Dublin pub Gibney’s of Malahide is to open its first international site in London.
The new outpost for the bar, which first opened in Dublin over 80 years ago in 1937, will be in the basement of Richard Corrigan and John Nugent’s Daffodil Mulligan in London’s Old Street.
The new bar will be called Gibney’s London and will open on 12th March. It will open daily with Cormac Gibney, son of Tony Gibney, heading up the bar.
There will be live music in the evenings from Thursday to Saturday and the bar will play host to comedy nights every Wednesday and live sporting events throughout the year.
The pub’s two snug booths, available for private hire, will feature screens and seat up to ten guests.
Tony Gibney said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing a taste of Gibney’s of Malahide to London in time for St Patrick’s Day. My family have been in the Dublin licence trade for five generations so opening across the pond is a big move for us. Moving beneath Daffodil Mulligan which was named after the daughter of Biddy Mulligan – a legendary Dublin street seller – made perfect sense.”
Gibney’s own stout will be among eight beers available at the bar, alongside a range of Irish spirits and liqueurs and the team will look to add to its 120 strong Irish whiskey collection.
Cocktails will feature an Irish spirit in every drink such as Fall Bloom (Dingle Vodka, Amaro Montenegro, St Germain, lemon), Barry’s 75 (Barry’s Tea infused Blackwater Gin, lemon, honey) and Long Way Home (Jameson Black Barrel, orange bitters, Poacher’s ginger ale).
The bar snacks menu has been designed by Corrigan to complement the authentic Irish drink offering and will include dishes such as Durrus cheese toastie with burnt onion and pickled onion chutney; Mangalitza black pudding sando served with an apple and cucumber pickle, salt chilli chicken with chorizo mayonnaise (£8) as well as rock and native oysters from Britain and Ireland.
Daffodil Mulligan, a collaboration between Corrigan, Gibney and Nugent, opened in November 2019 on the site of what was previously Irish restaurant Nuala. It is Corrigan’s third restaurant in London.
He also runs Corrigan’s in Mayfair and Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill. Nugent is chief executive of hospitality and events firm Green & Fortune, based in London’s Kings Place. Recently, the firm won a contract to run all hospitality and retail catering services at Central Hall Westminster, London’s largest conference centre. The arrangement started on 1st March this year and includes catering for all corporate events in the venue’s 25 spaces, its concert programme, and the 150-seat café within the building, as well as a street café opposite Westminster Abbey.