The entire reform was carried out by local Irish builders and the amazing artwork that adorns the walls and free spaces were skilfully hand painted by a close family friend and artist that flew all the way over from Belfast especially to put his print on things. The Church is a traditional and authentic Irish bar – with an Irish owner, Irish staff and a genuine Irish feel to the atmosphere. Like most places similar there is a heavy emphasis on live music, ranging from overseas guest bands to house DJ’s and a regular Thursday night jam session where everyone who can play an instrument or sing is invited to get involved.
The church loves live sport and all major sporting events are screened on the 3 big TV’s, both inside and on the outside terrace.
One of the most eye catching features is the beautifully designed mural that stretches the length of the outside terrace wall – maybe you can have a free pint if you can name every one of the people included in the painting?! There are well known Spanish singers, world renowned musicians and some of Ireland’s most famous fighters all stood side by side – there was even enough space to be able to really personalise the piece with the owners own children and family members rubbing shoulders with the line-up of rich and famous.
Although The Church is of course an Irish bar that does not reflect on the clientele with lots of time and care spent in catering for guests of all ages and nationalities. The basis of all good Irish bars is a warm welcome, friendly bar staff, great music and lots of lovely booze and that is on offer in bucket loads here.
Our in house mixologist will happily whip you up one of our signature cocktails if you are feeling fruity and fancy tickling your taste buds with something a little different from the pints of black stuff – At The Church we put a huge emphasis on customer service, whatever it is that our guests desire, we will endeavour to deliver to them to highest possible standard.
You might enter The Church a stranger but you can be sure you will always leave with a smile and with many new friends.
Harry is the co-founder and owner of The Church - he has an experienced eye and a real sense of fun - multilingual and well loved by everyone - Harry is a major cog in the church machine.
The leader of the pack – strong and independent – Belfast born and bred she is always up for the craic and has painstakingly built The Church from scratch with bucketful’s of genuine Irish love and care – ‘G’ never accepts 2nd best!!
Our Eastern European super star is dark and mysterious and part of the night-time furniture – guaranteed to be dancing behind the bar like a loon all night long!!
Carl is a sport loving veteran of The Church – made his debut on the opening day back in October 2017 and has been a fan favourite since.
Our cheeky and fun biscuit loving legend - Andreea has boundless energy and keeps the party going in to the early hours every day!
The baby of the team – But don’t mistake her innocent face for a pushover – she is outgoing and feisty as they come and can handle men twice her size.
‘Wynn’ is a local legend when it comes to providing some of the best food in the area – He controls The Church scullery with authority and skill – Let him out and you will see his wild side!!
Work, work, work … Amanda is our Duracell bunny grafting away back of house to keep our Church fully stocked and in perfect order.
Shane is a typical Northern lad – down to earth, friendly and has time and a smile for everyone – he will talk the hind legs of you for hours.
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The Church is the premiere live music venue in Albir.
12 noon until 4 am every day