has not been a new pub on the North Wall Quay for a very long time and all that existed disappeared over an extended period of time. The last remaining was Vallence & McGrath which was established in 1908. If what I say is incorrect please correct me.
The owners describe their new business as follows: The Bottle Boy began life in 1860, and was primarily known as a Spirit Grocers. A quirk of a Spirit Grocers was that you couldn’t sit down and beer was sold in bottles brought to you by The Bottle Boy. Whilst we’ve retained tonnes of the original detail – like the cornices, fireplaces, flooring – we’ve added in cosy snugs and lots of seating, perfect for a pint of plain.
The Bottle Boy is actually within the Mayson Hotel complex and it is in fact the Vallence & McGrath pub which has been renovated.
The original building where Vallence & McGrath were based was described in 2011 as follows: “This building is a late Victorian townhouse with a public house inserted to the ground floor. The house retains its original fenestration pattern, roof materials and overall composition. Now derelict, the panelled shutters are visible and suggest an intact interior to the upper levels. Now standing as the last remaining residential structure on North Wall Quay, this former house thus has added significance. It was also a popular meeting place for the local community until quite recently.”
In February 2014 a man of no fixed abode was brought before Dublin District Court and remanded in custody for a week. He has been charged with the murder of Polish national Jacek Kozakiewick, 44, at the derelict pub on North Wall Quay. Mr Kozakiewick was one of five people squatting in Vallance & McGrath, known locally as Connors, a derelict pub on the North Wall Quay in Dublin.
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